IFSA Summer in Rome

Rome, Italy

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Term
Language of Instruction

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: March 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
2.0
Typical Credit Load:
3 - 7

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

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.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
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 Summer in Rome

Courses

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.  

Session 1 

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. 

Session 2 

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 

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 Spanish 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. 

Experiential Learning
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns are engaged for 30 or more hours per week through a combination of onsite placement hours and associated academic seminars. When applying for the program, you should complete the Internship Intent Form, and be prepared to interview for your internship placement in the first or second week of the program. Internships are jointly supervised by your site supervisor and Internship and Methodology Seminar Instructor, and coordinated by the Resident Director. 
Faculty
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. Most courses also incorporate guest lectures and field visits with Italian scholars, government officials, community organizers, and local influencers.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. 

Housing & Meals

Meals
Self-catered
Details
All students live in centrally located, fully furnished flats in Rome. Students have shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Apartments include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and stovetop. There is no meal plan; students purchase their meals or cook for themselves.

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!

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Francesco Burzacca

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020 - Session 1

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 18, 2020
Program End Date
June 12, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$3,195
Housing
$800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$3,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$360
Local Transportation
$50
Personal Expenses
$285
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$1,895

Summer 2020 - Session 2

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 15, 2020
Program End Date
July 10, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$3,195
Housing
$800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$3,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$360
Local Transportation
$50
Personal Expenses
$285
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$1,895

Summer 2020 - Sessions 1 & 2 | Internship

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 18, 2020
Program End Date
July 10, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$5,395
Housing
$1,600
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$6,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$720
Local Transportation
$95
Personal Expenses
$445
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$2,520