The American University of Rome is proud to be the oldest university of American degree-granting status in the Eternal City. We have been welcoming international students to Rome to study with us as part of a global community since 1969. Our history is now a part of the rich story that makes up the fabric of this magnificent city.

International universities in Italy such as AUR offer possibilities and opportunities that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. Opportunities to touch, see, and feel the history of civilization under your very feet. Opportunities to be immersed in a city of great art and architecture. Opportunities to be at the center of world politics both past and present. Opportunities to stretch and challenge yourself with a new language and a new culture.

AUR makes the best of these opportunities by using the very fabric of Rome as its classroom. The city’s 50+ museums and 900+ churches house world-renowned paintings, frescoes, and sculptures. The cobblestoned streets and beautiful piazzas are architectural masterpieces. The city is home to no less than 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Our Professors frequently complement their lessons with on-site visits around the city, ensuring students’ full immersion in their subject. Our students are guided through the experience that is the Eternal City and taught its global context throughout the ages. Each of our bachelor’s degrees utilizes some part of the resources of Rome to enhance the learning experience, whether it be the culture, history, art, or spaces of this ancient city.

  • Our Archaeology and Classics majors get involved in real fieldwork on some of the world’s richest archaeological sites, adding an unforgettable experiential element to their degree.
  • Our Art History majors come face to face with the masterpieces of the old masters and earn academic credit for participating in excursions to galleries and museums, getting up close and personal with Rome’s artistic treasures.
  • Our Business Administration majors work directly with international organizations like NATO and the World Food Program and participate in groundbreaking entrepreneurship and innovation masterclasses.
  • Our Communication majors put their knowledge and skills into practice working with innovative European companies at the cutting edge of technology.
  • Our English Writing, Literature and Publishing majors are involved with leading transnational projects such as the Italian Playwrights Project, a collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY.
  • Our Film and Digital Media majors develop their ideas against a backdrop that has tempted filmmakers from across the globe, using Rome as inspiration in their creative coursework.
  • Our Fine Art majors create art in venues of constant inspiration - the Colosseum, the Forum, the Garden of Oranges, and the Capitoline museums to name but a few.
  • Our International Relations and Global Politics majors gain a truly international experience with first-hand access to the Rome-based governmental and NGO bodies that are major players on the global stage.
  • Finally, our Travel and Tourism Management majors learn their trade with the Eternal City as a prime example of the world’s most important tourist destinations - with some of the greatest challenges to overcome.

Beyond its historical and artistic importance, modern-day Rome is a major European capital. Rome hosts embassies, international organizations, governmental agencies, and multinational companies. It is a bustling multicultural hub for business, politics and research. Rome is constantly playing host to professionals who are leading figures in their field to share their expertise – and AUR does the same. This exposure to outstanding groups and individuals creates an inspiring atmosphere for students as they prepare for their futures.

Thanks to its location on the Mediterranean, at the gateway between Europe, Africa and Asia, Rome stands at the meeting point of cultures, nationalities, and ideas, and it is as much a catalyst for change and growth today as it has been for millennia. Rome is the ideal location for students who want to understand the world we once lived in and the world we live in today.