An American university education in Rome that prepares students to live and work across cultures
The American University of Rome (AUR) is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy. Students obtain an accredited United States of America bachelor degree upon completion of the academic program (typically four years in duration.) The US bachelor’s degree is universally recognized as a standard of success of higher education.
AUR uses Rome as its classroom and Italy and Europe as invaluable resources. The American University of Rome prepares students to live and work across cultures through its practical interdisciplinary academic majors, opportunities for learning through travel and internships, and its multi-cultural faculty and staff. Students choose from nine bachelor-degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts in Archeology and Classics
- with Cultural Heritage
- with Screen Media
- Bachelor of Arts in Art History
- with Art Business
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication
- with concentration in Intercultural Communications
- with concentration in Writing for the Media
- Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media
- with concentration in Visual Media Production and Technology
- with concentration in Film and Digital Media Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Politics
- Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- with concentration in Finance
- with concentration in Management
- with concentration in Marketing
- with concentration in Social Marketing
- with concentration in The Business of Art
Instruction is in English. Students whose English language skills need development may apply for the Intensive Academic English Language course in order to benefit from a full academic curriculum at The American University of Rome. Through this program students will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English while attending selected credit-based General Education courses at AUR.
Admission is competitive. AUR attracts students from over 40 countries and offers its students study abroad destinations such as: China, Ecuador, England, Greece, Spain and the finest universities in the United States. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students are selected without regard to age, race, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin or handicap.
Advanced standing may be granted for academic credits earned at institutions outside the university system of the United States. Candidates in possession of credentials such as the Italian Maturità, the International Baccalaureate, the British GCSE A levels and other equivalent programs will be evaluated and advanced credits granted on the basis of evaluation.
In most instances, the first year of college (equivalent to 30 semester credits) may be granted. If the AUR admissions office determines that a student is otherwise fully academically qualified but that the English language skills may impede on the start of a successful academic experience, a personalized academic semester or year at AUR may be required.
The American University of Rome is committed to assisting students’ financial needs by offering various academic scholarships and student work assistantship positions to qualified students.
After degree completion most AUR graduates either go on to further their education or choose to immediately enter the workplace.
For further insight into our student body and post-graduation feedback and endeavors, please have a look at our Statistics Dashboard.
The American University of Rome is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (USA). AUR is licensed by the State of Delaware Department of Education, registered as a legal entity with the Rome Tribunal and authorized to operate in Italy by the Ministry of Universities and Scientific and Technological Research.
The AUR Logo
The AUR logo is derived from the design of the distinctive paving pattern of Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill in Rome. Its twelve-pointed geometry has a multitude of meanings, primary among them in this context the radiant role of Rome as the center of the world, the Caput Mundi, as the ancients fashioned it and as the Renaissance revived the concept. [James Ackerman, The Architecture of Michelangelo (1986), 166-70] The suggestion is today still compelling in the dynamic unity of this place as a symbol of the millennial traditions of art, politics, science and culture that are the basis of the liberal education at The American University of Rome.