Whitman students may enroll at the IES Center in Rome to study everything from art history to economics. As one of Europe's most important cultural and religious centers, Rome offers students the opportunity to learn amidst Roman ruins, baroque cathedrals, a lively contemporary visual and performing arts scene, and the Vatican. In addition, the program offers internships with local organizations and optional field trips each semester to locations such as Pompeii, Sicily, Tuscany and Umbria.

“Rome is such an incredible city. I absolutely loved the history throughout the city and it has a certain charm that I have not experienced anywhere else in Europe. The people are very friendly and open--they are very proud of their culture and love to teach you about it, given the opportunity. This goes without saying, but the food is also amazing, and relatively affordable. The classes were overall very interesting, and I feel like I learned so much about the city and its history.” - Riley T. ‘16

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Krista Gulbransen (Art History & Visual Culture Studies)

Fields of study:

Art history, film studies, classics, history, economics, Italian language and literature, politics, religion, and sociology.


Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:



15-19 credits per semester - Required Courses:
IES Abroad Italian language course (4 or 8 credits)
IES Abroad area studies courses (3 credits each)
Courses at a local university (optional, 3 credits each)
Internship, Archaeology, or Social Action placement and accompanying seminar (3 credits each, optional)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


IES Rome offers three types of internships (traditional, social action, and archaeology).


Students share apartments with other IES Abroad students and with Italian Student Companion (ISC), Homestays with Italian families.


Students in apartments are responsible for preparing their own meals in their apartment or purchasing them at local eateries; participants in the homestays take breakfast daily with their families and have the option of sharing some evening meals with the family.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September-December; late January-May


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Rome Language and Area Studies