Quick Info

  • Rome, Italy
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Italian Language, Literature, and Studies, Linguistics
  • : May 19, 2019 - June 29, 2019
  • : In-State: $5,700; Out-of-State: $5,900
  • : January 27, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


General Education Requirements:

  • This program fulfills three foreign culture requirements

Coming Soon! Ask the Program Manager for more information.


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:

Coursework may count towards UCIS European Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Melissa Demos, Melissa completed her MA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and received her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that time, she resided for twelve years in Florence, Italy, attending the Università degli Studi di Firenze, and working with international study abroad institutes, as well as travel-study programs.  Her research interests include Art History, particularly the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras, Dante Studies, Early Modern Women Writers, and Social Issues in Contemporary Italy. She currently teaches Italian language and culture at Hamilton College in New York.


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 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,700 $5,900
Arrive in Rome Depart Rome
May 19, 2019 June 29, 2019

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

Other Important Dates: 
Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


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
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Day trip to Florence
  • Local excursions have previously included: Tivoli-Villa d'Este, Coloseum, Vatican, Museums

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.

Special Information

  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Mandatory weekend trips.
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

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.