The following classes will be offered from the 4th to the 17th of January 2018:

Archeology & Classics

ARC 101 Roman Archaeology on-site
Times: Mon to Sat 9.00am to 12.45pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
This is an introductory on-site course exploring the archaeological sites and ancient monuments of Rome. The course will begin with the evidence for the earliest settlement in Rome and continue through the development of the Republic, the empire and the transition to early Christian Rome. The course will focus on placing the archaeological and architectural evidence in its topographical context.
This course satisfies the oral presentation requirement. Students are responsible for all entry fees.

English Writing, Literature, and Publishing

ENG 203 Writing Rome
Credits: 3
Times: Mon to Sat 9.00am to 12.45pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
This course explores the city of Rome through writing. On-site classes provide an interdisciplinary, studio-art approach to the generation of written work. Through the studied practice of descriptive writing and the examination of setting as a vital literary component, students will create their own textual map of the Eternal City.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102

Film & Digital Media

FAFD 104 Photography: Roman Scenes
Credits: 3
Times: Mon to Sat 9.00 am to 12:00 pm and 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
This course is designed for students who wish to approach the world of photography and acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge required to produce powerful photographs in an outdoor and indoor environment. Students will not only learn what the camera is and does but will also acquire a sound understanding of the medium and its many assets. Class discussion and critiques will provide insight into visual perception and visual aesthetics.
Required: Non-automatic digital or traditional reflex camera. Students using film are responsible for processing slides.


PSY 383 Special Topics: Madness at the Movies
Credits: 3
Times: Mon to Sat 9.00am to 12.45pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
What is it to be “mad”? In their tales of horror, suspense, comedy, or drama movies have occasionally given us vivid portraits of madness, of extreme mental illness. How close to reality do these films come; how accurate is their picture of madness? What can we learn about madness from the movies? In this course we will study closely the various forms of madness portrayed: Obsessions, Depression, Suicide, Perversions, Psychosis—as Zorba called it, “The Whole Catastrophe!” We will also look at how psychiatry has been portrayed in the movies—from magical healer to crazed, cross-dressing killer. And we will also explore how close movie therapy comes to the real thing. There are many Italian films that demonstrate aspects of madness and we will feature these in the course. Using the films as our text, we will first look at what it is to be “mad”, we will define mental illness, and then systematically look for examples of specific diagnoses and syndromes in the movies. Each film will add to the understanding of mental illness, as the student learns to read between the lines of the movie portrayals. We will end with a look at the image of psychiatrists and therapy in the movies. The course should be of interest to students of film, of psychology, and of the human condition.

Italian Studies

IS 212 Italian Food and Culture
Credits: 3
Times: Mon to Sat 9.00am to 12.45pm
Dates: 9 to 20 January
This interdisciplinary course will focus on the social and cultural aspects of food and eating in different geographical areas with a special emphasis on Italy and its history. The course will be taught through a variety of readings, class discussions and presentations and there will also be some practical experiences.
Please note that this is not a cooking course.
This course satisfies the information literacy and oral presentation requirements. Conducted in English.

Cultural Heritage Management (Master)

CH 522 Rome & Athens: From Antiquity to Modern Capital City (Field Trip compulsory)
Credits: 3
Times: Full time (Field Trip)
Dates: 4 to 17 January
This 10 day field course taking place on-site in Rome and Athens explores the issues facing archaeological heritage management in two World Heritage cities which are also capitals of their respective nations. 
These cities are required to balance the needs and expectations of modern development with preservation of their cultural heritage and continue to act as the focus of national identity. The course will begin with three days in Rome with an introduction to the concepts to be discussed and visits to the principal monuments of the city to analyze their heritage challenges. The course will then transfer to Athens for four nights, which will act as a comparison to Rome. Athens, like Rome, is a classical city dependent on heritage tourism, but it has a very different position as a national capital and dissimilar conservation issues. The course will then wind up with classes in Rome.
Students are expected to find and pay for their own flight to and accommodation in Athens. In addition there will be a field-study fee of approximately Euro 300

Food Studies (Master)

FS 503 Nutrition Policies and Programs
Credits: 3
Times: Mon to Sat 9.00 am to 12.30 pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
Harold H. Alderman will lay out a framework for the interplay of food, health and sanitation, and child care as underlying determinant of nutrition. Using this framework the course will illustrate levers for change and the evidence on what works to improve nutrition. This will be presented from both the standpoint of economic returns as well as human rights. The course will be developed over ten modules covering: the global picture of malnutrition - concepts and measurement; consequences of malnutrition; becoming undernourished; nutrition within a Life-Cycle Model; underlying determinants of malnutrition; Nutrition Specific Interventions (I): evidence on improved care practices (including breast feeding and growth promotion) and support to complementary feeding and (II) micronutrient programs including supplements, fortification, and biofortification. Nutrition Sensitive Interventions (I): Agriculture; (II) Social Protection; (III) Linking early child development with nutrition.


Arrivals and check in to AUR apartments will take place on January 3 with AUR’s Orientation in the morning of January 4. Classes begin in the afternoon of January 4. Checkout is on Thursday 18 January.

Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 to apply.

Please note: All AUR-based J-term classes have readings and/or other activities that must be completed prior to the first day of classes.


J-Term Application & Admission requirements

Required Documents

You can apply to participate in AUR's J-Term program via the Apply Now button at the top or foot of this page. When submitti ng your application you will need to pay an Application Fee of $50/€50 and to include the following:

  • A personal statement of between 250 and 500 words which should cover; What you are interested in studying and why you want to study at The American University of Rome as a Visiting Student
  • Your official university transcript from the last institution attended
  • A copy of your (valid) passport

Applicants whose native language is not English, (unless they have been attending an English speaking school/university for at least 3 years) will also need to submit official TOEFL score or IELTS English language proficiency exam.

Please note: it is not essential to have all of your supporing documents/materials complete before you submit your application. Of course, your submission will receive attention much quicker if you do have these ready (we recommend it) but, if you do not have them all to hand, we would encourage you to submit an application form anyway - we will email you and give you instructions for uploading your supporting documentation.

If you wish to submit your documents/materials via direct mail, please send to:

The American University of Rome
Att: The Admissions Office
Via Pietro Roselli 4
00153 Rome, Italy

The American University of Rome’s Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional items in order to complete the application process.

​All documents must be original and sent from their original source.

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