Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


IES Rome Program

Posted on July 22, 2010

Affiliated with Universita di Roma (Rome 1), Universita di Roma Tre (Rome 3) & Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)


The IES Rome program began in Spring 2003 in affiliation with the Universita di Roma (1 & 3). The program also offers students interested in the arts access to courses at Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA). Students from beginner to advanced Italian language skills can live and learn in both the ancient and modern city of Rome (pop.: 2.1 million)


The city of Rome is a unique location for students to study. It offers an amazing span of history of 2,500 years. It is home to such sites at the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Sistene Chapel, Trevi Fountain, and many others of the world’s treasures. In addition, the city offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle to its 2.5 million residents through the arts, cafes, restaurants, and theatre.


Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semester

Program Dates

Fall: August 31- December 18, 2015 (later departure for students enrolled in university courses)
Spring: February 1– May 20, 2016 (early - mid June for University courses)

Courses & Credit

Students take 5‐6 courses (15 – 19 semester hours) in English or Italian per semester in order to receive 4.0 Wheaton credits. All students are required to take one 4‐credit language course with IES Rome. For study at RUFA, students must have one semester of Italien language. Art course are lmited to two courses at RUFA. Internships are also available for credit and must be pre‐approved by the appropriate Wheaton faculty member. Internships require two semesters of Italian language at the intermediate or advanced level.

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Minimum of two semesters of college‐level Italian or equivalent required for students enrolling in studio art or doing an internship. Students with at least one semester of college‐level Italian can enroll at RUFA, but must submit a portfolio on slides or CD Rom in addition to the Wheaton application packet. A minimum of four semesters of Italian language are required for students taking courses at the University of Rome.

Housing & Board

Housing is arranged with Italian host families or in apartments with other IES students. About half of the apartments have an Italian roommate. Some meals are provided with a host family, while students cook their own meals for the apartment option.


Wheaton tuition and housing. Expenses covered include tuition, housing, partial board (host families only), one round-trip airfare from NY area or Boston to Rome, and program related field trips.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport, visa and residency fees, textbooks, required cell phone fee, IES insurance and personal expenses.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education and can also be accessed online.


Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord at the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • Classics
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Internships (*Internships must be approved by the appropriate Wheaton faculty member prior to departure.)
  • Italian Language
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

For complete list of courses, visit the IES Rome website with course listings.

Financial Aid

More information is available regarding various scholarships and financial aid through IES Abroad's website.

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