The American University of Rome

The American University of Rome

AUR has its origins soon after World War II. David Colin, an American journalist in Italy prior to and during the war, settled in Rome. While American students and professors visited Rome, Colin helped foster cultural exchanges between Americans and their Italian counterparts. Over time, informal discussions at his home became more formalized, turning into structured lectures and classes. His wife, Joan Carpenter, assisted Colin with this undertaking.

George Tesoro, an Italian who left Italy in 1940 in protest against Mussolini’s fascist regime, began to collaborate with Colin. As the program grew, The American University in Rome became reality when AUR was incorporated in 1969 in the District of Columbia with its academic headquarters located in Rome, Italy.

University highlights

  • AUR is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy
  • Students obtain an American-accredited bachelor or master degree
  • Prepares students to live and work across cultures through its practical interdisciplinary academic majors, opportunities for learning through travel and internships, and its multi-cultural faculty and staff
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