The following classes will be offered from the 4th to the 17th of January 2019:

Archaeology & Classics

AH 204 Traffickers, Thieves And Forgers:Art Crime
Times: Mon to Sat 1.00 pm to 4.45 pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
In this course students will study the history of art crime and its impact upon contemporary society. They will also examine how art can be protected and recovered including techniques of provenance research. The history and psychology of collecting and the unusual mechanics of the art trade make the art world an ideal victim (and sometimes partner) for criminals.

English Writing, Literature, and Publishing

ENG 203 Writing Rome (on-site)
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 106 Photography In Rome: Studio And Still Life (on-site)
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
Using the indoor places of Rome as the canvas space, students will engage weekly within the city (on-site) to understand the complexities of: composition, materials, exposure, and controlled light to fully realize and capture the micro and macro nature of this monumental city. Practical   studio photography time will also permit students to learn the necessary skills of arranging lights and props to capture images using a variety of techniques and lenses. Students will focus on creative solutions to complex photographic problems and discover the versatile and creative potential of working in a controlled environment. This course focuses on the fundamentals of the exposure triangle, composition, and post production to create striking staged photographs of Rome. Assignments will help to learn and apply technical skills gained from the studio and application into other areas of photography.
Bring your own camera. If you want to have the ability to control all the aspects of photography, a DSLR camera is highly recommended, or a Mirrorless camera.

International Relations

IA 364 Cyprus: Contested Borders In The Heart Of The Mediterranean (Field-trip, compulsory)
Credits: 3
Times: full-time
Dates: 7 to 16 January
Cyprus today raises a number of interesting issues for its history, geography, culture, religion, economy and politics. The field study trip to Cyprus is used in order to apply the IR theories learned in class to this relevant case study, and illustrate the practice of many IR issues (e.g. the politics of contested borders; EU-Turkish negotiations; religion and politics; democracy; energy politics; internal national conflict/separatism; the political impact of the EU’s response to the Great Recession; and human rights). The course integrates classroom learning with seminars from distinguished lecturers, cultural ex¬per¬ien¬ces and informal encounters. The field trip will rely on local contacts (e.g. politicians, journalists, diplomats, members  of the academia and of think tanks, NGOs and IGOs), which will be asked to brief us on the political and geopolitical relevance of the Cyprus issue nationally and internationally.
Pre-requisites: Intermediate level POL or IA (200 level)/ European history course / or permission by the instructor. Students will pay a fee to cover the cost of the field-study trip.

Cultural Heritage Management (Master)

CH 522 Rome & Athens: From Antiquity to Modern Capital City (Field Trip compulsory)
Credits: 3
Times: Full-time
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 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Dates: 4 to 17 January
The course covers nutrition from a public health and environmental policy perspective, as debated and applied at both international and national levels. The main definitions and concepts are provided related to macro and micronutrient requirements, human metabolism and diet-related diseases, such as under-nutrition, malnutrition and over-nutrition. Special emphasis will be given to food safety and food safety policies, including foodborne pathogens and surveillance, antibiotic resistance, food labeling, food additives and allergens, chemical use in food production, genetic modification of food and the new genome editing techniques applied to agriculture. The course analyzes critically current nutrition problems and challenges and reviews the regulatory frameworks and policy options towards healthy, balanced and environmentally sustainable diets.


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 submitting 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 an official TOEFL score, IELTS English language proficiency exam or DUOLINGO English Test results.

Please note: it is not essential to have all of your supporting 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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