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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/15/2017
Rolling Admission 05/15/2017 06/15/2017

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Auburn University Faculty-Led Program Majors: ALL MAJORS
Student Level:
JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
2.25 (Undergraduates)
Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply Language of Instruction: English
Maximum Number of Participants: 40 Contact: Auburn Abroad,
Program Description:

AU Core Curriculum Program in Rome, Italy


The Auburn University Core Curriculum Program in Rome, Italy, offers students an opportunity to complete two Core Curriculum courses over five weeks in a beautiful international setting. The program is collaboration between the AU Office of International Programs, the AU College of Liberal Arts, the AU College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the University of Arkansas Rome CenterThe center hosts students from several American universities. This partnership proves beneficial, offering participants a chance to meet students from other universities and to help control the cost of the program.

Students will take two of the four AU Core Curriculum courses offered in communications, geosciences, math, and/or political science for a total of 6-8 credit hours, all while studying in the University of Arkansas (UARK) Rome Center. The UARK Rome Center, housed in the Palazzo Taverna, is located in the very center of town near Piazza Navona (centro storico). Auburn students will be provided access (via swipe cards) to the Center’s, lecture halls, computer lab, and library. Additionally, the Center’s administrative staff will be providing all necessary assistance to our students. Previous knowledge of Italian language is not necessary and the program offers 16 hours of beginning Italian language instruction (Instructor Barbara Spacinni) to assist students in acclimating to their environment.

Physical Requirements: Participants should be able to negotiate cobble stone streets, bus and train trips, and stairs. As with all of Europe, extensive walking to sites is common.


The program is designed for students interested in completing the Core Curriculum courses listed above. All students need to meet the minimum requirement of 2.25 AU institutional GPA.

Application Procedure:

  • Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating.
  • Complete the Auburn Abroad Application online and wait for confirmation from the Program Director.
  • Non-Auburn University students must be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional application fee).

Formal Program Admission:

  • Upon admission to the program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by the deadlines indicated.
  • Students will complete additional application requirements once accepted into the program.

Refund Policy:

  • Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.
  • There will be no refunds made when written notice to withdraw is filed with the Director of the program less than 30 days prior to departure.
  • Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Summer 2017:

  • 15 February 2017: Deadline for applying to program.
  • 14 May 2017: Latest date to leave USA to make the start date.
  • 15 May 2017: Start date on location. Students must be in Rome, housing opens.
  • 16 May 2017: Orientation and classes begin.
  • 14 June 2017: Classes and examinations end.
  • 15 June 2017: Date students depart from Rome. Program is officially over.

All students will purchase their own plane ticket to Rome. Plan to arrive on May 15 and depart on June 15 or later.


Students earn 6-8 credit hours, taking any two of the following four AU Core Curriculum courses listed below in an atmosphere rich with Roman culture, history, art and architecture. In addition, students will take an elementary Italian course (non-credit) to enhance their Italian experience.
POLI 1050 - Global Politics and Issues (3 credit hours):
POLI 1057 Honors 

Dr. Jill Crystal ( from the Department of Political Science will teach this issue-based introduction to global politics. The course will focus on topics of international importance such as war and peace, transnational movements, terrorism, global energy politics, democracy and authoritarianism, and foreign policy in a comparative perspective. Students do not need any previous background in this area. Course field trips under consideration include an historical tour of the city, trips to Italy’s parliament, a media center, NATO an Italian think tank, the International Organization for Migration and the Vatican.

COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (3 credit hours):
COMM 1007 Honors

Instructor Jennifer Johnson ( from the Department of Communications and Journalism will teach this course, which focuses on oral communication theory and practice in a public speaking setting with emphasis on content, organization, delivery, and adaptation to the audience. 
The course will have various assignments including speeches, which focus on informative and persuasive content. 

Core.2016.GroupBecause this course will be taught abroad, special attention will be paid to speaking in multi-cultural environments and how to best adapt to those audiences. Doing so will require learning more about the Italian culture which means there will be both classroom sessions, outside speakers as well as classes off campus, held on location in Rome and the surrounding area. Typical outside excursions may include trips to Italian media bureaus, chambers of commerce, governmental organizations such as the Piazza del Campidoglio (Italian government headquarters), museums, the Vatican and more to help better understand the Italian lifestyle. At the end of the course students will take an online final exam.

MATH 1610 – Calculus 1 (4 credits hours):
MATH 1617 Honors

Dr. Andras Bezdek ( from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will teach this first and friendly introduction to the fundamental concepts of calculus (limits, continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, antiderivatives and the fundamental theorem of calculus). It will turn out that this rather abstract mathematical theory can explain various problems of our daily life. By focusing outside of the classroom in Rome, students will learn how calculus is appearing in the work of famous Italian scientists and artists like Galilei, Michelangelo, Bernini and Leonardo da Vinci. 

PHIL 1020 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credit hours):
PHIL 1027 Honors

Dr. Michael Watkins ( from the Department of Philosophy will teach this introduction to ethic theories from the history of philosophy, with special attention to ethical theories predominant in ancient Rome. Consideration given to the ethical thought of Seneca (tutor to the Emperor Nero), Epictetus (a Roman slave), Cicero (a Roman consul and orator), and Marcus Aurelius (a one of Rome’s greatest Emperors). Field trips will be taken to sites associated with these thinkers.

SCMH 1010 – Concepts of Science (4 credit hours):
SCMH 1017 Honors

Dr. David King ( from the Department of Geosciences will teach this course. Students will understand and appreciate the methods and issues of science and technology. To this end, the student in this course will: (1) learn the philosophical and historical foundations of modern science; (2) better understand the scientific method in a variety of situations and demonstrate an ability to interpret the results of experiments as a way of better understanding natural phenomena in several disciplines of science, including chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, ecology, and biology; (3) understand major scientific issues facing modern society, including the impact of human activity on our planet; and (4) acquire detailed knowledge of basic principles, laws, and theories of modern science.


Program cost is estimated at $5,300. All costs are approximate and subject to change.

Included: Tuition (instruction, use of classrooms and labs), orientation, guided bus tour of city, welcome & farewell dinners, some meals, educational materials, tickets to most major museums and palazzos, student card, cell phone for Italy, internet access, emergency travel/health insurance, housing (two & three bedroom apartments), field trips and excursions inside and outside of Rome (including overnight stay in Florence).

Not included: Airfare, transfers, some meals, Auburn Abroad Fee both for AU and non-AU students ($638), passport cost (approximately $135), art supplies, personal expenses. For non-AU students, there is a non-included transient student application fee of $50.

Core.2016.GelatoRefund Policy: Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.

Payment Schedule:
  • 28 February 2017: First payment of 50% program fee due on eBill
  • 30 March 2017: Second payment of 50% of program fee due on eBill
  • 30 March 2017: Withdrawal with 50% of refund of paid costs
  • 15 April 2017: No refund after this date

Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Multiple occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom, and general living area will be provided within individual apartments in Rome for the duration of the program. Accommodation will be provided with four to six students per apartment. All apartments come equipped with 24-hour Internet access and washing machine.Core.2016.Pasta

Student housing is arranged with Your Place in Rome agency and provides affordable apartments in Rome’s residential districts like historic Trastevere, a vibrant neighborhood within the city center. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transport routes to the university.

Lecture Rooms: Students have full access to lecture rooms in the very center of the city (centro storico) in Palazzo Taverna - one of the oldest palazzos in Rome. This 13th-century palace is located within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, Vatican, the Pantheon, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Dante referred to the palace in his literary masterpiece "The Divine Comedy"!


Rome, Italy

With a 2,500-year history, Rome serves as a living museum containing some of the most significant cultural artifacts of Western civilization. Whether ancient, medieval, baroque, or the modern era, its art and architecture are unmatched in diversity and richness. This study abroad program is ideal for exploration around the Eternal City and its surroundings, which include numerous ancient ruins, hilltop towns, and historic gardens. The educational and cultural activities include visits to the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Vatican, and the Sistine Chapel. Planned class activities include discussing global politics and migration issues with speakers from NATO, exploring global energy and resource issues with a visit to an Italian Think Tank, examining the mathematics of early Roman construction, and touring the UN Food Programme. Whether observing unique geological structures or experiencing Italian culture, students can learn about the historical importance of this majestic city.



  • Orvieto, Umbria day trip
  • Florence, Toscana, overnight stay in hotel
  • Tarot Gardens, Pascia Fiorentina day trip
  • Additional excursions under consideration:
    • NATO
    • Italian Parliament, Media Centers
  • Opportunities for independent travel on non-excursion weekends


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact Auburn Abroad ( for additional info on this program

This program is currently not accepting applications.