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Program Description


Cityscape Rome

Castel Sant'Angelo Rome

Students will have the opportunity to intern directly with NGOs in Rome, Italy, to provide assistance to smuggled and trafficked peoples fleeing African and Middle Eastern countries where there is war, political and sectarian violence  and/or extreme poverty. Students will work at local centers where refugees are applying for asylum within European Union countries.

Quick Facts

  • Travel to Italy and interact with asylum applicants and trafficking survivors

  • Earn 3 Internship credits

  • Open to all ASU graduate students & Junior- or Senior-level undergrads with a 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Space is limited. Apply early!

  • Post-Spring 2020 program dates: May 14 – 28, 2020

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


ISA Rome Colosseum

Location Details

With a history dating back 28 centuries, Italy's capital city is a vibrant mix of ancient ruins, breath-taking art and energetic street life. It is also the at the center of the asylum seeker and refugee situation in Italy, both because the majority of the country's asylum seekers and refugees are living in or around the city and due to it serving as the seat of the Italian Government. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all ASU graduate students and Junior- or Senior-level undergraduates in good standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Preference may be given to Social Justice and Human Rights students.


Students will register during the spring registration period for ONE of the following courses: 

  • JHR 584: Internship: Topic: Asylum Italy (3 credits)
  • POS 484: Internship: Topic: Asylum Italy (3 credits)
  • SOC 484: Internship: Topic: Asylum Italy (3 credits)
  • ASB 484: Internship: Topic: Asylum Italy (3 credits)
  • JHR 484: Internship: Topic: Asylum Italy (3 credits)
  • JHR 593: Applied Project (3 credits) Required: Two previous internship experiences -- Lesbos and/or Athens with JHR 584 Asylum Greece
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

This is a Spring Session C hybrid course. More details tbd

Trevi Fountain Rome
Birds Eye View Rome


Faculty Directors

Julie A. Murphy Erfani, PhD
Director, Masters Program in Social Justice & Human Rights
Associate Professor of Political Science
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences;
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences;
Office: FAB S150 (West Campus)
Phone: 602-543-6015

Duku Anokye, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultureal Studies
Phone: 602-543-6020

Greece Internship Faculty

Duku Anokye


Birds Eye View Rome

Program Housing

Housing will be in shared rooms in shared apartments. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Participants will be working with asylum applicants and community supporters in a variety of settings where accessibility may be challenging.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is tbd.

Program Fee includes: Internship placements, housing in shared apartments with kitchen facilities, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, round-trip airfare to Italy, ASU student fees, most meals, airport transfers, non-program related optional excursions, passports, books and your own personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.

  • There is a $500 scholarship for students in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Deadline to apply is January 11, 2019. For more information see the IGLE Travel Scholarship page.  


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.