The Basics

  • Founded: 1969 - the first American University to be established in Rome.


  • Location: Rome, Italy.

    The campus is situated at the top of Gianicolo in the Monteverde district (Rome's most desirable residential area) and overlooks the city center, medieval Trastevere, and the Tiber river.

    Public transport links are good and the campus is walking distance to Rome’s historic center.

    To the Vatican: Driving - 7 minutes, walking - 30 minutes

    To Colosseo: Driving -14 minutes, walking 40 minutes

    To Testaccio: Driving - 8 minutes, walking 30 minutes

    To Villa Pampheli: Driving - 3 minutes, walking 7 minutes

    To London: flight time - 2 hours, 35 minutes

    To Berlin: flight time - 2 hours, 5 minutes

    To Paris: flight time - 2 hours, 0 minutes

    To Istanbul: flight time - 2 hours, 30 minutes

    To Athens: flight time - 1 hour, 55 minutes.


  • Type: Private, liberal arts university founded on the idea that Rome itself is an ideal classroom and that a students' educational experience is broadened and enriched by living and learning in a multicultural, multinational environment.


  • Focus: American undergraduate & graduate degrees that blend the liberal arts with career preparation, access to international institutions and a global network of alumni, while adding key elements of the Italian/European classical tradition of the humanities.


Enrolment, Admissions, Financial Aid

  • Student Profile: 500-600 students from over 50 countries
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
  • Average class size: 16
  • Tuition: see latest information here
  • Financial Aid: AUR provides student and parent Federal loan programs, scholarships and student assistantships to help fund and take advantage of a high quality education.

Academics and Faculty

Academic Program: 10 bachelor’s degree programs with 16 concentrations or tracks, 2 associate degree programs and 23 minors, plus 3 master’s degree programs

Faculty: 70 (full and part time) many with degrees from leading global institutions and/or high-profile industry experience in their fields

Calendar: Semester (Fall Semester, Winter Session, Spring Semester, Summer Session)

Internships: Academic internships for course credit, available in all majors, provide students with various pathways from academics to a career. Over 75% of our students undertake at least one internship, many take two.

Study Abroad: China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Greece, Spain, USA and more.



Originally a Barnabite monastery, later a radio station, recording studio, and guest house; AUR's main campus is built around 4 core buildings - Building A (Administration) Building B (teaching), the AUR Library, and the Auriana Auditorium. Over recent years, AUR has expanded into a number of other neighborhood buildings including the Carini Building and the AUR Art Studios on Via Mesina (all within a couple of minutes walk). The area around AUR's main campus is a center for culture and international affairs housing The American Academy, the US Ambassador to the Holy See's residence, the Irish Embassy, the Spanish Ambassador's residence, Villa Aurelia, and the Museo della Repubblica Romana e della Memoria Garibaldina (to name just a few).