International Education

The Center for Italian Studies supports outreach and implementation for the University of Notre Dame's many study abroad opportunities in Italy. It also provides opportunities for graduate exchange and research for graduate students in Italian.

Undergraduate Study Abroad Programs

The Rome International Scholars Program

Students take a core course taught through the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway (RGG), study at a local university, and pursue their own research interests. This program provides students with funding for a disciplinary study and/or internship in Italy during the summer following the completion of the spring semester in Rome. This summer funding is considered part of the spring semester. The curriculum for the Rome International Scholars program consists of five 3-credit courses.

The Bologna Program

Notre Dame is an Associate Member of the Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) which offers the unique opportunity for undergraduate students to spend a full-year, full-immersion study in Bologna, Italy.

The Rome Undergraduate Program

In collaboration with John Cabot University. Provides Notre Dame sophomores and junior students with an opportunity to study in Rome for either one semester or the academic year. The program is particularly suited to students in Art Studio, Art History, Classics, History, Italian, European Studies or Business.

Rome: The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies

The ICCS provides students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archaeology, Latin and Greek language and literature, and art history.  The Center is located on one of the main streets of the Janiculum in the heart of Rome. Applicants must be at least sophomores majoring in classics, classical history or archaeology, or must be art history majors with a strong classical background.

The Rome Summer Program

This six-week program at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway takes students on a journey through the city’s storied landscape while introducing them to contemporary Italian culture. Students will choose 2 courses from the 4 courses on offer, one in each half of the day.

The Rome AME Program

In cooperation with La Sapienza University of Rome. In order to stay on track to complete the ND Engineering degree in eight semesters, students take three mechanical engineering courses, their second theology course, and a special course on Rome.

Graduate Exchanges and Research Opportunities

Opera del Vocabolario Italiano

Notre Dame has established a long and productive relationship with this renowned philological institute. Graduate students at Notre Dame have the opportunity to time in Florence working at the OVI Institute where they research and produce entries for the Tesoro della Linga Italiana delle Origini (TLIO). Notre Dame's relationship with the OVI is managed by Demetrio S. Yocum.

Graduate Exchange Program with the University of Cambridge

The Graduate Exchange Program provides the opportunity for graduate students in Italian to forge international ties with prominent scholars in their fields. Each year, one Ph.D. student from Notre Dame and one from the University of Cambridge exchange places for a semester. This program is directed by Prof. Zygmunt G. Barański.