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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CIEE’s January in Rome program invites students of all majors to explore Italian society through the lens of food, nutrition, and culture. Learn about the history of Italian and European food; explore local cuisine and traditions; and discover the difference between northern and southern Italian food. Classes are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Rome, in English and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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

During the January in Rome program, all students take the required course: Food, Nutrition, and Culture. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering. Classes are held at the CIEE Global Institute – Rome.

CIEE Global Institute – Rome is located in Rome’s historic center, within walking distance from the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Navona Square, and Campo de’ Fiori neighborhood, right in the heart of Rome.


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    Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute - Rome are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday – Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


    Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.


    The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE classes are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.



    A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

  • Program Requirements

    All study abroad students are required to take one course.

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Language of Instruction

1 CIEE elective course

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 & Fees

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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.


  • 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
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 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
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $1,928 **

Housing = $1,075

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $3,350

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 = $800

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $25

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $2,845

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.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

r?ound-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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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