Few places are more of an academic paradise than Italy. Incredible art, history, and culture set against a backdrop of gorgeous land and seascapes, amazing food, and friendly people. As a student in the Joseph S. Bruno Italy program, your assignment is simple: Experience it all.

Our program is structured so you won’t just learn about Italian culture: You’ll live it, as a full-time resident of Ariccia, a small town near Rome. You’ll be immersed – literally – in Italian history on Auburn’s overseas campus, the grand Palazzo Chigi, a 15th century palace once home to nobility. Our 12-week curriculum is fast-paced, a mix of classroom lectures followed by field trips to bring meaningful context to what you’ve learned. On weekends, the rest of Europe is yours to explore.

By program’s end, you’ll have earned an International Minor in Human Sciences, an impressive addition to any resume in our global society. You’ll flourish in ways you didn’t know were possible, gaining a better understanding of the world and yourself. Most of all, your life will be enriched with memories and friendships that will last forever.


Location: Ariccia, Italy
Population of Ariccia: 18,381
When: Fall/Spring/Summer Sessions
Credits: 16 AU Credits/Earn International Minor
Faculty: Italy-based
Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Furnished dormitories
Meals: Not provided; kitchen on site
Local Currency: Euro
Average Class Size: 20-22
Eligibility: Must be 19, with at least 2.25 GPA


Completion of the Joseph S. Bruno program meets the requirements for an International Minor in Human Sciences. In lieu of a minor, Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) students may use the program to fulfill their internship requirement.


The 12-week course is designed to engage you in understanding quality of life issues from a global perspective, helping to foster appreciation of a culture different from your own. Engaging with local townspeople is a vital part of the coursework. Among the topics you’ll study in and outside of the classroom:

  • Art and architectural history
  • European history
  • Philosophy of Italian culture
  • Italian educational system
  • Italian music
  • Italian design and fashion industries
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Italian wine and olive oil industries
  • Regional food
  • Survival Italian

These excursions may include visits to Florence and Siena, Rome, Castelli Romani towns of Frascati, Nemi, and Castel Gandolfo, Pompeii, Assiss and other Umbrian hill towns, Etruscan sites and/or museums in the Lazio region. Optional trips include the Amafi Coast, the Cinque Terre, Sicily, and Venice.

Beyond the Classroom
Ample opportunities to travel on your own are built into the program’s schedule. The campus’ central location allows for quick and relatively inexpensive travel to the rest of Europe.


P: 334-844-3748