At the College of Liberal Arts, you’ll learn to speak Italian in the classroom—but your education doesn’t have to end there. You can study abroad in Rome, apply for internships and win awards or scholarships.

Study Abroad in Rome

Rome Students Students declaring a major or minor in Italian are encouraged to study abroad. Temple has its own campus in Rome, Italy, which offers courses in a variety of fields including language, art, architecture, and international business. While previous study of Italian is not a requirement for program participation, returned students recommend beginning language study before arrival.

In order to take full advantage of your time abroad, the Italian program at Temple University Main Campus offers courses in beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Italian every semester. We highly encourage our participants to register for these courses before departing for Rome, because, in addition to familiarizing students with the country’s history and culture, studying the language of the host country will provide students with the necessary skills required for communication.

Your journey of global awareness begins in Philadelphia, but should not end in Rome. Upon your return, it is recommended that students continue to practice their language skills by furthering their studies of Italian through the Italian program so that they may take full advantage of the Temple Rome experience.

  • Application Deadline: February 15


Italian advanced students volunteer their time to help their peers enrolled in elementary Italian language courses. Tutors gain teaching experience, under the guidance of Italian full time faculty members.


Each year 2-3 students are selected to serve as English Teaching Assistants via a paid internship in Lombardy, Italy through the Study, Intercultural Training and Experience (SITE) Program. Other internship opportunities include The America-Italy Society (AIS) of Philadelphia where a paid internship is offered for a summer archival, research, and writing project on its history and mission. The intern gains the opportunity to select historical documents, do research on the web, and prepare information to publish on the AIS website. The newly opened History of Italian Immigration Museum in South Philadelphia also frequently seeks Italian students to intern in positions such as general museum assistance, museum office assistance and public relations.

Awards and Scholarships

The department of FGIS offers Marthe Lavallée-Williams Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants ranging from $2,000-8,000 to CLA undergraduate students in good academic standing. Assorted awards support language study in France or Italy for 1 semester, 1 academic year or 1 summer.

Scholarships available outside of the department are offered through organizations such as the Coccia Foundation, National Italian-American Foundation and Filitalia. Fulbright Scholarships are also available through the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For a complete list of departmental and college level awards and scholarships you may be eligible for, please visit the College of Liberal Arts Awards and Scholarships page.