The American University of Rome Rome, Italy

View of the Colosseum and surround streets and ruins.

Founded in 1969 as an independent, coeducational, four-year institution grounded in American higher education culture, The American University of Rome (AUR) is located in a beautiful villa located on Rome's highest hill, the Gianicolo, on the right bank of the Tiber River. The university has an international enrollment from all over Europe and its faculty comes from leading educational, business, and government centers throughout Europe and the United States.

AUR is home to a highly diverse student body representing over 60 countries on campus. 28 native languages are spoken amongst our faculty and students. Reflecting from its eclectic campus and student body, AUR professors respect and draw from different points of view, ideas, and real-world experiences, enriching the dialogue within the classroom.

In addition to undergraduate degrees, AUR currently offers three master’s degrees, including programs in Peace Studies, and Sustainable Cultural Heritage, which may serve as an excellent complement to several of SIS graduate degree programs.  

Academic Terms

Fall Semester
September - December
Spring Semester
January - May

Students may spend one semester at AUR.

AUR Academic Calendar


Students will enroll as full-time students alongside AUR graduate students. Students can earn up to 9 credits toward their MA program at AU. Programs of study at AUR include Peace Studies, Sustainable Cultural Heritage and Food Studies. All courses must be approved by an AU Academic Advisor during the application process, and upon acceptance and registration at AUR.

View AUR Course Catalog

Language Requirement

All AUR courses are offered in English.

Tuition and Fees

Students pay regular AU tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, UPass fee, or SIS fee while studying at AUR.

Students are responsible for any incidental costs during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation. 

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee at the time of submitting their application to SIS Abroad. 


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all housing costs. Upon acceptance, AUR will provide students with some resources for locating housing.

Visas and Immigration

Upon acceptance, AUR and SIS Abroad staff will provide students with letters to obtain their Student Visa. Students are responsible for contacting the Italian Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.

After obtaining a student visa, all students without Italian Citizenship must also obtain a "Permit to Stay" with the assistance of EduServices.

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the Program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, and cross-cultural issues. AUR holds an orientation for international students at the beginning of each semester. AU students are strongly encouraged to participate, as it is designed to facilitate the adjustment to studying and living in Rome.

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1
Fall: March 1

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee,

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is generally compatible with the following SIS MA programs: EPHR, IC, IPCR, and ID/DM

Students are required to choose one program of study, a choice which will influence the courses that are available to them.

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