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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Immerse yourself in Italian language and culture in the historical and beautiful city of Rome.
  • Take courses in Italian or English from Rutgers faculty members.
  • Excursions in cities such as Naples, Cinecitta, and the Roman country-side as part of a focused program of excursions.
The Italian Department is launching RU in Rome -- a new 4-week summer program in Rome, Italy. The program combines language study with internships in a variety of Italian businesses and institutions. RU in Rome offers students of all majors and language learning levels a unique opportunity to study Italian language and culture with RU faculty, and to gain work experience abroad through internships tailored to their field(s) of study.
Faculty Director Profile:
Rhiannon Welch

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

Students will select between 2-3 courses for a total of 6-8.5 credits.  Classes will meet five days per week, and regular attendance is required. 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  - (Students will pick between Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced) (3 - 4 credits)
  • Internship (3 credits)
  • Optional Italian Culture Today (1.5 credits)
Course Details:
Faculty Director Profile:
Carmela Scala

Carmela Scala is the Director of the Italian Language Program at Rutgers.
Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced Italian Language (3 - 4 credits)  
  • Language courses follow RU curriculum, supplemented by full immersion activities around Rome 
  • Meets 5 days per week for 3 - 4.5 hours/day (depending on number of credits)
  • Students will complete online assignments, including a class blog and an RU in Rome website
  • Classes will meet at various sites around Rome on select days, depending on daily lesson (for instance: coffee shop, gelateria, supermarket, pharmacy, etc.)
Internships (3 credits):
  • Students will be placed in an internship of their choice (for 8-10 hours per week) and the professors will monitor their progress in weekly group meetings (2 hours per week)
  • Students will keep an online journal detailing their experience
  • Students will complete a self-assessment task at the end of the program 
Internship Fields:
  • Business
  • Social Sciences
  • NGO/Non-Profit
  • Communication/Media
  • Radio, TV, Film
  • Hotel Management/Tourism
  • Education
Italian 317: Italian Culture Today (1.5 credit)
  • Students will take part in cultural excursions led by the professors (two-weekend excursions per summer)
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

In addition to living, studying, and working in Rome for a month, students can take advantage of optional credit-bearing excursions with RU faculty: visit the world’s first pizzeria and the underground city in Naples; Mussolini’s ideal “fascist” neighborhoods and towns; Italy’s Hollywood or ‘cinema city,’ Cinecittà; or learn to taste olive oil and wine from the Roman countryside. This program will appeal particularly students interested in the humanities, business, social sciences, education, communication, cinema studies, food science, hotel management and tourism. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in dorms at St. John's University.

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.