Admissions and Tuition
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
- B.Arch. Studio (only open to students enrolled in a five-year B.Arch. program)
- 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
All visiting students must obtain approval from their academic advisor, department chair, and study abroad advisor 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 majors-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
- 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 are due January 1. Later applications will be considered on a rolling admission basis.
- Cornell in Rome: Visiting Students Application for Foundations in Architecture
- Cornell in Rome: Visiting Students Application for B.Arch., Fine Arts, Urban Studies, and Liberal Studies
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.
- Cornell in Rome: B.Arch. Student Application
- Cornell in Rome: B.F.A. Student Application
- Cornell in Rome M.R.P./CIPA Student Application
- Cornell in Rome: U.R.S. Student Application
- 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 (may vary depending on assignment)||$5,537|
|Field trip fees (including transportation, lodging, entry fees, and some meals, approximately 18 days)||$2,000|
|Miscellaneous expense charge (see below)||$500|
|Subtotal of bursar billed costs (excluding tuition):||$8,037|
|Non-bursar billed costs:|
|Food* (no meal plan available — suggested amount: $110 x 19 weeks)||$2,090|
|Books and supplies||$400|
|Studio expenses for architecture/art (including supplies and computer printing)||$300|
|Ground travel in Rome||$500|
|Round-trip travel from New York City to Rome (cost estimate)||$1,600|
|Subtotal non-bursar billed costs:||$5,690|
|Total estimated costs (not including tuition) per semester||$13,727|
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.
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 miscellaneous expense funds. Any unused funds from the $500 charge 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Rome expenses will not be automatically added to the monthly bill.