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Program Location Rome, Italy
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33018
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2020 08/30/20 to 12/10/20

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


Rome, "the Eternal City," offers a wide variety of exciting experiences for study abroad students. More than 2,500 years of history have formed the city's unique character. While the past is inescapable in Rome, the contemporary city is a vibrant, bustling metropolis of 3 million people. As the seat of the Italian government, Rome is the 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.

Founded in spring 2003, the IES Rome program is designed primarily for students with little or no Italian who are interested in studying The Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Fine Arts in an Italian atmosphere.

Students with adequate proficiency in Italian can enroll in a wide range of courses at IES Rome's partner universities, which are listed on their website.

This page is mainly referring to the standard IES Rome Language & Area Studies program. Students wishing to participate in IES' other option in Rome, such as enrolling in courses taught at any of the local universities, should check the IES web-site for any varying dates, fees, and application deadlines and speak to their study abroad advisor.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



The program is open to all Purdue undergraduates who have completed two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY & HTM (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

In addition to Italian language courses, IES offers a wide selection of courses in a variety of disciplines for students. Students will take between 15-19 credits per semester, and an Italian language class is required for all students.

Course offerings may include Art History, Anthropology, Art, Classics, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Italian, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies or more. Check the IES website for full course listings.

Students take most courses at the IES study center but may also take some courses at local universities, which is a great way to diversify your academic experience and make friends. Course offerings vary from semester to semester; exact course offerings are determined shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, it is not always possible to register until you arrive on-site. Students should check the IES website for additional admission requirements that may exist in order to attend the various universities.

IES programs include a variety of course-related trips or site visits to enhance your experience. In addition, several field trips are organized each semester. Some field trips are included in the program fee, and others you can sign-up for at your own cost. More information on possible excursions can be found on the IES website and may vary from term to term.

IES Rome locates housing in Italian homes or in apartments, some of which may be with Italian students. Students should not expect to live in the heart of Rome. Most IES housing is approximately 40-45 minutes by public transportation from the heart of Rome. Some students may be placed in housing closer to central Rome, in which case they may have a 30-40 minute commute to the IES Center. The average commuting time to either central Rome or the IES Center is 45 to 90 minutes.

If you choose the homestay option, you receive a daily breakfast and have the option of sharing certain evening meals each week with your host family. Students in homestays have private rooms, and usually only one student is placed per homestay. University cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants in the area can provide your other meals.

If you choose apartment living, you are responsible for all your own meals. Student apartments come with an equipped kitchen.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program Fee includes tuition, on-site orientation, and some field trips. Housing cost is for apartment housing (no meals included). Homestay placements carry an additional fee as some meals are included. Costs listed are based on the Language and Area Studies Program. Other options may carry different fees, consult IES website for specific information.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2020

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$13,970.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$840.00
Local Transportation$160.00
Books and Supplies$165.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
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Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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