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  • Program Terms: Summer I
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  • Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2018 Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 07/20/2018
NOTE: Dates shown are for Rome. Milan dates are 5/29 - 7/28

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

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Program Overview

Students will intern for 2 months during the summer in either Rome or Milan. Internship placement is available in a variety of fields, and our partner organization focuses not only on providing a quality internship experience, but also advancing participants' employability, cultural agility, country-specific knowledge, and global connections. Throughout the internship, students will be enrolled in a 3 credit seminar class, with an option to take a 3 credit Italian class. Previous placements have occurred in accounting, advertising, the arts, business, communication, education, entrepreneurship, international development, international relations, marketing, media & journalism, nonprofits, and tourism. While placements are available in English, having a background in Italian language will expand options for participating students.

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Location

Placements are available in Rome and Milan.  As the capital city, Rome is an ideal location for students that are interested in politics, art, and tourism. Milan tends to be a location that is preferred by students studying marketing, fashion, or want to work in luxury goods. 

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Academics

Academic Eligibility
2.5 GPA, Good Academic Standing. 

Academic Program
Our partner organization is able to place students in many different sectors and encourages students of all majors to apply. Fields in which students have been successfully placed previously can be viewed online. You can view the placements for both Rome and Milan.

Academic Credit
Students must arrange to earn credit through their department prior to beginning the internship. Most academic departments have an internship or independent study course that they may award credit for when students complete these types of opportunity. Please discuss the process of earning credit with your study abroad specialist prior to applying.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost
Program budget for summer 2018 is still being negotiated. Please schedule an appointment with the study abroad specialist indicated at the bottom of this page to get discuss a cost estimate.

Scholarship
Students are encouraged to check with their individual college and department to see if scholarships for study abroad may be available. Please also view our scholarship page on the website for additional funding opportunities.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead! Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget. 

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Housing

Students at both locations have the option to be housed in apartments near modern conveniences and public transportation. Students in Milan also have the option to stay in a residence hall if they so choose. All apartments are furnished, house 4-7 students total and access to a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, and internet. Given the extreme cost of centrally located accommodation in both cities, students should expect a commute of 30-45 minutes, depending on their internship placement.

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Itinerary

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Contacts:
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2425F Ellsworth Hall
(269) 387-5890
joseph.rasich@wmich.edu

Host Institution Information (external links)
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Country Information (external links)
Lonely Planet - Italy
Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - Italy
Culturegram - Italy
StudentsAbroad

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