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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Apartment
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Internship:
Yes
Service Learning:
No
Program Type: Semester, Year Academic Areas: Accounting, Ancient Studies, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Communication, Communication Studies, Decision & System Sciences, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, Finance, History, International Business, International Relations, Italian, Management, Managing Human Capital, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sports Marketing
Language Pre-requisites: None
Scholarships:
Center for International Programs
Volunteer Opportunities:
Yes
Visa Required for U.S. Citizens:
Yes
Program Description:
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Program Overview

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.
Location

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.
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Academics

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.

AUR has published their Spring 2018 course list!   Find it 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.  Students who are interested in Fall 2018 should use AUR's Fall 2017 course list as a tentative guide. (They will most likely publish their Fall 2018 course list in December....stay tuned!)
Cultural Communications

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.
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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.  
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.
Related Scholarships

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. 
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Program Reviews:
Fall 2016 Participant
The American University of Rome was able to give me the best abroad experience both culturally and educationally. The program did an excellent job of making use of the beautiful city of Rome and making it feel as if it is your home. Educationally I believe that I was given a top notch education from professors that were well qualified and were able to bring a new perspective to the classroom.

Fall 2015 Participant
AUR was a very good blend of American and Italian culture. I felt as though I was able to experience living day to day in Italy, but the comfort of knowing people and going to school with people who spoke English and understood American culture. It was a great time.

Ariela M. Rivera, Spring 2016 Participant
An amazing experience and memories that will last a lifetime! The best opportunity that SJU can provide for you!

Michael O. Hannon, Fall 2015 Participant
It was hands on and lectures were more enjoyable than those at my home school.

Cori Nicole Lardieri, Fall 2016 Participant
AUR has made my experience abroad unlike anything I imagined. It gave me a home away from home, somewhere I could learn, and a place to meet new people. I enjoyed being mixed with Italian students who studied full-time at AUR.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/25/2018 05/16/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.