In Rome students learn ancient history while visiting the Colosseum, the Forum and the Palatine Hill; they live immersed in an almost uninterrupted sequence of monuments -from early Christian basilicas, Romanesque churches, Renaissance palaces, to the fountains and churches of the Baroque period, which more than any other age has shaped the look of the city. Great examples of modern and contemporary architecture are also to be found here, from Neoclassical to Fascist architecture.
Rome’s atmosphere is like no other city – a monumental, busy capital and yet an appealingly relaxed place, with a centre that still preserves its traditions and old village charms.
The Rome Study Center
It is located in Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, in the very heart of Rome, a few steps away from Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Pantheon. Across the street is the church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a must-see for opera lovers, as in this church the action of the first act of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca takes place.
The neighbourhood where the Richmond in Rome Center is located is one of the richest areas of Rome’s historic centre. Within a short walking distance are some of the most well-known and best-loved of Rome’s many sites – including sublime monuments, beautiful piazzas, bustling markets and lively cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trastevere may also be reached on foot in a few minutes.
The Rome Study Abroad Semester starts with an intense two week preparatory programme in Florence.
Programme staff move to Florence to supervise all aspects of the two week Orientation. Students take intensive Italian language courses and are offered a variety of cultural and social activities which include lectures on health and safety issues, Italian culture, visits to famous museums, churches and palaces of Florence. Highlights are day trips to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery, and to Siena to enjoy its medieval atmosphere, the famous shell-shaped piazza, the central cathedral and museums.
For a full list of courses click here.
Throughout the semester a variety of social and cultural exchange activities are organised with Italian students, visits to major art attractions in the city and in the Roman countryside, outings to concerts, operas, plays, art exhibits and sporting events. A small additional fee may be required to participate in some of the activities. Should students want to organise visits to other parts of the city or Italy the Richmond staff are available to help plan and advise.
- Volunteer programme
- Wine tasting
- Learn to cook Italian
- Weekend excursions to Venice, Pompeii, Capri and Naples to name a few destinations.
Accommodation in Rome
During the 2 week Orientation Programme in Florence, students stay in multi-bedded rooms in a centrally located hotel or residence.
When students move to Rome they will live in supervised student apartments or with an Italian family. Apartments and families are contracted for the exclusive use of Richmond in Rome students and are located in different areas of the city.
Apartments are fully equipped with the essentials: basic kitchen supplies, furnishings, linens, pillows and blankets. All accommodation is within a 45 minute commute to the Study Center.
In Florence students are served breakfast and dinner at the hotel every day.
In Rome students receive meal vouchers for five breakfasts and lunches (or dinners) each week. The vouchers are pre-paid and can be used in a large variety of selected cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, take-out and grocery stores. Typical meal facilities include family-run trattorias and pizzerias as well as deli and produce stores. The meal vouchers are meant as a supplement to students’ own funds to purchase meals.
How to Apply
Students from the USA not studying at one of our partner institutions:
If you are not studying at one of our partner institutions, you should apply through our American partner AIFS, click here.
Students from our US partners and students from outside of the USA (including students from our non US partner universities):
If you are studying at one of our partner institutions, or if you live outside of the USA, please complete the Visiting Student Application and submit it together with Official transcripts or Certified Original copies of all university work to date; a 500 word statement explaining why you wish to join Richmond and what you hope to gain from the experience and one confidential reference letter in an enveloped sealed by your referee.
Current Richmond degree students:
Students wishing to study at our Rome campus should contact their academic advisor and contact Professor Mary Robert.
For all American students:
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT USE FEDERAL LOANS issued through the US Department of Education (FAFSA) to study abroad in Rome .