Rome river sunset
Rome, Italy

Business + Culture

Study Program Part-Time Internship

Dates

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16 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

TBD

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

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Tentative Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

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Dates

-

15 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Take your studies to Rome where your time in Italy’s capital will quickly become filled with strolling narrow, cobble-stoned streets, appreciating century-old buildings, and immersing yourself in the local culture. Designed for students looking to gain an international perspective on business, the Business + Culture program is an incredible opportunity to live and learn in The Eternal City while earning credits toward your degree. 

When class is in session, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in courses at CIEE’s renowned partner institution, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS), which is known for its prestigious business programs. In addition to learning at LUISS, you’ll choose from a wide range of courses at CIEE Rome, including business topics and optional internship opportunities.  

Outside the classroom, you’ll have every opportunity to appreciate the program’s emphasis on “culture” by immersing yourself in the local community. From participating in co-curricular activities to experiencing Italian culture firsthand, discover for yourself why Rome – and its numerous startups and multinational corporations – make this the ideal location to study business.

Unique Experiences

Experience World-Famous Sites

like the Colosseum and the Vatican as part of your classes

Gain Insights From Rome-Based Entrepreneurs

through visits to local businesses and startups

Make Your Own Pasta

in a cooking class in the world’s gastronomical capital

2,500

Fountains in Rome

70,000

Works of Art in the Vatican

10,000,000

Visitors Annually

Experience
  • Rome Spanish Steps and fountains
  • Rome walking tour group by fountain
  • Rome skyline

Your Destination

Rome is simply a one-of-a-kind destination. Once the center of Western civilization, and with a history spanning almost 3,000 years, Rome houses some of the world’s most-visited attractions. It also includes Vatican City, an independent country within Rome’s boundaries and the seat of the Pope, not to mention the home to the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Thanks to its unparalleled beauty, Rome repeatedly hosts international movie productions – more recently for “The House of Gucci,” the upcoming “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning,” and Angelina Jolie’s “Without Blood.”  

CIEE Rome occupies the main floor of the prestigious Palazzo Capizucchi and it is a short walk from some of the main landmarks of the city, such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.  

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Rome. 

The Culture

Rome tour group in Pompeii

Excursions & Activities

  • Participate in overnight excursions or day trips to some of the most iconic places in Italy, such as Florence, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast 
  • Visit museums and archeological sites, like the Roman Forum 
  • Relax while listening to Italian music masterpieces at the Opera   
  • Join local student engagement groups to meet Italians, make friends, and network
Rome student cleaning graffiti

Projects

  • Volunteer with local shelters or not-for-profit entities like Retake Rome 

Students interested in one of the following Academic Projects must submit additional materials as part of their course selection:   

  • Internships: Build new skills and intercultural competencies and become an active member of the Rome professional environment by interning at a local business  
  • Research: Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent, local fieldwork 
  • Service-learning: Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need

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Housing
Academics

Academics

The Business + Culture program invites business students to engage in Italian culture, improve their Italian skills, and earn credit toward their degree with courses at CIEE Rome and CIEE’s partner institution, LUISS. 

Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) is an independent, international university that focuses on the following disciplines: Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science. It is one of the top universities in Italy for the above disciplines and is ranked #22 in QS WUR Ranking. 

Fall exams at LUISS may extend through the end of December, and Spring exams at LUISS may extend through the end of May. Students must remain on-location until all assessments are complete. Should a LUISS exam be scheduled after the program end date, CIEE will guarantee housing. As it is impossible to confirm your exam schedule prior to your arrival, please book an airline ticket with a low change fee or a flexible departure date.

GPA

2.5

Additional Requirements

Two or three semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or statistics.

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

  • Two business courses from CIEE and/or LUISS 
    • The CIEE Internship counts towards this requirement  
  • Three to four electives; if one of the business courses is an internship, the maximum number of courses per semester is five. 
  • Students can only take up to one LUISS course

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: Typically 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours  
    • CIEE language courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours  
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 internship placement hours  
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours  
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 90 service hours 
  • LUISS Courses: Typically 3-5 U.S. semester/4.5-.5 quarter credits; 135 - 225 notional hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Host institution classes can be Monday through Friday. Students are expected to attend, and no make-up assignments are usually provided if classes are missed. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. The academic culture in Italy is more formal than in the U.S. and more emphasis is placed on oral skills.

Class Format

Most university courses are lecture-based with no excursions; they might have some guest speakers. 

CIEE classes are small with typically no more than 25 students per class, and they emphasize communication and work in small groups. Instruction is interactive and dynamic, and courses include field trips and guest speakers.

Grading

Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. A greater emphasis is placed on oral presentation and participation, rather than written exams and quizzes. A final exam will also be administered at the end of the semester.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Italian  

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Internship Opportunities

Gain real-world work experience, grow your professional network, and bolster your resume while interning at global organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and more in Rome. Search here for a more detailed list of internship opportunities.

Marketing, Communications, and Advertising  
Social media, events, advertising, journalism, public relations, and video production.

Human Rights and Diplomatics  
Health tech, digital health, and research.

Entrepreneurship  
Accelerators and tech startups, research, business development, and community management.

Business  
Financial services, operations, accounting, sales, and general business.

Film and Media 
Film production, operations, and budgeting.

Biology and Healthcare 
Lab work, research, and working with local communities.

Media, Journalism, and Photography 
Design, publishing, and content creation.

Note: Please keep in mind that securing a spot in any of these opportunities is not automatically guaranteed and depends on availability and the internship host organization's decision. This internship listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The internships, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development.

Courses

Course Information

Students wanting to attend classes in Italian at LUISS must demonstrate C1 or C2-level knowledge of Italian. 

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Architecture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Architecture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Agriculture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Architecture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Course descriptions, and course lists and syllabi can be found online; note that CIEE students cannot enroll in Pass/Fail courses nor Graduate level courses. Please note that not all courses are offered all semesters and that each CFU/ECTS credit is equal to 0.5 US credits. 

Below is a sample list of Business courses offered in English for 3 U.S. credits. Not all of the following courses are available every year.   

  • Eu Law 
  • Introduction To Business Law 
  • Principles Of Accounting 
  • Information Systems 
  • Business Cyberlaw 
  • Digital Economy And Innovation 
  • Introduction To Computer Programming 
  • Applied Business Statistics 
  • Fundamentals Of Management 
  • Industrial Economics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Managerial Accounting, Planning & Control 
  • Principles Of Civil Law 
  • Advanced Coding For Data Analytics 
  • Blockchain And Cryptocurrencies 
  • Business Law And Ict 
  • Cybercrime And Fraud Detection 
  • Digital Ethics 
  • Legal System In The Digital Age 

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 16 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date * End Date TBD*
Program Spring 2025 15 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Spring 2024 15 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,456**

Housing = $6,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,904

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60†††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500††††

Personal expenses = $300†††††

Total Costs = $4,364

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $278 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Full-semester students only. To be paid at Italian consulate in US

††††If no consulate in your home area

†††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $13,956**

Housing = $6,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,904

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60†††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500††††

Personal expenses = $300†††††

Total Costs = $4,364

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $278 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Full-semester students only. To be paid at Italian consulate in US

††††If no consulate in your home area

†††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,456**

Housing = $6,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,904

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60†††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500††††

Personal expenses = $300†††††

Total Costs = $4,364

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500^^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $278 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Full-semester students only. To be paid at Italian consulate in US

††††If no consulate in your home area

†††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, based on availability

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Francesca Cuccovillo

Center Director

Francesca has over a decade of expertise in the field of international higher education, having held various roles encompassing admissions, recruitment, student affairs, and academic advising. Notably, she dedicated seven...

Dr. Giulia Bottero

Academic Director

Giulia Bottero is the Academic Director and an Italian language instructor for CIEE Rome.

Palmina Trombetta

Student Life Manager

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Pam moved to Rome in 2006. She graduated in Commerce, majoring in Organizational Behavior and then took the Cambridge University CELTA certificate to teach English to...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

Contact Us 
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