Explore The Eternal City’s nooks and crannies, people and treasures

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. 

The cornerstone course, At Home in Rome, offers an in-depth look at Rome today. You’ll come to know every corner of this incredible city; not just the well-known spots. It touches on urban planning and architecture, social economics and human geography, history and sociology, while roaming through different neighborhoods. It also includes a primer of the Italian language during the first two weeks of the program, in conjunction with orientation. 

In addition to the cornerstone course (4 credits), you'll then 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

  • 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. 

  • Business – Several business electives are offered based on those taught at the Kogod School of Business at American University. You may also select from courses reflecting the Italian and European experience such as the Southern European Debt crisis.

  • Engineering – Spring students can choose to focus on engineering with courses offered through Roma Tre, such as Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Sustainability. 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.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2016 1/25/2016 5/14/2016 14-19 $17,400 10/1/2015 More Info
Fall 2016 8/29/2016 12/17/2016 13-16 $16,950 4/20/2016 More Info
Academic Year 2016 8/29/2016 5/13/2017 25-32 $28,900 4/20/2016 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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