IFSA January in Rome

Rome, Italy


Language of Instruction


Finance Options
Financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: WINTER: November 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:
3 U.S. Semester Credit Hours

About January in Rome

Celebrate the start of the new year in the Mediterranean sun! With temperatures during the day reaching a mild 54 degrees, you'll comfortably make your way around Rome to explore markets, monuments, and museums. The three-week International Political Economy class, perfect to fulfill an elective or business requirement, will examine the role of government in the production, distribution, and consumption of resources. With activities included, such as a trip to an organic winery, your time in Rome will be further enhanced and even more memorable. 

January in Rome Benefits

  • Wander the meandering lanes of Rome’s historical neighborhoods to discover some of the city’s heartiest pasta dishes and warmest hospitality.
  • The three-week International Political Economy class is a perfect elective or can be used to fulfill a major requirement, and you will earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours.
  • There’s never been a better time to explore how government policies impact the economy – and how the economy influences political decisions.
  • All activities, including meals and transportation, are included in the program fee. 

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at January in Rome

International Political Economy 
(3 U.S. semester credit hours)

This course explores theoretical issues and illustrative case studies related to the international political economy. You will examine ways domestic and international politics affect relations between states by examining the role of government in the production, distribution, and consumption of resources — from prosecco to face masks. You will also learn to apply core concepts and theories in international political economy to case studies on migration, trade policy, and more. Class materials will be specific to Italy, contextualized within Europe, and applicable to global scenarios. With three United Nations agencies headquartered in Rome, your learning will benefit from a vibrant situational laboratory.
Experiential Learning
To make the most of your three weeks in Rome, IFSA takes your learning outside the classroom with multiple co-curricular activities each week – designed to explore how political economies are shaped over time and international decisions can have very real local impacts. These experiences may include:
  • A visit to the Colosseum and the Forum to discuss ancient Roman life and politics.
  • A day trip to an organic winery on the outskirts of Rome with a discussion of import and export trade.
  • A meeting with representations of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.
  • A meeting with hotel and tour agencies to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 policies.
  • An outing to a non-profit refugee center and immigrant-run grocery store.
All activities, including meals and transportation, are included in the program fee. 
IFSA courses are taught by English-speaking faculty from various higher education and professional institutions throughout Rome, who combine theoretical and practical expertise in their chosen subject area.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at January in Rome
Business Economics International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Political Science

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
You will live in centrally located, fully furnished apartments in Rome with single and shared bedroom options, and shared bathrooms. Apartments include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, and stovetop. There is no meal plan; you will purchase your meals or cook for yourself.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Winter 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 3, 2021
Program End Date
January 22, 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
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