Auburn University

Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy
c/o Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia
Via del Parco, 149
00072 Ariccia (RM)
Telephone: +393287450699
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Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy offers junior and senior college students a unique opportunity to earn a full semester of credit and fulfill requirements for an International Minor in Human Sciences. Students live and study on our campus in the beautiful Roman hilltown of Ariccia, Italy, located just 17 miles southeast of The Eternal City. There are three 12-week sessions per year (fall, spring and summer) and the capacity of the program is 22 students per semester.

The program focuses on the study of individuals and families in the context of their near environment (housing/interiors, textiles/apparel, nutrition/food/hospitality) against a backdrop of the history and culture of Italy. This interdisciplinary experience is designed to enable students to:

  • Broaden their worldviews
  • Increase their awareness and appreciation of cultures different from their own
  • Deepen their understanding of quality of life issues worldwide
  • Develop an ability to function effectively in a global community

Special features of the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program include:

  • Multi-faceted learning experiences led by faculty and developed around an integrated cultural theme
  • Small classes held in the Palazzo Chigi (a 17th century palace renovated by Bernini, the acclaimed Italian architect)
  • Supplemental lectures and field trips by Italian experts which address Italy’s historical/cultural heritage and its place in the 21st century world community
  • Interactions with the local townspeople of Ariccia and the surrounding hilltowns
  • Planned overnight excursions and day trips to various points of interest throughout the country, (add comma) such as Pompeii, Tuscany and Umbria
  • Immersion in the warmth and graciousness of Italian hospitality.