Rome boasts a comprehensive network of international schools. There are currently twenty-one international schools in Rome which offer American, British, German and French curricula as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) and Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes. Most of the international schools provide kindergarten services for pre-school children and also day care facilities for children older than two years. All international schools offer an inclusive and vibrant community and a creative learning environment.
SERVICES FOR AMLA STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES
WHERE TO STAY
Rome offers a very affordable cost of living and is one of the least expensive capitals in Europe. Also costs of housing (including in the Southern area of the city, where AMLA’s headquarters will be located), whether bought or rented, are extremely low compared to other major European cities.
As a result of being one of the world’s most renowned tourist destinations, as well as the capital of Italy and the venue of major international events, Rome boasts a highly developed and diversified network of accommodation facilities: over 800 hotels, including a good proportion of high-quality four- and five-star establishment, and an astonishing range of more than 18,500 complementary accommodation solutions.
For the use of accommodation services, AMLA staff will benefit from a number of special agreements with hotel associations operating in the capital. The city of Rome will also provide dedicated assistance to AMLA staff in the relocation process.
Rome offers a dense network of high-quality early childhood care and educational services (ECCE services). This network is composed of public institutions (i.e. schools directly managed by the Municipality of Rome), private schools (which can be independent or affiliated to the city’s administration) and third-party organisations which offer ancillary ECCE services to households aimed at enhancing children’s skills through dedicated activities such as reading and listening to music.
In addition to English language schools, there are also excellent international schools in Rome that offer study programmes in other European languages, such as French, German and Spanish. The Lycée Chateaubriand, established in 1903, is part of the Agency for French Education Abroad and welcomes 1,500 students from kindergarten to the last year of high school (Terminal). The Institut International Saint-Dominique (ISD Rome) is a school with sixty years of history that offers high-level IB and French programmes to pupils between two and eighteen years old. The Deutsche Schule Rom offers an excellent German curriculum recognised by Germany, Austria and Italy to children from kindergarten to high school. The Liceo español Cervantes, located on the slopes of the Janiculum Hill, offers Spanish secondary education programmes under the auspices of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
There are more than twenty-five universities in Rome (public, private and Catholic institutions), with many courses in English. The offering of specialised Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programmes is vast. Tertiary education covers the most widespread fields of study, such as humanities, social sciences, medicine and STEM disciplines, but also niche subjects like cinema, fine arts, fashion and physical education. Public institutions include some of the best Italian Universities (Sapienza, the most ancient university in the city, Tor Vergata and Roma Tre).
There is also a dedicated university for sports: “Foro Italico”. Furthermore, among private institutions, it is worth mentioning: LUISS, LUMSA, Link Campus University, UniCamillus, Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Università Internazionale di Roma (UNINT), Università Europea di Roma (UER), Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA), American University of Rome (AUR), John Cabot University, and two online universities, UniCusano and UniMarconi.
Rome offers a highly developed and dense network of healthcare facilities.
The city is home to major public hospitals of long-standing tradition at national level, clusters of excellence recognised across Europe and a wide range of private clinics. Some specialised high-quality health services can also be accessed through “healthcare homes” (Case della Salute), a network of health facilities spread throughout the territory.
Although Rome’s economy is largely based on the service sector, its Metropolitan area is home to an extensive and resilient industrial network, with highly innovative small and medium-sized enterprises as well as larger companies. Rome is home to the headquarters of some of Italy’s largest companies, such as Eni (gas), Enel (electricity), Poste Italiane (postal services) and Leonardo (security and defence). As a result, Rome’s labour market is dynamic and vibrant. At least seven areas of high specialisation have been identified in the region: aerospace, life sciences, cultural heritage, digital and creative industries, agri-food, green economy, security. Alongside these clusters of excellence, the region is characterised by the presence of a dense network of professional services linked to the public administration and by the highly innovative automotive district in the Southern part of the region.
Also worthy of emphasis is the considerable presence in Rome of a dense network of embassies and international organisations which have their headquarters or offices in Rome: FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization (www.fao.org); WFP, World Food Programme (www.wfp.org); IFAD, International Fund for Agricultural Development (www.ifad.org); UNHCR, United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Regional representation for Southern Europe (www.unhcr.org); UNDESA-HRIC, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Human Resources for International Cooperation (www.undesa.it); ILO, International Labour Organization, office for Italy (www.ilo.org/rome); World Bank group, office for Italy (www.worldbank.org/en/country/italy/contacts); UNIDO-ITPO Italy, United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment and Technology Promotion Office Italy (www.unido.it); UNICRI, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Rome office (www.unicri.it); UNHRD/WFP, United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot, support office.
This scenario significantly increases job opportunities for family members of future AMLA employees and also contributes to the international openness of the city, thus creating a highly stimulating environment.