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Pitt in Rome (Italy)
Rome, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Housing Options: Apartment / Flat, Host Family
Language Prerequisite: No prerequisite Number of Credits: 7
Internship/Research?: No Open to Non-Pitt Students: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Program Length: 6 weeks
Courses of Study: Art History, History, Italian Language and Literature Certificate Program: European Union Studies, Global Studies, West European Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:

For the twentieth consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh's Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures will sponsor a summer abroad program for you to earn seven credits while studying the language and culture of Italy. This program will be run in conjunction with Study Abroad Italy in the beautiful and historic city of Rome.  The program begins in Pittsburgh and then students travel to Rome to continue their studies.

Location Information | Academics |  On-Site Faculty and Staff | Program Dates | Prices | Airfare | Housing Information | Student Testimonials |  Program Requirements | Pittsburgh-Based Staff

Rome, the "Eternal City", is the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It's the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. Rome, as a millenium-long centre of power, culture and religion, having been the centre of one of the globe's greatest civilizations ever, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its circa 2500 years of existence.
rome murals
The Historic Center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, millenium-old churches and basilicas, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe's and the world's most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world (some of Italy's oldest jewellery and clothing establishments were founded in the city). With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a "global city".

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You will begin coursework here in Pittsburgh for one week before traveling to Rome to continue your studies.  You will enroll in seven to eight credits depending on your language level. All students must enroll in the Culture and History of Rome, an Italian language course and the Italian studies course that will be taught in English.  The courses are taught by Pitt professors as well as SAI faculty. 

Core Courses- Students are required to take the following two courses

ITAL 1089 Intercultural Piazza (3 credits)

"The Intercultural Piazza: Fear, Prejudice and Social Exclusion"

Italian culture course to be taught in English.  This course will explore the complexity of cultural identity and its impact on intercultural cooperation, with a particular focus on marginalized communities of contemporary Italy, such as migrants and gypsies. How fluid or firm are cultural boundaries across time and space, and how do ingroup and outgroup dynamics – the idea of "we nationals" as opposed to "they immigrants" – contribute to the manufacturing of fear and prejudice among populations? During their five-week soggiorno in Rome, students will reflect on the various elements (myths, rituals, behavioral conventions, values) that define a culture while gaining an increased understanding of how culture shapes individuals and how they may in turn shape a more socially inclusive cultural evolution.


Special Topics- Culture & History of Rome (1 credit)

ITAL 1902
This course gives students the opportunity to better understand and appreciate Italian society, culture, history and art. Each lesson is centered around one cultural theme and majority of lessons are conducted on various sites around Rome and the region.  Students will be responsible for writing a weekly 'culture journal' in which they describe their experiences. This class is conducted in English and Italian and students may choose to write in English or Italian.

Students must also take one language course from the list below:

Beginning Italian I (4 credits)
ITAL 0011

*** Given the huge demand for Pitt in Rome, strong preference will be given to students who have already taken Italian I on Pitt's campus in the spring of 2014 and are preparing to take Italian II during the summer program.

Beginning Italian II (4 credits)
ITAL 0012

Intermediate Italian I (3 credits)
ITAL 0003

Intermediate Italian II (3 credits)
ITAL 0004

General Education Requirements
Select courses offered by this study abroad program fulfill general education requirements for students in the College of Arts and Sciences as follows:

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jennyJenny McCord earned a Master of Arts in Italian literature and a Master of Teaching in foreign language education at the University of Virginia. She has been teaching Italian classes at the University of Pittsburgh since 2006 and has worked for study abroad programs in Bologna, Florence and Rome. Jenny has recently completed a Master in intercultural studies and social mediation at the University of Padova, and is interested in promoting intercultural competencies in an effort to expand social bonding and facilitate integration of vulnerable parties in our communities. Contact Jenny McCord.

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Summer 2014 (dates will be listed Fall 2013 once confirmed)

First week of classes in Pittsburgh: May 12 - 16, 2014
Arrive Rome/Program begins: May 18, 2014
Program ends/Depart Rome: June 21, 2014

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Summer 2014
PA residents: $5600
Non-residents: $5800

Included: tuition for 7 credits, housing, airport transfer, health insurance, excursions to local areas of interest

Additional Expenses: Pitt administrative fee ($300), Airfare (roundtrip to Rome) ($1500), Meals ($500), Books (TBA), Personal expenses (~1500)

If you are planning to extend your stay or travel extensively in Europe on the weekends, you should budget more for personal expenses.

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Airfare is not included in the program fee for Pitt in Rome. It is recommended that you budget at least $1500 to cover flights. Keep in mind that many airlines charge for additional checked baggage.

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While in Pittsburgh, you will be housed in on-campus dorms if needed.

While in Rome, you will be placed in centrally located, shared apartments. A typical apartment will house 2-6 students, and contains a combination of single (1 student per room) and double (2 students per room) bedrooms. Up to four students will share one bathroom, and all apartments are fully furnished, include a living room, a kitchen with basic supplies, bed linens, towels and a washing machine. Italian apartments do not have dryers.

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  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits (sophomore standing or higher)
  • Good judicial record on campus

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tiffanyTiffany Martin is the program manager for Pitt in Rome. She is a known flight risk and is following in her boss' footsteps by trying to reach 30 countries by the time she turns 30. She attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs. She participated on two study abroad programs and backpacked Europe.  She has been fortunate to travel to 25 countries and has learned valuable skills along the way such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, and brush her teeth with a chewing stick. While Tiffany embraces her inner 'Burgher, she wishes that every student would leave Pittsburgh by studying abroad. When not planning her next adventure, Tiffany can be found frequenting various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, skiing, watching the Food Network or biking through the parks. Contact Tiffany Martin.

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Panther Program Testimonial
Honestly the best part of the program was the program coordinators and the teachers. All of them were very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to answer my questions. This was my first time every going to another country and they made it an extremely easy transition.
     — Summer, 2012 Participant
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