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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: ITAL 101 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Free Standing Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Lisa Shen
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Business and Entrepreneurship, Health, Pre-med, and Nursing, Humanities and Social Sciences
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Italy: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in Rome at AUR

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Program Overview

The Drexel in Italy Fall Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program is offered in partnership with the American University of Rome (AUR). Through coursework, field trips and exploration of hospitality venues in Rome, students will learn about the Italian approach to an important part of the Italian economy, food and hospitality management while studying with European and American students in a university setting in Rome. This program is open to all majors with priority given to Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students. Graduate students are also eligible to participate in this program. This is an amazing opportunity to add a strong (and delicious) understanding of European hospitality management to your credentials while studying in the historic and culturally rich city of Rome!

Rome is filled with opportunities to explore the role of food and hospitality in Italian life. As a center for tourism with over 7 million visitors each year, students will see on a regular basis how the city copes with its many visitors and the importance of tourism to the local economy. Food plays an important role in the city, and part of the excitement of the term will be exploring the many food options in the city: from simple pizzas at a neighborhood restaurant pizzeria to high end meals of several courses, students should leave Rome with an excellent understanding of the food scene and its importance in Roman life. 

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.

This program runs every 3 years and will run again in Fall 2021. Applications will open in September 2020.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • ITAL 101 language requirement
  • Open to all majors; students enrolled in CFHM have preference
  • Sophomore status or higher


Course Availability
All Drexel students participating in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Program at AUR will enroll in the following 2 required courses:
AUR Course Drexel Equivalent Drexel Credit
Hospitality Law HRM 160: Hospitality Law 3 credits
Food Tourism HRM T380: Culinary Tourism 3 credits

In addition to the 2 above courses, all students must enroll in:
- Italian language
- at least 1 additional elective course from the complete AUR course catalog

Drexel Hospitality Management professor Michael Traud will teach the 2 mandatory HRM courses. Graduate students must enroll in the 2 HRM courses and a beginning Italian course.
Course Equivalencies
AUR - Course Equivalents: list of pre-approved AUR courses that past program participants have taken
  • Students will need to have AUR courses approved as Drexel equivalents by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a History course at AUR, its equivalent must be pre-approved by Drexel's History Department.

For upper-level Italian language speakers meeting a pre-req of ITAL 311 or above, AUR 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!

How the LUMSA option works:
•Students select 1 LUMSA_courses_from the approved list and 3 - 4 AUR courses.
•Students attend the regularly scheduled LUMSA classes until the end of AUR’s fall semester.
•Students fulfill the the required readings for the LUMSA course.
•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.

Students are taught and graded by Dr. Traud for the HRM courses and by AUR faculty for all other courses. The goal is to take the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. Grades earned at AUR will be factored into your Drexel GPA. Review the Study Abroad Grading Scale.

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 Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date End of August
Program End Date Mid December
Drexel students will need to either leave their co-op early OR arrange for early summer final exams. 


Students live in fully furnished apartments, two students per bedroom, with a TV, a computer, wireless internet and full furnished kitchens. There is no meal plan at AUR, thus students are responsible for their own meals, but Rome provides a huge variety of food options from your simple pizza to an involved six course meal. Students are encouraged to take advantage of local markets and the kitchens in the apartments to save money on meals.


Students are required to obtain a visa for entry into Italy. This process may take 6-8 weeks so students should act early. 

Cost and Financial Aid

Program Costs
Fall 2018 Program Fee: $6,380

Included in Program Fee: Not Included in Program Fee:
  • Apartment accommodation - fully furnished with AC, internet, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Welcome & closing dinners
  • Trips to local businesses
  • Weekend excursion to Milan, including lodging, transportation, and activities
  • Onsite staff during the length of the program
  • On Call emergency assistance
  • Round trip airfare 
  • Full-time Drexel tuition (please note this program is a full time program. Check with Drexel Central to better understand what your tuition and financial aid for this program) 
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Spending money
  • Miscellaneous

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

  • For more information on the program, please contact Professor Michael Traud (

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/15/2021 03/15/2021 TBA TBA