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AIFS Gap Year Programs: Rome, Italy (Summer)


Spend the summer in the vibrant and historic city of Rome with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 10 credits through a variety of courses at Richmond, the American International University. Courses are taught in English or Italian.

You will live in either a shared room in an apartment or with an Italian family. A typical apartment is fully equipped with internet, kitchen supplies, furnishings, blankets, sheets and a washing machine. Students will also receive a fantastic meal plan with vouchers to subsidize breakfast, lunch or dinner. These vouchers can be used all over Italy.

Volunteer opportunities are also available. Students can choose from the Service Learning and Volunteering Program and the Service Learning and Active Citizenship course.

The Service Learning Program combines a community placement with academic work, designed to allow students from all majors gain valuable life experience and learn about global social and political issues. Students works within charitable foundations or in volunteer groups on activities such as distributing food to the homeless or helping at a local day care.

Cultural and social activities include:

·     Guided city walks

·     Visits to many of Rome’s famous museums and cultural sites

·     Wine, pizza and gelato tastings

·     Opera, ballet and musical performances

·     2-day excursion to Florence.

Optional excursions include a:

·     3-day trip to Venice

·     3-day trip to Sorrento, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Naples and Capri (Session 2 only).

A 2-night tour of London, England, is included for students on the AIFS Flight Package.

Program Highlights:

·      3-, 4-, or 7-week summer program in Rome, Italy

·      Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors

·      Activities include cooking and pasta classes, art and discovery tours, and opera nights in the beautiful setting of Caracalla archaeological site

·      Earn up to 10 credits awarded by Richmond, the American International University

·      Over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS in the form of scholarships or grants.



  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • History
  • Italian Language Literature and Studies
  • Photography
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

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