This summer, seize the opportunity to travel, learn, and experience the most amazing city in the world. Join us in Rome.

AUR Summer Schools offer you an educational, social, and cultural experience you’ll never forget. Immerse yourself in engaging classroom discussions, intensive language study, and in-depth courses with professors and students from around the world. Earn credits towards your degree or pursue a personal interest, while exploring the culture, history, and food of Rome through this unique, thought-provoking, international experience.

Most of our summer study abroad programs focus on experiential learning. While you will spend a percentage of your time in the classroom, many courses make great use of Rome, and in many cases further afield in Italy, as an extension of the classroom and feature on-site, hands-on learning.

Whatever your major, you will find summer courses that will complement the subject and add skills or knowledge designed to broaden your perspective and your employability.
You may also discover passions that you have not had the opportunity to indulge in before.

Whether you are exploring the business world through creativity with Live Music & Festival Management, exploring Rome through the lens with Introduction to Film Making making the most of your time in Italy with Italian Food & Culture or Italian Fashion, or getting your hands dirty through our Archaeology Practicum you will quickly understand that this is a summer of opportunities, exploration, and discovery.

Adding an international experience to your degree can be hugely beneficial to your future career opportunities: taking on overseas study shows that you are motivated to broaden your horizons, testifies to your cross-cultural communication skills, and will give you confidence in yourself and your own abilities. A summer abroad at AUR makes for a global education that produces truly global citizens.

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Discipline: Art History

 

AH 100 ART OF ROME
The majority of classes for this course are held off-campus in Rome. 
Mon - Thu 08:50, AM - 11:10 AM

Art of Rome is an introductory course in the history of art. The course focuses on Rome, from its origin to contemporary times. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban planning are examined within their historical contexts. Most of the classes are held off-campus in Rome, granting students an immersion in the city's rich artistic history. The course hones a method of description, critical analysis, and interpretation of art and builds an understanding of traditional forms and cultural themes useful in the comprehension of all western art.
3 credit hours.
Students are responsible for entry fees to all sites and galleries.

 

AHRE 106 SACRED SPACE: RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF ROME
The majority of classes for this course are held off-campus in Rome. 
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM

The course explores the main ideas behind the sacral space on the example of the sacral architecture of Rome, from ancient times to the postmodern era. The course maximizes the opportunity of onsite learning in Rome: most of the classes are conducted at the sites of the sacral spaces, which best illustrates particular topics of the course. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different religious traditions, various religious ideas and practices (including the ancient Roman religion, early Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism, as well as the main elements of religion and sacred spaces of ancient Judaism and Islam). Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of sacred spaces and learn about the broader cultural and historical context in which they appeared. Short study trips outside of Rome may also take place.
3 credit hours.
Students are responsible for entry fees to all sites and galleries.

 

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Discipline: Archaeology & Classics

 

ARC 101 ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY ON-SITE
The majority of classes for this course are held off-campus in Rome. 
Mon - Thu 08:50, AM - 11:10 AM

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.
3 credit hours.
Students are responsible for entry fees to all sites and galleries.

 

ARC 293 ARCHAEOLOGY PRACTICUM
The majority of classes for this course are held off-campus in Rome.
Mon - Thu 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM from 05/16/2022 to 06/24/2022
This course is a practicum course that allows students to experience archaeological research, survey, and excavation firsthand and receive credit for it.
6 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: Instructor consent required.

 

CLRE 202 CHRISTIANITY AND THE ROMAN EMPIRE (100-425 AD)
Some classes for this course are held off-campus in Rome.
Mon - Thu 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
This course offers an overview of the history of the Early Church from 100-425 AD, focusing on the confrontation of Christianity with Roman life and thought. It will examine that relationship both from the early Christian and early Roman perspectives. Field trips to historical sites and museums in Rome will be used to reanimate ancient Roman history.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102. Students are responsible for all entry fees.

 

CLS 101 GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
Mon - Thu 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM 
Mythology is the study of the legends about the origins and history of a people, their deities, ancestors, and heroes. The stories of the gods and legendary heroes of the Greco-Roman tradition have provided the fountainhead for literature and the arts in the service of religious and political imagery down to the present. While the emphasis will be primarily literary, with extensive readings of such writers as Homer and Vergil (noting, in passing, the influence upon later literature). The visual depiction of these myths will also be studied. A field trip to a museum in Rome may be required.
3 credit hours.

 

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Discipline: Business Administration

 

ACC 201 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
Mon - Thu, 5:30 PM - 7:50 PM
The focus is on accounting as an essential element of the decision-making process, basic standards and principles of accounting, and how accounting information is accumulated and used in decision-making. Topics covered are: processing accounting information, merchandising transactions, inventories, internal control, control of cash, receivables, and payables, plant and equipment, payroll accounting theory, and partnerships.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: MTH 102.

 

BUS 300 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
This course provides an introduction to the environmental and operational aspects of international business. Topics include international business background, comparative environmental frameworks, theories and institutions of trade and investment, world financial environment, dynamics of international business, governmental relationships, corporate policy and strategy, functional management, operations, and related concerns.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

 

MGT 307 BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
In this course, students develop insight into human nature which is fundamental to business success. In-depth study of emotional intelligence, motivation theory, leadership, and group dynamics provides students with a sound basis for making mature assessments of themselves and of others. Lecture, readings, class discussion, case study, and in-class role-play teach students to apply insight and intuition to analyzing challenging inter-personal business dilemmas. All discussions emphasize a real world orientation with additional emphasis on effective analytical methods and written and oral communication skills.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: PSY 101 or any 200-level Business course or permission of the instructor.

 

MGT 309 CHAOS AND CATASTROPHE: CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS
Mon - Thu, 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Students will learn to both cope and succeed as professionals in the midst of chaos as catastrophe threatens both the firm and individuals. The course will define a crisis and the ways in which individuals and organizations’ management cope during a crisis. Crisis intervention methods and tools for business professionals to effectively work with crisis situations will be presented. The course will cover different „crises“ as they relate to day-to-day interactions, emergency situations (i.e., business-related: product, facility, and image-related, as well as employee-related: suicide, bereavement, violence, and substance abuse). Crisis management programs and plans will be developed alongside a crisis management simulation exercise, to provide a "real-world".
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: MKT 201 or MGT 201 and any 300-level or higher business course or permission of the instructor.

 

MKT 303 MARKETING AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION IN ITALY
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
With a focus on models for understanding and interpreting culture, this course examines an array of organizational communication tools, including marketing communication, advertising, public relations, and managerial communication, as they are practiced in Italy and the United States. Students will explore these practices and examine how cultural differences affect marketing and organizational communication, and will apply their increased understanding and honed skills to a final project designed for a “real-life” client. The course includes lectures, discussion, guest speakers, and field trips.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: MKT 200 or ECO 208. Students will pay a fee to cover the cost of the mandatory field-study trip.

 

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Discipline: Communication & Digital Media

 

COM 203 PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
This course analyzes and applies principles of speech structures to oral presentation. Students learn to analyze audiences, adapt messages, apply critical listening skills and practice ethical decisions in preparing public speaking. Emphasis is placed on building a positive speech environment and practicing speech presentations.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 100 or ENG 101.

 

COM 314 LIVE MUSIC AND FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
This hybrid course provides hands-on skills for future music managers, concert and festival promoters, and tour managers. Moreover, the course explores the process of signing artists, planning, budgeting, booking and advancing concerts, festivals and tours with a focus on pre-production, logistics, production, promotion, and consumption, highlighting the impact of converged technology on the industry and professional practice. Finally, issues of copyright and security will also be assessed.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: COMK 220 or MGT 201 or permission of the instructor.
Students are responsible for all entry fees.

 

COM 323 SPORTSWRITING
Mon - Thu, 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM
In this course, students will learn how to write a sports story. They will also examine issues of race and gender in sports, hero worship and fanaticism, and sportsmanship and how the sports public perceives and interprets it. The course also examines the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 202 or permission of the instructor.

 

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Discipline: English Writing, Literature, and Publishing

 

ENG 321 A MOVEABLE FEAST: WRITING ABOUT FOOD
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
Food writing is defined in many ways: cookbooks to non-fiction essays, restaurant reviews to travel, and personal narratives. This course will examine food writing in its various professional forms and will instruct students in approaches to writing about food for publications. Students will write a restaurant review, a personal essay, and a food analysis and recipe, as well as short analytical writings that examine the work of professional writers. In part, Rome is our classroom and textbook, so students should be prepared to visit local markets, restaurants, and locales around the city where food plays a role (street vendors, gelaterie, parks, etc).
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 202.

 

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Discipline: Film

 

FLM 150 INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
This is a course that will teach the fundamentals of fiction filmmaking to students with little to no experience. Students will learn to create film story ideas, plan them for shooting, operate video cameras for shooting, as well as basic video editing for post-production. Specific topics include: understanding the formal foundations of cinematic storytelling, basic technical skills and concepts of video camera and lens operations, scene pre-visualization using blocking and shooting diagrams, the basic skills of shooting on location, as well as the basic techniques of film editing. The class consists of a mixture of lectures and analysis workshops, as well as hand-on shooting and editing exercises. This course is only open to non-FLM majors.
3 credit hours.
Course fee Euro 75.

 

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Discipline: Fine Arts

 

ART 101 ROMAN SKETCHBOOK
The majority of classes for this course are held off-campus in Rome.
Mon - Thu, 8:50 AM - 11:50 AM
Roman Sketchbook is an introductory course in drawing. On-site classes will provide landscape views, architectural forms, paintings and three-dimensional sculpture as subject matter, using pencil, pen, charcoal and sanguigna (red chalk) as drawing techniques. The course includes individual drawing projects and a written component related to the experience of sketching on location. The aim is to develop confidence and visual awareness in creating representations of the vast selection of art that the city of Rome has to offer.
3 credits.
Students are required to purchase their own materials and are responsible for all entry fees.

 

ART 216 THE ART OF FRESCO
Mon - Thu, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
This course introduces students to the traditional techniques and materials of fresco painting, which have changed little from antiquity to the present day. The main focus is on practical work in the studio, where students will be able to experience all the steps of the fresco process, from preparation of the stratigraphy to application of the pigments, while explaining some elements of the science behind this technique. The course also offers an overview of the history and iconography of frescoes. Visits to museums and churches in Rome, as well as analysis of case-studies, contribute to contextualize the students’ own work, at the same time allowing them to better appreciate the technique behind iconic masterpieces.
3 credits.
Pre-requisites: A lower-level FA or AH course or permission of the instructor. Course fee (includes materials) Euro 75.

 

FAPS 210 INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
This introductory course traces the history of “art as a healing agent”, introducing the key concepts of art therapy and defining its field of action. The historical debate about “process” (art as therapy) versus “product” (art in therapy) in the evolution of this practice will be discussed. A brief theoretical introduction will be followed by experiential and practical work. This course is recommended for students who want to experiment with art as a powerful tool in self-knowledge and personal growth and for students who want to explore the possibilities of art therapy as a profession.
3 credit hours.
Art Studio fee (includes materials) Euro 75. Students are also responsible for all entry fees.

 

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Discipline: International Relations and Global Politics

 

POL 202 COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
Basic concepts used to compare political systems and understand how they function: the nature of politics, power, and authority, political order, change and participation. The basic building blocks of politics in different states are examined and analyzed, the relative merits and disadvantages are evaluated enabling students to understand their workings and make judgments on their effectiveness.
3 credit hours.

 

SOC 120 LIVING ROME: URBAN SPACES, CULTURE AND IDENTITY
Mon - Thu, 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM
This course will give students the opportunity to actively explore the multiple dimensions of the City of Rome systematically and on the basis of a theoretical framework of urbanism, cultural studies, and social theory. The students will examine how the city impacts its citizens, its businesses, and social organizations.
3 credit hours.

 

SOC 300 GLOBAL SOCIETIES
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
This upper-level sociology course analyzes the complex structures and embedded qualities of global societies. The course introduces students to the study of societal transformations and global inequalities using different and, at times, conflicting sociological perspectives – ranging from feminist theories to post-colonialism. Classes will connect the social reality of the world we live in, its global inter-connections, and touch on current dilemmas – e.g. the impact of climate change; addiction to social media; global justice; activism and agency; reflexivity and positionality; performativity and (mis)representation. Students are expected to participate actively and to critically reflect on their beliefs and assumptions about the social world.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: Sophomore standing and a low-level course in the social or political or communication sciences, or permission of the instructor.

 

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Discipline: Italian Studies & Modern Languages

 

IS 212 ITALIAN FOOD AND CULTURE
Mon - Thu, 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM 
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.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102.

 

IS 214 ITALIAN FASHION
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
This course examines the history of Italy’s fashion industry in order to understand how it gained strength and importance in Italian culture. The course will analyze how fashion has been effective historically as a communication system that has represented the development of Italian national identity and in turn has had a considerable impact on Italian society and culture. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course makes use of novels, periodicals and films from the late 19th century post-unification period to the present and will highlight the close connection between the massive presence of art in Italy and its influence on the development of a collective sense of aesthetics that finds confirmation in fashion. The course will also address contemporary issues relating to the fashion industry, such as black market fashion production and the search for a humanitarian and ethically responsible fashion practices.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102.

 

IS 320 ITALIAN MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
This course has a thematic approach, applying the analytical theories of cultural studies to contemporary Italian media and popular culture, focusing on: the evolution of Italian print and broadcast media in terms of their impact on Italian culture and society; the effect of Italy’s regional character on sports, use of language, gastronomic traditions; the role of folktales, popular theatre, and folk music; popular expressions of religious life (Carnival, Passion Plays, etc); the relationship between local craftsmanship and high fashion. Students will apply and develop their analytical skills by actively engaging with these phenomena through field trips, case studies, and example texts.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102. Conducted in English.

 

Italian Language ITL 100 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 
This program is available at three different times. You can choose which section you'd like to join.
SECTION A. Mon - Thu, 08:50 AM  - 11:10 AM
SECTION B. Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM  - 2:10 PM
SECTION C. Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
Open to students with no previous training in Italian, the course introduces features of the Italian language needed for interaction in everyday practical situations, such as the café, restaurant, accommodation and in shops. The course satisfies a limited number of immediate needs necessary for survival in the target language culture. Cultural topics, such as religion in Italy, Italian geography, and Italian families will also be studied through readings in English, in order to familiarize the student with certain aspects of contemporary Italian society and culture.
3 credit hours.
No placement examination.
This course does not constitute a pre-requisites for ITL 102.
This course can not be taken simultaneously with, or after successful completion of ITL 101.

 

ITL 101 ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I
Mon - Thu 2:50 PM - 5:50 PM
In this course students establish an introductory base in the Italian language in the four areas of language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. At the successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in everyday spoken Italian by performing the following functions: greet people and introduce themselves, give and follow simple directions, respond to and ask questions, describe their families and friends, order items in a café, discuss their life at school and hobbies, express likes and dislikes, and recount recent past actions. Students will be able to read simple written texts in Italian and write short paragraphs on familiar topics. Students will also have gained specific knowledge about contemporary Italy through cultural readings on topics such as family life, pastimes, and food and wine culture.
4 credit hours.
No placement examination.
Required for AUR degree students.

 

ITL 102 ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:50 PM
This course, open to students who have taken ITL 101 or equivalent or the appropriate placement examination, is a continuation of ITL 101, Elementary Italian I. The course focuses on vocabulary expansion and strengthening the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading in order to provide students with the ability to converse on familiar social situations related to school, recreation, and particular interests, provide oral descriptions in the major time frames (past, present, and future), read short written texts, and write short compositions on familiar topics.
4 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ITL 101 or placement examination.
Required for AUR degree students.

 

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Discipline: Mathematics & Science

 

ENV 102 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
This course introduces the physical elements and processes responsible for weather and climate, vegetation, soils, plate tectonics, landforms, their distributions, and their significance to humans. This special session of Physical Geography examines these processes as they are expressed in the context of the Italian Peninsula and the larger Mediterranean region.
3 credit hours.

 

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