Rome, Italy

Exploring Rome Through the Arts

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Information for term Exploring Rome Through the Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 13 – Jul 3, 2021 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 11 – 31, 2021 (3 weeks)


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Live, learn and create in one of the world’s most captivating centers of culture and fine art.

Picture yourself

living right around the corner from where Julius Caesar delivered his last speech;

trying your hand at a range of applied art techniques, from ancient to contemporary;

taking Italian cooking lessons to prepare and enjoy scrumptious meals;

 or playing pick-up soccer in your spare time.

With the Colosseum in your neighborhood and Rome as your classroom, you’ll be completely immersed in the city’s dazzling culture.

Lectures on Rome’s rich artistic history come alive through inspiring classes held onsite in museums and studios. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to apply and experiment with what you learn in hands-on workshops.

Train in millennia-old methods of art production like mosaic design and Michelangelo’s own fresco painting technique. Then move through the ages to photography and filmmaking. Along the way, learn first-hand about the artists and creative processes that led to Rome’s legacy as a world center of art and architecture — both past and present. 

The Take-Aways

  • Portfolio

    Portfolio items, including a final project

  • Knowledge

    Demonstrated knowledge about art history and fine arts subjects, vocabulary and techniques covered in coursework

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Art & History

Location & Culture

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High School Summer Abroad at the Collesium
Exploring the streets of Rome with CIEE High School Summer Abroad
Visit Vatican City with CIEE High School Summer Abroad
The Eternal City is famous for its cultural heritage, art scene, and delicious cuisine. 

With a history spanning 3,000 years, Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Ancient statues adorn museums housing priceless paintings and archaeological treasures. On this program you’ll visit major landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Trevi Fountain and Mussolini’s own Forum. The Vatican Museums contain enough precious works to keep you busy for days.

During guided tours and onsite classes you’ll discover historical monuments, architectural icons and artistic masterpieces spanning antiquity, the Renaissance, Baroque and more modern periods. 

What else can you do in Rome? Stroll through its many public parks, take in the majestic views from atop its legendary hills or catch up on the latest fashion by window shopping along the celebrated Via dei Condotti.  Don’t miss out on the embarrassment of gelato choices! Go people-watching in busy cafés.  Grab a plate of pasta or pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), and live your summer with gusto!

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Local Support

    24/7 support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities:

  • Climb to the top of St. Peter’s dome.
  • View the Colosseum, Vatican, Spanish Steps and other iconic sites in Rome.
  • Take a cooking class in the world’s gastronomical capital.
  • Learn how gelato is made in one of Rome’s most famous "gelaterie" and taste their exciting flavors!
  • Bike around the famous Villa Borghese Park on a pedal-powered treasure hunt.
  • Stretch your vocal chords in an Italian singing workshop.
  • Picnic at the 17th-century Villa Pamphili and play soccer on its vast green.
  • Take a day trip to the hills of Tivoli, home to two Unesco World Heritage Sites with grand Renaissance villas and gardens.
  • Soak up some history, culture and sights on  a day trip to Ostia Antica, the “Pompeii-like” harbor of ancient Rome, where you’ll be transported to antiquity as you stroll along the magnificent remains and learn about the daily life of the Romans.
  • Shake it out to the rhythm of the Italian folkoric dance Tarantella.

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Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2021 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 13, 2021 Jul 3, 2021


Summer Session II 2021 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 11, 2021 Jul 31, 2021


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