Mission Statement

The American University of Rome prepares students to live and work across cultures as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and rapidly changing world. AUR is a private, independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education, primarily offering undergraduate liberal arts and professional programs to degree-seeking and study abroad students from around the world.

Taking the best of the American approach to interdisciplinary, student-centered learning, our international faculty and staff use Rome as our classroom and Italy and Europe as invaluable resources. AUR’s innovative programs promote intellectual excellence, personal growth and an appreciation of cultural diversity in an international environment.


The goals of The American University of Rome emanate from its culture of assessment and continuous improvement as it strives to be known as a leader among American international universities outside of the United States.

Primary among its goals is the quality of its liberal arts and professional academic programs, taught by a highly qualified international faculty and supported by advanced learning resources and technology so that student learning will reach the highest levels of excellence.

Enrollment and development plans seek to match an increasingly diverse student body to its caring, student-centered environment that broadens perspectives and enables communication across cultures through the curriculum, faculty scholarship, co-curricular activities and campus life.

The University uses the cultural, social and experiential opportunities of Rome, Italy and Europe as resources for its growing range of programs.

The American University of Rome is a small internationally recognized liberal arts college, offering undergraduate degree programs of the highest quality to students from all over the world. It is a first choice university for degree students seeking an international learning experience through well-established programs and as a destination for study abroad students. AUR excels in international higher education working with renowned education institutions in the U.S. to provide a range of exciting and challenging programs that meet the needs of study abroad students and are fully integrated with their home programs.

Embodying a global breadth of vision in its work, The American University of Rome is firmly rooted in the local community, with strong links to Italian and European institutions. Its highly qualified faculty are active researchers with established or growing reputations and expert teachers using the best pedagogy to create the most effective learning environments.

Study abroad students return to their home institutions enriched and inspired by the distinctive AUR experience, while our graduates become globally conscious leaders and ambassadors for cross-cultural understanding.