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 in Rome courses include an excursion off-the-beaten-track such as a writing retreat in a Medieval castle/Bed & breakfast, living in an ancient trullo while studying sustainability or touring the L’Aquila earthquake site.

The core 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.

In addition to the core course (3 credits) you will take an Italian language course (4 credits) at your level: beginner, intermediate or advanced. You’ll then choose 2-3 courses (4 credits each) from an extensive selection offered in English by the Arcadia Rome Center and our academic partner institution, Università degli Studi Roma Tre. These range from art and archaeology to political science, history theatre and culture. Particular concentrations include:

In only four months in Italy, I learned more about myself than I had in 20 years of life, and I honestly believe it should be a requirement for all American students to go abroad. ”

Harold Rice

University of Michigan Ann Arbor Student, Arcadia in Rome

  • Business – a range of business courses reflecting the Italian and European experience and based on those taught at the Kogod School of Business at American University. If you choose this option you take 1-3 courses covering: Southern European Debt crisis; international finance or business; organizational theory; marketing or quality systems.

  • Engineering – Or Spring students can choose to focus on engineering with courses offered through Roma Tre, such as Sustainability, Materials Science and Technology, Engineering Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics or Thermodynamics. You may also take courses at Roma Tre in Italian if you language ability is tested.

  • 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 with students in Rome and Athens and possibly other centers.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2015 8/30/2015 12/18/2015 14-19 $16,650 4/20/2015 More Info
Academic Year 2015 8/30/2015 5/14/2016 28-36 $26,550 4/20/2015 More Info
Spring 2016 1/25/2016 5/14/2016 14-19 $17,400 10/1/2015 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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