Rome - Language & Area Studies

IES Abroad

Program Description

Rome - Language & Area Studies

IES Abroad

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Overview

Explore Italian language, history, and culture when you study abroad in Rome. Customize your experience by selecting courses from our six academic themes:

  • Art History
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Film Studies
  • History & Classics
  • International Relations
  • Sociology & Religious Studies

Whether you take all of your area studies courses in one theme or mix and match courses from multiple, Rome will be your classroom. Can you imagine places like the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Forum, or the Colosseum being part of your education? Our courses are experiential in nature, and we organize more than 150 course-related excursions each semester to historic, artistic, and cultural sites that take advantage of the city’s many opportunities.

No matter your current level of Italian language proficiency, this program is for you as you enroll in a required language course at your level. If you have four or more semesters of Italian language, you can enroll in our Advanced Italian Studies Program, which is designed to be a full immersion experience including Italian-taught courses, an Italian-only language pledge, and more.

Immerse yourself into Roman life by living with an Italian Student Companion (ISC)—a local university student who becomes your host and a resource to help you make the most of living and learning in Rome. Take advantage of the opportunity to add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship, social action, or archaeology placement and accompanying academic seminar. Experience the Italian education system firsthand and meet local students when you take a course at one of our partner universities in Rome.

We want you to feel at home in Rome, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Rome
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Italian
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 3 - December 13 (IES Abroad Courses)
  • September 3 - Mid-December (Partner University courses)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. While in Rome, you take 15-19 credits per semester by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad Italian language course (4 or 8 credits, required)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad area studies courses from any of the six themes listed below (3 credits each, optional)
  • English- or Italian-taught courses at a local university (3 credits each, optional)
  • Internship, Archaeology, or Social Action placement and accompanying seminar (3 credits each, optional)

Most students take two to four IES Abroad area studies courses. Customize your academic experience in Rome by mixing and matching area studies courses in the following academic themes:

  • Art History
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Film Studies
  • History & Classics
  • International Relations Sociology & Religious Studies

Please note that some courses have prerequisites.

Advanced Italian Studies Program

If you have taken four or more semesters of Italian, this option provides a full immersion experience and develops full intercultural competence. If you elect to take part in the Advanced Italian Studies option, which includes an Italian Language Pledge, you customize your academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • IT401 Italian Language & Culture: Emerging Competent Abroad
  • Università degli Studi Roma Tre course(s) in the Humanities & Social Sciences
  • IES Abroad area studies courses taught in Italian
  • Internship or social action placement in Italian

Courses

This is a full list of courses offered in Rome. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings for your term in your MyIESabroad account. The final course list for each term will depend on faculty availability, students interested in each course, and discipline diversity.

Art History

  • AH 325 - Medieval Art in Rome (Fall, Spring)
  • AH 331 - Baroque Rome (Fall, Spring)
  • AR/AH 312 - Repairing the Past: Conservation, Theory and Practice (Formerly "Inside Art: An Approach to Conservation") (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 225 - Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 226 - Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome (Italian-Taught) (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 243 - Scripta Manent: Latin Epigraphy (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 261 - The Splendor of Roman Art (Formerly "Public Spaces, Private Lives: The Splendor of Roman Art") (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 265 - Classical Mythology: Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/AH 231 - The Renaissance and its Classical Heritage (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/CL/AH 252 - The Last Days of Pompeii (Spring)
  • RL/HS/AH 253 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity (Formerly AH/HS/RL 250 through Spring 2015) (Fall, Spring)
  • US/SO/AH 320 - Rome as a Living Museum (Fall, Spring)

Anthropology

  • AN/HS 236 - Ancient Rome: History And Myth (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/AN 350 - Organized Crime in Italy: Mafias, Murders and Business (Fall, Spring)

Art

  • AR/AH 312 - Repairing the Past: Conservation, Theory and Practice (Formerly "Inside Art: An Approach to Conservation") (Fall, Spring)

Classics

  • CL/AH 225 - Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 226 - Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome (Italian-Taught) (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 243 - Scripta Manent: Latin Epigraphy (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 261 - The Splendor of Roman Art (Formerly "Public Spaces, Private Lives: The Splendor of Roman Art") (Fall, Spring)
  • CL/AH 265 - Classical Mythology: Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/CL/AH 252 - The Last Days of Pompeii (Spring)
  • IN/CL 395 - Archaeological Excavation: Field Methods and Practice Internship & Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

  • IB/CU 348 - Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies (Fall, Spring)

Economics

  • EC 341 - Italian Economy Within The European Union (Fall, Spring)

Education

  • PP/ED 200 - Inclusive Education. A Critical View on Integration Policies in the Italian Education System (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 250 - Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking (Spring)

History

  • AN/HS 236 - Ancient Rome: History And Myth (Fall, Spring)
  • HS 250 - Post-War Italy: The Making of a Difficult Democracy (Fall, Spring)
  • HS 335 - Italian Fascism: The First Totalitarian Political Religion (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/AH 231 - The Renaissance and its Classical Heritage (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/CL/AH 252 - The Last Days of Pompeii (Spring)
  • HS/IR 334 - Italy And The Mediterranean World (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/IR 341 - Italy & The European Union (With Roma Tre) (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/IR 343 - Italy And The United States: History Of A Long-Standing Interaction (With Roma Tre) (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/HS/PH 355 - Politics and Philosophy of Power in the Land of Machiavelli (Fall, Spring)
  • RL/HS 260 - The Jews Of Rome: Sites And Times Of The Oldest Diaspora In The World (Fall, Spring)
  • RL/HS/AH 253 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity (Formerly AH/HS/RL 250 through Spring 2015) (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • IB/CU 348 - Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • IN/CL 395 - Archaeological Excavation: Field Methods and Practice Internship & Seminar (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

  • HS/IR 334 - Italy And The Mediterranean World (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/IR 341 - Italy & The European Union (With Roma Tre) (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/IR 343 - Italy And The United States: History Of A Long-Standing Interaction (With Roma Tre) (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 265 - Terrorism: An Introduction (Fall, Spring)

Italian

  • IT 101 - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 102 - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Novice Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 201I - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Novice Abroad III Intensive (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 301 - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Emerging Independent I (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 301I - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Intensive (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 303 - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Emerging Independent III (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 351 - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 401 - Italian Language & Culture in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)

Literature

  • LT 353 - Comic Italian Theatre (In Italian) (Fall, Spring)

Photography

  • PG 235 - Photographing Art & Monuments (Fall, Spring)

Philosophy

  • PO/HS/PH 355 - Politics and Philosophy of Power in the Land of Machiavelli (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • PO 221 - Contemporary Italian Politics (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 222 - Contemporary Italian Politics (In Italian) (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/HS/PH 355 - Politics and Philosophy of Power in the Land of Machiavelli (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 265 - Terrorism: An Introduction (Fall, Spring)

Public Policy

  • PP/ED 200 - Inclusive Education. A Critical View on Integration Policies in the Italian Education System (Fall, Spring)
  • PP/SO 240 - Valuing Diversity? Italian Contemporary Immigration and Integration Policies (Spring)

Psychology

  • PS 360 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (Fall, Spring)

Religious Studies

  • RL 236 - Mystics, Philosophers, Saints And Sinners: Studies In The Roman Catholic Tradition (Fall, Spring)
  • RL 341 - Issues In The Contemporary Roman Catholic Church (Fall, Spring)
  • RL/HS 260 - The Jews Of Rome: Sites And Times Of The Oldest Diaspora In The World (Fall, Spring)
  • RL/HS/AH 253 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity (Formerly AH/HS/RL 250 through Spring 2015) (Fall, Spring)

Service Learning

  • SL/SO 395 - Social Action Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Sociology

  • PP/SO 240 - Valuing Diversity? Italian Contemporary Immigration and Integration Policies (Spring)
  • SL/SO 395 - Social Action Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • SO 345 - Culture And Urban Change In Contemporary Italy (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/AN 350 - Organized Crime in Italy: Mafias, Murders and Business (Fall, Spring)
  • US/SO/AH 320 - Rome as a Living Museum (Fall, Spring)

Urban Studies

  • US/SO/AH 320 - Rome as a Living Museum (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institutions

Most partner institution courses are worth 3 credits. Please note the program start and end dates may change if you are taking a university course. Registration & Advising Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Rome; however you will need to refer to current course offerings in order to pre-register as part of your application.

Università degli Studi Roma Tre

Founded in 1992 as Rome’s third university, Roma Tre has become the city’s second largest, with over 35,000 students, and has gained a significant reputation in the Italian academic world thanks to its quality programs and international focus. Roma Tre offers advanced Italian-taught courses to students who are proficient in Italian. There is also the possibility of taking English-taught courses in the Political Science department. Students may select Italian-taught courses in:

  • Humanities
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences

Students may select English-taught courses in:

  • Political Science

Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)

RUFA is a private art academy north of Rome’s historic center near Piazza Verbano. IES Abroad students studying the fine arts with at least one semester of college-level Italian language can enroll in one course at RUFA. Students can choose from courses in:

  • Painting & Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Accademia di Costume e Moda

The Accademia di Costume e Moda is one of the most famous Fashion Academies in Rome. It is located in the very heart of Rome, close to the IES Abroad Center. The academy was founded in Rome in 1964 with the sponsorship of the city of Rome. The Accademia offers English-taught courses in:

  • Fashion communication
  • Fashion design
  • Fashion styling

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Rome organizes more than 150 course-related excursions each semester that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your knowledge of Italian culture and society. A few possible course-related excursions include:

  • Etruscan Burial Grounds of Cerveteri & Tarquinia
  • Sperlonga - Remains and sculptures of the ancient villa of the emperor Tiberius
  • Monasteries of Subiaco
  • Tivoli - Villa of the emperor Hadrian and Villa and gardens of the Este family
  • Florence
  • Ostia Antica & Pompeii
  • Assisi
  • Roman aqueducts in the Italian countryside

Internships

Interning while you study in Rome gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your resume or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Our Rome Center offers three types of internships with a seminar designed to compliment that type of internship. The three internship options are:

  • Traditional Internship
  • Social Action Internship
  • Archaeology Internship

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the idea internship, social action, or archaeology placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We've placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don't currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we ill search for a placement that's right for you.

Placement Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Art & Art History
  • Business & Marketing
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration & Social Inclusion
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Not-for-Profits
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy & Health
  • Sociology & Urban Policies
  • Tourism

Social Action/Service Learning Internships

Participating in a social action/service learning experience in Rome is an opportunity to give back to the community while gaining a much deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. These cause-driven placements have you working alongside local people toward a common goal, in which you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Rome. A social action/service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by an academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community. Possible placements may include organizations focused on:

  • Development & Microfinance
  • Education
  • Environment & Food Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Public Health
  • Social Inclusion
  • Archaeology Internships

If you’re interested in archaeology, you can participate in a seminar on the theory and practice of archaeological excavations. This option is designed to give an introduction to best field practices in stratigraphy, documentation, ancient building techniques and cataloging finds. Internship placements for this option include local excavations or museum work on archaeological materials.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Rome, it will feel like home.

Italiano a Casa

If you are interested in improving your language proficiency, you may opt to sign an Italian-only language pledge with your roommates or homestay family.

Apartments

Share apartments with other IES Abroad students and have the option of living with an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian student who provides opportunities to engage in cultural activities. Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally accommodate four to seven students, with two to three IES Abroad students sharing a bedroom. Internet access is available in every apartment. Meals are not included, but apartments offer equipped kitchens.

Homestays

Located throughout the city, homestays generally house one to two students. You receive breakfast daily and have the option of sharing three evening meals each week with your host family. Internet access is available.

Student Life

Orientation The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to our Rome staff, your fellow students, and the city of Rome. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during the week. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Rome through our cultural events, such as:

  • Participating in cooking classes and visits to the local farmer's markets
  • Taking part in papal audience on Wednesdays
  • Attending outings to art exhibitions, concerts, and the opera
  • Enjoying Italian regional specialties at trattoria nights
  • Joining the IES Abroad-sponsored soccer team

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Italy. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.

Cost

Fall 2017

  • Tuition: $13,275
  • Housing: $3,595
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $17,100

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $23,880
  • Housing: $7,190
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $31,525

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian
IES Abroad

Last updated August 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 semesters
Full time
Price
Price
17,100 USD
Program cost Fall 2018
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Locations
Italy - Rome, Lazio
Start date : Jan. 2019
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End date May 31, 2019
Dates
Jan. 2019
Italy - Rome, Lazio
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End date May 31, 2019