Cornell in Rome: Predeparture Information

Before your departure to Rome, there are a number of matters that require your attention in order for you to arrive and be prepared for a semester abroad. Each of these six sections gives important information about a particular piece of the process, and what you need to complete before your departure. Pay careful attention to the information in these sections, since much of it is time sensitive or requires planning in advance. If you have questions about any part of the process, please contact Andrew Meis, the coordinator for global study.

Fall 2018 Important Dates

March 1–30 Purchase an airline ticket. Be sure to consult the mandatory arrival and departure dates (below).
March 1–June 1 Make a visa appointment at the appropriate consulate and report your appointment through the AAP web form. For more information on locating the appropriate consulate, consult the Obtain a Visa webpage.
May 3–June 30 Attend your visa appointment and submit your materials.
August 8 Early arrival date — mandatory for anyone taking Italian!
August 9–10 Mandatory apartment orientation and permesso di soggiorno appointments for early arrivals
August 13–24 Intensive Italian language instruction; Foundations in Architecture design studio introduction
August 22 Regular arrival date
August 23–24 Mandatory apartment orientation and permesso di soggiorno appointments for regular arrivals
August 24 Orientation: meeting and reception (afternoon)
August 25 Orientation: walking and bus tour
August 27 First day of classes
October 13–21 Fall Break
November 22 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 7 Last day of instruction
December 10–11 Reviews
December 13 Public exhibition of student work
December 14–16 Study Period
December 17–18 Final exams
December 21 Departure date from Rome; apartments closed

Spring 2019 Important Dates

August 13 Consulate appointments within the timeframe begin opening up; check regularly for an appointment starting this week.
October 29 First day for visa appointments. Do not make an appointment earlier than this day!
January 16 Early arrival date — mandatory for anyone taking Italian!
January 17–18 Mandatory apartment orientation and permesso di soggiorno appointments for early arrivals
January 21–25 Italian language instruction
January 23 Regular arrival date
January 24–25 Mandatory apartment orientation and permesso di soggiorno appointments for regular arrivals
January 25 Orientation: meetings and reception (afternoon)
January 26 Orientation: walking and bus tour
January 28 Regular instruction begins
March 16–24 Spring Break
April 21 Easter Holiday
May 10 Last day of instruction
May 13–14 Reviews
May 16 Exhibition of student work
May 17–19 Study period
May 20–21 Final exams
May 24 Departure from Rome; apartments closed (you may leave anytime after your final exams are finished, however.)