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  • Locations: Alba, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Required: 2.5 Housing Options: Hotel
Program Term: Summer Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: RWU Areas of Study: Music, Senior Seminar
Program Location: Italy Scholarship Eligibility: Short Term Only
Program Description:
Alba 2023

Program Description | Eligibility | Academic Details | Housing
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Program Description

The Alba and Venice Short Term Study Abroad Program at Roger Williams University is an immersive experience where students spend nearly three weeks in Italy, earning three credits as a Core Senior Seminar: CORE 490 Wine, Music, Coffee and Food: The Italian Artistic Impulse. This is seminar is a capstone of the General Education program and students do not need to be music minors, or music majors; this program is open to all students! Participants will attend concerts, travel and visit important historic and cultural sites, visit local wineries to learn about the process and production of wine, visit cafes to learn about coffee production and culture, and experience some of Italy's greatest culinary creations in several of the region's finest restaurants. Activities also include daily meetings and discussion sessions and students will blog about the activities, events, and locations visited.


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Program Capacity:  10
Required Credits:  3


Open to All Majors

Program Prerequisites

  • 45 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Junior Standing (all CORE requirements completed)
  • Consent of Instructor(s)
  • Good academic and judicial standing

Application Deadline:  December 15th

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Academic Details

CORE 490: The Italian Artistic Impulse (Senior Seminar)
Students will experience of this with a deep cultural immersion through concerts and visits to important cultural sites, placing art, food, music, and wine within the Italian life experience and history. An emphasis on the music and musicians featured as part of the Alba International Music Festival and also the music and composers connected to the of the city of Venice. Open to all students. For music Core Concentrators, Minors, and Majors, this course counts toward those program requirements along with your Senior Seminar requirement.


Student accommodations will be at Albergo L'eon D'Oro in Alba & the Hotel Belvedere on Lido in Venice.

Program Dates

May 22 - June 8, 2024

Financial Details

Program Fee:  $4,465
  • Includes tuition, instructor fees
    Includes all accommodation in Italy
    Includes all tours and activities in Italy
    Includes all transportation in Italy
    Includes most meals
    Does not include airfare

Payment Deadlines:
December 15, 2024:  $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
February 28, 2024:  Final Balance 

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below.  Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.

The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit 

The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)

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More Information

Faculty Leader:
Elliott McKinley, Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory
Office:  CAS 158

Health & Safety Abroad
Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to Alba and Venice. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.

All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.