“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
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Spend your summer in the Mediterranean sun! You'll quickly make this historic Italian capital your own as you explore markets and museums and get to know with today's influencers in various circles. Courses are designed to prepare you for your future role in local and global networks.
Customize your summer in a way that works best for you!
Choose one 3 U.S. semester credit hour class from one or both of our shorter summer sessions—or stay for the full summer to complete an IFSA internship with the support of Essential Italian language learning for a total of 7 U.S. semester credits.
IFSA-taught courses explore contemporary hot topics in the Roman, Italian, and European arenas with a focused inquiry into what the city’s storied past can teach us about influencing our shared future. Not all courses may be offered in a given summer depending on enrollment.
Forced Migration, Refugees, and Change (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
More than 60 million people are displaced by war, violence, and environmental destruction today. Using ethnographic approaches, students investigate sociological and political forces behind the current increase of refugees impacting Europe, considering what has been accomplished and what can be done in the future through governments, NGOs, citizens, and researchers to address challenges with forced migration.
Strategic Communication in Business (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course challenges students to explore leadership styles by leveraging strengths to communicate clearly in a variety of settings and to a range of audiences. Students practice effective written and oral internal communication strategies proven to improve moral, inspire innovation, and increase productivity. Similarly, students study strategic communications theories to produce integrated external communications across platforms.
History of the Mafia (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course explores the history of the Italian Mafia from its origins to today as an economic, political, sociological, cultural and gendered phenomenon. Students examine the evolution of organized crime over the past century by seeking to answer questions such as: How do forms of social control operate? What role has the Mafia played in the political history of Italy? What are popular images of the Mafia?
Service Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course explores the principals of service operations management in hospitality and tourism operations. Students develop an understanding of service excellence, facility designs and layouts, planning and analyzing service delivery systems, defining and measuring service quality, and service recovery. Additionally, students gain perspectives for managing demand and supply and making continual improvements a competitive strategy.
Internship and Methodology Seminar (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
Individually tailored internships are supported by a group seminar that prepares students to understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from one other throughout the summer. A focus on the application of theory to practice supports students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, their professional areas, as well as Italian work culture. In this seminar, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.
Essential Italian Language (1 U.S. semester credit hour)
This required course is taught intensively during the first weeks of the summer term to complement the internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into daily life in Rome and local business culture.
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns are engaged for 30 or more hours per week through a combination of onsite placement hours and associated academic seminars. When applying for the program, you should complete the Internship Intent Form, and be prepared to interview for your internship placement in the first or second week of the program. Internships are jointly supervised by your site supervisor and Internship and Methodology Seminar Instructor, and coordinated by the Resident Director.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
Student, New Zealand
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
“I enjoyed study abroad the most when I got courage to speak at my first poetry SLAM, befriend a fanzine publisher, and speak up (in my broken Spanish) in my film class. Having the courage to own who I am made me feel good.
Unpacked: Student Stories
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