Below you will find links to each of our academic programs. However, before you start exploring, it's worth (especially for the non-North Americans amongst you) taking a moment to understand how the American undergraduate system works. 

How the American undergraduate system works 

The American system at AUR is based on individual courses, sometimes called classes. They generally meet three hours per week for a 15-week period, referred to as a semester, or the equivalent. When the course is completed, the student receives three credits. One hundred twenty (120) credits are needed to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. This usually means 40 courses, five each semester, or 10 per academic year, over four years. Some students will start with advanced standing because their high-school education includes the Maturitá, the German Abitur, the French Baccalaureate, A-levels, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, or similar rigorous studies. With these, you can earn a Bachelor’s degree with fewer AUR credits.

The credit structure of the Bachelor degree consists of three components: General Education, the Major and Electives, as follows; 

The AUR Bachelor’s Degree - 120 credits 

  • General Education - 37-40 credits
  • Major - 36-51 credits 
  • Electives - 29-47 credits 



The First Year Experience-Explorations in the Liberal Arts

AUR’s First Year Seminar is a signature, two-semester sequence required of all first year students, irrespective of their choice of major. 

Communal learning—where all first-years students encounter the same questions, experiences, and texts—and the critical discussions that emerge from small discussion seminars, make AUR’s first year seminar distinctive. FYS 101 introduces first time in college students to the culture of being in an American university in the heart of Europe. FYS 102, Explorations in the Liberal Arts: The Meanings of Empire, is intellectually stimulating and personally transformative for students. 

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General Education at AUR.

General education requirements reflect the key concepts that make an American liberal arts university education unique. In addition to preparing students in the foundational skills of English writing, mathematics, the sciences, and the fundamentals of the Italian language, our general education program offers students the opportunity to develop the critical and creative capacity to explore larger questions of knowledge and meaning. 

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The Academic Calendar Year 

The University uses a traditional American-style calendar. The year is split into two major teaching cycles (Semesters) of around 15 weeks each.The Fall Semester typically begins around September 1 and concludes in mid-December. The Spring Semester begins around January 20 and concludes in mid-May.