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Take classes at the ACCENT study center in Rome taught in English by Italian and international faculty.
Sophomores and above
This program appeals to students who want to experience the excitement and complexity that embodies modern-day Rome while taking classes and gaining work experience through an internship.
All students have the option to take the 1-credit Survival Italian course. This is a helpful way to learn words and phrases to help you navigate your time in Rome.
All courses will also integrate guest lectures and visits around Rome to highlight course content. In addition, one study tour outside of Rome is included in the cost of the program. An example would be a visit to a local winery or olive oil producer outside of Rome, a discussion with the owners, and lunch in a local village.
You have four tracks to choose from:
If you choose the Standard track, you will not participate in an internship, but will take two of the Area Studies courses. This track is six weeks long.
If you choose the Internship track, you will take the Internships in Rome course, plus one other 3-credit course from the listed Area Studies courses. This track is eight weeks long, allowing you ample time at your internship placement. The first six weeks of the program will consist of classes and time at your internship, and the last two weeks will solely be for your internship placement.
Design Standard Track
Design students, you have an interdisciplinary Italian Design Studio created specifically for you. If you choose the Design Standard track, you will take the Italian Design Studio and one other Area Studies course. This track is six weeks long.
Design Internship Track
If you choose the Design Internship Track, you will take the Italian Design Studio, plus the Internships in Rome course. This track is eight weeks long, allowing you ample time at your internship placement.
Academic internships are available and are ideal for becoming more immersed in Italian culture while gaining work experience. Previous Italian language is not required, but more opportunities are available for those with a background in the language. You will earn 3 credits through the internship combined with the Internships in Rome: A Comparative Approach to the Italian Workforce course.
After you are accepted into the program, internship materials will be sent to our on-site staff to begin your placement process. Because Italians put a strong emphasis on in-person communication, a majority of the placements will be secured after you arrive in Rome and interview with your prospective employer. You will be placed by the second week of the program.
Volunteer opportunities are available upon request. Possible examples of placements could be: teaching English to politicians in Rome's city hall, working at a refugee and homeless soup kitchen, adopting a monument to help save from further deterioration, or working at an animal sanctuary.
You can choose to live with an Italian host family, an option that includes breakfast and dinner Monday through Thursday. Alternatively, you can live in furnished apartments with other study abroad students. All students receive a bus and metro pass to travel from their housing to the ACCENT Rome Center.
On-site support is provided by ACCENT, housed in their Rome Center in beautiful Palazzo Bennicelli (also known as Banco di Santo Spirito) on the Piazza dell'Orologio. ACCENT provides student housing, program classrooms, study areas, and arranges on-site orientation, program excursions, and social and cultural events. Italian and international faculty from universities in and around Rome provide all course instruction.
How to Apply
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About This Program
Rome is the capital of Italy and has a thrilling history that spans 3,000 years. Renowned worldwide for art, architecture, fashion, and cuisine, it a vibrant city with ancient and modern wonders waiting around every corner. This program integrates study tours around Rome and other areas of Italy and Europe to highlight course content.
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