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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Architectural History, Art History, Business, Film, Health Science, History, International Business, International Relations, Internships, Italian, Italian Language & Literature, Media Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Service Learning Housing Options: Apartments
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


Rome BridgeStudy for a semester in the Eternal City at the Rome, Open Campus. Take one, two, or all three of your 3 six-week semester blocks in Rome for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement. Select from five academic tracks and choose from a wide range of courses and subject areas. Through your coursework  complemented by excursions, cultural events, and more,you'll get the most out of this beautiful city!

Make a difference in your host community through a number of wonderful opportunities!
  • Provide English language tutoring to immigrants or children at community centers.
  • Volunteer at local NGOs, homeless shelters, and more.

Courses and Credits

OPEN CAMPUS PROGRAM: Classes are taught on a unique six-week academic block system. Courses are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Student should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long. Students typically take two courses per block. Tutoring and Volunteer opportunities are available also for interested students.

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

  1. Language, Literature, and Culture
  2. Communications, Journalism and New Media
  3. Business
  4. Global and Community Health
  5. International Relations and Political Science
For course listings and syllabi, go to the Rome Open Campus page and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


APARTMENTS: Students in apartments with 4-7 CIEE students in a historic building in Prati, a safe, residential neighborhood surrounded by quaint markets, shops, restaurants, and public transportation. Some will even share an apartment with a “Buddy,” a local student enrolled in an Italian university.

MEALS: Meals are not provided, but apartments contains kitchens with appliances and cookware.


Merrimack students attending any of the CIEE Global Institutes (Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, or Cape Town) pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, housing, and international insurance for all three blocks of the term.

2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs:  $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $3,300
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Fall Total: $26,630
  • Spring Total: $28,130
BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $2,700
  • International Airfare:  $1,250
  • Local Transportation: $300
  • Books & Supplies: $360
  • Visa + Potential travel to consulate: $500
  • Personal: $3,000


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA (Students planning to take a direct enrollment class at any of the University of Paris institutions must have at least a 3.0 GPA)
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018.