Program Details

Program Location Rome, Italy
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33018
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2024 05/21/24 to 07/05/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



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Walking in Rome is a constant voyage of discovery. Where else can you find ancient fountains a step away from Visigothic churches and Renaissance palaces? The Colosseum, Pantheon, Catacombs, Castello Sant' Angelo, St. Peter's, and the Sistine Chapel are just a few of Rome's treasures awaiting you.

IES Rome offers two summer options - Language & Area Studies or Fashion Studies.

The IES Rome Language & Area Studies Summer program is designed primarily for students with little or no Italian who are interested in studying Italian Language, Art History, Political Science or Cultural Studies in an Italian atmosphere in Rome. The program offers beginning and intermediate language courses designed to give you the opportunity to begin Italian language studies or improve existing Italian language skills, while immersing yourself in Italian culture and civilization. This program does not offer advanced Italian.

The IES Rome Fashion Studies Summer program is designed for students who want to explore fashion design and production in one of the world's top fashion cities.

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



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The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least 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: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [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

For students selecting the Language & Culture summer option, you will take your courses at the IES center in Rome. You will take a required Italian language class, as well as pick from one English-taught area studies course for a total of 6 credits.

For students selecting the Fashion Studies summer option, IES partners with Accademia di Costume e Moda - a recognized center of excellence in the fields of fashion and costume design eductaion - to provide two fundamental fashion courses taught in English. Students also have the opportunity to take an additional course in Art History at the IES center. Students can earn 6-9 credits.


Explore Italy through IES Abroad-organized field trips - see the IES website for a list of possible locations. In addition, each IES program include course-related trips to enhance what you are learning in the classroom and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society.


Students are housed in apartments throughout Rome, many of which give you the option to live with other IES students or a local university student. Apartments offer fully-equipped kitchens, Internet access, and a washing machine. No meals are provided.

Students should not expect to live in the heart of Rome. Some 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 30-45 minute commute to the IES Center. The average commuting time to either central Rome or the IES Center is 45 to 90 minutes.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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.

The program fee includes tuition, on-site orientation, and subsidized field trips & excursions.

Students picking the Fashion Studies option should note this carries an additional $1,200 program fee. The cost below reflects the program fee for the Language Area & Studies option. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $4,797.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,708.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Local Transportation $80.00
Books and Supplies $185.00
Meals $2,000.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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
Summer Feb 1

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