UM in Rome 2017 FAQs

Student FAQs

1. Will I still be offered a place in the class from the waitlist for the Fall 2017 semester?

We are unable to offer you admission for the Fall 2017 semester. Being offered the UM in Rome program along with the option to enroll for the Spring 2018 semester is our final offer of admission.

2. Am I a UM student?

You will officially become a Cane in the spring, but some of the credits you take at American University of Rome (AUR) will transfer over to UM and count toward your degree progress, if you have followed the advice of the academic advisor. Some of the credits will count as ‘equivalencies’ and will satisfy certain UM requirements. Moreover, there will be current UM students also studying at AUR for the fall semester, so you will be able to ask questions and learn more about UM.

3. What is the housing like?

Enclosed is a packet with greater detail about the housing in Rome, but for an overview, please note that housing is in furnished apartments with Internet access and a PC within about 35 minutes of AUR. Linens are provided, and rooms are typically double occupancy with 2-3 rooms per apartment. Apartments are same-sex.

4. What classes will I take?

You will be in contact with their academic advisor throughout the summer to select the courses most compatible with your major and interests. Additionally, academic advisors will be available at the orientation at UM to help you.

5. Will someone meet me at the airport in Italy?

Yes! First of all, you will be traveling as a group with the other UM in Rome students and a UM representative from Miami to Rome. After your arrival, the AUR staff will meet you at the airport and will provide transportation to your new apartment!

6. Do I need a visa? How does that process work?

Yes, you will need a visa. If you do not already have a passport, you should apply for one immediately. Please see the ‘Visa Information’ for guidance on the visa application process.

7. Will I be able to travel once I arrive in Italy?

Yes; AUR provides some structured field trips that you can choose to take part in. You will be able to travel; a great time for this is the semester fall break! Remember that you are expected to attend classes, and some of your grades will be reflected on your UM transcript. 

Parental FAQs

1. Will my student have health insurance?

If your student is not covered under your policy, you will find information on obtaining health insurance in Italy in the UM in Rome website. Health insurance is required as part of the visa application process.

2. Can I accompany my student to Rome?

We will say our goodbyes in Miami before students go to the airport. This is an important step toward independence for the students, and going as a group gives them an important chance to bond with each other.

3. Will the courses taken in Italy count toward degree progress?

Students will be in contact with their academic advisor throughout the summer to select the courses most compatible with your major and interests. Additionally, academic advisors will be available at the orientation at UM to help you help your student select the appropriate courses.

4. What are the living arrangements?

Housing is in furnished apartments with Internet access and a PC within about 35 minutes of the classroom buildings at AUR. Linens are provided, and rooms are typically double occupancy with 2-3 rooms per apartment. Apartments are same-sex.

5. Is the area safe?

AUR takes security seriously, and has many precautions in place. There is a section in the AUR handbook that details their security measures.

6. What do I do when I want to check on my student’s progress or status?

This is a great question, and one to discuss with your student prior to their departure. Please make a communication plan or set a communication expectation with your student before they leave. Once a student is 18 years old, they are protected under US law from having their educational and personal information disclosed by University representatives. We will provide a student release form in the acceptance packet in which the student can waive this privacy for listed individuals.

7. How do I pay?

If you will be paying your student’s tuition and program fees, your student will need to make you a proxy on the University’s online system, CaneLink. Please see the instructions on this process in the finances section of the website. If you will be paying your student’s housing costs, that will be paid directly to the American University of Rome (AUR), and instructions are in the finances section.

8. When is a good time to visit my student in Rome?

Remember that your student is expected to be in class, and this may be the first time they need to manage their time on their own which they may find challenging. There is a fall semester break with no classes from October 30-November 3 which would be ideal for a visit from family. Please note that family members are not permitted to stay in the AUR student apartments, and should make other arrangements.