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Universities in Rome

The American University of Rome

As the oldest American degree-granting university in Rome, the American University of Rome (AUR) has been combining academic attributes of U.S. higher education with historic and globally-renowned European institutions since its foundation in 1969. The 16-to-1 faculty ratio and multicultural student body, representing more than 30 nationalities, give students the opportunity to gain an immersive international experience with instruction from both local and international professors. The American University of Rome is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and is licensed by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware to grant associate, bachelor, and master degrees.

Popular areas of study at the American University of Rome include:

International Relations
Social Sciences
Studio art
Italian Language and Culture, humanities

Situated at the top of Janiculum, Rome's tallest hill, campus is canopied by lush gardens and has spectacular views of the city, including remnants from the Roman Empire. Campus is within walking distance from the city center and sits right around the corner from the Aurelian Walls, a historic line of city walls that date back to 271 AD which encompass the Seven Hills of Rome (the geographic heart of Ancient Rome). Students have access to libraries, computer facilities, free Wi-Fi, and two relaxing gardens in which to study. The AUR offers many student-run organizations and clubs, athletics, and a campus newspaper.

The ISA Rome office is centrally located near the American University of Rome with access to most major bus routes and tram lines, making student mobility simple. ISA students can utilize the ISA Office to gather for regular meetings with the Resident Director, to receive tutoring, find out about upcoming excursions, learn about activities and cultural events, and utilize academic and travel resources.

The American University of Rome is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award associates and bachelor's degrees. For more information about the AUR's accreditation by the MSCHE please click here.

Custom Programs in Rome

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Rome
  • Service-learning and/or internships