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  • Locations: Ariccia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Human Sciences
Department: All Human Sciences Departments Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Megan Elliott,
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior Majors Eligible: All University Majors
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates) Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:
Joseph S. Bruno - Auburn Abroad in Italy


As early as the 16th century it became fashionable for young noble men, and later women, to embark on a tour of Europe as a culmination of their educational experience. This experience, known as the Grand Tour, typically lasted from a few months to as many as eight years. Italy, with its ancient heritage, became one of the most popular destinations on the Grand Tour as these young men and women visited Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples and immersed themselves in all facets of the foreign culture including, language, art, architecture, history, literature, food, clothing, and local customs. While abroad, travelers were expected to represent their home county, develop relationships with the people in the host county, and maintain these relationships through correspondence after their return home. Most young adults who participated in the Grand Tour kept diaries or journals describing their experiences and interactions with the local culture. There are many books describing the grand tour including, Jeremy Black's Italy and the Grand Tour and Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad.

Today, in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, you have the unique opportunity to participate in a 21st century Grand Tour through the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program. This semester-long program begins in the small town of Ariccia located approximately 20 miles from Rome and offers weekly excursions to a variety of cities including, Rome, the neighboring towns of the Castelli Romani, Tivoli, Siena, Florence, Naples, and Milan. Optional travel opportunities also are available to Venice, Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast, and other interesting cities and sites.


Ariccia.TownFollowing the path of the Grand Tour, students earn 16 credits and the International Minor while immersing themselves in the art, architecture, history, language, philosophy, literature of Italy through the competent guidance of notable Italian lecturers who are experts in these areas. Additionally, students participate in field trips, experiential learning activities, and other academic activities to enhance the knowledge gained in their lectures. Like their predecessors on the original Grand Tour, Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy students maintain a journal of their experiences, albeit in the digital age format of the blog, and make long lasting friendships, both with their peers and with Italian partners, that will last a lifetime.

We encourage you to be a new era nobleman or noblewoman and join us on our Grand Tour. Interested students should visit 108 Spidle Hall to sign up for future terms. This program often gets filled far in advance.



Fall 2019:

  • Preparation Class: Early August  - Late August
  • Depart US for Italy: 27 August, 2019
  • Return to US: 16 November, 2019
Spring 2020:
  • Preparation Class: To be completed during fall semester 2019
  • Depart US for Italy: 21 January, 2020
  • Return to US: 11 April, 2020
Summer 2020:
  • Preparation Class: To be completed during spring semester 2020
  • Depart US for Italy: 18 May, 2020
  • Return to US: 08 August, 2020

*Interested students should visit the College of Human Sciences Office of Global Education in Spidle Hall to sign up for future terms. This program has a maximum capacity that is often is filled far in advance.


Ariccia, Italy

Ariccia is very close to Albano, especially since 1854, when a long bridge across a ravine cut short the winding road which linked the two towns. The development of Ariccia is strictly associated with Pope Alexander VII and his family, the Chigi, who in 1661 acquired this small fief from the Savelli. Pope Alexander VII asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to redesign Ariccia to change the rural aspect of the newly acquired possession and to give it a very modern and urban appearance. Ariccia stands over a bowl-shaped valley, the crater of an extinct volcano and it enjoys fine views towards the sea.


Students participate in planned excursions as part of their coursework. More than a dozen field trips, some that change seasonally to take advantage of weather conditions and special events, are planned to enhance the value of the lectures and discussions. These trips may include visits to: Rome, Florence, Siena, Castelli Romani towns, Pompeii, Assisi and other Umbrian hill towns, Wineries and olive oil productions facilities, and many more!

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If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as you know you are participating in the program. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


  • Interested students should visit 108 Spidle Hall to sign up for future terms. This program often gets filled far in advance.
  • Contact Megan Elliott in Human Sciences at (334 Spidle Hall) with any program specific questions.
  • Visit the Auburn University College of Human Sciences Joseph S. Bruno - Auburn Abroad in Italy website.

This program is currently not accepting applications.