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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 01/23/2019 05/18/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
2.5, 3.0 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Program Provider:
Enrollment Restrictions:
0-3 semesters of Italian language or equivalent
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • The program is ideal for students, with little to no knowledge of Italian, who want to develop their Italian language skills
  • Students can enroll in courses instructed in English on contemporary and historic Italian issues
  • The academic program is supplemented with excursions to local historical sites and cultural activities including festivals and group dinners.
Your Host City: Ferrara
The city of Ferrara, in northern Italy, lies on a branch of the River Po some 30 miles from Bologna. The influence of the Renaissance can be seen in the architecture of the city, its broad streets, moated castle, cathedral, and palaces. A city of fewer than 140,000 people, Ferrara is still enclosed within five miles of medieval walls. During the Renaissance, it was an influential center for painters. Today, Ferrara is known as a city of festivals, the most important being the Palio of St. George, the Buskers Festival, and a festival of hot-air balloons. The city is also known as the Citta della bicicletta – the Town of Bicycles as that’s how the natives get around town. The city is well-connected by rail to Mantua, Padua, Siena, Bologna, Venice, and beyond.

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.

This program is designed for students with 0-3 semesters of Italian language, who want to be immersed in the culture of their host country by studying in a small and non-touristy Renaissance city.  All CIEE students enroll in a required, intensive Italian language course at the start of each semester. Following the intensive language session, all students are required to continue their Italian language study at the appropriate level throughout the semester, take the CIEE core course, and two content courses in English, and the optional Seminar on Living and Learning.

The course structure follows similar US teaching and learning methods; however, all classes are taught by local faculty and require students to work independently outside the classroom. Students have access to the libraries, computers, cafeterias, and sports facilities of the University of Ferrara.

A minimum of 15 credits and four courses is required for every student. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit or pass/fail.

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

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: Early September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the program dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in either a homestay with an Italian family or in an apartment.  The homestays, include two meals per day, and are located in and outside the city center. Students staying in the apartments share a double room with another CIEE student, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The complex is located right in the center of town, a few minutes’ walk from the CIEE Study Center. Students have access to laundry facilities and wireless Internet. Meals for apartment dwellers are not included in the program fee; they can be purchased at the University cafeterias, at restaurants throughout Ferrara, or prepared in the apartment.

CIEE cannot guarantee a student’s first choice housing placement.

Financial Information

For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid 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 Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1500) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs.  Students submitting applications for the Center for Global Education scholarships will be considered for a CIEE-CIC scholarship.

CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs.  For more information please visit the CIEE website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.