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 Assisi, Florence, Sorrento, Naples and Pompeii, and more.
  • Program begins with a 2-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.
  • 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.

2 Week Orientation

Richmond staff supervise the orientation and organizes a wide variety of cultural and social activities including ice-breakers, lectures on health and safety issues, Italian culture and visits to some of the most famous museums, churches and palaces in and around Rome. Highlights are trips to Viterbo and the Hot Baths, Ostia Antica, Sperlonga, and to Assisi and Trevi to enjoy its medieval atmosphere and to experience wine tasting. All students start studying Italian language with an intensive 2-credit course taught during Orientation.

Volunteering Program

This program enables students to get to know many aspects of the society and community they are living in and to receive practical, hands-on training and work experience in one of a range of volunteer work associations. Whether students help to teach English in a local school or mail flyers for a local association, they will experience the real world through hands-on work and use this experience to explore major or career interests. Volunteering in Rome offers a unique opportunity to meet and communicate with Italians, to practice the language and to see another side of local culture.

Service Learning and Active Citizenship

Students wishing to earn academic credit for their volunteer work can take the Service Learning and Active Citizenship course, a 3-credit course combining a community placement with written work, designed to provide students of all majors with the intellectual, professional and personal skills that will enable them to function well in the community and gain valuable life experience. The Service Learning course is based on the principles of civic engagement, ethical social responsibility and social justice. The assessment is based on reflective learning, social analysis and public problem solving