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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rhodes College applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Cost: Rhodes' Tuition, Room, and Partial Board Area of Study: Art, English, Environmental Studies & Sciences, History, International Studies, Italian, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies
Language of Instruction: English Type of Program: Academic Study, Service Learning
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Housing Type: Residence Hall
Program Description:
Italy Center

  • Live in a state-of-the-art residence hall with 100 Italian students
  • Live within a small community of only 40 Americans from campuses across the US
  • Travel and serve in Italy, Eastern Europe, The Balkans and North Africa
  • Deepen one’s studies in human rights, peace studies and global issues
  • Integrate into Europe’s oldest University towns – 100,000 college students
  • Intern and cultivate extraordinary leadership skills
  • Take advantage of Bologna’s 2 airports providing low-budget flights to 55 destinations
  • Capable of meeting Bonner students’ community outreach and service requirements while abroad

The human rights focus of the SHC Italy Center is anchored in academic based social justice travel.  The program integrates traditional classroom learning (in English) with travels that expand one’s global perspective.  During a term abroad students are able to traverse Europe’s great capitals; meet with immigrants; hear from business, religious and political leaders; witness firsthand how Italians are combating climate change; intern for a human rights agency; and discover Italy’s nooks and crannies – all while living in one of Europe’s consistently top rated university towns.

The program offers a selection of twenty courses throughout the academic year.  Approximately seven courses per semester meet core requirements.  Courses are taught by adjunct Italian professors (Univ. of Bologna, Bocconi University) who have either taught or completed doctoral research in the United States and are familiar with American forms of pedagogy.

Engage in local social justice issues during our small group travel itineraries that venture farther than a guide book. Previous locations have included:
  • Puglia (Immigraiton & Anti-Mafia)
  • Tunisia/Morroco (Islam & Democratization)
  • Bosnia/Croatia (Peace & Reconciliation)
  • Poland (Human Rights)
  • Italian Alps (Environmental Service Project)
  • Venice (Tourism & Global Warming)
Intern for a local business or NGO, participate at a service site, or engage in teh undergraduate research project of your choice. Previous placements and projects have included (among others):
  • Italy Center's Enlighs as a Foreign Language Program
  • Padre Marella Center for Immigrants
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Mother Teresa's Shelter for Women
  • Zonarelle Inter-Ethnic Community Center
  • Oikos Shelter for Foreign Teens
Bonner Foundation [] students and other service-committed students will be supported and guaranteed the necessary number of service hours to maintain scholarships. Inquire for more details.