Ithaca, New York / Rome, Italy / New York City
The Cornell in Rome and AAP NYC staff would like to extend our congratulations and a warm welcome as you begin college life in AAP.
The educational opportunities here are endless, and they reach beyond Ithaca to New York City and across the Atlantic as well. As I’m sure you know, the college has its own base in Europe, in the center of Rome, as well as classroom and studio space in Manhattan. Rome is open to students from all three college departments; AAP NYC is currently hosting architecture and art students. The college encourages participation in both off campus sites.
Cornell in Rome is housed in a spacious and beautifully renovated classic 17th-century Roman palazzo, located in the historic city center. Our fully furnished student apartments are in nearby neighborhoods, all within easy walking distance of the palazzo.
AAP NYC is housed in 5,000 square feet of loft space in the vibrant Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, the heart of New York's architecture world and a center of the New York art scene. Our students live at the Weill Cornell Medical College dorms on the Upper East Side or in other locations in and around New York City.
Cornell in Rome Overview
Rome has been part of the college programming for more than 25 years and offers an unparalleled opportunity to live and study in one of the world’s most historic cities, surrounded by nearly 3,000 years of extraordinary art, architecture, and urban development. Program participants often say it is their best undergraduate term.
In addition to core studio courses in art, architecture, and urban studies that allow you to stay on track with your requirements, we offer classes in art and architecture history, drawing, photography, contemporary European art, European culture and politics, and Italian language. Many are taught on-site and fully engage you with the city. All courses offered in Rome are applicable toward Cornell degrees, but we advise careful, advance planning to maximize options, especially for the many students who want to spend a semester in Rome and a semester in New York City.
Cornell in Rome is open to all students in the college in good academic standing, and we also admit students from other programs at Cornell and from other universities. Nearly 100 percent of the college’s architecture students go to Rome for one term during their third year, and about 75 percent of the art and urban studies students also choose to make Rome their home base for a semester, usually during their third year. Urban Studies students may study in Rome only during spring semesters (as third or fourth year students); the other two departments run programs both fall and spring semesters.
AAP NYC Overview
The AAP studio and classroom facility in New York City offers undergraduate architecture, art, and graduate architecture students a unique opportunity to live and study in one of the most culturally vital urban centers in the world, and to gain valuable professional experience at design firms, museums, galleries, artist studios, and nonprofit agencies throughout the city. It’s a semester that opens your eyes and builds your network to the professional world you are working toward.
AAP NYC offers an expansive curriculum enriched by Manhattan’s extraordinary artistic, historical and cultural resources. The college also draws on AAP’s extensive network of noted metropolitan professionals who frequently teach and serve as guest critics.
In addition to architecture design studio and classes such as theory, architecture history, technology, and professional practice, architecture students may opt for a two-day-per-week internship at a prestigious Manhattan firm. Placements are based on a student's portfolio, GPA, and software competencies. Art students enjoy theory/criticism, history, professional practice, and studio classes that take advantage of the tremendous resources of New York City’s visual artists and also work at internship sites that include important museums, galleries, nonprofits, auction houses, and artists’ studios two days each week.
What's Important to Know Now
Plan ahead for studying off campus. Don’t leave your out-of-college credits for those terms because you won’t be able to easily fulfill them off-campus.
Art students should work with the department’s director of undergraduate studies, Professor Jean Locey on a curriculum plan early on. The AAP NYC term has been designed for your sophomore year, second semester, the Rome term for your third year. If interested in a spring AAP NYC term next year, you will be applying this academic year (one year ahead). Watch for posters and emails on this.
The architecture curriculum is designed for students to spend one semester of the third year off campus in Rome, and one semester of the fourth or fifth year in New York City. AAP NYC terms include an internship option two days each week.
Urban and Regional Studies Students
URS students typically spend spring semester of their third year in Rome. Studying Italian ahead of time is highly recommended, particularly for the URS students who will be involved in a neighborhood research project.
To learn more about the Rome and New York City options, follow our websites and student blogs at:
Please come introduce yourselves to me. My office is in 149 E. Sibley Hall. I wish you every success with your studies and look forward to getting to know you over the next few years!
Cornell in Rome