American University Rome (AUR) is a small, private university that is committed to offering liberal studies and professional courses in an international environment. Many courses use the city as a classroom, and students can count on several unique opportunities to explore Rome's ancient history, gorgeous architecture and rich culture throughout the semester. AUR's liberal arts curriculum makes it an attractive study abroad location for students regardless of major. While students are required to take an Italian language course during their semester abroad, no prior Italian language courses are required and all non-Italian language courses are taught in English.
AUR's campus includes a lovely four-story villa with a complete range of facilities including classrooms, offices, student lounges, art and design studios, and the George A. Tesoro Auditorium. The auditorium is used for public lectures and concerts, in addition to academic activities. There is also a newly renovated building adjacent to the villa that houses the library, computer laboratories, faculty offices, and additional classrooms.
Located in the renowned Trastevere district, AUR's campus is surrounded by a garden of historic Roman pines on the crest of Rome's highest hill, the Janiculum. This location is in close proximity to the major parks of the Villa Sciarra and the Villa Pamphili, and the prestigious American Academy. Highly accessible by public transportation, AUR's campus serves as a great base from which students can experience the wonders of Rome.
Website of Program/University:
American University of Rome (AUR): www.aur.edu
Unique Aspects of Program:
As a smaller university, AUR offers small classes with highly-renowned experts in every field. Students will be able to cultivate strong relationships with faculty and other students in a highly interactive environment. Professors often lead class sessions in Rome to bring course content to life and acquaint students firsthand with the city. Throughout the semester, weekend excursions are offered to other Italian destinations to provide students an opportunity to see and experience other parts of the country with AUR's expert faculty and staff. Off-campus living allows students to live like Romans, establish connections within the community, and develop invaluable life skills like self-reliance and independence. Rome's airports and train networks serve all of Europe, which also makes AUR attractive to students who want to explore other popular destinations on the continent.
Country and/or City Information:
As one of the cradles of Western Civilization, Rome and Italy rank highly on many travelers' destination lists. The following websites will help you learn more about all there is to explore in Rome and Italy:
Italian Government Tourist Board www.italiantourism.com/
Frommer's Italy Guide www.frommers.com/destinations/italy/
Lonely Planet Italy Guide www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/europe/italy/
Let's Go Italy Guide www.letsgo.com/destinations/europe/italy/
Italian Current Events www.lifeinitaly.com/
Students must have achieved Sophomore standing and have a minimum 2.75 grade point average to be considered for this program. Students who meet this requirement are highly encouraged to complete a Lasallian International Programs Consortium application and submit it by the application deadline.
Due to its liberal arts foundation, AUR offers a wide variety of courses for study abroad students. Up-to-date program options and course listings may be found on AUR's website: http://www.aur.edu/academics/course_search_registration.html. Students who study have a high proficiency in Italian and study abroad at AUR for the full academic year may be eligible for internships during their second semester at AUR.
Like many European universities, AUR does not provide housing directly on-campus. This gives students an opportunity to live among Romans during their semester abroad. Students will be placed with other study abroad students in 4 or 6-person flats within convenient commuting distance to AUR. All apartments have fully equipped kitchens, and students must be prepared to cook for themselves during their semester in Rome. The flats are also fully furnished with furniture, beds, towels, linens, and a washing machine. In addition, one computer with Internet service is provided in each flat. Students must only pack clothing and personal items to make their living experience complete.
If you are a student at one of the US Lasallian universities or colleges, you will remain enrolled at your school and pay tuition and program fees there. Tuition is based on your campus tuition rates and may include an additional surcharge depending on the program. Contact the person on your campus responsible for study abroad.
La Salle University and American University of Rome do not currently offer special scholarships for study abroad students, but please check with your financial aid office to learn more about your financing options for a semester abroad.
March 1st for Fall and Summer
October 1st for Spring
Must complete Lasallian Consortium application. Students will need to submit with their application: a copy of their passport, two passport photos, and an official transcript.
Ten Things to Know About Traveling Abroad
By Matt Ryan, AUR
- Italian Visa: In order to study abroad you must get a visa. Dedicate a whole day to obtaining your Visa. From experience, the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia is only open three days a week from 9-12:30pm, and the line is always out the door. Get there early and have all the proper documents with you.
- Baggage: Make sure you pack the right amount of things that you need. Check with your airline about how many bags and pounds of luggage you are able to bring. The extra carrying fees can be pricy. Make sure that if you are on a different air carrier home, that their restrictions might be different. Also note that you will need to leave room for the extra things you buy during your semester abroad.
- Arrival: Be prepared to wait. The most frequently used word in Italy is "aspeta" (wait). After that you most likely will be dropped off at your apartment. Culture shock will hit you right away, just be prepared. You most likely will not be briefed about your stay right away, so make sure you have Euro and can possibly order food in Italian. No one will be holding your hand giving you a tour after you are dropped off at your new home.
- Academic: The classes are just a little smaller than that of La Salle and about the same intensity. Teachers are very well qualified and some classes if you're lucky enough might be on site. Also note some teachers are from other English-speaking countries England, Ireland, and Australia. You might even have a professor whose second language is English.
- Athletics: The only Varsity sport on AUR's campus is soccer. Tryouts are held every semester and the location varies. This past year, AUR was entered in the largest collegiate soccer tournament in Italy facing both local schools and other study abroad universities. There are parks nearby for running as well. And Student Services can help you with getting a gym membership (Total Body Fitness).
- School Activities: AUR usually has a wide variety of trips and weekly events. The school sponsored trips to different Italian cities are all inclusive, except for lunch and breakfast, and are definitely worthwhile. Occasionally, events such as tours, wine tasting and other events come along. Don't miss out.
- Supplies: In Italy there are no Wal-Marts or CVS's. Most stores are specialty shops and sell a particular item. Note that you might need a converter for laptop or other supplies, but they most likely will not be found at the same store. SMA's are the big supermarkets where you can find all of your food needs.
- Money: The best way to access your money is through ATM's (Bancomats). There are currency exchanges also, but they charge a high commission.
- Travel: The best way to travel these days is through discount Airfare (Ryanair). You might be able to find flights for as low as .01 cent if you book early enough. Also note that these discount airports are farther away than the normal ones and may require extra time to get to. The Eurorail pass is always an option as well.
- Extra: What you put into this trip is exactly what you'll get out of it. Remember to be adventurous! Try new things!