Admissions and Tuition

Admissions

All classes are taught in English and designed for third- or fourth-year students with the exception of Foundations in Architecture, which also welcomes second-year students.

Options for visiting students (including students from most colleges and schools at Cornell University*)

  • Foundations in Architecture (new in fall 2017)
  • B.Arch. Studio
  • Fine Arts
  • Liberal Studies
  • Urban Studies

Options for AAP students

  • B.Arch. Studio (third-year B.Arch. students are required to spend one semester in Rome)
  • Fine Arts
  • M.R.P. and CIPA Internships
  • Urban Studies
  • Visiting Students

    Admissions Criteria

    All visiting students must obtain approval from their academic advisor, department chair, and study abroad dean prior to applying for admission to the program. They must submit the following documents with their application:

    • Official transcript
    • A statement outlining their interest in the program and how study with Cornell in Rome will assist in meeting their educational objectives
    • One to two faculty letters of recommendation
    • Students interested in the 6-credit B.Arch. architecture studio or major's-only art studio must have completed an appropriately comparable amount of work at their home institution and must submit a portfolio

    Accepted non-Cornell visiting students then become Cornell transfer students for one semester. Admission is highly selective.

    Cornell University Students

    Study at Cornell in Rome is open to students from the following Cornell schools and colleges:

    • Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Hotel Administration
    • Human Ecology
    • Industrial and Labor Relations

    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.

    All prospective participants must have completed the first two years of their curricular requirements and be in good academic standing (as determined by their respective departments) before applying. Early planning, during the first or second year, is strongly encouraged. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary outline of their intended studies.

    Applications

    Applications are due January 1. Later applications will be considered on a rolling admission basis.

       

      • AAP Students

        Admissions Criteria

        Admission for AAP applicants is based on academic standing and seniority (except for B.Arch. students who are required to fulfill a mandatory semester of their third year in Rome).

        All prospective participants must have completed the first two years of their curricular requirements and be in good academic standing (as determined by their respective departments) before applying to Cornell in Rome. Early planning, during the first or second year, is strongly encouraged. All applicants are required to submit a preliminary outline of their intended studies.

        Applications

         

        Tuition

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        Costs

        • All Cornell students pay their normal tuition
        • Students accepted from non-Cornell colleges are billed the AAP undergraduate tuition. Undergraduate and graduate student tuition are available at the Cornell University bursar's website
        Bursar billed costs:  
        Housing and utilities ($4,915 for double room) $5,200
        Field trip fees (including transportation, lodging, entry fees, and some meals, approximately 18 days) $2,000
        Security deposit (see below) $500
        Subtotal of bursar billed costs (excluding tuition):  $7,700
        Non-bursar billed costs:  
        Food* (no meal plan available — suggested amount: $130 x 19 weeks) $2,470
        Books and supplies $600
        Personal expenses $800
        Studio expenses for architecture/art* (including supplies and computer printing) $400
        Ground travel in Rome $350
        Round-trip travel from New York City to Rome (group flight costs estimate) $1,600
        Subtotal non-bursar billed costs:  $6,220 
        Total estimated costs (not including tuition) per semester $13,920

        For an estimated total cost, combine the above total with the applicable tuition. The numbers above are estimates. Students attending Cornell in Rome should refer to the budget provided before departure.

        *All student apartments in Rome are equipped with full kitchens. Food estimate assumes some cooking and dining out. When not traveling, students spend $80–150 per week for meals.

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        Security Deposits

        Students are bursar-billed $500 which is applied toward various expenses during the semester. Possible charges include computer printing and internet fees, the required Italian residency permit and Italian state health insurance for medical emergencies, class packets, Italian language class activity fees, and local telephone service in apartments. In the rare instance of apartment or Palazzo damages, an appropriate fee will be deducted from the $500 balance and/or an additional amount may be charged. Failure to return apartment and/or Palazzo keys will result in forfeiture of security deposit funds. Any unused funds from the $500 deposit will be applied to the student's bursar bill for the following semester or will be returned in the case of visiting students.

        In most cases, all of the $500 is used by students during a semester. If a student has incurred expenses beyond $500, charges will appear on the student's bursar bill in the next semester.

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        Financial Aid

        While tuition is the same in Rome as in Ithaca, study abroad does require additional funds to cover items such as a round-trip ticket to Rome and field trip travel.

        For Cornell students, these additional costs are factored into their total financial aid package for the year. The Cornell in Rome office will inform the financial aid office of the student's plans to study in Rome. Depending on the structure of the aid package, a revised award with additional grants and/or loans to cover these additional costs will be sent. Submit all forms as usual for financial aid consideration.

        Parents should complete all the required annual financial aid forms through the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment in Ithaca as usual, or through his or her home institution.

        Students may also request to work during the semester in Rome as office and library assistants, computer lab monitors, photographers, and bloggers to help earn money.

        Additionally, AAP has specific scholarships and prizes available for study abroad in Rome and all eligible Cornell students will be considered. No application is required.

        Visiting students are not eligible for work-study, scholarship, or prize opportunities through Cornell, though consortium agreements that allow loans to transmit from the home school through Cornell may be arranged.

        For installment billing, please contact the Cornell Installment Plan Office directly at (607) 255-2336 or uco-bursar-mailbox@cornell.edu. Rome expenses will not be automatically added to the monthly bill.

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