Studying abroad is an activity that is on a lot of students' wish lists. Whether it be London, Paris, Fiji, or elsewhere, study abroad programs are immensely popular among Auburn students. One program at Auburn, however, offers more than just a few core classes or language classes abroad. Want a grade for wine tasting? How about cooking traditional Italian dishes, or traveling to the Coliseum? All of this, and more, is possible with the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program.
What sets the Joseph S. Bruno program apart from other study abroad options at Auburn is a blend of academic reward, professional reward, travel within the program and free time. The program offers an international minor through its 16 credit hours, as well as global experience that can set students apart in their career field.
"We've had employers tell us that if two prospective employees are pulling equal in the interview process and one has some international experience, it seems to boost them ahead because no matter what career path you're gonna take, there's going to be some type of international influence there because we're such a global society these days," said Sue Ann Fox, Campus Coordinator for the program in Auburn. "So just to have that international minor on your resume would be advantageous for your future employment."
If you take part in the program, you live and take classes in the Chigi Palace in Ariccia, Italy. That's right, palace. The palace and much of Ariccia's town square was redesigned by famed Italian architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 1600s.
In lectures, students will learn from notable Italian speakers and scholars learning an array of subjects. "Classes include lectures and presentations by notable Italian speakers and scholars in a variety of areas such as Italian art, architecture, history, food and wine, fashion, music, and language," said Fox.
A big proponent of the program is travel. While most abroad programs include off days for travel, the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program includes it as part of the curriculum. "You'll study a certain area or historical place in Italy and then the next day you'll be on the bus going to see that place," said Fox.
The program trips include multiple visits to Rome, the neighboring towns of the Castelli Romani, Umbria, Tuscany, and cities such as Pompeii, Siena, Orvieto, Assisi, and Florence. The program also offers optional travel opportunities to Venice, Cinque Terre, and sites along the Amalfi Coast, such as Positano and the Isle of Capri.
As far as personal travel is concerned, students take advantage of the generous three day weekends that the program provides. In addition, there is a ten day midterm break. Students have been known to travel to locations such as the Greek Isles, the Swiss Alps and other European cities such as Prague, London and Paris.
"Once you're over there, the planes and the trains are fairly inexpensive. So you want to take advantage of all the traveling that you can do because when in your life will you ever have 12 weeks again to travel around Europe?" said Fox.
Minimum requirements include applicants being 19 years of age and owning at least a 2.25 GPA . The program runs for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, but be warned, the program fills up fast. There are limited spots available for Fall 2016.
All photos by Eric Callaghan.
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