The American University of Rome is proud to be the oldest university of American degree-granting status in the Eternal City. We have been welcoming international students to Rome since 1969. Our history is now a part of the rich story that makes up the fabric of this magnificent city.

International universities in Italy, such as AUR, offer possibilities and opportunities that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. Opportunities to touch, see, and feel the history of civilization under your very feet. Opportunities to see great art and architecture. Opportunities to be at the center of world politics both past and present. Opportunities to stretch and challenge yourself with a new language and a new culture.

AUR makes the best of these opportunities by using the very fabric of Rome as its classroom. The city’s 50+ museums and 900+ churches house world-renowned paintings, frescoes, and sculptures. The cobblestoned streets and beautiful piazzas are architectural masterpieces. The city is home to no less than 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Our Professors frequently complement their lessons with on-site visits around the city. Our students are guided through the experience that is the Eternal City and taught its global context through the ages. Each of our bachelor’s degrees utilizes some part of the resources of Rome. The culture, history, art, and spaces of this ancient city.

Our Archaeology and Classics majors get involved in real field work on some of the world’s richest archaeological sites.
Our Art History majors come face to face with the masterpieces of the old masters.
Our Business Administration majors work directly with international organizations like NATO and the World Food Program.
Our Communication majors work with innovative European companies at the cutting edge of technology.
Our English Writing, Literature and Publishing majors are involved with leading transnational projects e.g. the Italian Playwrights Project, a collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY.
Our Film and Digital Media majors develop their ideas against a backdrop that has tempted filmmakers from across the globe.
Our Fine Art majors create art in venues of constant inspiration - The Colosseum, the Forum, The Garden of Oranges, and the Capitoline museums, for example.
Our International Relations and Global Politics majors develop their skills at the heart of Europe and the politics of a new world.
And our Travel and Tourism Management majors have the example of The Eternal City as their lead. Rome is one of the world’s most important tourist destinations - with some of the greatest challenges to overcome.

Beyond its historical and artistic importance, modern-day Rome is a major European capital. Rome hosts embassies, international organizations, governmental agencies, and multinational companies. It is as a bustling hub for business, politics and research. The city and this university constantly welcomes leading figures in their professions. This creates an inspiring atmosphere for students as they prepare for their futures.

Rome’s location on the Mediterranean has been strategic for centuries. This is an important gateway between Europe, Africa and Asia. Rome is the ideal location for students who want to understand the world we lived in and the world we live in.