Rome, Italy


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the fall and/or spring semesters in Rome, Italy. On-site, the program is coordinated by Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) Rome.

The period of study is August through December for the Fall semester and January through May for the Spring semester.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Business
  • Psychology
  • STEM

Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM).

This program will not be offered in Spring 2021.

Host Institution

Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) opened its newest study abroad campus in the heart of Italy’s capital in Spring 2007. The Rome campus represents a conscious decision to participate in the life, politics, and educational traditions that made Italy the seat of the western world. Spending any amount of time in the Eternal City is an experience that has kept visitors and pilgrims captivated for centuries. Whether the inspiration comes from a quiet spot in Rome’s parks, from powerfully evocative ruins, from Renaissance or Baroque palaces, or from the awe-inspiring art of Vatican City, Rome continues to stimulate the senses. The unique history of Italy’s capital city allows for the study abroad student to investigate ancient cultures as well as contemporary political and international issues all within the same location.

Curriculum and Internship

The UHM Semester in Rome program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective,  focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.

The program runs from late August to mid-December for the Fall semester and late January to mid-May for the Spring semester. All courses are taught in English (with the exception of Italian language and culture) by Italian professors at LdM.


LdM Rome students can choose courses in traditional subjects such as History, Classical civilizations, Art, Restoration, and Literature, or more contemporary subjects such as International Business, Political Science, Environmental Sciences, or Gender Studies. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of professionals and various national and international institutions located throughout Rome. Click here for information about the LdM Rome STEM Program.

The School of Arts and Sciences includes the following departments: Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Communications, Gender Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, International Business, Literature, Music, Cinema and Theatre Studies, Nutrition and Health, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science and International Studies, Psychology, Sociology.

The School of Creative Arts and Media includes the following departments: Graphic Arts, Painting Drawing and Mixed Media, Restoration and Conservation.

The School of Italian Language and Culture includes the departments of Italian Language and Italian Language and Culture.

Click here for a list of courses offered at LdM Rome and UHM equivalencies. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Fall 2020Tentative LdM Course List

Courses taken at LdM will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

Current as of July 31, 2020.


Rome is a city with an unparalleled history and a cultural diversity spanning over two millennia.  Rome is an extraordinary synthesis of cultures from the Mediterranean region, North Africa, Europe, and an increasingly global community. The city seamlessly fuses the macrocosm of a large metropolis with the microcosm typical of small lively neighborhoods and picturesque districts, in a way that is fresh and spontaneous. It is home to world recognized monuments and locations that have been celebrated throughout the world. Rome itself forms a unique backdrop for many artistic and cultural events such as music, cinema, concerts, and sporting fixtures. The hills, piazzas, fountains, cobbled streets, and churches are a testimony to a great heritage but at the same time provide a contemporary setting for the active social and cultural life of the thriving modern city.


Students are housed with an Italian family (two students share a room) and have breakfasts and dinners on weekdays. Students are responsible for meals on weekends and during breaks. Single accommodations are available at an additional supplement. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals. In addition to taking students beyond the public face of the Italian people, the everyday speaking and hearing of Italian in a natural setting facilitates students’ understanding of the culture and enhances language learning.


LdM offers several excursions to sites such as Val d’Orcia and hikes to Cinque Terre. Other options will be available on-site for an additional fee. Milan, Chianti, San Gimignano, Portofino, Verona, and Venice are possible destinations.


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Program Cost (Fall 2020)

  • shared room: $11,591
  • single room: $15,904

Cost includes Lorenzo de’ Medici tuition and homestay fees (double accommodation), meals, cell phone, airport pick-up, city visits, textbooks, health insurance and UHM Study Abroad and student visa fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Rome is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions


See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.


Students participating in the UHM Semester in Rome program must obtain a student visa prior to arriving in Italy.

Admission Requirements

The program is primarily designed for undergraduate students who are interested in studying in Rome in English with specific academic interests. All candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English, and successful completion of course pre-requisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program. 


This program will not be offered in Spring 2021.

A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.


Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*

*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.