Rome, Italy

Italian Language Immersion for Foodies

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Information for term Italian Language Immersion for Foodies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 28 – Nov 7, 2020 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2021 (6 weeks)

Overview

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Core components of this program are subject to change in Fall 2020, in order to accommodate any new health and security requirements, due to COVID-19. View the details.


When in Rome, speak Italian and live the dolce vita!

Welcome to the land of all your favorite foods (your 5 year old self would absolutely approve of this program choice). Here in Rome, embark on a culinary journey where pastas, pizzas or gelati not only taste delicious, but are also a gateway to the rich history and traditions of this ancient city.

This program was designed for serious foodies! You will receive between 15-20 hours of language learning per week coupled with activities focused around Italian gastronomy. Cuisine throughout the world has been influenced by the Italians. Pizza, pasta, cured meats and cheeses are just among a few of the many products and dishes that make Italy a food destination.  Experience what makes Italian cooking so unique and special. Combine your language learning with food tastings, activities with local chefs and artisans. This adventure will take you on a journey you won't forget! 

CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to developing your language skills and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

With the Vatican Museums in your neighborhood and Rome as your classroom, you’ll be completely immersed in the city’s dazzling culture. Make the most of this amazing opportunity!

The Take-Aways

  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

    15-20 hours per week of Italian language learning designed to improve real world language skills

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others

  • CERTIFICATE

    Earn a Certificate of Learning in Italian

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

    96%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • said their level of independence increased

    89%

Location & Culture

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The Eternal City is famous for its cultural heritage, art scene, and delicious cuisine. 

With a history spanning 3,000 years, Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Ancient statues adorn museums housing priceless paintings and archaeological treasures. On this program you’ll visit major landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, and charming piazzas. The Vatican Museums contain enough valuables to keep you busy for days.

During guided tours and onsite workshops and activities you’ll discover historical monuments, architectural icons and artistic masterpieces spanning antiquity, the Renaissance, Baroque and more modern periods. 

What else can you do in Rome? Stroll through medieval piazzas, view Renaissance paintings, and catch up with the latest fashion by window shopping. Eat gelato! People-watch in busy cafes, grab a plate of pasta or pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), and live your gap experience with gusto!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A succesful Gap experience achieves the right balance between structured language instruction, practice in the community and cultural activties to be fully immersed in the local culture.

Here's how a typical week goes on a CIEE Gap Language & Culture program:

  • 15-20 hours of interactive language learning at a language school
  • 1 hour of the CIEE Global Competence Course (online with our global gap community)
  • 2 cultural activities
  • Free time to explore and have fun!

Weekends are for group excursions (two per 6-week block) or personal travel and exploration.

*If Covid-19 homestay requirements cannot be met participants will be placed in a CIEE-vetted dormitory or apartment. Confirmation will be communicated to participants in advance.

  • Carefully Screened Homestay*

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Climb to the top of St. Peter’s dome.
  • View the Colosseum, Vatican, Spanish Steps and other iconic sites in Rome.
  • Take a cooking class in the world’s gastronomical capital.
  • Learn how gelato is made in one of Roman most famous "gelateria" and then taste plenty!
  • Bike around the famous Villa Borghese park on a pedal-powered treasure hunt.
  • Stretch your vocal cords in an Italian singing workshop.
  • Picnic at the 17th century Villa Pamphili and play soccer on its vast public green.

Sample Day Trips

Take a day trip to the hills of Tivoli, home to two Unesco World Heritage Sites with grand Renaissance villas and gardens. This beautiful and peaceful refuse for Romans provides participants with a unique contrast to Roman everyday life.

​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility

  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • No previous language experience required.

Fees

$50

Apply for one or two 6-week blocks. Combining blocks in two different locations is not yet available.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Want to boost your language skills before going? Add a block 1 online course for just $150.

Program

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Start Date

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Costs

Fall Block II 2020 6 weeks Rolling Admissions Sep 28, 2020 Nov 7, 2020

$4,850

Spring Block II 2021 6 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

Enroll for two in-country 6-week blocks and save 15% ($8,245 total)!

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