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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:
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*INFO SESSION on:  Monday, September 19th at 7pm in CAS 122.  Please come and join Professor McKinley to learn details on the Alba, Italy Summer 2023 program abroad!

Program Description

The Alba and Venice Program at Roger Williams University is a short-term study abroad experience where students spend nearly three weeks in Italy, earning three credits in the following course, MUSIC 490 Wine, Music, and Food: The Italian Artistic Impulse, in which is offered as a Senior Seminar.  Students do not need to be music minors, majors, or even core concentrators: this program is open to all students! Participants will attend concerts, travel and visit important historic and cultural sites, visit local wineries and learn about the making of wine, and experience some of Italy's greatest culinary creations at some of the region's finest restaurants and cafes. We will have daily meetings while abroad, and you will blog about the events attended and locations visited.  Music majors, minors, and core concentrators will be able to use CORE- MUSIC 430 as one of their required courses (subbing for MUSIC 211, 212, or 213) as part of the program. 

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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 1, 2022

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Academic Details

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 23 - June 10, 2023

Financial Details

Program Fee:  $4,145
  • 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, 2022:  $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
February 28, 2023:  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)

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.