Rome Summer - Language & Culture


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Program Description


Why Rome?

Summer is the perfect time to explore the city of Rome while practicing your Italian language skills. Our Rome Summer Language & Culture Program offers beginning to advanced language courses taught by expert faculty trained in second language acquisition.

What You'll Study

Practice all four skills (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) while focusing on your oral proficiency. During your time in Rome, you won’t just speak the language—you’ll learn what makes the Italian culture one of a kind.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

You will enroll in a required Italian language course and one English-taught area studies course, for a total of 6 credits. Placement in the IES Abroad language course is determined by an online pre-departure language assessment and an on-site interview conducted during orientation.

Along with your Italian course, you will choose an English-taught area studies course. These courses encourage experiential learning by making the city’s historical, artistic, and architectural wealth in your classroom. Area studies courses offered have included:

  • Art History
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies


This is a list of possible course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of tentative course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

  • Rome as a Living Museum
  • Beginning Italian I
  • Intermediate Italian I
  • Advanced Italian I
  • Rome as a Living Museum

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Rome, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the cultures and traditions of your host country. Several two-day field trips are organized each semester. You may choose one field trip, which is subsidized by IES Abroad. You have the option of signing up for other field trips at your own cost if spots are available. Here are a few possible destinations:

Amalfi Coast

Enjoy the stunning coast by boat. Explore the coastal towns of Amalfi and Positano. Visit the amazing archaeological sites of Pompeii and take taste of the products of a local farm.


Tour the countryside of one of Italy’s most unique regions, with its gorgeous landscapes and rich artistic legacy. You will also visit the sites of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad Rome organizes course-related trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Rome is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


During the 2-day orientation, we'll introduce you to:

  • IES Abroad staff
  • Fellow students
  • IES Abroad policies
  • Academics
  • Safety information
  • Daily life in Rome


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.


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.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Explore Italian culture and get to know your classmates through cooking classes, trattoria nights, and day trips to the Roman beachside.


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $4,470 $1,595 $135 $6,200

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid

Up to $1,000.

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of the home campus

Our Center

Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’ Angelo, the IES Abroad Rome Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.

Features include:

  • Multi-media academic facilities
  • Auditorium used for conferences and guest lectures
  • Rooftop terrace with city views
  • Internet and WiFi printer access
  • Reading room and study area
Last updated November 2019

About the School

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectation ... Read More

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