Located on the edge of central Rome, the American University of Rome (AUR) Summer School courses take advantage of their location with expert international faculty holding classes throughout the city, guiding students through the wonders of Rome. Imagine learning to sketch in front of the Trevi Fountain or exploring the ethical dilemmas in trying to preserve the archaeological layers of Roman history while addressing the needs of economic development. The optional weekend excursions operated by AUR to the Naples/Pompeii area and the Tuscany region offer students the opportunity to see some of the beautiful Italian landscape and a variety of Italian life.
Students can choose to do Session I, Session II, or both sessions, earning 6 credits per session.
Summer Session 1: May 29 -June 28, 2019 (tentative)
Summer Session II: July 2 - August 2, 2019 (tentative)
Mason undergraduate students only. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
Students will choose two courses per session (for a total of 6 transfer credits) from those offered by the American University of Rome. Students may attend Summer Session 1, Summer Session II, or both.
Syllabi of courses are available through the Course Search tool. To view the syllabus for a particular course, click on the course link from the search results page.
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students may elect for The American University of Rome to arrange housing on their behalf or may choose to make their own housing arrangements. Students electing university-facilitated housing are placed in furnished apartments in areas surrounding the university campus.
Students have the opportunity to participate in optional excursions operated by AUR. Each excursion is available for an additional fee of 270 euros, paid directly to AUR. The excursions for Summer 2018 are:
Summer Session I
- June 8-10, 2018: Pompeii Weekend
- June 15-17, 2018: Tuscan Weekend
Summer Session II
- July 13-15, 2018: Tuscan Weekend
- July 20-22, 2018: Capri, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, and Pompeii Weekend
Contact the Program Officer for more information on these excursions.
Summer 2019: $5,600
*Students may opt to stay for both sessions for a total program fee of $10,400
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Housing in shared apartments with TV, computer, wireless internet, and kitchens
- Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
- Optional excursions
Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 must be received by April 18, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
For more information on payments and financial aid:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 12, 2018
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.