Explore the people and culture of Italy's Eternal City

If you have an urge to study abroad in one of the world’s most famous and historic cities, then Rome is the place to go. Arcadia in Rome combines academic learning inside the classroom with experiential learning on the streets and with the people of this daunting yet friendly cosmopolitan capital.

All Arcadia courses include learning on-site, where you apply your classroom knowledge in the field. For example, students of food culture may find themselves tucked away in the Tuscan woods with a truffle-hunting pup and his master. 

Studying in Rome: History, Culture, Identity

You’ll come to know every corner of this incredible city (not just the well-known spots) as you delve into your studies and experiential learning outside the classroom. You'll take one cornerstone course from the following choices:

  • Modern Life in the Eternal City: Study the rich complexities of contemporary life and culture in Rome today, mixing ancient traditions with exciting modern metropolitan life.
  • Waterways and Walls: Urban Planning in Ancient Rome: Investigate the urban infrastructure and boundaries of Ancient Rome in order to understand better the way the biggest city of the ancient world functioned.

In addition to your cornerstone course (4 credits), you'll also choose 4 courses (3 or 4 credits each) from optional Italian language and a varied selection of electives offered in English by the Arcadia Rome Center and our academic partner institution, Università degli Studi Roma Tre. Particular concentrations include:

While studying in Rome, I found myself immersed in ‘la Vita Bella,’ the beautiful life. The program allowed me to see Italy in a different light and changed my perspective of this vibrant city. ”

Michael Friedman

Arcadia University Student, Arcadia in Rome

  • Business – Arcadia's Center in Rome offers Business electives reflecting the Italian and European experience, such as International Finance and International Business Strategy and Management.

  • Engineering – Spring students can choose to focus on engineering with courses offered through Roma Tre, such as Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics. You may also take courses at Roma Tre in Italian if your language proficiency is appropriate.

  • Arcadia in Rome has many courses which include study of topical connections with other Southern European countries, such as: The Southern European Debt Crisis in Historical and Theoretical Perspective, which involves collaborations and visits between students in Rome and Athens.

  • There are many service learning opportunities to get involved in local communities from giving language lessons to local families to exploring matters of world hunger and food security at the Rome-based United Nations agencies. 

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2017 1/23/2017 5/13/2017 12-16 $16,250 10/1/2016 More Info
Fall 2017 8/28/2017 12/16/2017 12-18 $16,210 4/20/2017 More Info
Academic Year 2017 8/28/2017 5/12/2018 24-36 $26,400 4/20/2017 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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Student health, safety and security in Italy are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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