Summer in Rome

Summer Program in Rome, Italy

Study art history, communications, history, Italian language and more during a summer, semester or year abroad with Richmond in Rome, Italy.  By including your tuition, housing, meals and cultural activities in one guaranteed price, Richmond makes it simple for you to live and study in Rome and experience all that the Eternal City has to offer.

Living in central Rome puts over 2,000 years of history at your doorstep. Be a part of the community, not just a tourist, living in your own Roman apartment and enjoying restaurants and cafes throughout the city with your meal vouchers. Experience the culinary side of Italian culture with wine tasting and cooking classes.

In Italy, Richmond offers excursions to enchanting Venice, energetic Naples and haunting Pompeii.

Program at a glance

  • 3-, 4-, or 7-week summer program in Rome, Italy
  • Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • No previous Italian language study required
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required (2.0 and above considered on a case by case basis)
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, meals, excursions and cultural activities, day trips, and more.
  • 3-week students earn up to 3 semester credits; 4-week students earn up to 7 semester credits, 7-week students earn up to 10 semester credits
  • Courses offered in art, art history, communications, fashion, history, Italian language, photography, religion and sociology
  • The local 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
  • One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.

Application and Scholarship Deadlines

Program Courses

Session 1-3 Weeks

Italian Language Course

ITL 103/ITL 3831 (3) | Elementary Italian I (A1 CEFR)

Courses Taught in English

ARH 305/AVC 5810 (3) | Introduction to Renaissance and Baroque Art in Rome

HST 314/HST 5815 (3) | History of Food and Table Manners

RLG 300/RLG 5810 (3) | Comparative World Religion

Session 2-4 Weeks

These 45-hour courses are taught at the Rome Study Center by highly-qualified local instructors. CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level is indicated in parentheses.

Italian Language Courses

ITL 3831 (3) | Elementary Italian I (A1 CEFR)

ITL 3832 (3) | Elementary Italian I (A1/A2 CEFR)

ITL 4831 (3) | Intermediate Italian I (A2/B1 CEFR)

ITL 4832 (3) | Intermediate Italian II (B2 CEFR)

ITL 5830 (3) | Advanced Italian (B2/C1 CEFR)

The following courses are taught in English

Art, Design and Media

ADM 5875 (3) | Sketchbook of Rome

ADM 5860 (3) | Photography for the Media

Art History

AVC 4800 (1) | Introduction to Italian Art

AVC 5840 (3) (7-week or Internship Program only) | Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC – 2000 AD


FLM 5800 (3) | History of Italian Cinema and Society


HST 5805 (3) | Rome through the Ages

HST 5820 (3) | History of the Italian Mafia


SCL 5855 (3) | Culture and Style in Italy