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Summer: Rutgers- Global Journalism in Italy

Bologna, Italy

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jun 12, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Junior
Rising Sophomore
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Earn 3 credits and practice working as a foreign correspondent in Italy.

Delve into the cultural side of this sophisticated university city, famous for its food, street art, and nightlife. You’ll be mentored by award-winning international journalists, multimedia storytellers, and professors, as you develop the stories you care about. You’ll receive professional instruction and basic Italian, and will work with University of Bologna student interpreters to develop a web magazine about the city.


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Program Location

Picture Cityscape Bologan



Elegant Bologna is known as “la dotta,” for knowledge, “la grassa,” for its extraordinary food, and “la rossa,” for its leftist politics. This gorgeous university city is magnificently located in one of Italy’s most exciting regions, with Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, the Italian lakes and the Adriatic coast all a short hop away, by train or bus.

The surrounding Emilia Romagna region is also well worth exploring: it’s home to some of Italy’s top food destinations and restaurants; to the luxury car empires of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati; and to the sophisticated Renaissance cities of Ferrara and Ravenna, known for their palaces, artistic heritage and bike-friendly medieval lanes.



Class Information:

International Reporting - TBD 

Priority Deadline: TBD 

Practice working as a foreign correspondent in Italy, while covering the big international stories of our time: from the struggles of Syrian and African refugees surging through Europe to the post-Brexit controversies that threaten the EU’s very existence.   

The Project:

You’ll write, report and shoot photographs for a web magazine about the city, and develop clips for your professional portfolio.

Check out our recent project: Bologna: People-Powered City     

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The 2018 syllabus will be available soon, please view a sample syllabus for a past project. Please note that this is a sample syllabus; all of its content is subject to change.

Our classroom is located in the heart of Bologna, a few blocks from the Piazza Maggiore, and the city’s hip university district. Classes run each morning, from Monday through Thursday. After the customary long Italian lunch break, students will spend the afternoons conducting research and doing interviews, assisted by University of Bologna student interpreters, and by award-winning international faculty who will serve as their mentors.

The first weekend of the course is devoted to orientation, and to group activities and excursions; on the second weekend, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free for travel within Italy. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.




Housing and Meals

Students will live in a well-equipped academic residence in the city center, in use by both Italian and foreign students, faculty and guests year round, and a short walk to our classroom.

The triple, double and single rooms are equipped with bathrooms, TVs, free wifi and air conditioning, and are located within buildings that include common rooms. 

A free daily breakfast is provided, Monday through Saturday. The program also covers group welcome and farewell dinners, and a number of local cultural activities and excursions. 


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $2,620 $2,900
Graduate $2,800 $3,070
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Some meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $300
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,700.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.



Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.


The National Italian American Foundation is a significant font of study abroad financing to Italy, providing scholarships of $2,000-$12,000 each. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5, and at least one ancestor of Italian heritage.

Faculty Leaders

Picture of Mary D'Ambrosio

Prof. Mary D’Ambrosio is a journalist, correspondent and magazine editor who has reported extensively from Europe. A dual U.S.-Italian citizen, she visits Italy frequently and enjoys taking students to “Il bel paese,” so they can try their hand at reporting from Italy, too. 

Email Professor D'Ambrosio at: