About us - Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies

Kent’s Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies is a specialist postgraduate centre. On our advanced humanities degrees in ancient history, art history, Roman history and archaeology, you spend your spring term in Rome studying modules that capitalise on the city's heritage and culture.

City as your classroom

Rich in history and steeped in traditions, inspiring and stimulating, Rome is an extraordinary place to live and study. Rome's dramatic past is all around you; you can explore its history, discuss its magnificent artworks and take advantage of its many academic resources. Gaining knowledge of its past gives you a new perspective on its present.

You study at the American University of Rome. Its beautiful campus on the Janiculum Hill offers superb views of the historic city below. Just a short walk from campus are some of the best libraries in Rome, the city’s oldest church (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere), parks and cafés.

Earn a degree from a renowned British university while studying for a term in Rome, enjoying the unique opportunity of exploring its riches first-hand, guided by specialist academic staff and in the company of a group of students who share your passion for history and art. To ensure you get the most out of your time in Rome, we offer free Italian language lessons in the autumn and spring terms.


Immersed in the culture of Rome

For 12 weeks every year we bring students to Rome and teach them on our shared campus with American University of Rome, and in front of the works of art that are being studied.

Garden at AUR

Watch this video from the Director of our Rome programmes

Professor Tom Henry talks about life and study at the Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies

Academic excellence

Kent is one of the UK's leading universities. All our academic schools produce research of international standing and our research activities and collaborations with outside organisations create knowledge that is highly influential in many areas.

Our programmes in Rome are informed by our commitment to research excellence, drawing on the expertise of leading academics from the School of Arts and the School of European Culture and Languages. With specialist knowledge of resources in both Canterbury and Rome, our academics bring your subject to life.

Our aim is to create an active postgraduate community and we encourage you to attend events and conferences while you are in Rome. Each year we run an event, usually held at the Ambassador's residence, where we, along with invited speakers and guests, celebrate our students' achievements.

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Rome is our classroom, and the experience for teacher and student is unrivalled.

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Excellent facilities

At the American University of Rome, where your studies are based, lecture rooms are based in a former monastery and there are gardens and terraces where you can relax with friends between lectures. The well-stocked library has designated areas for group work, computer and reading rooms, and offers access to online databases as well as the vast network of Rome's libraries.

You can also use the resources at many of the city's other libraries, such as the Library of Archaeology and Art History, and the libraries of the British School at Rome, the American Academy, and the Finnish and Norwegian Institutes, all of which have specialist collections in the study of antiquity.

Details of our facilities in Canterbury can be found here.

Impressive prospects

Whatever your career goal, a postgraduate qualification from the University of Kent equips you with an impressive portfolio of skills, specialist knowledge and practical experience to help you succeed in a competitive job market.

By living and studying overseas you have shown potential employers that you are independently minded, ambitious and confident, all attributes graduate employers look for. Some of our alumni choose to continue their studies at doctoral level, while others have gone on to work in museums, galleries, higher education institutions, charities and the civil service.

Throughout your studies, you can take advantage of the resources of the University's award-winning Careers and Employability service, with Skype consultations offered when you are in Rome.