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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/15/2019 08/09/2019
NOTE: Students will need to arrive on Saturday, June 13th; Students will depart on Saturday, August 10th

** 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, Italian
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
RU in Rome Website Banner
Please note that internships are limited and not guaranteed.

The Program
  • RU in Rome offers students of all majors and language learning level a 4-week full immersion summer study program focused on Italian language and culture in the historical and beautiful city of Rome. Courses will be taught by Rutgers faculty and instructors.
  • All students will be registered for an Italian language course of 3 or 4 credits, based on placement level. Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced language courses will be taught in the classroom and at various sites around Rome on select days, depending on the daily lesson. Language courses meet Mondays-Fridays from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Daily attendance is required. Language courses follow RU curriculum, supplemented by full immersion activities around Rome. Besides daily conversation activities, students will complete online assignments, including a class blog. 
  • Upon acceptance into the program, students will be registered for the Culture Track option. The Culture Track consists of two 1.5 credit courses, A Cultural Tour of Italy (01:560:248), is a course with emphasis on independent exploration of Rome, with creating photo and analytical essay assignments. Italian Culture Today, (01:560:317) is based on two focused weekend cultural excursions per summer: discover the archeological site of Pompeii and see the city where pizza was first invented and eat at one of the finest pizzerias in Naples; visit Italy’s Hollywood or ‘cinema city,’ Cinecittà; and learn to taste olive oil and wine from the Roman countryside. The Culture Track students meet with Rutgers faculty twice per week to discuss assignments and plan group outings.
  • Students have the option of applying for a limited number of 3-credit internships in English or Italian to gain work experience abroad. Interns will work from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday–Thursday. Professors will monitor their progress in weekly 2-hour group meetings each Friday. If selected, these students switch to the Internship Track, enrolling in Internship in Italian (01:560:398), and have the option of adding the 1.5 credit excursion course, Italian Culture Today (01:560:317) for an additional fee. Interns will not be enrolled in the Cultural Tour of Italy course. Students will keep a daily online journal detailing their experience and complete a professional portfolio assignment by the end of the program. Internship students are required to present their experiences interning in Rome to a group of faculty and students upon their re-entry to RU in the fall semester following their summer abroad.
Faculty Director Profile:
Rhiannon Welch

Rhiannon Welch is an Assistant Professor of Italian at Rutgers.
Your Host City: Rome
Students Exploring Rome

Classes will meet five days per week, and regular attendance is required. Students should expect to be occupied with class time/internship placements from 9am-530pm daily. Grades will be based on examinations and class performance according to the Rutgers University system by the instructors and director in consultation.

  Course Offerings:
  • Italian Language Course (3 - 4 credits, depending on level)
    • 01:560:101, 102, Elementary Italian (4 credits)
    • 01:560:121, 131, 132, Intermediate Italian (4 credits)
    • 01:560:321 Advanced Italian (3 credits)
  • Culture Track (3 Credits)
    • 01:560:248 A Cultural Tour of Italy (1.5 credits)
    • 01:560:317 Italian Culture Today (1.5 credits)
  • Internship Track (3 credits)
    • 01:560:398 Internship (3 credits)
      • Optional 01:560:317 Italian Culture Today (1.5 credits)
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Faculty Director Profile:
Carmela Scala

Carmela Scala is the Director of the Italian Language Program at Rutgers.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in fully-equipped dorms at St. John's University, located in the bustling but tranquil Prati neighborhood of Rome.

In addition to numerous affordable and delicious eateries near campus, students can take advantage of shared kitchens, available at St. John’s. 

Two excursion trips are included in the Culture Track option. These will happen on the first and second Saturdays of the program.

Costs for additional trips and excursions are the responsibility of individual students. 

Independent Travel
Students who wish to travel independently outside of Rome should consult the program calendar carefully and plan well in advance of their departure for Rome. Students are not permitted to stay at St. John’s University outside the program dates (not even for a single night, for insurance and liability reasons). Students who wish to extend their stay in Rome beyond the exact program dates will need to make alternative lodging arrangements.

This is an intensive, 4-week program, where students earn credit for two+ semester-long courses at RU. Travel is not an acceptable reason to miss class time, and students’ grades will suffer if they choose to miss class due to travel.

Flight Information
Airfare is not included in the program price, in order to give students maximum flexibility to find affordable fares that meet their needs. 

Financial Information

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 Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.


Students are 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.