Established in 1969, the American University of Rome (AUR) is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy. It’s located in a prestigious area on the crest of Rome's highest hill. The AUR campus includes two buildings - a lovely four-story villa which contains administrative offices, computer lab, student lounges, classrooms, and design and architecture studios, and adjacent to the villa, a five-story building that houses the library, faculty offices, classrooms, and darkroom and film production laboratory. AUR attracts students from over 40 countries, though the majority of the student population (a total of about 600) is made up mainly of visiting American students.
In 2007, Rome was the 11th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. In the ancient world it was successively the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization.
Classes are small and highly personable, taught by an experienced and international faculty. Popular course offerings include Art and Art History classes, Business, Communications, Film and Digital Media, International Relations, Italian Studies, and the Social Sciences. There are also typically a few Theology, Philosophy and Science courses offered each semester at AUR. All courses (except for those in Italian Studies) are taught in English. Classes meet four days a week (Monday through Thursday). Saint Joseph's University students should register for five courses at three credits each, earning a total of 15 credits for the semester. Students are not required to take an Italian language course while abroad and there is no language requirement for admission into the program; however, we encourage students with some academic flexibility to enroll in one language class to assist them with integration into Roman life. Internships (for credit) are available for students who plan to spend two consecutive semesters at AUR. Participating students would be required to work a minimum of 135 hours (travel time not included). More information can be found on their website HERE
To view the list of pre-approved courses for SJU students, please click the "Pre-Approved Courses" link at the top of this page. The Fall 2018 courses can be found on their website HERE.
If you are considering Spring 2019, you should use their Spring 2018
course list as a tentative guide.
The American University of Rome’s student body has a dynamic club tradition. With a wide range of extracurricular pursuits including clubs and sports, it is AUR’s hope that all students will be able to pursue their interests.
In addition, students interested in community service have a number of options through AUR. Past SJU students have particularly enjoyed working with the Caritas Diocesana di Roma (Catholic Charities of Rome), which provides food and shelter to those in need. Student volunteers work in a number of different areas at the Caritas: working on the food line or in the hostel; helping with the distribution of food, sheets and clothing; helping with music or other entertainment. The Caritas needs a commitment of an evening a week, for 4-5 hours. A Service Certificate is issued to each participant at the end of the semester.
Housing and Meals
AUR does not possess its own residence halls; however, students may elect for AUR to arrange off-campus housing on their behalf or they may choose to make their own housing arrangements. Students electing university-facilitated housing are placed in fully furnished apartments in residential neighborhoods throughout the city. University-facilitated housing can vary greatly in terms of both proximity to the university and aesthetics, though apartments are roughly standardized in terms of basic amenities. Each apartment is typically shared by 5 or 6 students and includes the following amenities: PC computer, Wi-Fi, land-line phone, linens, towels, washing machine and a fully equipped kitchen. Meals are self-catered and are not included in the housing cost.
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the AUR website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate
of your host country as well as the cost of living
in the city where you will be.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program
' Search to apply to this grant.
Things to Remember Before Applying
- You must meet with a CIP advisor before beginning your application.
- A limited number of complete applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
- If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice.