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#GivingTuesday 2021 

AUR’s Academic Field Trip Scholarship Fund 
72-hours - $5,000

Join the movement, support AUR students:
explorers today, leaders tomorrow. 

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on November 30, 2021, and throughout the year. 


This year, for #GivingTuesday, we have set up a 72-hour campaign in support of AUR’s Academic Field Trip fund to enable students in financial need to experience AUR's essential academic field trips without causing them undue financial hardship.


“Rome is our classroom, Italy is our laboratory, the world is our potential.” 

And this is exactly what makes AUR so special.   

Every dollar counts to help us reach our
$5,000 goal in three days

Just click the button below to donate now.

AUR's Student Government


Irene Caratelli 


Griffin Evans 
AUR alumnus


Martina Mascarenhas
AUR alumna


Elizabeth Wueste 


AURSG feels it is crucial that all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to transformative educational experiences in the form of academic field trips within Italy and beyond. For this reason, we are wholeheartedly committed to establishing a financial support fund in collaboration with the development and financial aid offices, so that all current and future students have the chance to diversify their university education through unique experiential learning opportunities.  

Academic Field Trips are a way for students to challenge and express their ideas about international relations with experts, diplomats, and policymakers. These encounters and exchanges shape students’ thoughts and attitudes towards world affairs. As hands-on research and discovery experiences, field trips complement theoretical in-class discussions opening the minds and widening students' horizons, thus helping them become a community of engaged world citizens. 

"I remember how the professors would take us on the train to Florence, we would go and see Michelangelo’s David in the morning and be back in Rome for dinner in the evening… It was just amazing. Many of my friends who went to Ivy League schools couldn’t match that experience – there’s no comparison. You wish everyone could come and do it but some of my classmates simply couldn't afford it." 

AUR's academic field trips were a great way not to just visit a new city or a different country, but to help us learn and experience what a working business environment really looked like. I still remember the Benetton Fabrica we visited and how they took us through the process of planning and creating their products. The lessons I learned there have directly impacted my working life.  

Traveling around the Mediterranean and Europe is an integral part of the Archaeology and Classics curriculum. We bring our students to London, Berlin, Athens, and locations within Italy-- Umbria, Sicily, Arezzo, Campania. This kind of international travel is often the highlight of their college careers. It is a chance to combine theoretical knowledge and history with hands-on experience in bridging cultures. Our students must experience the diversity and breadth of the ancient world beyond Rome-- the ancient Greeks and Romans certainly did, and so AUR students should too!