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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
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Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
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Program Type:
Faculty Led
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Program Description:
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The Program
  • Practice working as a foreign correspondent in Italy, while covering the big international stories of our time: from the struggles of Syrian and African refugees surging through Europe, to the post-Brexit controversies that threaten the EU’s very existence.  
  • Delve into the cultural side of this sophisticated university city, famous for its food, street art and nightlife. You’ll be mentored by award-winning international journalists, multimedia storytellers and professors, as you develop the stories you care about.
  • Report on Italian current affairs, and receive professional instruction in international reporting, video storytelling and basic Italian.  You'll learn to work as foreign correspondents do, while creating a web documentary about the city

Your Host City: Bologna
Elegant Bologna is known as “la dotta,” for knowledge, “la grassa,” for its extraordinary food, and “la rossa,” for its leftist politics. This gorgeous university city is magnificently located in one of Italy’s most exciting regions, with Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, the Italian lakes and the Adriatic coast all a short hop away, by train or bus.
The surrounding Emilia Romagna region is also well worth exploring: it’s home to some of Italy’s top food destinations and restaurants; to the luxury car empires of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati; and to the sophisticated Renaissance cities of Ferrara and Ravenna, known for their palaces, artistic heritage and bike-friendly medieval lanes.

   Faculty Director Profile:
Mary D'Ambrosio

Prof. Mary D’Ambrosio is a journalist, correspondent and magazine editor who has reported extensively from Europe. A dual U.S.-Italian citizen, she visits Italy frequently, and enjoys taking students to “Il bel paese,” so they can try their hand at reporting from Italy, too. 

Email Professor D'Ambrosio at:

The 2017 syllabus will be available soon. Please note that this is a sample syllabus; all of its content is subject to change.

We’ll work from the European seat of the world-famous Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, in the heart of Bologna’s hip university district. Classes run each morning, from Monday through Thursday. After the customary long Italian lunch break, students will spend the late afternoons conducting research and doing interviews, assisted by University of Bologna student interpreters, and by award-winning international faculty who will serve as their mentors.
Except for arrival weekend, devoted to orientation, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free for travel.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in modern dorms on a well-equipped mini campus adjacent to the university district, in use by both Italian and foreign students year round, and a short walk or bus ride to Johns Hopkins.
The double and triple rooms are equipped with bathrooms and kitchenettes, within buildings that include cafeterias, gyms and “multimedia” rooms, which are available for screenings,  TV watching and public computer use. Free wifi is provided.
A free daily breakfast is provided. The program also covers group welcome and farewell dinners, and a number of local cultural activities and excursions. 

Financial Information
Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the fall semester. 

For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships. 

The National Italian American Foundation is a significant font of study abroad financing to Italy, providing scholarships of $2,000-$12,000 each. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5, and at least one ancestor of Italian heritage.