The TCNJ Center for Global Engagement works with Spring Hill College's Italy Center
in Bologna, Italy, to offer its students a meaningful study abroad experience in Europe's oldest university city!
Bologna is located in northern Italy in the Po River Valley, between Florence and Venice. This beautiful medieval city is known for its cuisine, porticos, and terra-cotta-colored buildings. Bologna began life as an Etruscan town (pre-Roman times), and many of the buildings and museums that dominate the town’s historic center are legacies of this heritage.Today Bologna is noticeably a student town, lively and entertaining, and is viewed as one of the most forward-thinking cities in Europe. In fact, one in four people walking the streets of Bologna are college students. Fewer than 500 of these students are Americans, which makes Bologna a true cultural immersion for students wanting a genuine Italian encounter.
Spring Hill College's Italy Center focuses much of its curricular and co-curricular programming on human rights and social justice
- which makes it a great fit for TCNJ, as we have highlighted both "Community Engagement" and "Global Engagement" as TCNJ Signature Experiences for our students. Students interested in improving their Italian language skills have ample opportunity to take Italian courses as well. This program has worked very well for International Studies, History (and History Secondary Education), and anyone with an interest in undergraduate student internship or research abroad.
The majority of courses offered are considered “core” classes, generally mid-level offerings in numerous areas of study including humanities, social science and business. Students typically plan with their adviser to take a number of the core requirements and/or electives during their study abroad. Additionally, students often complete their foreign language requirements while living abroad. For a full listings of courses check out their Academic Offerings and Syllabi
As of Spring 2018, students will be enrolled as full-time students at TCNJ and will receive 1 unit or 4 credits per course taken abroad. Grades for these courses will factor into the students’ GPAs at TCNJ.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Spring Hill College Italy Center is the opportunity for American students to share a community with a select group of Italian honors students. Very few study abroad programs in Italy offer this opportunity to live like a true Italian college student. It is cultural immersion at its absolute best. The residence hall at University College, Collegio Alma Mater, offers services comparable to what students find in the most modern American campus residence halls. The Collegio Alma Mater was built in 1999 and added onto in 2009. All rooms (private, double or triples) have a view of a garden area, yet students live within minutes of the bustling University of Bologna District. Spring Hill College students either share a room with one or two fellow Americans who are also attending the Italy Center or can select the privacy of a single room.
SHC Italy Center's travel program
follows the motto "travel with a purpose." In order to deepen the knowledge that one may acquire while traveling, academic “Road Work” is incorporated into the SHC Italy Center curriculum. The academic travel trips are led by Spring Hill College Italy faculty members and take students to destinations in Italy and across the broader Mediterranean region. Faculty are asked to design their courses in order to connect the classroom lessons with the travel programs. In keeping with the Spring Hill College goal of helping students to become global thinkers, learners and collaborators, the Italy Center curriculum strives to offer a campus without walls.
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