What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Rome:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Career & Re-entry Workshop
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.


All CEA students studying in Rome have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the Prati neighborhood, these apartments cater perfectly to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Rome as a local apartment-dweller would. Whip up some homemade pasta carbonara in your own, equipped kitchen, crack open your window, and watch the Italian world unfold before your eyes.


  • CEA Rome Center: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • John Cabot University: 10-25 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • LUISS: 20-30 minutes by bus/metro




  • 2-3 students per room
  • 4-8 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating
  • Fans provided

Session Available

  • Semester

Apartment - Italian Roommate


Ciao! Choose to live in a CEA apartment along with an Italian University student as one of your roommates. Your Italian roommate will be a true part of your Roman experience and household giving you the opportunity to engage in the local community with more ease. By choosing to live with an Italian student, you will have a resource to help you make the most out of your time abroad experiencing Rome and Italy through their eyes, too. The Italian roommate will share a bedroom with one or two CEA students in an apartment shared with other CEA students. 

Apartments are generally located in the Prati neighborhood and are perfect for a student who wants to experience Rome as a local would, taking on the Italian culture and language as part of their daily life. Who better to learn from than your Italian roommate on: how to make an espresso, where to go for the best pizza in Rome, practice Italian, or how to make authentic lasagna? Fantastico!

*Note: One Italian University student will share a bedroom with 1-2 other CEA students within an apartment shared with other CEA students. By choosing this option, you may or may not share a bedroom with the Italian University student in your apartment. Please note, there is limited availability of apartments with an Italian Roommate.


  • CEA Rome Center: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • John Cabot University: 10-25 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • LUISS: 20-30 minutes by bus/metro




  • One Italian University student per apartment will share a bedroom with 1-2 CEA students
  • 2-3 students per bedroom
  • 4-8 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating
  • Fans provided

Session Available

  • Semester


$1,000 - $1,300


Living with a local family allows you to learn so much more about Roman lifestyle that you would not otherwise experience. A homestay will likely mean built-in support and friendship, and will definitely mean that you won’t have to worry about what to make for dinner every night, how much you’re spending on food, or how you’re going to make your next meal both balanced and delicious! A homestay will allow you to engage in a cultural and linguistic opportunity that will enhance your study abroad experience.

Do not worry about needing to speak perfect Italian before moving in with an Italian family: our host families are chosen for their interest in learning about you and your culture, and many have a working knowledge of English, too.

The additional fee covers the cost of your meals with your host family, and is nearly the equivalent of what students in standard CEA housing will pay separately for groceries and eating out (minus the fuss!) (Homestays available during semester programs only).


  • CEA Rome Center: 45-50 minutes by bus/metro
  • John Cabot University: 40-50 minutes by bus/metro
  • LUISS: 40-50 minutes by bus/metro


  • Daily Italian-style breakfast provided
  • Dinners: 4 per week


  • 1 students per room
  • 1 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Washer only
  • Radiator heating
  • Fans available
  • Internet access

Session Available

  • Semester


  • Semester: $3,200 – $3,600

Independent Living


While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Rome housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. Are you dying to live in a specific Roman neighborhood? Are you studying abroad with someone that you must have as your roommate? Independent housing could be the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.








Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past. 

*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.

Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri

This two-day excursion begins with an exploration of the archaeological remains of the ancient town of Pompeii. Preserved by the ash and lava spewed out by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii offers a snapshot of ancient Roman life. From the frescoes of the House of Vettii (an example of wealthy merchants’ homes) and the central Forum square, to the Baths and the Sacrarium of the Lares, you’ll marvel at Pompeii’s former glamour, now merely dust.

Next we’ll visit the small town of Sorrento, with its narrow alleys and beaches. Known as the pearl of the Gulf of Naples, this scenic village offers views of the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.

Capri has many nicknames: the Enchanted Island, the Blue Island, the Sleeping Beauty, and the Island of Love. Spend the day exploring the island’s many beautiful sites. Known as a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous, the Isle of Capri caters to visitors with its blend of simplicity, natural beauty, and busy glitz.

The allure of the island views, rocky seashores, and scenic charm will enliven you to investigate their surroundings. Our time on Capri begins with a motorboat trip to the Blue Grotto, a magical place with crystal blue water. The rest of the day, you’ll explore the island’s two towns, Capri and Anacapri, each speckled with designer boutiques, small shops, and hidden wonders.


Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, has long attracted tourists with its red-tiled roofs, impressive Cathedral, ornate palaces, and must-see artworks. Today, the city is a thriving center that combines both ancient and modern achievements. Visits to sites such as the Academia (home of Michelangelo’s David), the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio will provide you with a taste of this romantic city.


(Semester Only)

Built on the water and unique in the world, Venice has a long and intriguing history. Once an economic super-power in the Mediterranean, Venice was long a jumping-off point for traders and explorers departing for the East. From Byzantine domes, mosaics, and paintings to charming piazzas and

light-filled interiors, Venice retains the character that has made it one of the most visited destinations in the world. This three-day excursion includes a visit to Basilica of St. Mark, the Rialto Bridge and market, and the island of Murano with its glass-blowing factories. Don’t miss the unique experience of riding a gondola through the Venice canals!


(Semester Only)

Assisi was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan order in 1208. UNESCO designated the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi a World Heritage Site in 2000. The lower church has frescoes by the medieval artists Cimabue, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti, while the upper church houses Giotto’s famous scenes of the life of St. Francis.

The Gardens of Ninfa

(Semester Only)

The Gardens of Ninfa take their name from nymphaeum, or place of the nymphs, and are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Built atop upon the ruins of an ancient settlement, the gardens are a unique example of an integrated eco-system that combines natural, cultural, and historical elements. The secret of Ninfa’s lush beauty lies in its exceptional microclimate, which allows the growth of local and exotic vegetation species. We’ll visit the gardens when they are in full bloom and finish the day with a tour of a local wine estate, where we’ll uncover the secrets of enology and gastronomy.

Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica, founded by the Romans in the 4th century BC, functioned as Rome’s main port for over 600 years. Romans, foreigners, sailors, and slaves populated the port, making this town an important focal point of defense and trade. This mélange of cultures created an interesting contrast to the rich and upper-class residents of Pompeii. During our visit to Ostia Antica you’ll visit the historical inhabitants’ homes, shops, restaurants and bakery and witness the diversity evident in the shrines, temples, and sanctuaries scattered throughout the area.


Ancient Tibur, just 30 minutes outside of Rome, boasts clean, crisp air in the scenic countryside. Roman aristocrats once frolicked to Tivoli, cementing its reputation as a holiday resort. We’ll visit the famous Villa Adriana, constructed by the Emperor Hadrian who spent his entire life shaping it into one of the largest, most extravagant villas in the Roman Empire. We’ll also tour Villa D’Este; once a Benedictine convent, Cardinal Ippolito d’Este refurbished it into a luxurious villa with splendid gardens and over 40 elaborate fountains, including water-works that activate the musical pipes of an organ.

Cultural Engagement

Take advantage of the unique and stimulating extracurricular opportunities that CEA has to offer within the city of Rome. Choose from a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, architecture, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, our Rome staff can help you get involved in the local culture.

St. Peter's Dome

Join us on a 330-step climb to the top of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy unsurpassed views of Rome from the highest structure in the historic center. Wear comfy shoes!

Ballet or Opera Night

Spend a night at the theatre, immersed in the unique atmosphere of such classics as Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake or Nabucco by Italian composer G. Verdi.

Italian Cooking Class

Food and wine culture is very important in Italy—learn how to prepare a typical Italian meal, so you can show off your culinary skills to friends and family! In this fun class, you’ll prepare (and then enjoy) Italian dishes under the instruction of a professional chef. Sessions are limited to 15 students.

Clay Workshop

Clay workshops offer a great way to take a break from your studies and put your skills to the test! An artist reveals the secrets and beauty of ceramics, helping you to produce your very own work of art. Sessions are limited to 15 students.

Pizza and Gelato Crawl

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…that's amore!" Italy is famous for its pizza and gelato; we’ll sample different types while walking through Rome’s historical center. This fun tour will provide insight into both pizza-making and the great variety of Italian gelato flavors that will endlessly tease your taste buds!

Bike Ride down the Appian Way

Join us on a three-hour bike ride down the Appian Way, one of the seven ancient roads that lead to Rome. Completed in 312 BC, the Via Appia is lined with ancient Roman tombs, monuments, and ancient aqueducts. This outing delivers Roman history, culture, physical activity, and nature, all in a few memorable hours.

Language Exchange

Hone your Italian skills through conversations with local Italian students. Language exchanges are offered at the CEA Rome Center and through LUISS two to three times during the semester, depending on the availability of Italian students.

Volunteering Program – CEA C’È

Created by our CEA Florence team, CEA C’È is an award-winning program that simply translated means “CEA is there.” In Collaboration with Roma Altruista, CEA C’È allows you to become an active member of Roman society and experience Rome from within. You can participate in volunteer activities that range from cleaning the city to feeding the poor, all while acting as an ambassador for your own culture.

Examples of CEA C’È activities include:

  • Working with cats at a shelter
  • Helping at a soup kitchen
  • Selecting clothes for needy mothers and babies at a thrift shop
  • Painting workshop for disabled adults
  • Rowing on the Tiber with disabled children

Other Opportunities


Our Colloquia are held twice per semester. We invite keynote speakers and provide you with the opportunity to encounter professionals and academics who have distinguished themselves in their particular area of expertise, both in Italy and internationally.

AICAP (Academic-Integrated Cultural Activity Program)

AICAP helps you integrate CEA’s cultural engagement offerings with the subjects you study in class. This program consists of a selection of cultural activities, all designed to help you correlate the subjects you study in formal academic instruction with the experiences you encounter outside of the classroom. With AICAP, you are moved and motivated not only by listening, but by action as you watch, speak and do.

Example AICAP activities include:

  • Overnight trips to Florence and Venice (AICAP for art history)
  • Day trips to Assisi (AICAP for theology courses)
  • Day trips to Ninfa (AICAP for environmental ethics)
  • Wine harvest and slow food day trip (AICAP for food and wine).

Health and Wellness

Your mental and physical wellness are important to us; that’s why we’ve created a selection of activities that will get your heart racing! Join our personal trainer, who will take you jogging through the streets of Rome twice a week. Start Nordic walking in one of Rome’s great parks. Go on a two-hour bike ride down the ancient Appian Way. Be healthy both inside and out by taking advantage of the healthy snacks and water we set out for you during midterms and finals.

Career and Re-entry Workshop

Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

What Our Student Said

Beyond the Classroom
CEA gives you not only a classroom education, but also opportunities to participate in cultural activities and make discoveries of your own. You won't be disappointed!

Grace Gegenheimer
University of Arizona,
Summer 2015, rome

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