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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About IES Rome

The Roman Forum, by Kate ReynertsonRome, "the Eternal City," offers a wide variety of exciting experiences for study abroad students. Where else can you find ancient fountains a step away from Visigothic Churches and Renaissance palaces? The Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's, and the Sistine Chapel are just a few of Rome's cultural and architectural treasures.

Rome is a vibrant, bustling city of 3 million people. As the seat of the Italian government, Rome is a wonderful place to learn all of the complexities of Italian politics. Modern Rome is a center for the arts, including cinema, theater, opera, and classical music. Whether you enjoy Rome's lively nightlife, bountiful Italian cuisine, or watching one of the city's two world-class soccer teams, there is something for everyone in this fascinating city. Above all, Rome is a city of open, friendly, and welcoming people.
(Adapted from the IES Rome website)

The IES Rome program is available to Richmond students through our affiliation with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES).

Students with previous Italian language study may be able to also enroll in local Italian universities, depending on the student's language ability and date flexibility as the Italian university calendar differs from those in the U.S. Local universities include Università di Roma (Rome 1), Università di Roma Tre (Rome 3) and the Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA). InternshipsView of Vatican City and Rome from St. Peter's Cathedral, by Abby Ward are also available on this program - no prior study of Italian language required, although students with prior language study will find it easier to be placed.

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  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Students with previous Italian language study preferred, but prior language study not required.  
  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing when program begins. *Some Italian university courses may not be open to students with sophomore standing.
  • Students who intend to fulfill COM2 requirements through language instruction at an IES program or UMBRA are required to meet with Dr. Lidia Radi in the Department of LLC.
  • Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the IES Rome program to count towards their business degree.  Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
  • Students on conduct probation beyond the start date of the IES program are not eligible to participate

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Course load

All UR students are required to take one Italian language course, worth 4-6 IES credits, depending on the course chosen.

IES requires that students register for a minimum of 15 IES credit hours perThe Colosseo, by Abby Ward semester, including the credits earned from the language course. 

To determine the unit value of an IES course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of IES credits divided by 3.5 and rounded up to the nearest tenth of a unit. 

A minimum unit load at Richmond is 3.5 units and the maximum is 5 units. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status, and considering IES' requirements, you should register for 15-17.5 IES credits per semester.  Below is a table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript. 

IES Credits

Richmond Units

3 .9
4 1.2
5 1.5
6 1.8
8 2.3


Course Selection

Courses are available in the following subject areas: Architecture, Art & Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Film, Literature, History, International Studies, Italian, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Theater.  For a list of courses offered at the IES Center and about direct enroll courses at local universities, click here and then use the navigation bar at the left.

Note: Students who intend to fulfill COM2 requirements through language instruction at an IES program or UMBRA are required to meet with Dr. Lidia Radi in the Department of LLC.

Internships are also available for credit.  A sample of past internship placements include Museo di Roma, Link Campus Theater (stage management), UNICEF, Roma 3 University, and International Development Law Organization.  Placements at these and other companies is not guaranteed.  For more information about internships, see the IES website.

Credit transfer

The University of Richmond accepts IES credits directly from IES. All courses must be graded. No credit is awarded for a "pass-fail" mark. Students must earn a "C" or above in order to receive transfer credit.  More information on credit transfer can be found on the web page

Grading Scale

IES uses a standard grading policy readily recognized by US institutions, as defined in the scale below. Grades received for courses at outside institutions will be converted into grades according to an approved conversion system.

IES Rome UR Equivalents
Excellent A, A- A
Good performance B+, B, B- B
Adequate performance C+, C C
*Adequate performance (low range) C- C -
*Unsatisfactory performance D D
*Failure to complete course requirements F

* Grades of C- and below will NOT earn transfer credit back to UR.

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IES provides accommodation for all students in either a homestay or an apartment (students choose).  Students must live in IES-provided housing and may not opt to find their own housing outside of the program.

All apartments are single-sex and accommodations are screened and approved by the IES Rome staff.

Students should not necessarily expect to live within walking distance of the IES Center, although this is possible. The IES Center is located in the heart of Rome, along the Tiber River, across from Castel Sant' Angelo.  Many IES apartments are located in the Trastevere neighborhood, although apartments can be located in other neighborhoods also, spread over the sprawling city of Rome. Some students may have a commute of as much as 45 minutes each way by public transportation to get to the IES Center.  Each neighborhood in Rome holds its own charms, so students placed further from the IES Center should not necessarily consider this to be a negative aspect of their experience abroad.

Some apartments have one Italian Student Companion (ISC) living in the apartment
IES apartment in Rometo help students acclimate to living in Rome and provide assistance during the semester. ISC's are local students studying at universities or young professionals. Richmond students who wish to live in an apartment with an ISC should apply for housing as soon as possible, as placement in these apartments is first come, first served. 

If you choose apartment living, you are responsible for all your own meals. Student apartments come with an equipped kitchen, and you are expected to cook for yourself. Some students enjoy sharing this responsibility with their roommates. You are responsible for bringing your own linens or purchasing them on-site.

If you choose the homestay option, you receive a daily breakfast and have the option of sharing three evening meals each week with your host family. University cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants in the area can provide your other meals. Homestays generally house one to two students and, like the apartments, are located all over the city of Rome. Therefore, commuting to class using public transportation may be required in some cases.

For more information, click here.

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Dates and Costs

Click here for IES Rome Dates and Costs.

Visa Information

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in the IES Visa ACCeSS Program to help them get their visas.  Students may also apply directly to the Italian consulate to obtain the student visa as well. More information about applying directly can be found on the Italian consulate's web page.

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For more information, contact Michele Cox in the Office of International Education.

Updated 2018

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

This program is currently not accepting applications.