How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad in Italy?

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The cost of studying abroad in Italy is a real concern for many of our students. We get it. It’s not inexpensive. But it may not be out of reach, either. 

Let’s break it down.  

Common Costs of Studying in Italy for Students

The cost of studying in Italy ranges from $3,850 to $6,950 depending on which CIEE program you choose. This will typically cover: 

  • Educational costs 
  • Housing 
  • Pre-departure advising 
  • Airport greeting 
  • Full-time on-site leadership and support 
  • Orientation 
  • Cultural activities 
  • Local excursions 
  • Travel Insurance 

This, of course, is CIEE-specific. Other study abroad providers break it down differently, but we are known to provide the most student support. And this will save you in the long run. 

Still, we recognize there will be other monthly expenses in Italy for students. On top of the program fee, you should expect to pay for your: 

  • Airfare (typically $500 - $1,000 for economy class) 
  • Local transportation (minimal) 
  • Meals ($16 - $21 per sit-down meal) 
  • Books and supplies (varies) 
  • Visas (about $160) 
  • Personal expenses (varies) 
  • Transcript from CIEE’s school of record ($500) 

Rome, as you will find, may not be the cheapest destination. But it’s totally doable – especially if you’re smart about it. It’s highly walkable and the public transit system is cheap and easy. And meal expenditures are, for the most part, within your control. So, save your euros for special occasions (ahem, the food, obviously). 

students at a museum in rome italy

Best Study Abroad Programs in Italy 

While you can find a more in-depth look at our best study abroad programs in Italy, here’s a high-level look at what we offer, and for how much. 

January in Rome 

Spend your J-term in Rome. This program, which is open to students from all academic backgrounds, will immerse you in Rome’s past and present through courses on food, nutrition, and culture. 

  • Cost: $6,650 
  • Timeframe: 3 weeks 
  • Language: English or Italian 
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours 
  • Institutions: CIEE Rome or Roma Tre University 

Open Campus Block in Rome 

Our Open Campus Block program is the most flexible you’ll find. Choose to enroll in one, two, or three consecutive six-week block sessions, with each block representing a city (or up to three different cities). It’s entirely up to you. And Rome is definitely part of our Open Campus Block network. 

  • Cost: $3,850 per block 
  • Timeframe: 6 weeks per block 
  • Language: English or Italian 
  • Credit: 6-7 semester hours per block / 9 – 10.5 quarter hours per block 
  • Institution: CIEE Rome or Roma Tre University 

study abroad students eating dinner in rome by the river

Summer in Rome 

As part of our Open Campus Block program, CIEE’s Summer in Rome is your chance to spend a six-week block (or up to two blocks for a 12-week stay) exploring some of the world’s most breathtaking landmarks and dining on truly exquisite Italian cuisine. 

  • Cost: $6,650 per block 
  • Timeframe: 6 weeks  
  • Language: English  
  • Credit: 6-7 semester hours per block / 9 – 10.5 quarter hours per block 
  • Institution: CIEE Rome 

Summer Global Internship in Rome 

As you consider program costs, think about this: the Summer Global Internship in Rome builds your skills, your network, and your resume – all in one epic program. Gain practical, real-world work experience as an international intern in the historic city of Rome. You can take that to the bank

  • Cost: $6,950 per block 
  • Timeframe: 8 weeks  
  • Language: English   
  • Credit: 6 semester hours 
  • Institution: CIEE Rome 

study abroad students in italy visit the amalfi coast

Italy Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants 

Understanding costs is one thing. Now, let’s talk about how to afford a study abroad program in Italy. 

Here’s a stat worth noting: CIEE offers about $8 million per year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants. That’s how important we think studying abroad is. We want it to be as accessible as possible to as many students as possible. 

Explore Need-Based Grants 

In short, need-based grants are based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR). You just need to complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 

Explore Merit Scholarships 

Merit-based scholarships are based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with a 300-word essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 

More information about what is required for applying can be found on our How to Apply page. 

study abroad rome students biking

Consider Other Scholarships and Grants 

Of course, CIEE is not the only avenue for financial assistance. Be sure to check with your college or university to learn what grants and scholarships they may be aware of and that you may qualify for. 

Study Abroad in Italy Today!

Like you, we know that wanting to study in Italy is one thing. Funding your program is another. 

Be sure you work with a reputable program provider, like CIEE, that will not only provide an exceptional study abroad experience, but also cover as many costs as possible upfront in its program fees. That’s the bottom line. 

Ready to explore what it’s like to study abroad in Italy with CIEE? 

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