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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
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  • Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
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Program Description:


Italian Culture & Liberal Arts in Rome, Italy

Location: Rome, Italy
Program dates: 2 January - 18 January 2019 (You can find a tentative itinerary here)
Application deadline: 15 October 2018
Duration: 2 weeks

ITALY - American Uni Rome -ISA

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.
Popular areas of study at the American University of Rome include:
• Management
• Archeology
• Psychology
• Studio art
• Italian Language and Culture
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Academic Information

Language: classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: Business, Archaeology, Psychology, Visual arts, Italian Language and Culture
Academic credits: 3 credits per subject (12 days intensive course)
General conversion: 3 credits = 6CP Sydney credits

Courses available
Roman Archeology On-Site 
Writing Rome
Photography: Roman Scenes
Special Topics: Madness at the Movies
Italian Food & Culture

Useful Information 

Location overview       
Rome is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Home of the Colosseum, the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica, its streets are full of Michelangelo sculptures, Caravaggio paintings and Bernini fountains. As in all Italian cities, life seems to revolve around food and you’ll find hundreds of pizzerias, trattorias and restaurants.
If you’re interested in the arts, ancient museums and architecture, food, fashion or music, then this is the city for you. By day and night, Rome’s effervescent culture never ceases to amaze with something to delight every visitor, at all times.

ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Italian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Italy. All ISA Apartments are either within walking distance to the American University of Rome, or are conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the university. Travel times to the university vary but generally range between 10 and 40 minutes.

The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Italy and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Roman!

Find out more about the ISA organised apartments here.



This is a non-exchange program and all fees are paid to ISA

Program Fee: TBC
Program fee inclusions: Tuition, Accommodation, ISA pre-departure service and support
Scholarships: We are currently finalising scholarship allocations for this program. Keep checking this page for updates.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Rome.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application ('Apply Now' below) > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (October/November) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at