Through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), 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. The IES Rome program offers courses taught in English at the IES Center and, for students with sufficient Italian, the opportunity to enroll in courses at one of three local universities. In addition, the program offers internships with local organizations and optional field trips each semester to locations such as Pompeii, Sicily, Tuscany and Umbria.

Fields of study:

Art history, cinema, classics, economics, Italian language and literature, politics, psychology, religion, and sociology.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September - December; February - May


Minimum of 15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Italian Language (4 credits)
Four elective courses (3 credits each )

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


In apartments with other U.S. students. A limited number of placements in host families is also available.


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.


Internships are typically available in non-governmental organizations, art institutions, government offices, education, sciences, and advocacy groups.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Study Rome Language & Area Studies