The Right University for an International Education
The American University of Rome is committed to excellence in education: AUR prepares students to live and work across cultures as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and ever-changing world through its practical interdisciplinary academic majors, opportunities for learning through travel and internships, and its multi-cultural student body, faculty, and staff. It is the perfect combination of the best of two worlds: the excellent academic attributes of higher education in the U.S. through American practical know-how, technological capability and career preparation, with the European and Italian classical tradition of the humanities and liberal arts.
We Are an International Community
The American University of Rome is home to a highly diverse student body of roughly 500 students representing over forty countries. In reflection of this eclectic student body, our professors respect and draw from different points of view, ideas, and real-world experiences, enriching the dialogue within the classroom. Moreover, both faculty and students bring to the table a diversity in perspective that contributes and supplements the basis for learning.
Rome Is Our Classroom
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 over 2,000 years! Our professors frequently complement their lessons with on-site visits around the city, using Rome as a classroom and guiding student through the richly layered experience that is Rome, and highlighting its global context throughout the ages.
Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio
The 16-to-1 faculty ratio at The American University of Rome gives students the opportunity to gain a more intimate international educational experience.
Highly Qualified and Expert Faculty
Our international and highly qualified faculty are all experts in their fields, with degrees from prestigious universities from all over the world and research, publications and creative activity in various disciplines. Many of our faculty make frequent appearances on television and radio, where they are called on to give expert commentary and analysis. Others are award-winning film-makers, animators, screenwriters and artists, and still others write books, articles and internet blogs that are read and referenced by scholars and commentators universally.
Resourceful, Exciting, and Unique Degree Programs
The American University of Rome is the ideal place to take your Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies or in Archeology and Classics (with supplemental Cultural Heritage or Screen Media) or in Art History (with supplemental Art Business). AUR is proud to house Italy’s first, broadest, and best-established American Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Italy’s only American Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Fine Arts and Film and Digital Media. Other areas of study include well-established Bachelor of Arts degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations and Global Politics, and Italian Studies, and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration can be taken with concentrations in Finance, Management, Marketing, Social Marketing, or The Business of Art. Furthermore, AUR also offers an Associate of Applied Arts in International Business.
Exciting Course Exchange Opportunities
Students with the requisite Italian language ability may arrange for credits to be taken at the nearby prestigious Libera Universita Maria SS. Assunta, known more popularly as “LUMSA”. LUMSA is one of the most prestigious private liberal arts universities in Italy and students may select from a broad array of courses. LUMSA students also study at AUR adding yet an additional layer to the cross-cultural nature of the AUR campus. Read more about course exchange opportunities between The American University of Rome and LUMSA.
AUR students also have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in another country through the AUR Abroad (AURA) programs in an array of countries including the US, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, China, Singapore, South Korea, and many more.
Studying at The American University of Rome gives students the chance to travel across the US, Italy, Europe, and Africa, to vibrant destinations such as Boston, Pompeii, Vienna, and various cities and towns throughout Ghana. Several academic departments offer exciting and challenging credit course excursions. The most recent example being Kosovo in March 2013, led by the International Relations Department. In 2012, our Model United Nations team traveled to New York as part of our annual participation in the Model United Nations Conference.
Internships provide an opportunity to work for a company or organization that matches student interests and career goals and, as such, are an integral part of the AUR experience. First-hand experience in the workplace enables one to apply the theory of the classroom to the practice of observing, participating in, and understanding professional environments.
During their Junior and Senior Years, students may apply for an internship with one of the many international organizations or corporations headquartered in or near Rome where they work side by side with professionals in their desired fields. Recent AUR internships have included: NATO Defense College, National Geographic, the Vatican Museum, The Associated Press, The World Food Program, Bioversity International, UBS Bank, the Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the House of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, and a number of national embassies.
A remarkable 72% of the students at AUR have done an internship, far above the US national average of 50%. Even more notably, over a quarter of those students have participated in more than one internship experience. A wonderful complement to their academic studies, internships provide students with the benefit of experience in a competitive job market.