Since 1987, Cornell in Rome has offered a transformative experience for talented undergraduate artists, architecture students, and urbanists. A world-class and specialized program, Cornell in Rome is focused on instruction in the disciplines of architecture design, history, and theory; visual arts; art history; urban studies; and Italian language, history, and culture.
Students benefit from an intimate environment and the opportunity to build interdisciplinary and lasting relationships with the faculty and each other. The maximum enrollment is 60 students each semester and faculty remain consistent for the entire semester.
Classes can generally be applied to Cornell graduation requirements and participation in the program does not necessarily require extra semesters of study or delay graduation. Interested Cornell students should speak with their college registrar to determine how classes will be applied toward degree requirements.
The B.Arch. Studio semester incorporates architecture design studios, augmented by a robust series of field trips, with a focus on design projects in diverse sites and conditions, while history classes and theory seminars engage students in analytical thinking and cultural interpretation. Italian and European architects and educators join Cornell faculty in teaching the studios, contributing to a rich variety of programming. Students also enroll in elective classes in art history, Italian culture and language, studio art, or urban studies. Field trips throughout Italy are an integral part of the experience. Total travel time is approximately 18 days over the course of the semester and trips include locations in northern, central, and southern Italy.
Students who are currently enrolled in a professional, five-year architecture degree program (B.Arch.) may apply. Applicants must have completed a comparable amount of work from their home institution, of equal rigor and quality as compared to the Cornell B.Arch. students. Applicants must demonstrate both ability and fit for the program in a portfolio of visual work.