Study Business at Arcadia in Rome

  • Spend a semester in the intriguing and extraordinary city of Rome.

  • Take courses in business and Italian culture at the Arcadia Center for Italian Studies (AUCIS).

  • Get a head start on your future international career.

  • A number of courses are based on those taught at Kogod School of Business at American University.


With its central European location, Rome is a city which has been at the crossroads of commercial enterprise for well over 2,000 years. You will gain first-hand experience in a part of the world that is built on an incredibly rich historical and cultural heritage and is at the same time a dynamic and very modern place. In ancient times, all roads led to Rome…and many of those roads still exist today, literally and metaphorically. The rich exchange of ideas in which you will engage will impart to you a professional edge and a fresh perspective on international business. What better place to be in the middle of things?

The courses offered in the Business Concentration will take full advantage of the Rome location, linking the course material wherever possible to the Italian and European experience. All students will be required to study Italian language for 4 semester hours of credit. Italian language is taught in small groups with students who are at your same level – introductory, intermediate or advanced. You will find your mastery of the Italian language increases daily, as you interact with the people and places you are learning about in the classroom. View course descriptions for Business.

Students will complete their course load by enrolling in an additional 4 courses in topics ranging from marketing, international finance, international business, business and trade policy in Europe, to political and economic structures in the European Union. All courses with the exception of business carry 4 semester hours of credit. Business courses are worth 3 credits.


Courses may be selected from among various departments. You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • Fall and spring semester: 14-18 credits.
  • Academic year: 32-36 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You must to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 20
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Academic year: April 20

Program Fee

The Program Fee for the spring 2013 semester is $17,300 ($13,780 tuition / $3,520 housing). For more information, please see the Fees and Financial Information page.