Quick Info

  • Rome, Italy
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Italian Language and Literature, Linguistics
  • : May 7, 2017 - June 17, 2017
  • : In-State: $5,600; Out-of-State: $5,800
  • : Friday January 20, 2017
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


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

This culture course will be taught in English.  The course examines some of the most important historical and cultural aspects of Italy during the twentieth and twenty-first century. Students are required to participate actively in the development of the academic program through personal research, debates, and field investigations. The course is divided into four main sections: Rome in Literature, Italy from Fascism until today, Italian emigration and immigration, and the mafia.

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:

*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 and are preparing to take Italian II during the summer program.* 

Coursework may count towards UCIS European Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Jenny 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.

Graduate Student from the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures (TBD)


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.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2017

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,600 $5,800
Arrive in Rome Depart Rome
May 7, 2017 June 17, 2017

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Rome program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 7-8 credits, depending on your language level
  • Shared accommodations while in Rome for the six weeks
  • International travel health insurance
  • Day trips
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Local cultural activities

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Roundtrip airfare (~$1500)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~1500)
  • Cellphone rental and usage while in Rome (~$100)
  • Passport application fees

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.

Walk-In Advising Hours:
MWF 2-4 PM