Semester in Rome

Semester in Rome

Program at a glance

  • Academic Year: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Courses Taught in English and Italian (no previous Italian language study required)
  • Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, a meal plan valued at $1,300, excursions and cultural activities, trips to Venice, Naples and Pompeii, and more.
  • Program begins with a 1-week Orientation on safety abroad and Italian Culture
  • Courses include art, design and media, art history, communications, economics, food studies, history, international business, international relations, Italian language, literature, management, marketing, political science, religion, security studies, service learning, social sciences, sociology.
  • International Internship Program and Music Program also available International Internship Program and Music Program also available.
  • Visa required for non EU citizens before traveling to Italy
  • The Rome Dean and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies

Italian Immigration Requirements

All non EU citizens must apply for a visa with the Italian Consulate. Upon acceptance, Richmond Admissions Office will provide instructions and the necessary official documents required to obtain a student visa; however, students must contact the Italian Consulate directly for the appropriate visa forms.

The Rome Study Center is located in a beautiful palazzo in Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle in one of the heart of Rome’s historic centre. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trastevere and the Vatican can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

In addition to classrooms, the Rome Center houses offices, a computer lab with Internet access and printing facilities, a reference library and two small student lounges. The library has a selection of 2,000 volumes in English related to Richmond courses, a film collection and periodicals available for student reference. Students have free admission to the extensive library collections available to them in Rome and access to the University web resources for e-books such as Dowsonera, Jstore and EBSCO. Wireless Internet is available for free to all students. A dedicated team of qualified English speaking staff members is available to support students with a range of services from academic queries, accommodation, advice on adjusting to the new culture to travel advice and local area information.