The American University of Rome

The American University of Rome (AUR) is an internationally recognized liberal arts college located in the Eternal City of Rome, Italy. AUR offers 10 undergraduate degree programs that include; Archaeology and Classics; Fine Arts; Film and Digital Media; and Italian Studies. AUR also offers three graduate programs; M.A. in Arts Management; M.A. in Food Studies; M.A. in Sustainable Culture Heritage.

  • Average Tuition EUR 20,000
  • Acceptance Rate 68%
  • Students 550
  • International Students 100%
  • Internships 82%
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 16:1

School Description

The American University of Rome (AUR) was founded in 1969 and is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy. AUR is a modern university delivering a liberal arts education for the 21st century. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are interdisciplinary and have a core focus on career development and practical application of theoretical knowledge - one of the reasons why the university offers an overall internship uptake rate of 82%. 

The AUR campus, set atop the Gianicolo, Rome's highest hill, is a small, secure and very personal home to a highly diverse student body. In 2016 there were over forty countries represented on campus. The University size is one of the key strengths it characterises that enables students to form close life-long collegiate bonds with both faculty and fellow students. 

Whilst studying at AUR, students are offered opportunities to participate in some of the most amazing and inspirational field trips. These are arranged on a program by program basis and have previously included experiences such as visiting the House of Lords in the UK to interview a peer of the realm, participating in archaeological digs in Tuscany & Albania (and the Colosseum), speaking at the Model United Nations at the Hague, and discussing international relations in Greece, Kosovo, Turkey, Catalonia, Brussels, and Ghana. Other destinations over the course of the last 15 months have included Boston, Pompeii, Vienna, Philadelphia and New York.

Bachelor Programs

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Archaeology and Classics

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    The degree in Archaeology and Classics combines the theoretical and the practical. In this major students learn about all aspects of ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Stewardship of our heritage is a major concern of modern archaeology and our program recognizes this through a component in Cultural Heritage Management.

    All students have the possibility to participate in practical archaeological fieldwork through excavations. For those who prefer written texts there is a comprehensive program of courses in ancient languages, history and literature.

    Recognizing the growing importance of popular history and archaeology the program has recently expanded program offerings to include courses in film and media for students contemplating this career path.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Art History

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

    If a picture holds a thousand words, then Rome is an eternal story waiting to be read. From the Roman Forum to the Sistine Chapel to the MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome houses countless art treasures, each contributing irreplaceable insight to the field of Art History. Art History students at AUR go beyond textbooks to come face to face with these masterpieces in the unique atmosphere of our on-site classes. By learning in this interactive manner, our students can fully grasp the intrinsic nature of a wide variety of works of art, including painting, sculpture and architecture.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Business Administration

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

    The American University of Rome offers one of the leading American-based undergraduate business Programs in Europe that capitalizes on the University’s location in Rome and its association with some of the world's largest and most succesfull commercial and non-profit organizations .

    Our program introduces students to all the functional and quantitative areas of business studies. Our curriculum is grounded in accounting, finance, marketing, and operations. Students learn about prevailing management theories as well as issues related to legal and ethical concerns in the international economy.

    Upper-level courses incorporate case analyses, group projects and creative problem solving. All students spend their last semester completing their six-credit Capstone, made up of two elements that represent the academic culmination of the program. The first, the Strategic Management course, is a seminar-style, case-based application of the tools and concepts acquired in the first three years of study. This is complemented by the advisor-supervised researching. writing and presentation of a Strategic Audit, a 360° semester-long analysis of a publicly held firm.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Communication

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    The Communication Program has multiple strengths: an ideal location for the study of global communication, faculty with diverse backgrounds and skills, programs reflective of the dynamic nature of communication in modern society, opportunities to learn through internships and sensitivity to living and working in multicultural and international settings.

    Our Program blends practical skills with essential communication and cultural theory, literary history, and principles of narrative and story-telling to give students the opportunity to pursue specialized areas of interest, such as journalism, writing for various media, mass communications, and intercultural communication.

    The BA in Communication trains students in the liberal arts tradition to think creatively and critically about the ways in which global citizens communicate and create meaning. We provide students with a thorough knowledge of the theories and practices within the field of communication and equip them with the analytical tools and practical experience to understand and to participate in an international and rapidly changing field.

    Students have the flexibility to choose the concentration in Intercultural Communication Studies or in Writing for the Media or they may create their own focus from the range of courses offered by the department.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    English Writing, Literature, and Publishing

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    Storytelling is much more than lowbrow entertainment or highbrow literature. Our entire social world revolves around storytelling, and we have become more and more aware of this strange fact not only in the arts, but also in economics, politics, and daily life. We tell stories about products (marketing and advertising), the state or future of the countries where we live (elections, speeches, legislation, supreme court decisions), peace and conflict (civilizations and their discontents, negotiations, press conferences), the past and the present (history, news, memoirs), and even ourselves and other people (Facebook, resumes, twitter, opinion polls).

    The English, Writing, Literature and Publishing major allows students to explore how language and narrative work, not only in making the world make sense, but in, literally, Making the World. The EWLP program will help students find their narrative voice, to create a tool that will enable them to intervene wherever writing and storytelling are required.

    Great writers have always been secretly motivated by the belief that there must be a special relation between narrative and the real; otherwise, why bother to write? For the EWLP major, that special relation will no longer be a secret.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Film and Digital Media

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

    The Film and Digital Media Program is the only program of its kind in English in Italy. Students are surrounded by the ancient splendor of Rome’s city center while also utilizing the latest tools and technologies to create film and video (narrative, non-narrative, experimental, documentaries, music videos, TV commercials, etc), 2D and 3D animation, graphic design, digital art, web platforms and apps for devices, interactive design and game design. All the while, our students from all corners of the globe are versed and grounded in the traditional principles and techniques behind the craft of making finished pieces that have something to say, aim to evoke change, or just make waves.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Fine Arts

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    The Fine Arts Program offers students extraordinary experiences in the fields of painting, drawing and music. With a faculty richly diverse in style and method, students of the visual arts are encouraged to grapple with themes both contemporary and classical. Instruction is both technical and theoretical, but the true “Master Classes” are given by the Old Masters themselves; works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Titian await all eager and aspiring artists in many of the neighboring museums and churches throughout Rome. For those more interested in music, students may choose to study the history of opera or they may engage directly the power of song by participating in the university-sponsored Amazing Grace gospel choir.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    Crossing intellectual barriers and making connections between different forms of evidence is at the heart of the major in Interdisciplinary Studies. This degree enables undergraduates, in conjunction with their academic advisor, to foster and develop personal interests and assemble a program of “clusters” of courses that do not fall either within The American University’s existing range of degree program options or under a single, conventional, academic heading. In particular, students are encouraged to take advantage of The American University’s unique situation in Rome, and utilize a wide range of the city’s resources. While building upon the objectives of the various departments, the students’ own tailor-made program promotes individualism, encourages bi-lateral thinking and research across a range of subjects.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    International Relations and Global Politics

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    AUR’s International Relations and Global Politics Program combines an excellent faculty, students who embody the diversity of people around the world, a curriculum that is both theoretical and practical in character, opportunities for fieldwork and internships and learning excursions in Europe and beyond.

    Rome serves as the ideal backdrop for the study of international relations and politics and provides opportunities for internships with organizations dedicated to the pursuit of enhanced international cooperation.

    Faculty and Students—Diverse Backgrounds and Shared Interests

    Members of the faculty in International Relations are a microcosm of the world in terms of their countries of education, life experiences, academic interests and expertise. This diversity of education and intellectual interests enriches the dialogue in the classroom and the learning of students in academic and real-world situations. AUR’s students are from around the world as well. Both faculty and students bring to their conversations the diversity of perspective that contributes to lively discussions and a more informed basis for learning.

    Curriculum—Theory and Practice

    The faculty have designed the curriculum to provide students with the practical and theoretical skills required to serve professionally in the field of international relations. The curriculum offers a focus on Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, with courses in politics, economics, public administration, law and other areas of related interest and incorporates elements of comparison with and the role of the United States.

    Students supplement class lectures with international conferences that address issues of current topical interest and give students opportunities to meet, listen to and question those who develop and implement international relations policy.

    Learning through Participation

    Students take relevant field trips in Italy, Europe and beyond. During every winter session, AUR students and faculty travel to Ghana to study its politics, history and culture. Students also travel to areas of current political interest such as Kosovo to learn about the history, politics, and peoples of this area of the Balkans. Every year students participate in various Model United Nations around the world where they collaborate in discussions and propose resolutions on challenging international issues.

    The University and the International Relations Club sponsor lectures, seminars, films and visits to embassies and other sites in Rome. Recent speakers addressed topics as diverse as racism, Abraham Lincoln and the Italian imagination, and the concepts and consequences of revolution.

    Collaborative Learning, Professional Readiness

    Students in our program relish the mix of learning in the classroom, in fieldwork and internships, and in learning excursions and conversations with peers from around the world. Our graduates are prepared to pursue advanced degrees or serve in international, non-governmental, or national organizations.

  • The American University of Rome
    Via Pietro Roselli, 4, 00153 Roma, Italy

    Italian Studies

    EUR 20,000 Tuition Fee
    • Scholarships EUR 20,000
    • Cost of living EUR 20,000

    Students committed to the study of Italy, its language, its literature and its culture, thrive in our Italian Studies Program. Students capitalize on our location in Rome and develop their skills in the language and their knowledge of Italian literature and culture in our classes, in their everyday lives in the city and in learning excursions throughout Italy.

    We place special emphasis on language skills and studying Italian literature and culture, but students also enroll in a wide range of related courses such as art history, international relations, film and music. Our approach is interdisciplinary in character, allowing students to experience the intellectual connections between various fields of interest and study.

    Students in Italian Studies Program learn to read, write, and speak Italian with proficiency. They acquire knowledge of the social, literary and cultural history of Italy. They acquire skills in research, analysis and critical thinking. Characteristic of an AUR education is the preparation to live and work in international settings with requisite intercultural skills. The senior thesis provides students the opportunity to explore in-depth an area of their interest. Students in the Italian Studies program may also take an internship as a complement to their academic studies.

    After successful completion of the Program, students earn a BA in Italian Studies. Graduates are prepared to begin careers in administrative, professional or business positions in Italy and elsewhere in the world or to commence graduate study.

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  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50

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    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    The American University of Rome is committed to assisting students whose academic merit and financial need warrant support. AUR aims to give every student the opportunity to take advantage of a high-quality education and, accordingly, offers scholarships for each academic program.

    Students must submit an application, recommendation letter, and essay in order to be considered. Scholarship applications will not be considered if the student provides the same letter of recommendation they submitted for admissions.

    Program Scholarships

    Program scholarships offered by AUR are renewable annually until degree requirements are met for a maximum of four years (depending which comes first) and if the student maintains a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.3. All scholarships are only applicable during the spring and fall semesters unless specific to a summer or winter session. Students must be accepted and enrol full-time in order to be considered for a scholarship. 

    • Student Assistantship Program

      The American University of Rome offers a limited number of student assistantship to full-time AUR degree-seeking students. Students who participate in this program provide administrative assistance to the University in exchange for either an allowance or partial remission of fees and tuition. Student assistantship hours can range between 10-20 hours a week and are for the academic year. New students must complete at least one semester at AUR before applying for student assistantships. Transfer students can apply their first semester for student assistantship (max. 10 hours per week)

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    The American University of Rome has study abroad programs with China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Greece, Spain and the US.

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          • 2004-2007, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

            Realworld Experience

            I studied at AUR for my entire Business degree. AUR provided a great foundation for academic excellence and real-world experience. The professors were extremely knowledgeable and always went above and beyond expectations. AUR provided a personalized, family learning experience. I attended various trips with the University which all proved to be great learning experiences. I appreciated the multi-cultural environment and sharing of knowledge. I can definitely say that the skills and training that I received from AUR have been carried with me through all my internships and jobs. I created great friendships and bonds at AUR and am proud to have attended it.

          • 2007-2008, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

            When in Rome

            I transferred to the American University of Rome right after I completed my 4 months study abroad experience through International Studies Abroad. I think I was hooked on Rome from the day I unpacked my suitcases. Of course, once classes started my first semester, the experience at the university made it hard to even think about the fact that I was not going to come back. Thinking about it, I did not had to convince myself that I had to transfer, I was already sold. While attending the American University of Rome, I was fortunate to study in Rome, to get a glimpse on politics in Brussels, to take a short class on business in Sicily and to spend some time studying business and Chinese language in China. I was able to be involved on and off campus and even got an opportunity to work at the university. Friends that I have made, who come from all corners of the world, are just an icing on the cake. My only regret after graduating is that I did not study all 4 years at AUR.

          • 2003-2007, Bachelors

            Personal education, amazing location.

            My years at AUR were amazing. To avoid being too nostalgic, I'll focus on the objective benefits. The American University of Rome isn't a place where you'll be another number, another student, and one of hundreds in a class, or thousands on a campus. Instead, your professor will known your name. Where you're from. You'll be part of a community that feels more like a family. All of this while navigating Italy and Rome as a student. Being solidly footed in both the local environment as well as an expatriate society, you'll have the opportunities to meet people that you otherwise never would be able to - politicians, ambassadors, film directors, rocks stars, and more. Really a unique experience, all while still getting assignments done on time, expanding your mind, and having a fun student life. Which leads me to the location. All of the above happens in Italy. In Rome. A living, breathing museum that offers nightlight, food, shopping, culture, and history. Really no other place like it. On earth. AUR is great to start your 4 year education, or transfer in already completed courses from any appropriately accredited institution to finish your 4 years here.