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Students faculty 2011
RILA class 2011
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Please note that your application will be completed only once you will have sent us your application fee and documents. See below for details.
Only once you will have received notice that your application has been accepted, please click here to confirm your registration to the program. Then proceed to download, print and send us the registration documents.

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Admission requirements

RILA is more intellectually demanding than most ordinary study abroad programs. It requires above all a motivation to pursue ideas, not simply to see the sights of Rome. In addition, a certain maturity is required to live abroad. Hence applications will be accepted only from those students who:

  • Will be at least 18 years old by the date they apply to RILA
  • Will have completed at least one year of college before the date the RILA course begins
  • Are in good academic and disciplinary standing (or have graduated)

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Application procedure

Step 1: Application

Apply online or mail your application to Rome Institute of Liberal Arts, by application deadline on February 8th. (If you intend to apply for financial aid, your application is due in full by February 3rd.) To complete your application, you will also need to send us the following:

  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary school work to date.
  • Brief personal statement (1/2 – 1 page in length; simply say a little about yourself and your motivation to participate to RILA).
  • A $150 initial charge, 2/3 of which will be deducted from the final total amount for the course, while 1/3 will cover the application costs. The sum will be reimbursed to you if your application is not accepted, minus a $50 application fee retained by RILA.

Please make checks payable to Rome Institute of Liberal Arts.

Please be aware that housing options will be assigned in the order in which we receive the applications (if your application comes last you have a lesser chance of getting the housing option of your choice). Your application will not be effective until we have received all required documentation and fees. Shortly after receipt of them all, we will notify you by e-mail.

Step 2: Registration

Soon after application deadline, you will receive an e-mail informing you whether your application has been accepted. Accepted students should complete the online REGISTRATION form at the top of this page within 3 days, then download, print out and send us the remaining forms and fees before registration deadline, February 21st.

After registration, please check the Student Life page on this website for additional information about your trip and time in Rome.

Mail all documents and fees to:

1748 Arlington Boulevard
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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Step 1: Application

The deadline to complete the on line application and send all the required documents and fees is February 8th.

Application deadline for financial aid is February 3rd. Please check the “Financial aid” section for details.

Step 2: Registration

The deadline to complete registration forms and fee payments is February 21st.

Please be aware that RILA has a strict policy about deadlines. In case you have problems respecting the given dates, please let us know about it as soon as possible and we’ll try to work with you at a solution. If we don’t hear from you and your registration documents and fees are more than 2 days late, a late fee of $50 will be applied and it will be doubled after 3 more days.

Late application may still be possible, please contact us at info@rilarts.org.
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Tuition six week courses: $ 4,100
Tuition four week courses: $ 2,900
Housing for six weeks: $ 1,260 – 1,660 – 2,465 *
Housing for four weeks: $ 930 – 1,220 – 1,800 *
Italian cell phone rental: $ 35 **
Health care insurance: $ 45 – 65 **

*Housing fee varies according to the type of accommodation. The prices listed above are in shared apartments with three, two, or one other RILA students.
**Both the Italian cell phone rental and the health insurance are mandatory. Cell phone rental includes $5 of calling credit.

Please be aware that due to the euro/dollar exchange rate, housing fees may be subject to slight changes. Nevertheless, we guarantee that once payment for housing is mailed in we will not request further payment, even if exchange rates change.

The expenses listed below can be used as guides for financial planning, but please understand that students’ expenses may vary greatly depending on individual habits, travel plans, and exchange rates.

Other expenses not included in fees paid to RILA:

Round Trip Airfare: $ 900 – 2,600
Meals: $ 500 – 900
Extras: $ 200 – 1,000
Italian language class: $ 265 – 355 *
Optional trip to Siena: $ 100

* Includes text book.
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Financial aid

Every year RILA grants a number of scholarships to students in need. RILA scholarships cover from 20% to 50% of tuition. All other costs and expenses (i.e.; remaining tuition, travel expenses, rent) are to be covered by the student.
Given the limited number of scholarships available, we invite those students who can afford to pay full tuition costs to leave the scholarship opportunities for those who most need them. For the same reason, our policy is not to grant funds to students who already received aid from their home institution or any other organization.

To apply for a scholarship through RILA, please follow the normal application procedure described above. In addition, send us an e-mail at info@rilarts.org identifying yourself and indicating the course of your choice. Attach to your message a one page (max 400 words) essay on the theme of the course you intend to apply to. Please do not put your name on the essay.

Your request for financial aid will not be evaluated until you complete your on-line application and send in all required application documents and fees. 
Deadline for scholarship requests is February 3rd.
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For students from St. John’s College

Every year the Ahmanson Foundation offers four scholarships for the full amount of tuition for a RILA six week program, to four St. John’s students. The scholarships are restricted and students from other colleges cannot apply to them. The scholarships are awarded to St. John’s students in need of financial aid, who also show academic excellence through their essay and transcripts. To apply for an Ahmanson scholarship simply follow the same procedure described above for RILA scholarships. Your application for financial aid will automatically be considered for both scholarship.

Since its foundation in 2008 RILA has developed in unofficial partnership with St. John’s College. The origin and inspiration for RILA emerged from discussions among a group of St. John’s faculty about the powerful experience Johnnies might have reading and studying together, immersed in all the art, architecture, culture, and history that Rome has to offer. (The academic director and founder, Gabe Pihas, is a former tutor of the Annapolis campus.) Since the beginning, all the faculties leading the seminars have been St. John’s tutors.
 St. John’s and RILA are currently attempting to expand this partnership. St. John’s students may be able to use Pathways fellowships towards RILA summer programs. Please check with your administration on campus.
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For students from UT Austin

RILA and UT Austin have worked in partnership for a number of years. There is a formal arrangement for the recognition of RILA credits at UT. Note that UT students will receive credits for the six week version of RILA courses Beauty and the Sacred and Empire and the Soul; they will not receive credits for any of the four week courses. Also, a number of students from UT each year have been able to cover the costs of RILA through generous scholarships offered by UT. We encourage you to contact the study abroad office at UT, as well as your department contact person, in order to find out about funding available to you.

We have a special partnership with the Jefferson Center at UT, but majors from other department are also eligible for UT scholarships for RILA.
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