rome icharleston program

The American University Rome

The American University of Rome The American University of Rome is proud to be the oldest university of American degree-granting status in the Eternal City and will celebrate 50 years of higher education in 2019. AUR annually hosts students from over 40 countries worldwide. Situated above the beautiful and historic Trastevere neighborhood AUR provides a unique learning experience for its student population.

Rome Location Guide (194 kb, pdf)

Program Dates

July 16-17
iCharleston Student & Family Orientation at College of Charleston

September 1
Departure Day! Group flight from JFK

September 2
Arrival in Rome

September 2-6
Onsite iCHS and AUR Orientation

September 7
Classes begin

October 26-30
Fall Break (no classes)

December 10
Classes end

December 14-17
Final Exams

December 18
Housing check-out

December 18
Departure from Rome

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file for a visa?

  • Study visas are required for Rome and AUR will provide an acceptance letter and instructions for obtaining proper documentation. Once you’re in Rome, you must register with the immigration office for the Italian Permit to Stay.  Additional fees for the Italian Permit to Stay are required.

What facilities will be made available to iCharleston participants while in Rome?

  • Your program fee includes a four month membership to The American University of Rome fitness studios. Study lounges are also available and all AUR buildings and residences have wireless Internet. The library provides access to academic journal titles, case studies, news coverage, market research reports and specialist reports through a wide range of electronic databases.

What housing services are available to iCharleston participants?

  • You will live in shared apartments with other iCharleston students within a 15-minute walk to The American University of Rome campus. Students must purchase sheets and towels once they arrive in Rome. There is a dedicated AUR live-in staff and the iCharleston site directors live close by as well. There is a 24/7 emergency phone in all apartments.

Will iCharleston participants have access to a meal plan?

  • There will be no meal plan options in Rome, though full kitchen services are provided for each participant. Grocers and restaurants are in abundance in the local neighborhood.

What kitchen appliances will be available?

  • There will be one shared kitchen per apartment. Each is equipped with stove tops, a full oven, a microwave oven, and cooking utensils such as pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware, etc.

Are there common rooms? Laundry facilities?

  • There is a common space – furnished with sofas and easy chairs – in each apartment and a clothes washer (there are no drying machines, but drying racks will be provided).

What travel and insurance options are there for iCharleston participants?

  • iCharleston students will receive travel insurance as part of their Rome program fee.

Will there be co-curricular trips made available for iCharleston participants?

  • Students will take an AUR sponsored trip to the Amalfi Coast (Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii) during a weekend in the early fall.
  • In addition, iCharleston site directors complete programs throughout the semester specifically for the participants in this program. College of Charleston faculty and/or staff may be involved in these programs.