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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Major: Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Italian, Literature, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies
Program Description:

IES Rome: Language & Area Studies

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About the Program | Rome,Italy | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
Complemented by engaged community service, the IES Rome program offers with intermediate and advanced Italian language skills a curriculum that focuses on the city’s unmatched historical and artistic past and its modern role in international politics and development.  Founded in 2003, the IES Center is situated in the Nomentana district, an attractive residential area easily accessible by public transportation to the historical center of Rome.

Rome, Italy
Rome is a living museum, a unique environment to understand the ups and downs in the history of humankind. Over three million people do their daily business surrounded by 2,500 years of history – including legendary ruins, architecture, and art. The capital of Italy, Rome is the country's political center and a major religious center, being the host to the Vatican– an independent state within Rome.

Studying abroad in Rome means learning from Rome and its Mediterranean pace of life – from the open markets to the sudden strikes, from the humorous Romans to the high politics of a European capital.  As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome ... a presto!

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • completion of two semesters of Italian, including ITAL 2030 or higher, at Tulane with a grade of B or higher in the year prior to study abroad is encouraged, but not required.
  • Italian majors/minors planning to study abroad for the academic year should consider the Bologna Program.

Fields of Study
History of Art & Architecture; Literature, Drama & Film; Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology

Academic Culture
The IES Rome program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation that introduces students to IES staff, other program participants, and the city of Rome. All students participate in an intensive Italian language program (not for academic credit).  The orientation program aims to acquaint students with local speakers and provide detailed information on academics, housing, transportation, and health & safety in Rome. The period culminates with a weekend field trip to a destination such as Assisi or Perugia. 

During the semester, Newcomb-Tulane students enroll in the following IES courses: Italian language course (4-6 credits depending on placement determined by an on-site language placement test during orientation) and 3-4 additional courses from the IES area studies course offerings (in English or Italian).

In effort to connect IES participants with local students, the IES courses taught in English are generally available to local Italian students from Roma Tre.  Students with appropriate language proficiency and academic background are encouraged to take one or two courses at local Italian universities such as Università degli studi Roma Tre, Università degli studi di Roma 1 "La Sapienza,”  and Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA).

**A note to Italian majors and minors: Newcomb-Tulane students wishing to receive major and/or minor Italian credit for coursework completed on this program must seek prior approval from the Italian Department.

Student Life
The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to our Rome staff, your fellow students, and the city of Rome. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during the week.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
During the semester, IES Rome students engage in daily life by participating in cooking classes and visits to the local farmer's markets, taking part in papal audience on Wednesdays, attending outings to art exhibitions, concerts, and the opera, enjoying Italian regional specialties at trattoria nights or even joining the IES Abroad-sponsored soccer team.

Tulane students stay in homestays arranged by IES.  Located throughout the city, homestays generally house only one or two students and may offer private rooms. You will receive a daily breakfast and have the option of sharing certain evening meals each week with your host family. Commute times may range from 45-90 minutes, which is very typical for local students at Roman universities. Homestay students are also assigned an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian host who is a student or young professional.

Helpful Links  
IES Rome: Language and Area Studies

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.