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University of New Haven

Courses at CEA Rome Center are designed in conjunction with, approved, and transcripted by the University of New Haven, which is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association for Schools and Colleges.
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CEA Rome Center

Located in the historic surroundings of Italy’s capital city, the CEA Rome Center offers a range of unique, interdisciplinary programs spanning business, politics, Italian language, cultural studies, and liberal arts.

With this great city as your classroom, you can take courses offered in both Italian and English, and enjoy an unrepeatable opportunity to actively improve your language skills and further your academic pursuits, immersed in a historic cosmopolitan setting with few equals. Designed to exploit the natural strengths of Rome's modern pace as well as its historic past, the curriculum at the CEA Rome Center offers you distinct study tracks, based on the study of Italian language & Culture, business, politics, and history.

Whatever program you choose, you will be engaged in multiple activities specially designed to take CEA's curriculum out of the classroom and into the community. These typically include academic visits to galleries and museums, the city council chambers, local businesses, food markets, artisan’s workshops, as well as first-hand encounters with artists and architects, local business people, writers, curators, and Italian students. Even outside school hours you'll be constantly encouraged to apply the learning experience, drawing "real-life" connections between the subjects you examine during class time and the daily life of your host community. This ongoing, active, and reflective structure of study not only helps you gain a better historical and social understanding of Rome and contemporary Italy, but helps you develop the international cultural fluency required to communicate and function effectively in an increasingly globalized world.

In fact the mission of the CEA Rome Center is not simply to provide you with the tools and direction to learn about Italy, but to reflect and articulate critically on your own national, cultural, and social identities. Consequently you’re expected to actively participate in your classes (as both individuals and as group-members) since interaction and collaboration will be critical for your academic and future professional success. Faculty selected to teach at the CEA Rome Center are therefore committed to fostering your intellectual and cultural growth by engaging you in lively simulated debates, multi-media research presentations, and round-table discussions.

Courses taught at the CEA Rome Center have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). In addition, faculty appointments have been approved by UNH. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Rome Center, students will receive credit for their work from UNH. Located in Connecticut, the University of New Haven is a student-focused, comprehensive university and is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The agreement between CEA and UNH follows the highest standards of good practice in education abroad and satisfies the rigorous requirements of the University's institutional accreditor. Therefore, credits earned at the CEA Rome Center are easily transferable to US-accredited institutions. Learn more about UNH's service as the School of Record for CEA.

Classroom Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty selected by CEA and approved by the University of New Haven.
  • Faculty are bilingual (English/Italian) and represent a variety of different backgrounds.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Classes are specifically designed to be taken with other CEA students of equivalent language levels and not with native Italian students.
  • Teaching styles in Italy can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students for language courses and electives. These small class sizes will enable you to receive more personalized attention from your instructors.


Professors at the CEA Rome Center will carefully evaluate student's work and progress throughout their academic session. Written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and performance on exams will be taken into account when calculating the final grade.

The following grading system is in use at the CEA Rome Center.

2010 Spring Semester and later:

Letter Grade Numerical Grade
Low Range
Numerical Grade
High Range
Percentage Range Quality Points


9.70 10.00 97.0 - 100% 4.00
A 9.40 9.69 94.0 - 96.9% 4.00
A- 9.00 9.39 90.0 – 93.9% 3.70
B+ 8.70 8.99 87.0 – 89.9% 3.30
B 8.40 8.69 84.0 – 86.9% 3.00
B- 8.00 8.39 80.0 – 83.9% 2.70
C+ 7.70 7.99 77.0 – 79.9% 2.30
C 7.00 7.69 70.0 – 76.9% 2.00
D 6.00 6.99 60.0 – 69.9% 1.00
F 0.00 5.99 0 - 59.9% 0.00
W Withdrawal 0.0
INC Incomplete 0.0

2009 Fall Semester and earlier:

Letter Grade Numerical Grade
Low Range
Numerical Grade
High Range
Percentage Range Quality Points


9.70 10.00 97.0 - 100% 4.0
A 9.40 9.69 94.0 - 96.9% 4.0
A- 9.00 9.39 90.0 – 93.9% 3.7
B+ 8.70 8.99 87.0 – 89.9% 3.3
B 8.40 8.69 84.0 – 86.9% 3.0
B- 8.00 8.39 80.0 – 83.9% 2.7
C+ 7.70 7.99 77.0 – 79.9% 2.3
C 7.40 7.69 74.0 – 76.9% 2.0
C- 7.00 7.39 70.0 – 73.9% 1.7
D+ 6.70 6.99 67.0 – 69.9% 1.3
D 6.30 6.69 63.0 – 66.9% 1.0
D- 6.00 6.29 60.0 – 62.9% 0.7
F 0.00 5.99 0 - 59.9% 0.0
W Withdrawal 0.0
INC Incomplete 0.0

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR).