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4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Rome
English
Spring or Fall semester
The American University of Rome

Program description

BA in Art History

From the Roman Forum to the Sistine Chapel to the MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome houses countless art treasures that all have an important place in the history of art. Students who pursue this major go beyond textbooks to come face to face with these masterpieces in galleries and museums as part of regular on-site classes.

This program combines the comparative method and critical approach typical of American curricula with an immersion in one of the greatest art centers in the world: Rome. Coursework emphasizes on-site observation and analysis and the use of Rome’s unique resources for individual study and research. Each semester, field trips to cities across Italy and Europe allow students to engage with the artistic heritage of each location and place their subject material in its historical context. Students become adept in visual analysis and oral articulation of visual patterns and phenomena, and the curriculum cultivates writing and research skills that are demonstrated in the final thesis.

Art History graduates find their connoisseurship, critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding to be highly transferable, enabling them to continue to careers in which they can make valuable contributions to the analysis, research and preservation of material heritage from across the ages.

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Admission requirements

Application Deadlines

AUR operates a ‘rolling’ admissions process with preference given to early applicants.  Due to student visa purposes, Non-EU/EAA students are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible. Please check the Visas and Permits page on our website for more information.

Application Checklist:

  • Completed application form through our website or via the Common App
  • $50/€50 non-refundable application fee. Only U.S. and Canadian citizens pay in dollars.
  • 500-750-word personal statement on the following: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment – Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat is something about you that you would never change?
  • 500-750-word essay response to the following question: Our favorite hashtag is #LifeAtAURWhat do you imagine your life at AUR to be like?
  • Official high school transcripts and/or university transcripts for all institution attended to date. A certified English translation is required for non-English transcripts.
  • An academic recommendation letter (see below).
  • Course descriptions for all courses where credits are being transferred.
  • copy of your valid passport.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English will need to supply an official TOEFL or IELTS English language proficiency results(Unless transcripts show that you have been attending an English-speaking school/university for three years or more).
  • Optional: Official SAT or ACT results.

All documents must be original and sent from their original source

Supporting Documents

Application materials should be sent through our online application system, via email to our admissions team, or by regular mail to:
The American University of Rome
Attn: The Admissions Office
Via Pietro Roselli 4
00153 Rome, Italy

Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete and that we have received their supporting documents.  Please note that it may take 1-2 business days for an uploaded document to reflect on the application checklist. The American University of Rome’s Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional items in order to complete the application process.

Note: If you do not have all of the documents ready when first submitting your application, we will send you a link where you can upload outstanding materials.

Academic Recommendation Letter

The letter of recommendation can be written by a teacher, professor, school principal, or guidance counselor. If you have been out of the education system for a while and are having difficulty contacting someone for an academic recommendation, a letter from a current or recent employer can be accepted in its place.

Advanced Standing

Candidates in possession of credentials from European lyceums, (Italian Maturità, International Baccalaureate, the British A levels, etc.) or students who receive a 3 or higher on any AP examination must submit official records of the last year of high school and a copy of the diploma (if granted).

Transfer Credits

Please check the Information for Transfer Students page on our website for details.

SAT and ACT Scores

SAT and ACT scores are optional requirements for U.S. applicants.
The American University of Rome SAT institutional code for reporting purposes is 0262. Information concerning the SAT may be obtained at College Board site.
The American University of Rome ACT institutional code for reporting purposes is 5392. Information concerning the ACT may be obtained at the ACT site.

Interview

You will be contacted for an interview once a completed application has been submitted and all supporting documents have been received. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face, on the phone or via Skype. 

Make sure to check out the Admissions Process page on our website for more information.


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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

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The American University of Rome

The American University of Rome is dedicated to providing a unique educational experience to forward-thinking students from all over the world. At AUR, we pair a commitment to academic excellence with the curation of practical professional skills, so that upon...


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