Transfer Application Checklist

  • Complete your personal statement; 250-500 words on the following:
    • The American University of Rome prepares students to live and work across cultures as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and ever-changing world. AUR is home to a highly diverse student body of roughly 500 students representing over forty countries. In reflection of this eclectic student body, students bring to the table a diversity in perspective that contributes and enriches our classrooms and campus.
      Tell us how your personality and experience will contribute to our rich student body. We want to know: Why are you AUR?
  • Complete two short essay questions (150-250 words each). Choose two of the following four topics as your questions:
    • In Dante’s Divine Comedy Ulysses says to his companions: “you were not made to live like brutes or beasts / but to pursue virtue and knowledge.” (Inferno XXVI).
      How might this statement relate to you?
    • “You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.” (Giovanni Boccaccio, author of The Decameron).
      Give some examples of experiences where you “exerted the utmost power of your mind” so that something “which at first looked dark” became clear to you.
    • The ancient Romans said: “Carpe diem!” (Seize the day).
      What does this statement mean to you in your own pursuit of life and learning?
    • Luigi Pirandello said, “It is so! (If you think so!).” 
      In the AUR classroom you will find students of 50 nationalities, from around the world. Give an example when a thought or belief of yours was challenged by a peer from another culture. What did you learn from this experience?
  • You'll also need to supply
    - Your official high school transcripts, if less than 30 transferable credits.
    - Your official University transcripts (if you have attended more than one university please send transcripts for all institutions attended).
    - Course descriptions for all courses where credits are being transferred.
    - One academic recommendation from the principal, a guidance counselor, teacher or professor.
    - A copy of a 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 need to supply an official TOEFL score or IELTS English language proficiency examination result.

​All documents must be original and sent from their original source.

Please note: there is a $50/€50 Application Fee, payable on submission of your application form.

Finally, you will be invited to a personal interview with a member of the Admissions Team once your completed application form has been submitted and all supporting documents have been received. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face, on the phone or via Skype.

You can complete your application form online.

Application materials should be sent through our online application system or via email to or by regular mail to:

The American University of Rome
Attn: The Admissions Office
Via Pietro Roselli 4
00153 Rome, Italy

Note: If all your supporting documents are not ready when first submitting your application, we will send you a link to upload outstanding materials.

The American University of Rome’s Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional items in order to complete the application process.

  See our Application F.A.Q. for supporting information