The American University of Rome

4.6 out of 5 (11 ratings / 11 reviews) Roma, Italy
AUR is a not-for-profit university and we work hard to keep our tuition fees as affordable as possible. Lend Edu estimates that the average cost for four-year higher education at an American non-profit college is around $50,000 per annum. At The American University of Rome, the cost per annum (including accommodation) is just over $34,000. 

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Business & Management (2)
Journalism & Media (1)



Since 1969, The American University of Rome has provided an American liberal arts education to students from all over the world seeking a unique and extraordinary educational experience. It is the oldest American degree-granting institution in Rome, Italy, and currently offers 10 Bachelor (B.A.) degrees and 3 Master (M.A.) degrees. All programs are taught in English.


The American University of Rome is the ideal place to take your Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies or in Archeology and Classics (with supplemental Cultural Heritage or Screen Media) or in Art History (with supplemental Art Business).


The American University of Rome provides equal opportunity for all qualified individuals in its educational programs and activities. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income or Vietnam-era veteran status. It conforms to all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws. The policy of equal opportunity applies to every aspect of the operations and activities of the university generally and includes admissions and employment.

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Housing services

All AUR students have the option of living in university-owned accommodation, which is an apartment shared with other AUR students in one of the neighborhoods surrounding the university. All of our lodgings are close to the city center and are equipped with the full set of modern amenities, so you have all the convenience of private accommodation with the authentic experience of living in Rome.

As opposed to isolated dormitories, our apartments give you the opportunity to have a real taste of Italian life and to integrate into a community that you can call home. One of the best things about Rome is its diversity.

Library services

Library: The AUR Library is located in Evans Hall, a stately two-story building housing 15,000 volumes, 1200 DVDs and Videos, as well as access to important online databases and a vast network of Roman libraries.

ICT services

Technology: Main general purpose computer lab with 55 PCs and several print stations; PC teaching classroom; Mac-based multimedia laboratory; 14 library workstations; wireless Internet access throughout the campus and its gardens and terraces.

Medical services

Italian law requires all non-European visiting students to obtain a mandatory state emergency health coverage for the duration of their study in Italy. The University facilitates this process by arranging the purchase of the insurance and the compilation of the applicable documents for the authorities. This insurance coverage gives the student complete access to emergency public medical care. 

Student Life

Campus life

Overlooking the historical center, the university is located on top of the Janiculum, Rome’s highest hill. With its own garden of Roman pines it offers a spectacular view of Rome and the surrounding hills. The campus is near two city parks, Villa Sciarra and Villa Pamphili and historical landmarks. The area also hosts diplomatic residences and several international academies.

Sports facilities

AUR provides free gym memberships for full-time degree-seeking students and English Language Program students. All other AUR students are eligible for discounted membership that they can purchase or renew each semester directly at the gym.

Student clubs

There is a large range of diverse and fully inclusive clubs and activities at AUR. Some are faculty-led and some are student-led, but all are dynamic and fun and we encourage all new students to get involved in at least one of our extracurricular offerings. If there is a club or activity you'd like to see that we don’t currently have, come and set it up yourself. Student Life will be here to help.


  • AUR is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a non-profit institution.

Student Reviews

It's time to change food systems!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Fascinating course material and access to local, farmer-led movements and organizations in Italy. However, approach is often top-down and too institutionalized.

Can't wait to study food in Rome!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Incoming graduate student. Even with COVID, the university has been fantastic in keeping incoming students up to date and informed on admissions, financial aid and life in Rome.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience with the American University of Rome is wonderful, I learned a lot from the university and the professors, as well as in Italy.

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