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.
With a maximum enrollment of 60 students each semester and faculty who remain consistent for the duration of their stay, students benefit from an intimate environment and the opportunity to build interdisciplinary and lasting relationships with the faculty and each other.
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.
Liberal studies students choose from a class selection that exposes them to a variety of disciplines within the context of nearly 3,000 years of history. Students from programs in architecture history, art history, medieval studies, government, international studies, sociology, political science, and classics are ideal candidates for the liberal studies semester. However, students in other majors may also find the liberal studies semester to be a good fit for their semester abroad and are encouraged to apply. 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.