Italy

Say Ciao to Italian art and fashion

Armani. Versace. Michelangelo. DaVinci. Italy is the birthplace of some of the most spectacular art and fashion in the world. Study Italian fashion and culture in Rome for a semester-long program.

A drawing of a woman on an old wall.
An LIM student studying abroad.

Program Overview

The American University of Rome (AUR) offers a full-semester study abroad program for LIM College students to further their business and liberal arts education while experiencing the cultural richness of Italy.

  • Students must be in at least their second year of college-level study at time of the program.
  • Suggested minimum GPA is 3.0.
  • Students must be in good academic and financial standing at LIM College to participate. Students must also have full-time standing at the time of their application and through the end of the exchange program in order to participate.
  • Students must apply by the deadlines listed below under “Important Dates.”
  • Fall 2021 APPLICATION DUE: March, 2021
  • Spring 2022 APPLICATION DUE: Sept. 15, 2021

LIM College Study Abroad Exchange Application

Rome, Italy
Partner school website: http://www.aur.edu

Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: Late August - mid-December
  • Spring Semester: Late January - end of May

Accepted students will participate in a mandatory orientation at their host school prior to the start of the semester. The dates and times of the orientation will be provided to accepted students.

Students must submit their completed application by the deadlines listed above under "Important Dates" to be considered for this program.

Applicants should submit the LIM College study abroad application by email to the Study Abroad Coordinator, along with their personal statement (instructions included in Application document), a copy of the photo page of their passport (if the student does not yet have a passport and therefore cannot include this piece, their application will not be penalized. However, they will be required to get a passport within three months of acceptance to the program), and a copy of their unofficial transcript (which can obtained from Sonis).

LIM College’s study abroad programs are competitive, as more applications are typically received than there are spots available. The following factors are considered when LIM selects candidates to participate in study abroad programs:

  • Personal statement/essay: Original, succinct essays with well-thought out content will be rated highly.
  • Interview with Study Abroad Coordinator: Students should be prepared to speak about why they are a good candidate for the program to which they are applying.
  • GPA: The student’s LIM College GPA is taken into consideration.
  • Demonstrated interest: Applicants can increase their chance of being selected by attending information sessions and/or setting up a time to meet one-on-one with the Study Abroad Coordinator to discuss the program they are interested in applying for.

Students who are accepted into the program by LIM’s Office of Study Abroad will be required to submit their personal and academic information to their host school. Further information on this process will be given to accepted students.

All students are required to attend the LIM College Pre-Departure Orientation. Date, time, and location will be made available after acceptance into the program. All students are also required to attend the AUR Orientation Day and are required to arrange their travel so they can do so. Orientation is typically held prior to the start of each corresponding semester.

The AUR course catalog can be found here: https://www.my.aur.it/ICS/Course_Offerings__Syllabi.jnz. Students will be required to submit an LIM College Course Proposal Form to have courses evaluated prior to attending AUR. Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours (or the equivalent) per term, including both courses abroad and online courses taken at LIM. Final registration of courses happens during Orientation Week.

Students must meet with their academic advisor prior to departure to ensure their courses will fit into their graduation plan.

AUR does not offer on-campus dormitory accommodation. However, they do have university-facilitated housing off-campus. In order to secure accommodation, students should apply via the Housing Application available once accepted into the AUR program.

Students electing university-facilitated housing are placed in furnished apartments in areas surrounding the university campus. The apartments are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods. This housing is best suited for students seeking a "full immersion" cultural experience.

While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both proximity to the university and aesthetics. Students must understand that university housing is Italian by nature in every way, including but not limited to its structure, surroundings, utilities and utility providers, furnishings, building maintenance and repairs, construction, neighbors and common rules of good neighbor etiquette.

There is generally only one (or a small number of) student apartment unit(s) per building and neighboring residents are typical Italian families who own the apartments. Most apartments have two to three bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. Bedrooms are typically double-occupancy. Students can request a specific roommate or can be placed with a roommate by AUR.

Students also have the option of securing their own housing independently off campus. All housing costs are paid directly to the housing provider, which may be the host university, a student apartment company, a landlord, etc. depending on where the student chooses to live.

Students are responsible for booking and purchasing their own airfare.

All students must submit proof to the Study Abroad Office that they are covered by overseas health insurance for the duration of their program abroad. Students are encouraged to have worldwide insurance which covers (at minimum) comprehensive hospitalization, prescription medication, medical evacuation, and repatriation of remains.

Students pay LIM College tuition to LIM College for the semester abroad. This does not cover airfare, housing, books, meals, or personal expenses, such as shopping. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Italy and the United States. Additional costs to consider (all amounts are approximations):

  • Round-trip transportation to and from Rome: $900
  • Student Visa: $200
  • Health Insurance: $215
  • Housing: $4550 per semester
  • Books: 70 € per book (no more than one required book per course)
  • Food: $1950 per semester
  • Entertainment: $200 per month
  • Transportation: $200 per semester

Students who receive financial aid can typically apply this aid to a semester abroad. All students who receive aid will be required to meet with a Financial Services Counselor prior to departure to discuss the status of their aid and to complete any additional requirements of the Student Financial Services department.

Students will be required to have a visa to study for the semester. Students must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months past the end of the exchange experience to apply for the visa and should be prepared to show that they have access to sufficient funds to cover their costs for the semester as part of the visa application process. Accepted students will be sent a letter of invitation from AUR to present to the immigration authorities. For further visa information, please see: https://www.aur.edu/visas-permits-paperwork.

Student visas are normally issued for two weeks prior to commencement of the semester and will be valid up to one month after completion of studies. Students are encouraged not to make any travel plans until their visa has been issued and they know the exact dates of its validity.

AUR staff will pick up incoming students at the airport upon arrival and bring them to their student apartment as long as they arrive on the designated day. Students need to complete an arrival confirmation form, which will be available once accepted into the program.