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Summer: Rutgers- RU in Rome

Rome, Italy

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jul 07, 2020
Aug 04, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore


Program Advisor

The Program

RU in Rome summer study abroad is a unique opportunity to study Italian language and culture with Rutgers Italian Department faculty in the historical and beautiful city of Rome.

Students from all majors and language learning levels will partake in a 4-week full immersion program. All students will be registered for an Italian language course of 3 or 4 credits, based on placement level. Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced language courses will be taught in the classroom and at various sites around Rome on select days, depending on the daily lesson. Language courses meet Mondays-Fridays from 2:30 pm–5:30 pm. Daily attendance is required. Language courses follow RU curriculum, supplemented by full immersion activities around Rome. Besides daily conversation activities, students will complete online assignments, including a class blog. A limited number of internship placements are available in Rome. Additional internship opportunities are available in Umbria two weeks prior to the start of the study abroad program.

Program Locations

Summer: Rutgers- RU in Rome



Rome, “the Eternal City,” has long been a crossroads of peoples, cultures, and civilizations.  Today, it is the thriving capital of a modern and increasingly multicultural Italian state, and displays evidence of its ancient, medieval, and modern faces, often in stark juxtaposition.  It is not uncommon to find ancient monuments, Renaissance art, and twentieth century architecture seemingly jumbled together at every turn of its cobblestone streets.


Students should expect to be occupied with class time/internship placements from 9am-530pm daily. Grades will be based on examinations and class performance according to the Rutgers University system by the instructors and director in consultation.

Course Offerings:

Italian Language Course (3 - 4 credits, depending on level)

  • 01:560:101, 102, Elementary Italian (4 credits)
  • 01:560:121, 131, 132, Intermediate Italian (4 credits)
  • 01:560:321 Advanced Italian (3 credits)

Culture Track (3 Credits)

  • 01:560:248 A Cultural Tour of Italy (1.5 credits)
  • 01:560:317 Italian Culture Today (1.5 credits)

Internship Track (4.5 credits) -- Additional Cost

  • 01:560:398 Internship (3 credits)
  • 01:560:317 Italian Culture Today (1.5 credits)

As part of Italian Culture Today, one overnight trip including planned excursions to historical sites in Pompeii and Naples are included in the price. These excursions will take part on the second weekend of the program.  Costs for additional trips and excursions are the responsibility of individual students. 

Independent Travel
Students who wish to travel independently outside of Rome should consult the program calendar carefully and plan well in advance of their departure for Rome. Students are not permitted to stay at St. John’s University outside the program dates (not even for a single night, for insurance and liability reasons). Students who wish to extend their stay in Rome beyond the exact program dates will need to make alternative lodging arrangements.  This is an intensive, 4-week program, where students earn credit for two+ semester-long courses at RU. Travel is not an acceptable reason to miss class time, and students’ grades will suffer if they choose to miss class due to travel. For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.



Academic Calendar


Mid July

Mid August

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in fully-equipped dorms at St. John's University, located in the bustling but tranquil Prati neighborhood of Rome.

In addition to numerous affordable and delicious eateries near campus, students can take advantage of shared kitchens, available at St. John’s. To watch a video of St. John's, please click here. 

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
6 Cr $5,390 $5,970
7 Cr $5,460 $6,130
8.5 Cr $5,570 $6,380
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Metro Pass
•    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 $500
Personal Expenses $500
Total $2,200.00
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 and visa costs, 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.

One $2000 Coccia Foundation Scholarship and two $1000 Elda & Joseph Coccia, Jr., Sponsored Scholarships.  
Who can apply? Any Rutgers undergraduate student planning to study abroad in Italy or pursue interest in the field of Italian Studies. Preference given to Majors and Minors of Rutgers Italian Dept. For more information: 

Student Spotlight

Summer 2018

"I hope down the road I will be able to revisit Italy and other countries in Europe to re-experience the beauty and happiness I felt in those moments. There are only good things to say about this experience and from the second I arrived back home I was already looking back and wishing I could do it all over again. Studying abroad is a life-changing opportunity that everyone should take advantage of while they can and it will definitely teach you a lot about yourself! The program not only introduced me to amazing people that happen to be my peers at Rutgers but people from all around the world."