- Summer: March 15
About Summer in Rome
Spend your summer in the Mediterranean sun! You'll quickly make this historic Italian capital your own as you explore markets and museums and get to know with today's influencers in various circles. Courses are designed to prepare you for your future role in local and global networks.
Summer in Rome Benefits
- Build your curriculum with IFSA-taught courses – take either the first or second session, or spend a longer summer term abroad
- Cool off with delicious gelato in the shade of magnificent monuments and breathtaking basilicas on your walk home from classes
- Talk openly with Rome’s influencers in diverse fields and learn about the forces that influenced their passions and careers
- Jump start your career journey with an internship at an Italian or international company or non-profit organization
The IFSA Difference
Academics at Summer in Rome
Customize your summer in a way that works best for you!
Choose one 3 U.S. semester credit hour class from one or both of our shorter summer sessions—or stay for the full summer to complete an IFSA internship with the support of Essential Italian language learning for a total of 7 U.S. semester credits.
IFSA-taught courses explore contemporary hot topics in the Roman, Italian, and European arenas with a focused inquiry into what the city’s storied past can teach us about influencing our shared future. Not all courses may be offered in a given summer depending on enrollment.
Forced Migration, Refugees, and Change (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
More than 60 million people are displaced by war, violence, and environmental destruction today. Using ethnographic approaches, students investigate sociological and political forces behind the current increase of refugees impacting Europe, considering what has been accomplished and what can be done in the future through governments, NGOs, citizens, and researchers to address challenges with forced migration.
Strategic Communication in Business (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course challenges students to explore leadership styles by leveraging strengths to communicate clearly in a variety of settings and to a range of audiences. Students practice effective written and oral internal communication strategies proven to improve moral, inspire innovation, and increase productivity. Similarly, students study strategic communications theories to produce integrated external communications across platforms.
History of the Mafia (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course explores the history of the Italian Mafia from its origins to today as an economic, political, sociological, cultural and gendered phenomenon. Students examine the evolution of organized crime over the past century by seeking to answer questions such as: How do forms of social control operate? What role has the Mafia played in the political history of Italy? What are popular images of the Mafia?
Service Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course explores the principals of service operations management in hospitality and tourism operations. Students develop an understanding of service excellence, facility designs and layouts, planning and analyzing service delivery systems, defining and measuring service quality, and service recovery. Additionally, students gain perspectives for managing demand and supply and making continual improvements a competitive strategy.
Internship and Methodology Seminar (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
Individually tailored internships are supported by a group seminar that prepares students to understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from one other throughout the summer. A focus on the application of theory to practice supports students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, their professional areas, as well as Italian work culture. In this seminar, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.
Essential Italian Language (1 U.S. semester credit hour)
This required course is taught intensively during the first weeks of the summer term to complement the internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into daily life in Rome and local business culture.
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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!