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Drexel in Italy: American University of Rome (AUR)
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
ITAL 103
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Language Evaluation, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Free Standing
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Erica Sebastian
Program Description:


The Program

The Drexel in Italy program is offered in partnership with the American University of Rome (AUR). This program is open to all majors with priority given to Italian language students. Drexel students will spend the fall term in Rome and can choose courses from a wide variety of departments, such as Business, Art History, Communications, Italian Studies, and International Relations. All courses are taught in English except for courses in Italian Studies.  What better way to spend your fall term than studying in the historic and culturally rich city of Rome!

The Academics

While courses at AUR are taught in English, Drexel students must complete Italian 103 prior to the program in order to fulfill Drexel's language pre-requisite. AUR offers a range of subjects such as political science, art history, business, Italian, communications, and more. Drexel students will be taking courses with local European and American students.

Please review the full AUR Course Catalog to identify courses you may want to take.

Drexel students may view a list of previously approved courses here: AUR - Course Equivalents.xlsx

Students who wish to take courses at AUR that are not listed on the above spreadsheet will need to seek course equivalents approved by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, if you want to take a History course at AUR, its equivalent must be pre-approved by Drexel's History Department.

Grading & Credits: Students are taught and graded by the AUR faculty. The goal is to take the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. Depending on the courses, students can expect to take 4-6 courses per semester. The amount of class content time and work-load required is broadly similar to universities in the US. Grades earned at AUR will be factored into your Drexel GPA.

LUMSA Option for Advanced Italian Speakers: AUR also offers the option to take 1 course at the Italian university Libera Universita’ Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA). This is a great opportunity for students with strong Italian language skills to benefit from the best of two worlds: an American and an Italian education in the same city!  This option has a pre-requisite of ITAL: 311 (or ITAL 203, if student takes ITAL 300 while at AUR).

How the LUMSA option works:
   1. Students select 1 course from the LUMSA Pre-Approved Course List and 3 - 4 AUR courses.
   2. Students attend the regularly scheduled LUMSA classes until the end of AUR’s fall semester.
   3. Students fulfill the the required readings for the LUMSA course.
   4. Instead of the LUMSA final exam, students complete a research paper in Italian as well as writing a journal  in Italian where they record their reflections upon their experience at LUMSA. An AUR faculty member will act as advisor for the research paper and grade the student’s work. The research paper and journal must be completed during AUR's final exam period.


Program calendar

AUR is a semester school. This program is only available during the fall. Students with fall/winter co-op will need a cycle change in order to participate. Due to the need for cycle and program changes, please begin planning at least 12 months in advance.

Fall start: end August*
Fall end: mid December

AUR's detailed Fall 2014 calendar is available here.

*Drexel students will need to either leave their co-op job early OR arrange for early summer final exams.

The Experience

Rome constantly conjures up vivid reminders of its glorious past as the city that built the greatest Empire the World has ever known. With its sunny climate, stately umbrella pines, and an unparalleled wealth of history around every corner, Rome's beauty quickly overtakes all who enter its ancient walls. A walk or bus ride through even the most commonplace quarters of the city yields encounters with innumerable monuments, towering pillars, and major imperial buildings that still stand imposingly just as they have for 2,000 years!

Overlooking the historical center, AUR is located on top of the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill. With its own garden of Roman pines it offers a spectacular view of Rome and the surrounding hills. The campus is near two city parks, Villa Sciarra and Villa Pamphili and historical landmarks. The area also hosts diplomatic residences and several international academies.

map of AUR

AUR's student body consists of approximately 500 full time undergraduates from 40 countries. Thus Drexel students will be in class with a very international mix of classmates. AUR has an urban campus and the compound is composed of 5 nearby buildings, which include an auditorium, spacious garden,  student services, computer lab, classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices. Evans' Hall, a liberty villa of 1920, is the site of the library, student lounges and a beautiful outside garden. Carini 23, a five story building of the '70s designed by a famous Italian Architect (Paolo Portoghesi) is the location of design studios, faculty offices, and the Batista Multimedia Laboratory, a state of the art lab for film production.


Students live in fully furnished apartments, two students per bedroom, with a TV, a computer, wireless internet and fully furnished kitchens. There is no meal plan at AUR, thus students are responsible for their own meals. The cost of housing is included in the AUR program fee.


Students are required to obtain a visa for entry into Italy. This process may take 6-8 weeks so students should act early. Please note that in addition to the cost of the Italian visa, students will also be required to apply for a Permit to Stay upon arrival. All students will be required to pay additional € 195 directly to the servicing agents when completing their permit to stay registration.

For specific visa instructions, please refer to the Italian Embassy website:

Money Matters

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid applies. Students will be billed a program fee by Drexel to cover housing and other miscellaneous costs. Please refer to the program Budget Sheet link for cost details. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after accepted into the program). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities resource and read through the Scholarships page of our website. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so be sure to plan ahead.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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