ACADEMICS

Why study in Rome?

Rome is a city of firsts: it is seat of the first true world empire and the first true world religion. With over 3000 years of continuous habitation, the Eternal City still has stories to tell. Rome is also an important vertex in the Mediterranean, centrally located and well-connected to destinations throughout Italy, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. And as a European capital, Rome is both international and local, hosting foreign academic and artistic institutes and several United Nations-sponsored and -affiliated organizations while maintaining a home-town feel.

Why study with AIRC?

The American Institute for Roman Culture offers dynamic and innovative summer and semester programs providing a student experience in Rome unlike any other. Students may participate in core courses in the history and development of Rome, travel to select regions and cities of Italy, and Italian language and culture. Elective courses cover a range of student interests, including art history, journalism and social media, cinema, and ancient languages. Summer programs include topics such as history, art, archaeology, communications, digital media and video production.
AIRC programs take students well beyond the traditional classroom-based learning model to a kinetic learning space of theory and on-site experience. AIRC students spend time engaging and interacting with Rome’s history and cultural heritage through experiential learning projects designed to teach them real-world skills that they can use throughout their lives.

For example, journalism, media and communications students research and analyze contemporary issues such as politics, urban image, and multiculturalism via hands-on experience with world-recognized journalists and photographers. Communications students document past and present through new media, photography and video, also with world-recognized professionals. Additional majors, such as history, art history and archaeology, enrich their knowledge base while simultaneously working with the latest digital technologies such as social media, streaming video, and virtual reconstruction.

AIRC programming in Rome uniquely allows students to interact with living history in real-time situations. AIRC’s partnerships, collaborations, and contacts in Rome and Italy give its students unparalleled access to extraordinary people, places, and opportunities. AIRC collaborates with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome, the Superintendency for the Cultural Heritage of the City of Rome, foreign academies such as the American Academy, Italian and international cultural entities and institutions such as Roma Sotterranea, the Centro Studi Americani, and International Association for Classical Archaeology, as well as the United States Embassy.

Students regularly participate in AIRC’s archaeological digs, documentation and conservation projects, conferences, video productions, and outreach via social media and translation. AIRC also has numerous contacts among local cultural heritage professionals—archaeologists, conservators, journalists, photographers, artists, designers, etc.—who offer access to additional exciting opportunities.

All members of AIRC’s international, bilingual faculty are highly-educated experts in their fields with long experience living and working in Rome and Italy. All programs are taught with a low student-to-faculty ratio (maximum 15:1) in order to maximize comprehension and foster curiosity.