Rome, Italy

January in Rome

Study Food, Nutrition, and Culture
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Information for term January in Rome

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 2 – 22, 2020
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Experience Rome this January. Study in Italy with an intensive English-language program designed for students at U.S. universities. The CIEE's January in Rome program explores Italian culture and society through a focus on food, nutrition, and culture. Experience a city famous for its cultural heritage, art scene, and delicious cuisine.

Unique Experiences

  • Visit

    the Roman Forum and the Colosseum and walk in the steps of the ancient Romans

  • Climb to the top

    of St. Peter’s Dome and experience a stunning view of the Eternal City.

  • Stroll through the piazzas

    eat pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), gelato, and enjoy a cappucino in the busy cafes.

  • B.C. Rome was founded by Romulus

  • fountains

  • churches


Location & Culture

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With a history of over 2,500 years and a population of 4.3 million, Rome is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The city is home to hundreds of churches, monuments, museums, as well as some of the most visited places in the world - Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon - all of which you’ll see for yourself.

Excursions & Activities

  • Immerse yourself in the open-air museum of Rome: enjoy the wonderful sights on the Roman hills, lose and find your way in the little narrow alleys while window-shopping, explore some of the most famous monuments in the world.
  • Learn how to prepare home-made pasta!
  • Bike around the famous Villa Borghese park on a pedal-powered treasure hunt.
  • Visit Eataly food market and restaurant to learn about the Mediterranean diet.
  • Take an overnight trip to another Italian city, like Florence or Pompeii, and learn about their history and culinary traditions. Or, take a day trip to Umbria to explore the food and olive oil production of this region.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Shared apartment: students share fully equipped apartments in historic buildings in the Prati neighborhood. Apartments are located in safe residential areas, close to markets, shops, restaurants, and public transportation. Apartments house 4-7 CIEE students in double or triple bedrooms. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

  • Meals

    Meals are not provided. Students prepare their own meals in shared kitchen facilities. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may explore the myriad restaurants in the neighborhood. 

Rome, Italy

Where You'll Study

  • A

    Global Institute Campus


  • B

    Roman Squares

    Piazza Navona

  • C

    Jewish Ghetto

    Via del Portico d'Ottavia

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

Spend your time in Rome exploring issues of food and nutrition by learning about the history of Italian and European food from antiquity to the present day. Learn about the specificity of local cuisine and habits; the growth of national culinary traditions; the dialogue between higher and lower classes’ diet, and the difference between northern and southern cuisine. In-class work will be augmented with visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to our theme.


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    Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only.


    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations.


    Each six-week course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Rome when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.



    A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

  • Program Requirements

    All study abroad students are required to take one course.


Program Credit

  • Total credit, 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45

All students take the required course, Food, Nutrition, and Culture

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport pick-up
  • Multi-day on-site orientation – introducing students to Rome society and culture, and the CIEE academic program.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2020 Nov 1, 2019 Jan 2, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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