Pitt in Rome - Advanced Italian

Study and live in the Eternal City of Rome, Italy. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Italian conversations while discovering the rich Italian way of life, la dolce vita. This six-week, 7-credit program is designed for students for Italian Majors and Minors interested in Italian Language, Culture and Modern Italy. Students will take two advanced language courses based on their prior level of Italian language and a one-credit history and culture course. Rome is a great place to continue your Italian language studies and then return to Pitt to finish out your major or minor. This program also offers you the opportunity to experience the city first hand as part of your coursework. The city becomes your classroom via local excursions in and around Rome. Previous cultural activities and site visits have included: Tivoli-Villa d'Este, Coloseum, Vatican, Museums and more.

What You'll Accomplish

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Oral proficiency and sociolinguistic competence through immersion in Italy
  • Authentic oral communication skills necessary to navigate Italian-speaking environments

Rome, the "Eternal City", is the capital and largest city of Italy and located in the Lazio region. It's the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (sweet life), Vatican City and more. Rome, has been a long-standing city for over 2,500 years and is known for power, culture, religion, and innovation. It is not just a city, but it is home to one of the world’s most influential civilizations.

 

The Historic Center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, millennium-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 cities. Rome is a modern, cutting edge city still surrounded with masterpieces of art, architecture an culture. Although Rome is heavily trafficked by tourists, it is still easy to find the authentic side of Rome. With so many sights, things to do, and culturally-diverse people, Rome can truly be classified a "global city".

 

Temperatures and precipitation vary based on the season. In May, the temperatures are pretty mild can average 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. The old stone buildings across the city are designed to make sure they are never too hot, nor too cold. It is important though to be prepared with a variety of clothes that you can layer with during your program. It’s also a good idea to bring a comfortable pair of slippers for walking around your apartments.

Where You'll Live
Students will live like Romans during their time abroad. Housing placements are in the Trastevere neighborhood. Final location depends on availability and housing options. Exact addresses are provided closer to departure. Like the streets of Rome, no two apartments on the Rome program are alike in terms of design, but all will give you a comfortable place to call home in Italy.  Most apartments are located within  45 commute to the Italiaidea School, either on foot or by bus. Apartments are still within what is considered the city-center.
 
You can expect the following at your accommodations:
 
  • a shared bedroom
  • 4-6 students per apartment
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shared living area
  • Washing machine(s) in the building (Italian apartments typically do not have dryers)
  • Drying Rack
  • Bed linens and towels are included
  • Meals aren’t included, so plan on learning to cook with local ingredients or budget money to eat out. 
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 
What You'll Study

You'll earn a total of 7 credits on the Pitt in Rome-Advanced Language program. All students will take ITAL 1111 (3 credits) and ITAL 1902 (1 credit). In addition, you will take either ITAL 0119 (3 credits) OR ITAL 1119 (3 credits). The courses will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, city tours, and cultural activities. Students will participate in personal research, debates and field investigations to understand modern Italy. 

Reading (in) Italy (ITAL1111)

This course aims to guide students in the close reading, interpretation and discussion of literary and non-literary Italian texts that feature various aspects of the past and present life and cultural history of the place where they have come to study.

Italian Culture in Practice (ITAL0119)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the means to better understand Italy, its history and culture, while experiencing Italian everyday life first-hand, in one of its major cities and regions. The course is designed to improve, in particular, students, oral proficiency and sociolinguistic competence through immersion; it consists of various sections focused on different, but complementary social and linguistic skills pertaining to getting to know people and places, learning and discussing current Italian events, making cultural comparisons, and argue one's opinions. All the while, students will get acquainted with the city and its territory, their influential past as well as their vibrant present. Emphasis is on acquiring the authentic oral communication skills necessary to navigate expertly Italian-speaking environments, and acquiring cultural knowledge through daily, immersive and exclusive practice of the Italian language.

Special Topics: History and Culture of Rome (1 credit) (ITAL1902)

This 1 credit course gives you the opportunity to better understand and appreciate Italian society, culture, history and art. Lessons are conducted entirely in Italian on various sites around Italy.

Italian Culture in Practice 2 (ITAL1119)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the means to better understand Italy, its history and culture, while experiencing Italian everyday life first-hand, in one of its major cities and regions. The course is designed to improve, in particular, students, oral proficiency and sociolinguistic competence through immersion; it consists of various sections focused on different, but complementary social and linguistic skills pertaining to getting to know people and places, learning and discussing current Italian events, making cultural comparisons, and argue one's opinions. All the while, students will get acquainted with the city and its territory, their influential past as well as their vibrant present. Emphasis is on acquiring the authentic oral communication skills necessary to navigate expertly Italian-speaking environments, and acquiring cultural knowledge through daily, immersive and exclusive practice of the Italian language

The University of Pittsburgh partners with Italiaidea on this program. Italiaidea is an Italian Language and Culture School that was founded in 1984 and was accredited by American Universities since 1985. They offer organizational support to American Universities to help facilitate and carry out study abroad programs in Rome.

Italiaidea has am academic center in the heart of the city center. Italiaidea maintains and staffs the center year-round. In addition to your faculty member, the staff is a resource for you. Whether it’s an academic issue, question about your housing or assistance with independent travel, the staff is here for you. They offer support 24/7 for any emergency circumstance. You will commute to the center daily for your courses.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad.

Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Tue, Wed, Thu from 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.

 
 
Your In-Country Contacts

Melissa Demos

Professor Demos is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Hamilton College. She 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.​

 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $5,432 $5,632
Program Fee $467 $467
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $6,199 $6,399

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare ~1,300
Meals and Personal Expenses $1000 - $1,500

 

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.

What's Included
As a part of your Rome program fee, the following are included in the program:
 
  • Tuition for 7 credits
  • Shared accommodations while in Rome for the six weeks
  • International travel health insurance
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Day trip to another Italian city
  • Local excursions in and around Rome have previously included: Tivoli-Villa d'Este, Coloseum, Vatican, Museums
  • Other cultural activities related to coursework will also be included. These activities will be finalized at a later date.
What Else You Need to Know
  • You must have completed ITAL 0103 on campus by the program’s start date.
  • You are expected to speak in Italian majority of the time during this program.
  • 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 excursions/activities
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities