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The UM in Rome program provides students with a superb opportunity to study in one of Europe's oldest and most exciting cities. This special program is an academic collaboration between the University of Miami and the American University of Rome (AUR), providing you the opportunity to enroll as a full-time college student in the Fall by attending the University of Miami program based at AUR.

About the Program

  • Curriculum

    Students will enroll in 13-16 college credits in full-time non-degree seeking status and study alongside fellow University of Miami upperclassmen also at AUR participating in study abroad. UM in Rome students will be taking three pre-set courses (subject to change):

    - Elementary Italian I for which no previous experience with the language is needed. Students will be registered for this course as if it were taken at UM, where this course is 3 credits. At AUR, this course is 4 credits.

    - English Composition 1 or 2. This is dependent upon the student's SAT/AP scores.

    - US History or Intro to the US Political System

    Students can select 1 or 2 additional courses from AUR’s course offerings, and these courses will come back as transfer credits. All courses will be taught by AUR professors. With the exception of Elementary Italian, all instruction is in English. Students will reside in university apartments arranged by AUR.

  • Next Steps

    1. Complete the UM in Rome essays by Monday, April 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

    2. Submit your nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit for Spring 2020 admission on CaneLink by May 1, 2019.

    3. If selected to UM in Rome, you will need to submit an additional nonrefundable $250 deposit check. Instructions will be sent out to those who are selected into the UM in Rome program.

    4. If admitted into UM in Rome, students must attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Miami and will fly to/from Rome together as a group.

  • Important Dates

    April 1, 2019: Short essays due by 11:59 p.m. EDT

    April 15, 2019: Notification of admission to the UM in Rome program posted in CaneLink 

    May 1, 2019: Nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $250 for the UM in Rome program due

    May 1, 2019: Nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 for the Spring 2020 semester due

    August 28, 2019: Arrival date in Rome

    September 2, 2019: Classes begin

    December 13, 2019: Departure date

  • Arrival/Departure Details

    Students participating in the UM in Rome program must arrive in Miami on Monday, August 26. There will be a full-day orientation at UM for students and parents on Tuesday, August 27. An administrator from UM will accompany the student group on the flight from Miami to Rome on the evening of August 27. The official arrival date at AUR is August 28.

  • Cost of Attendance

    The approximate cost is $38,200 for the 2019-2020 school year. 

    This includes the cost of tuition for the Fall semester (up to 16 credits), housing in Rome (4-6 students per apartment in the city, payable directly to AUR), permit of stay fee, and program fees. Please note this cost does not include meals.

    Meals and student health insurance are to be paid for by the student. AUR does not have a meal plan option. All student apartments include kitchen facilities and cookware. On average a student can estimate spending $85 per week on groceries.

  • Visa and Passport

    All students holding a non-European Union passport are required by law to obtain a student visa before departing from their home country. Without a valid student visa, students cannot apply to obtain their Permit to Stay. Upon arrival in Rome, all students who are citizens of countries which are not European Union Members must obtain a permit to stay in Italy (Permesso di Soggiorno per Studio). This permit is issued by the local police authorities (Questura). AUR will provide relevant information and assistance to you upon arrival to secure your permit to stay.

    More information on the visa and permit to stay can be found on the AUR website.

  • Health Insurance

    Italian law requires all visiting students to obtain mandatory state emergency health coverage for the duration of their study in Italy.

    More information on health insurance can be found here. Contact your insurance carrier for information on insurance abroad. AUR has recommended this insurance to students in the past, which is available to purchase online and meets the requirements of the permit to stay. Click here for more details.


  • Scholarships and Financial Assistance

    Please note that no scholarships or financial assistance will be available for the UM in Rome Program. UM in Rome is a University of Miami program, but students will be considered AUR students for the fall semester. More information on the University of Rome academic programs and living can be found at

  • Contact Information

    For questions about the UM in Rome program, please contact:

    Tara George Samperio
    Program Coordinator 
    Study Abroad

    Erika Rose Quinonez
    Assistant Director
    Study Abroad

    For questions about admission, please contact:

    Nicole Maarraoui
    Assistant Director
    Office of Undergraduate Admission

    Amanda Costales
    Assistant Director
    Office of Undergraduate Admission


Student FAQs

  • Will I still be offered a place in the class from the waitlist for the Fall 2019 semester?

    We are unable to offer you admission for the Fall 2019 semester. Being offered the UM in Rome program along with the option to enroll for the Spring 2020 semester is our final offer of admission.

  • 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.

  • What is the housing like?

    You will receive 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Parent FAQs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 their major and interests. Additionally, academic advisors will be available at the orientation at UM to help your child select the appropriate courses.

  • 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.

  • Is the area safe?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    If you will be paying your student’s housing costs, that will be paid directly to the American University of Rome (AUR), and instructions will be in the finances section of the admission packet.

  • 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 29 - November 2 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.