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Language of Instruction: English, Italian Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Apartment, Local host family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art, Arts and Sciences, Communication, Comparative Studies, Department of Educational Studies, Design, Economics, Film Studies, History, History of Art, Humanities, International Studies, Italian, Political Science, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, Italian Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:

Rome, Italy
Spend a semester or academic year in Rome with AIFS. Earn up to 16 credits through the International Internship Program at Richmond University in Rome. No previous Italian language study is required. Live in an Italian homestay or a shared student apartment. An excellent meal plan is included with both options.

Your program begins with a 1-week language and cultural orientation to acclimate to life in Italy. 

Internships are available in: 
  • Art
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Design and Media
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Film Studies
  • Food Studies
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Management and Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Museum Studies
  • Political Science
  • Social Science

You'll enjoy numerous social and cultural activities including a:
  • 3-day excursion to Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri 
  • 3-days in Florence 
  • Day trip to the villages of Assisi and Spello. 

Optional excursions include 3-days to Venice, 3-days to Auschwitz and Kraków, Poland and 3-days in Palermo, Sicily.
Learn More About this Program
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Offering more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants & financial support each year!  
AIFS is recognized as a premier provider of study abroad programs. All-inclusive program fees cover tuition, housing, a meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS.



Eligible students have the opportunity to gain valuable international work experience while earning course credit through the AIFS Richmond Rome Internship Program. The program consists of a mandatory Italian language course at Eurocentres language school during the two-week orientation in Florence, a semester-length unpaid internship in the Rome area and one semester-long Italian language course. Additionally, students will select one content course related to the nature of their internship placement.

Internships are offered in a wide range of companies and institutions in art, design, and media, communications, education, history with focus on food and Mediterranean studies, international business, international relations, political science and social science. Students must take internships in Italian speaking work places only. No Italian credit will be awarded for placements in English speaking environments.


With its sunny climate and unparalleled wealth of ancient history and monuments, Rome is one of the world's best loved travel destinations. Located between Italy's North and South, Rome is a special place, somewhat apart from the rest of Italy. 

The Richmond Study Center is located in a beautiful building in the Piazza Sant' Andrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Rome's historic center. In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Center houses offices, a computer lab, reference library, two small student lounges and is equipped with free WiFi.


Students live as a paying guest in an Italian home. All program arranged accommodation is carefully selected in safe, central, agreeable areas of the city.

In addition to occasional group meals and tastings, students will receive meal vouchers to subsidize breakfast and lunch or dinner Monday through Friday (except during trips). These can be used in selected restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores all over Italy.

Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.

Courses and Credits

Students will receive Italian 5797 (six hours) for the internship portion of the program, Italian 2193 (three hours) for the Florence language course and Italian 5797 (three hours) for the semester-long Italian language course. Students are responsible securing course approval via the credit evaluation process for the semester-long content course. Please see for course options and descriptions. 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.


This program is open only to Italian language majors. Approval from the Italian department is mandatory. 

Applicants are required to submit applications to both OIA (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page)  and AIFS by the Ohio State application deadline and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. AIFS application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to

Program Costs

Students will pay the AIFS program fee and Geo Blue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The AIFS program fee includes on-site instruction, housing, some meals, orientation in Florence, excursions and cultural activities, trips to Venice and Naples and more. 

For spring semester 2020, every participant on the AIFS Rome program will receive a $2000 grant. No additional paperwork is required beyond the regular application; the grant will be applied to the AIFS student account at the time they make their deposit (post-acceptance) directly to AIFS. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Please review the AIFS scholarship page for additional funding opportunities.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.

Information Sessions 

  • Monday, November 18, 2019 Enarson 100, 4-5pm


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/27/2020 05/15/2020
NOTE: Dates include travel days.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 08/24/2020 05/14/2021
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 08/24/2020 12/11/2020
NOTE: Dates include travel days.
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/25/2021 05/14/2021
NOTE: Dates include travel days.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed