Study Abroad

Rome, italy | spring 2023


Rome, Italy


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Spend a quarter in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe, with a cohort of 20-30 students from around Washington state, with courses taught by local experts and Washington community college faculty. 



Rome is often referred to as the City of Seven Hills due to its geographic location, and also as the "Eternal City". The classic and the modern collide with ancient architecture like the Collesium and vibrant culture like scenes at Trevi Fountain, while having access to amazing Roman Italian food, cafes, film, arts, museums, and more. 

Classes will be held at the AIFS Student Center, which is centrally located and a short walk from the student apartments. The school is located in the city center, just steps from the Vatican. 

Program Dates: March 31 - May 26, 2023

Application & Deposit Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Early Bird Deadline: Apply by Friday, October 28, and save $100!

Program Fee Deadline: 

Tuition Due: Check academic calendar


Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, Students 17 or older, students 18 must obtain parent/guardian permission

Course Prerequisites: None

AIFS Study Center: Classes will be held in the AIFS Student Center, in a central location. Wifi is available throughout the Study Center; students and faculty also have access to computers and a printer, projector, white boards, etc. 


Italian Life and Culture Course (5 credits)

Taught by local qualified guest lecturers focusing on political, economic, and cultural aspects of Rome and Italy. Local faculty will assign work and grades for the course. 


Course 2: By WA Community College faculty, faculty and course TBD (5 credits)


Course 3: By WA Community College faculty, faculty and course TBD (5 credits)


This is an academic program and students are required to enroll in a full-time load (15 credits). Failure to participate in the academic coursework may results in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer. 

Included in the program students will have:

  • Reserved entrances to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum, and the Vatican
  • Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with the services of professional, English-speaking guides.
  • A half-day excursion to Tivoli including round-trip private transportation, entrance to Hadrian’s Villa and the services of a professional, English-speaking guide.
  • A program of free and subsidized cultural activities including activities such as walking tours, opera tickets, a sporting event, museum visits, and cooking and wine appreciation classes.
  • Optional 3-day weekend excursion to Sorrento and Pompeii for an extra cost.
  • An unlimited three-month public transportation pass is provided for all students on this program. The pass is good for the metro, bus, train, and trams within the central zone of Rome. Students are responsible for ground transportation from the airport in Rome to their apartments (instructions will be provided).

Use free weekends to travel to other locations in Italy and Europe!



Students will stay in self-catered apartments in a central location near the Vatican. Typically, each two-to-three-bedroom apartment is shared by four-to-six WCCCSA students on a twin-bedded basis. Students will have a shared kitchen and living space. Bed linen and wireless internet are provided. Apartments are within a short 10-20 minute walk of the AIFS Student Center.

Program Fee: $5,795

Early Bird Fee by October 28: $5,695



  • Accommodation in a shared, self-catered apartment (centrally located)
  • 24-hour on-call service in Rome for duration of program
  • Pre-departure orientation and onsite orientation
  • Travel Pass for unlimited travel on buses, trains, and metro in central Rome
  • Welcome meal
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • A dedicated AIFS Program Coordinator to ensure smooth program experience
  • Free internet access and printing facilities in AIFS Student Center

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare and in-country transfers
  • College tuition & fees for 15 credits
  • Course books/materials
  • Passport & visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional excursions and fieldtrips to those listed
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade



Please consider visiting our "Funding Your Experience" page to know of more ways to fund your study abroad program costs. 


WCCCSA Scholarship

Apply by January 4, 2023

WCCCSA stands for the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. Edmonds College (EC) is one of 17 member colleges who jointly sponsor and offer all of the study abroad programs you see on our website. For quarter-long programs, WCCCSA awards two $1,000 scholarships to selected program participants. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator. Click here for rules and elegibility. 

Mandatory for All Travellers

When: On a Saturday ~1 month prior to departure
Where: TBD
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

What to bring to Orientation:

  • Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
  • Four passport photos
  • Copy of your passport
  • Flight itineraries for students not on the group flight
  • Notepad and pen to take notes
  • And questions

You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included.