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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Language and Culture
in Rome, Italy


sightseeing in Rome

The Arcadia in Rome program combines academic learning inside the classroom with experiential learning. All Arcadia courses include learning on-site, where students apply their classroom knowledge in the field. The program was established in direct collaboration with one of Rome’s most dynamic and innovative universities, Università degli Studi Roma Tre. American students will have the unique opportunity to interact directly with the university and general community. Courses focus on Italian culture, history, and language with electives offered from a variety of disciplines.

Please note: If you are interested in this program and would also like an internship in addition to taking classes, then please check out the Language and Culture in Rome- Internship Track Program. 


  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • No Italian language background required
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Through the Arcadia in Rome program, students take a required core course choosing from two options, "Modern Life in the Eternal City" and "Waterways and Walls: Urban Planning in Ancient Rome", both worth 4 credits.  A variety of electives typically worth 3 credits each are offered to supplement the core course, including Italian Language.  Students earn a total of 13-17 credits per semester. For course descriptions and syllabi, please see the Arcadia in Rome website. Most courses incorporate a capstone project, excursions, and co-curricular activities.

If desired, students may also enroll in courses at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, which offers courses in English.  Contact CGIS to inquire about this possibility.

Students may also participate in activities to earn an Italy Co-Curricular Learning Certificate. The co-curricular program is designed to engage all students in the community in a variety of enriching activities and experiences. Options vary by semester and may include:

  • The United Nations in Rome
  • Community Service in Italy
  • Sports, Culture and Context
  • English Theater of Rome
Instruction is in English.

Note:  Italian courses offered within this program cannot be used to meet the LSA language requirement for Italian.  If you are interested in taking classes abroad to fulfill the LSA language requirement, you should contact your CGIS advisor or the LSA Romance Languages and Literatures Department.  

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated in to their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit.)


Winter 19 Budget Sheet

Academic Year 2018-19; Fall 2018 Budget Sheet

Scholarships and Funding

Arcadia University Scholarship: students may apply for these scholarships as part of their application (submit application materials to CGIS as part of the application process)

U-M Romance Languages and Literatures Department - Scholarships for Study Abroad: open to RLL majors and minors. Students should apply directly to RLL according to their application deadlines.

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

Sources for Funding for Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program. 

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Academic Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript (CGIS will review your unofficial transcript online)
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • Partner Application ( Arcadia) 
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


Program apartments.

In Rome, you will live with other students in furnished apartments located in or near the neighborhood of Garbatella. Apartments typically house between four and six students in shared bedrooms.

Unlike dedicated student housing complexes, you will live in leased properties, alongside typical Italian families and you will experience everyday life as a Roman. Like your neighbors, you will do your shopping at nearby markets and stores and will be able to prepare your own meals in your apartment's kitchen. You can also eat at various cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood.

Properties are from varying eras of the Roman landscape, so no two apartments will be exactly alike. Bedding and towels are provided in all apartments and wireless internet access will be available. Some landlords may even provide additional amenities, including laundry facilities, dishwashers and televisions, but these items should not be expected.

Apartments are within a 10-20 minute walk from Roma Tre and the Arcadia Rome Center. You will also have access to Rome's extensive public transportation system which includes the metro, buses and commuter rail lines.

Need to Know

Arcadia University Website
Academic Year 2018-19 CGIS Handbook Supplement for Language & Culture in Rome

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/15/2018
10/22/2018 01/21/2019 05/10/2019
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA

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