Mission Statement

վ prepares students to live and work across cultures as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and rapidly changing world. AUR is a private, independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education, offering undergraduate and graduate liberal arts programs to degree-seeking and study abroad students from around the world.

Taking the best of the վ approach to interdisciplinary, student-centered learning, our international faculty and staff use Rome as our classroom and Italy and Europe as invaluable resources. AUR’s innovative programs promote intellectual excellence, personal growth and an appreciation of cultural diversity in an international environment.


  1. Leverage AUR’s location in Rome, Italy, and Europe for optimal, mission-driven teaching & learning experiences. 

  1. Strive for teaching and learning excellence (via a purpose-driven, interdisciplinary curriculum, student-centered pedagogies, research & academic services aligned with institutional mission and values, and partnerships) in order to achieve optimal graduate outcomes and academic reputation. 

  1. Continuously recruit for and nurture a globally diverse, inclusive, and ethics-based learning community of internationally-minded students, faculty & staff  

  1. Maintain a beautiful and up-to-date campus & infrastructure that aligns with AUR’s mission and student expectations   

  1. Achieve long-term institutional growth & sustainability