Rome, Italy

Italian Language & Culture

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Information for term Italian Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 11 – Jul 8, 2023 (4 weeks)
$5,650

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 9 – Aug 5, 2023 (4 weeks)
$5,650

Overview

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Immerse yourself in Rome’s rich culture

Few experiences rival the opportunity to study abroad in Rome. Nowhere else can students walk among thousands of years of art, history, and exciting layers of contemporary Italian culture, while surrounded by unparalleled churches, monuments, and museums.

Rome is the home of three major universities. Learning here is a local specialty and as much a centerpiece of daily life as fine foods. The language skills and experiences you’ll gain here will equip you for further exploration throughout Italy’s peninsula.

Each day after language classes, you’ll share meals, shop at local markets, learn local customs, and enjoy everyday life – and gelato! By the end of your stay, your proficiency will have grown by leaps and bounds.

You’ll also be able to put your new skills into practice while conversing with local program leaders, who will help you to discover the city from a true Roman’s perspective!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways

  • LANGUAGE & CULTURAL PROFICIENCY

    Call Rome home for 4 weeks and come back with increased language proficiency and a greater understanding of the Italian way of life. Bring home life stories to remember your cultural experiences. Demonstrate your language growth through a test before and after your program. On average across our programs, students learn in four weeks what U.S. high school students learn in one year.

  • COLLEGE CREDITS

    Earn 4 college credits to either apply toward your future college degree, or to use to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or test out of a language level in college!

  • LIFELONG SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIPS

    After just 4 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.

Location & Culture

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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, and charming piazzas. The Vatican Museums contain enough valuables to keep you busy for days.

During guided tours and onsite workshops and activities 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? View Renaissance paintings and catch up with the latest fashion by window shopping. Eat gelato! People watch in busy cafes, grab a plate of pasta or pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), and live your gap experience with gusto!

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.

Daily Life

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Daily Life


Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 7:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your hotel.
  • 8:00 am: Commute to CIEE for your language class, using public transportation.
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Interactive language class in small groups, with a local teacher.
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Practice in the streets what you just learned in class, through short activities and challenges led by your program leader in small groups.
  • 12:45 pm - 1:30pm: Have group lunch and enjoy local cuisine with your friends.
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Gather back at CIEE to go on today's cultural activity or excursion.
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends and shop. Commute to the hotel.
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Recount your day at dinner and try to use your new vocabulary!
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up your day with jotting down some notes in your reflection journal and get your homework done before the next day. Usually just readings and personal research for your weekly project.
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out!

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

  • Housing

    Dorms

  • Local Support

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

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Activities

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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 Roman most famous "gelateria" and then taste plenty!
  • Bike around the famous Villa Borghese park on a pedal-powered treasure hunt.
  • Picnic at the 17th century Villa Pamphili and play soccer on its vast public 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 Florence, home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • Shake it out on the rhythm of Italian folkloric dance Tarantella.
  • Stretch your vocal chords in an Italian singing workshop.

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

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session I 2023 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 11, 2023 Jul 8, 2023

$5,650

Summer Session II 2023 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 9, 2023 Aug 5, 2023

$5,650

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