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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Embedded Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Embedded Spring
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Daniel Loughrey
Language of Instruction:
Program Director:
Mary D'Ambrosio
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Draw inspiration from great Mediterranean journeys, and learn to write compelling journey stories of your own. We’ll travel with Dante, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton and other important authors through one of the world’s grandest regions
  • Take up a reporting assignment of your choice; you might cover refugee or urban issues, write about the dazzling architecture, report on the lives of Italian university students, or interview restaurateurs about the world-class cuisine.
Your Host Cities: Rome and Florence
In Rome, we’ll meet Syrian and African migrants bound for wealthier and more welcoming parts of Europe, and consider ways their presence has affected the city. We’ll explore under-the-radar neighborhoods, such as slum-cum-hipster Trastevere and Monti. And we’ll learn about Rome’s contributions to Italian food culture, by sampling such specialties as spaghetti al la carbonara, and the veal, prosciutto and sage creation saltimbocca (so good that it “jumps into your mouth”).
We’ll then travel north to Florence, where we’ll tour the homes and haunts of artists and writers who helped turn this city into a global literary destination. We’ll learn about how the Great Flood of 1966 devastated artists’ studios, destroying thousands of works of art, and changing the character of the city forever.

   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:

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note that this is a sample syllabus; all of its content is subject to change.

This trip is part of a Journalism and Media Studies class that meets Mondays and Wednesdays in spring 2017, from 2:50-4:10 p.m. We’ll devote one class period each week to readings and discussion about Mediterranean issues, such as war, corruption, family, food, the arts or the influence of the sea. In the second period, students will practice writing, reporting and visual journalism techniques, such as interviewing, capturing dialogue, writing a narrative and shooting captivating photos and video.

There will be no more classes after we return home from Italy. However, students will write and submit their stories, and have one-on-one editing sessions with the professor,  to hone their work into optimal shape. 

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

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in comfortable, centrally-located and wifi-equipped hotels and hostels. Breakfast will generally be included, as will welcome and goodbye dinners.  

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.