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It has been said that more than a lifetime is needed to experience all that the capital city of Rome has to offer. It is a city layered with art and antiquities encompassing 2,500 years of history – from the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Roman Pantheon, to Vatican City, with the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums. Regarded as a birthplace of Western civilization, Rome is a major tourist destination, although it maintains an authentic and traditional atmosphere in the peace of its small streets and the splendor of its piazzas bursting with life.
Students in Rome can enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine in a beautiful park, savor a gelato on the Spanish Steps, or study art history overlooking the Trevi Fountain. SAI offers students the opportunity to study at John Cabot University (JCU), Italiaidea Institute for Italian language, and Nuova Academia di Belle Arti (NABA) for design and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) for Global Health. SAI’s Rome office is located in the beautiful Trastevere neighborhood, near SAI partner schools and housing. SAI Rome on-site staff hold open office hours to provide advising and support, and the office includes space for students to meet and study. Program-inclusive activities in Rome include gelato making, bike rides and beach trips, and weekend excursions take students to Tuscany and Lazio.
Students in Rome are quickly swept up into the profound history of this enchanting city. Students make their homes in the unique, welcoming spaces of Rome’s neighborhoods, with local and authentic restaurants, cafes, and shops. Just outside the city, Rome is surrounded by stunning landscapes, beaches, and mountains that are easily accessible for day or weekend trips. An efficient rail system and two main airports easily connect Rome’s residents to the rest of Italy and Europe. SAI Rome students also have options for community integration and leadership during their term abroad:
"My apartment is fabulous!"
"SAI made the stress of traveling to a different country for the first time a breeze!"
"If I had the money I would do it again and again. I loved Rome and I loved SAI"
"Thanks for all the hard work you did to make our time in Rome special"
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.