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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer I, Summer I & II, Summer II
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/14/2018 06/28/2018
Summer I & II 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2018 06/28/2018
Summer I 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2018 06/14/2018

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
English
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
3-6
Program Type:
Faculty Led
iSOS: Accommodation IATA:
BLQ
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Earn up to 6 credits and practice working as a foreign correspondent or travel writer (or both!) in Italy.
  • 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.
  • You’ll receive professional instruction in your chosen field and basic Italian, and will work with University of Bologna student interpreters to develop a web magazine about the city.
Program Options:
Students can choose between two 2-week courses (International Reporting – 3 credits or Travel Writing – 3 Credits), OR stay for a month and take both courses earning 6 credits! 

International Reporting
May 31 - June 14, 2018 (Select Summer Session I when applying)
3 Credits
Priority Deadline: 12/15/17
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:
mary.dambrosio@rutgers.edu
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.   

Travel Writing
June 14 - June 28, 2018 (Select Summer Session II when applying)
3 Credits
Priority Deadline: 12/15/17

Practice working as a travel writer in Italy, and learn to develop commanding stories about places: from articles about Bologna’s vibrant history, film, food and street culture, to explorations of the fascinating surrounding towns and villages.  
 
Students interested in both tracks (for a combined 6 credits) can apply for the full May 31-June 28 session!
Select Summer Session I+II when applying
 
The Project:
You’ll write, report and shoot photographs for a web magazine about the city, and develop clips for your professional portfolio.

Check out our recent project: Bologna: People-Powered City     

For more pictures and video of the Bologna experience, please join our Facebook page! 
 
Faculty Director Profile:
Dr. Regina Marchi
 
Dr. Regina Marchi is a former journalist and avid traveler who teaches and conducts research related to media, politics, and culture.  

Email Dr. Marchi at:
rmarchi@rutgers.edu

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.

Academics  
The 2018 syllabus will be available soon, please view a sample syllabus for a past projectPlease note that this is a sample syllabus; all of its content is subject to change.

Our classroom is located in the heart of Bologna, a few blocks from the Piazza Maggiore, and the city’s hip university district. Classes run each morning, from Monday through Thursday. After the customary long Italian lunch break, students will spend the 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.
 
The first weekend of the course is devoted to orientation, and to group activities and excursions; on the second weekend, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free for travel within Italy. 

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 a well-equipped academic residence in the city center, in use by both Italian and foreign students, faculty and guests year round, and a short walk to our classroom.

The triple, double and single rooms are equipped with bathrooms, TVs, free wifi and air conditioning, and are located within buildings that include common rooms. 

A free daily breakfast is provided, Monday through Saturday. The program also covers group welcome and farewell dinners, and a number of local cultural activities and excursions. 

Financial Information
Program costs for 2018 will be updated by the end of the fall semester; please view 2017 prices for a program cost estimate.  

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.

Scholarships
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.

The Benjamin Gilman Foundation offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to Pell Grant recipients on study abroad programs lasting at least four weeks (combining both tracks will make Pell Grant recipients eligible for the Gilman Scholarships).