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LUISS Guido Carli University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
Term: Spring

UofSC's exchange program at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy is designed to expose American students to Italian life, culture, and business education. Rome is a vibrant, historic, and artistic city of 2.7 million people located in central Italy. Founded in 1966, LUISS is a private, selective university and is a regional leader in the fields of business management, economics, political science, and law. LUISS is composed of six campuses connected by a free university shuttle bus, all located in the central Roman area of Parioli. LUISS has a student body of approximately 7500 full time, degree-seeking students, and hosts 230 exchange students each year, while maintaining a teacher/student ratio of 1:7. The university's mission is to "educate an internationally-oriented managerial class with a business ethos for enterprises, government, the professions, and research."

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to LUISS. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Rome. LUISS recommends that students budget €350-400 per month for double-room accomodation or €500-600 per month for single-room accomodation, €35 per month for public transportation, and €200-250 per semester for books and supplies, To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Rome compared to other locations in the world. Students should plan for €700-900 per month in living expenses outside of rent.

Students typically enroll in 24-30 ECTS per semester, which is 12-15 UofSC credits. Introductory Italian is available and students with advanced Italian language skills can take non-business classes taught in Italian. Due to Italian law, USC students studying at LUISS are required to take final exams on the designated exam date. Taking exams early is not permitted, and students who take exams early will not be able to transfer the credit for that course.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Exchange students have access to all campus extracurricular activities, including conferences, cultural events, concerts, tours, and more. There is a sports center on campus, and students can often get discounted theater tickets.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Accommodation through LUISS residences is first come-first serve. LUISS provides additional resources for private residences and apartments through outside organizations. All housing  is off-campus and arranged by an external housing organization, and most exchange students live in private apartments with Italian or international roommates in a neighborhood near LUISS.

LUISS runs on the standard Italian academic calendar. Spring semester classes begin in mid-February and end in late May. The spring semester exam period will last until late June. 

Upon arrival, LUISS coordinates an orientation for all incoming exchange students. Staff at the LUISS Student Exchange Office are also available throughout the semester to talk with exchange students about practical matters, language issues, culture shock/homesickness, and the Italian university structure, among other topics.

Students who attend LUISS for a semester or academic year are required to apply for an Italian student visa, upon receipt of acceptance materials from LUISS. This requires an in-person visit to the Italian Consulate or Vice-Consulate. For residents of South Carolina, the nearest consulate is located in Miami, FL. Out-of-state students can utilize the Miami consulate or the one through their home residence's jurisdiction.


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