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Freshmen Abroad: Destination Rome (Italy)

Rome, Italy
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This program is not running for the fall 2021 term.

Do the extraordinary and make a story of your own in Rome, Italy! Live, study, and grow in a city with over 2,000 years of history. Overlooking the historical center of the city, the American University of Rome (AUR), our long-standing partner, is located on top of Rome’s highest hill. Destination Rome students benefit from our collaboration with AUR by being able to select a wide range of courses in English and by having the support of a local university.

The neighborhood, just off the ancient Roman route Via Aurelia, offers a variety of restaurants, shops, cafes, and an outdoor market, allowing students to savor Roman living.  Rome is a city rich in contrasts, where students will have the opportunity to engage with both the intricate history and the vibrant modernity of Rome.


All Destination Rome students attend a mandatory orientation in College Park in August just prior to departure, and then leave together as a group for Rome. Students travel to the airport in a University-owned bus. The orientation covers all the logistics for the program, academics, housing, health and safety, cultural information, community building activities, and a parent orientation. Students also enjoy an on-site orientation in Rome designed to ensure a smooth transition to life abroad and an introduction to all of AUR's amenities and programs. AUR staff arrange for students to be met at the airport and brought to their apartment upon arrival in Italy.

When students return to the US after their semester abroad, they are responsible for pick-up at the airport.

Check out this video, made by a Maryland-in-Rome student, which shows a little bit of what you'll find!

Spring admitted freshman students are eligible to apply. You do not have to commit to UMD to apply.

Applicants must be 18 years of age by August 1st, 2020. This is due to visa requirements. 

Destination Rome is open to students who have been admitted to the University of Maryland as freshmen for spring 2020. You do not have to commit to UMD to apply.

To go started on your application, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Once you have created your directory ID, come back to this brochure and click the “Apply Now” button.
  3. This will bring you to your MyEA portal page. All of the requirements for your application are listed here. Please note, some requirements can be completed electronically, and some need to be mailed to us.
  4. Once your application is complete, you will be contacted about setting up an interview.
  5. The deadline for applications for Destination Rome is April 15th.

You can also apply for an Education Abroad Scholarship to help fund your experience. You will have access to the scholarship application when you start an application for the program. The scholarship application is due April 15th.

For a detailed summary of the academic structure of the program and options available to students please consult the Destination Rome Academic Overview and Destination Rome Course Offerings.

AUR offers courses that fulfill major, minor, general education, and elective credits for Destination Rome students. This ensures a seamless transition to College Park and keeps our students on track for a timely graduation. Students receive assistance from an academic advisor when selecting their courses for their fall in Rome, with their math placement and any Advanced Placement credits considered.

Prior to departure for Rome, students meet again with an academic advisor to create a four-year plan and to discuss courses for Spring 2020. Advising will also be available via email and Skype throughout the fall semester, and a UMD advisor will be available to assist them with the registration process prior to online registration. Destination Rome students will register for their Spring 2020 classes electronically, just as they would in residence in College Park.

All Destination Rome students will be enrolled in 15-16 credits during their semester abroad. See Destination Rome Course Offerings for more information.

View the Destination Rome Housing Overview for more details.

Destination Rome students live together in Trastevere, a lovely residential neighborhood. Grocery stores, markets, pharmacies, cafes and shops are all within blocks of the residence. Students live in furnished apartments in an apartment building only 15 minutes from the AUR campus. Each apartment has three rooms, a living room, bathroom, and kitchen. In addition to furniture, all apartments offer the following amenities:

  • Bed linens and towels
  • Closet/clothing storage space
  • Cookware and kitchen supplies
  • Washing machine (Italians do not use dryers)
  • Wireless internet

Because our students live in buildings with Italian families, we expect consideration and courtesy for neighbors at all times. In addition, students should prepare themselves for accommodations that are Italian in nature and not what they would find in the US (smaller size). Remember, successful study abroad students are flexible and adaptable!

Want to take a closer look? View the map made by UMD students that shows useful and fun places in Rome.

Costs listed are for fall 2020. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $220
Tuition $10,105
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, one month bus pass, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $4,850
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,500
Passport $145
Visa and Resident Permit Fee (estimate) $280
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,400
Course materials $100
In-country transportation (estimate) $100
Personal Expenses/Optional Activities $2,000

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

In Rome, our students have access to all of the student support services AUR offers, including:

  • clubs and students organizations
  • tutoring and academic assistance
  • computer lab with printing facilities
  • library
  • a physician based on campus
  • assistance with getting an Italian cell phone
  • AUR-led excursions to regions in Italy

An on-site facilitator at AUR will assist students with any issues or concerns that may arise.

Malik Blue, Freshmen Abroad Coordinator
Malik BlueHere on campus, the program is coordinated by Malik Blue. Malik manages recruiting, admissions, program administration, and academics. You can contact him with any questions about your application, admissions, logistics, academics, finances, housing, and engagement opportunities.

Come attend one of our information sessions during admitted students open house!

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 04/17/2020 08/22/2020 12/12/2020
There is a mandatory overnight orientation on the College Park Campus prior to departing for Rome. Do not make travel plans until instructed to do so. View the Destination Rome Academic Calendar for more details.