Politics, Economics & Business

Politics, Economics & Business

Available Sessions





8/25/20 - 12/19/20



Estimated Credits:

12 - 17


Apply by 6/1/20 Withdraw by 7/1/20


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Complete Application
  • Transcript - Official


Foreign Language Proficiency:
All Levels
High School Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Course Prerequisites:
Some courses may have prerequisites.
Some students may attend US colleges/universities already affiliated with this host institution and therefore will not be eligible to attend this CEA program. Please call CEA for further details regarding eligibility specifics.

About the Program

Program Description

Gain the practical and theoretical tools you need to thrive in a globalizing world. This interdisciplinary program, offered in collaboration with our partner LUISS University (LUISS), allows you to explore relevant topics in politics, economics, and business while building your global competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Designed for students at all levels of Italian language ability, courses at both the CEA Rome Center and LUISS complement one another, with Business, Italian language and Social Sciences taught at CEA and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics courses taught at LUISS. You'll benefit from the unique qualities and distinct learning environments of each institution.

Program Structure

Students with no previous knowledge of Italian language enroll in 1 CEA beginning language course, 1 LUISS elective course, 2-3 CEA elective courses, and 0-2 optional PC elective courses. High beginning and above Italian language speakers enroll in 1 LUISS elective course, 2-4 CEA elective courses, and 0-2 optional PC elective courses.

CEA language courses and LUISS elective courses meet for 60 contact hours/4 credits. CEA elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. PC elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. You may earn a total of up to 17 credits (270 contact hours).

CEA classes meet 1-2 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Friday. LUISS classes meet 2 times per week, Monday-Friday.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and indicate your estimated Italian language level. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. Registration for LUISS courses takes place during your second week in Rome.

It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Italy. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

Where You'll Study

The Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS University) is known for its selective admissions and focus on business, market demands, and information technology. For the last 15 years, LUISS University has ranked among Italy’s top three social science institutions. In January 2017 LUISS University ranked 1st in the Sole 24 Ore University ranking. You’ll attend class with Italian and other international students as you take courses taught in English.
Courses at the CEA Rome Center allow you to explore and experience all that the Eternal City has to offer. Courses are taught in English and take full advantage of Roman history and culture, with a focus on active learning outside the classroom. Courses in all levels of Italian are available. The CEA Rome Center is in the vibrant Prati neighborhood, within walking distance of Vatican City, Castel Sant’Angelo, and other UNESCO World Heritage sites. This central location makes it easy to visit galleries, museums, art studios, local businesses, historic sites, food markets, and more—all designed to bring lessons taught in the classroom to life.

Where You'll Stay

When you study abroad in Rome, you can choose standard CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Rome with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, cultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Rome easy!

Life-Long Benefits
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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