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Italy: Roma (Rome)


Study with Cornell in Rome and experience extraordinary art, architecture, and urban history firsthand while living in an unparalleled center of European history and culture. Connect with internationally known artists, planners, architects, and scholars, and work with renowned Cornell faculty.

For nearly 30 years Cornell in Rome’s international education program has provided an academically challenging and rewarding abroad experience for thousands of talented undergraduate artists, architects, and urbanists.

The semester-long program is open to visiting (non-Cornell) students in the disciplines of architecture, visual arts, and urban studies, as well as related fields such as art and architecture history, landscape architecture, classics, international studies, medieval studies, and sociology. The program is open to Cornell students from the colleges of AAP, Human Ecology, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hotel Administration, Engineering, and Industrial and Labor Relations.

All courses are taught in English and designed for third or fourth year students.

Courses are offered both fall and spring semesters in architectural design, history and theory, studio art, art history, and contemporary Italian art, Italian cinema, contemporary Italian culture, and Italian language. The spring roster also includes courses in urban studies and European politics.

Students may apply to the architecture design studio (portfolio required for visiting students in professional, 5 year programs), art studio (portfolio required for visiting students), or urban studies track. A liberal studies track is also available for students interested in the program focus but not pursuing a specific major in architecture, art, or urban studies.

Courses make use of Rome's wealth of museums, archaeological sites, historical and contemporary art collections, churches, and public spaces while an extensive field trip program draws upon the country’s historic legacy. The program offers a dynamic lecture series featuring contemporary architects, artists, and planners. With a maximum enrollment of 60 students each semester, students benefit from an intimate and serious academic environment that gives ample opportunity to know one another and their instructors.

Cornell in Rome's resident faculty are chosen from internationally known scholars, critics, architects, and artists — all experts in using the city as a resource for instruction and inspiration. Additionally, distinguished Cornell faculty from the architecture, art, and city and regional planning departments in Ithaca, live and teach in Rome during the semester.

The program’s studios and classrooms are in Palazzo Lazzaroni, a handsomely restored 17th-century building in the historic center of Rome. Large, furnished student apartments, with wifi, house all undergraduates and are within easy walking distance of the palazzo.

As residents living in the center of Rome, students enjoy daily contact with the urban life of a European city with nearly 3,000 years of history and its extraordinary backdrop of traditional and contemporary art and architecture. Cornell in Rome students say the Rome semester represents the best of their undergraduate years. Consider joining us!

Application Deadlines:

Students from other colleges and universities
October 1, 2013 for Spring 2014,
January 30, 2014 for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015,
then rolling admission through April 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring terms.

AAP students
November 1 for the following academic year


* Courses are offered both Fall and Spring terms in architectural design, history, and theory, studio art, art history, drawing, photography, and Italian language. Additionally, urban studies courses, including field research in Roman neighborhoods, are available spring terms.
* Extensive studio work, on-site classes, and a rich field trip itinerary.
* Enjoy a small school environment in one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world.
* Study with outstanding faculty experienced in using Rome's unparalleled resources.


Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Fall and Spring terms

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Subject Areas

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Arts
  • City And Regional Planning
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classical Studies
  • Culture
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • European Studies (includes Politics)
  • Field-study
  • Film
  • Foreign Language
  • Internship Programs
  • Italian
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Medieval Studies
  • Photography
  • Political Science/politics
  • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
  • Research Study
  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Student Trips (non-credit)
  • Studio Arts
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Visual Arts

Cost in US$:

USD 29,480

Program Fees Include:

Tuition: 22,565 USD
Housing: 4,915 USD
Field trip fee: 2,000 USD

Experience Required


    Students should have completed two years of a university program.

This Program is open to

American, European and Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Group living

Participants Travel

in Groups

Typically Participants Work


Scholarships are Available

For Cornell students only

Application Process Involves

  • Written Application
  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Other
  • Essay

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-2 months