URome, one of our most popular programs, provides you with the opportunity to study abroad in one of Europe’s oldest and most exciting cities! American University of Rome (AUR) hosts URome students on their campus, located on top of the Gianicolo (Rome’s highest hill) offering a spectacular view of the city and ready access to Trastevere, one of Rome’s most vibrant districts, full of restaurants and markets. AUR is a small institution, with a student body of about 500 students--half of whom are study abroad students-- giving you the chance to experience student life on the campus of a small, liberal arts university while living in Rome for the semester.
Attending a US university in Italy gives you a familiar academic structure while allowing you to explore cultural differences through your daily experiences in Italy and by attending classes with students from over 40 countries. As a US university, you will find that AUR is similar to UM in terms of academic structure, ranging from academic calendar, classroom culture and assessment. Res grads are available to answer any questions you may have about life in Italy, and to help you overcome any problems your encounter while adjusting to your new environment. AUR's Student Life office is also open to you; the friendly, dedicated staff there can help you start a student club, volunteer in Rome, participate in a language exchange, and more.
Housing for the semester is included in the URome program fee; you will be living in furnished apartments surrounding the AUR campus, typically about a 15-25 minute walk or ride on public transit. We describe these apartments as 'embedded' because you will be living in an apartment with other AUR students, but you will be in an apartment building with Italian individuals and families, enabling you to learn firsthand about how Italians live day to day. Each apartment typically houses 4-6 students, and rooms are usually double occupancy; roommate requests are accepted but not guaranteed. Apartments include Wi-Fi, land-line phone, a PC computer, linens, towels, washing machine and a fully equipped kitchen
Classes at AUR run Monday through Thursday, and with the exception of Italian language courses, all instruction is in English. URome students all take the UM Foundation course together, and you can choose your other courses from AUR's catalog, taking a total of no more than 16 credits. Below is the listing of the foundation courses by semester as well as the degree areas offered by AUR:
UM Foundation Course
Course Prefix and Number
Fall (Italian Studies)
Travels To and Through Italy
Spring* (Religious Studies)
Intro to Religion
*You must take at least one course; you may take both courses
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As evidenced by its nicknames La Citta Eterna (The Eternal City) and Caput Mundi (Capital of the World), Rome is a place that evokes a tangible sense of history; while the site of myths and legends, Rome remains both vibrant and relevant in the modern world.
After the Etruscan era came to an end in 509 BC, the Roman Republic was founded and remained active until 476 AD. The Catholic Church laid the foundation of its presence in Rome in the 6th century, and with Vatican City remaining in Rome today, Rome's religious ties are still prevalent. Though it served as the capital of the world and the seat of Christian power, Rome's story is not without its share of setbacks and challenges; Rome, in addition to being affected by the outbreak of the plague, was also the site of many battles, a large fire, flooding and famine. Though these scars left their mark, a revitalization effort in the 2000s has made Rome into a city that balances the modern and historic with grace.
Despite the relaxed attitude many Americans ascribe to Italians, Italy is a fairly formal society. Greetings involve shaking hands (new or business acquaintances) or kissing both cheeks (friends or informal settings). You should only use first names when invited or as appropriate in the circumstances. It is typical for the style of dress to be both stylish and modest; this is especially important when visiting religious sites (be sure your shoulders are covered).
Pizza (and Pizza Bianca)
Cacio e Pepe
Pompeii & Naples
You will not run out of things to see, do or eat in Rome! Top attractions in Rome include the Colosseum, Palatino, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Vatican City and Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese,Capitoline Museum, and Via Appia Antica (including the catacombs). Check out the New York Times' 36 Hours in Rome video, and this Rick Steves' Rome series: Eternally Engaging, Ancient Glory, Back-Street Riches, and Baroque Brilliance for ideas about all that Rome has to offer.
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