The American University of Rome has lined up an amazing array of opportunities for studying abroad in Summer 2022. Students can choose to select individual four-week, 3-credit courses from our extensive summer catalog or take two courses, at a discounted cost, and really immerse themselves in a subject they love.

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.

The AUR study abroad experience is available to undergraduates throughout late May, June, and July. Since we firmly believe at AUR that an important part of an international education is the opportunity for personal development that it offers, the academic week is four days long, running from Monday to Thursday. This allows students a full three days to take maximum advantage of all that an education abroad has to offer: opportunities for excursions, using free time to travel within Italy or to explore other European destinations; opportunities to discover a whole new side to yourself through immersion in a different culture; opportunities to build a network of friends that spans the globe – all the while gaining academic credit for your major.

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
Off-campus program 
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 on-site in Rome. 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 all entry fees.

 

AHRE 106 SACRED SPACE: RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF ROME
Off-campus program 
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 the ancient times to the postmodern. The course maximizes the opportunity of onsite teaching in Rome; most of the classes are held in the real surrounding, 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 all entry fees.

 

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Discipline: Archaeology & Classics

 

ARC 101 ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY ON-SITE
Off-campus program
Mon - Wed, 08:30 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 all entry fees

 

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Discipline: Business Administration

 

MKT 301 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
In an increasingly interconnected global economy, it is highly probable that students, as graduates, will find themselves involved with cultures other than their own at every step of their careers. This course introduces students to the knowledge-set and tools required to succeed in international organizations, working and managing across diverse cultures. Core concepts such as teamwork, leadership, cultural diversity, negotiation, conflict resolution, and diversity and gender issues are explored within the framework of cross-cultural settings.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: MGT 201 or equivalent.

 

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Discipline: Communication & Digital Media

 

COM 219 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
The study of intercultural communication is an attempt to understand communication among peoples when cultural identifications affect the message. One approach is to learn the barriers one needs to overcome such as ethnocentrism, stereotyping, nonverbal misunderstandings, and translation difficulties. Students will learn how to recognize and overcome these barriers, and how to understand and relate to other cultures.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: ENG 100 or ENG 101.

 

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Discipline: Fine Arts

 

ART 101 ROMAN SKETCHBOOK
Mon - Thu, 08:50 AM - 11:10 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 credit hours.
Students are required to purchase their own materials and are responsible for all entry fees.
 

 

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Discipline: International Relations

 

POL 314 CONFLICT AND PEACE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Mon - Thu, 2:50 PM - 5:10 PM
This course addresses recent political and social changes in the Mediterranean area, with a focus on the eruption of political conflicts and the causes behind them. In recent years, a number of Mediterranean states have experienced a struggle between secular and religious forces over political power, and we will look at this struggle via a series of case studies from the three main regions of the Mediterranean area: the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. While stressing a comparative perspective, regional variations will be addressed throughout the course. Rather than proposing ‘the Mediterranean’ as an essential unit, it will be discussed how different discourses (political and cultural) are part of the creation of the Mediterranean as an ‘area’. For example, in the context of the Barcelona process, the Mediterranean area is imagined as a security zone and as a European area of policymaking. The approach is multi-disciplinary, combining political science, sociology, history, and anthropology.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: HST 201 or HST 202 or a lower level Political Science or International Affairs course and Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

 

POL 320 THE 3 Cs OF WAR: CAUSES, CURES, CONSEQUENCES
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
This course examines how wars impact political, economic, and cultural developments in various countries. It examines both international and internal wars (including ethnopolitical and environmental conflicts) and their relative importance at different historic periods. It defines war, analyzes the reasons for the outbreak of war and the ways in which peace can be created. The course starts with a brief historic overview and then focuses in more detail on the wars of the end of the 20th century. The course also addresses the question of how the occurrences of wars, their types, conduct, and outcomes influence various developments in international and domestic systems. The course draws on the readings from international relations and comparative politics as well as works in political philosophy and history. The approach is comparative across time and space.
3 credit hours.
Pre-requisites: IA 100 and Junior standing and or permission of the instructor.

 

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Discipline: Italian Studies & Modern Languages

 

IS 212 3.00 ITALIAN FOOD AND CULTURE
Mon - Thu, 11:50 AM - 2:10 PM
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.

 

ITL 100 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Mon - Thu, 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM
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 caffè, 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.

 

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