Skip to Main Content


You are in the main content
Cover Photo Image

Rome Intercultural Teaching Practicum


Rome, Italy

Program Description

During this four-week intercultural experience participants will spend time exploring the lived culture of Rome and visiting several sterling destinations throughout Italy.

The practicum is a partnership with Marymount International School-Rome involving 4 days per week dedicated to aiding teachers and students at the school.

Weekend excursions will feature rail and bus travel to other Italian cities, as well as explorations of contemporary and ancient Rome. Dr. Schultz and Dr. Thomas have each led multiple student groups in international excursions in Italy and throughout Europe, and they will bring their experience to guide invested participants in an exciting trip during 2016.

Location Description

During 2016, the JMU College of Education will be entering its 20th year of collaboration with Marymount International School.

The school is a private institution serving children from Pre-K through high school grades. JMU students are assigned to a teacher and will work in his/her classroom, supporting learning, engaging with children from all over the world, and observing approaches to classroom management, discipline, and instruction. All instruction is in English, with learners’ English fluency range from emerging English speakers to native English speakers.

The teachers of Marymount also represent many cultures and nations, bringing with them different perspectives and practices regarding education. It is an opportunity for JMU students to work within a school that successfully includes all of its learners, integrating their cultures into the environment and curriculum.


Kyle Schultz | | Middle, Secondary and Mathematics
Tim Thomas | | Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities


Participants will share apartments at the San Pietro La Corte residence, located approximately two blocks from St Peter's Square. The apartments are also within walking distance of the River Tiber and many of Rome’s cultural sites. The apartments are located within walking distance of the regional train station, metro station, and multiple bus stops. Grocery shopping, pharmacy, and laundry facilities can also be found nearby.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that they can use to purchase groceries to prepare meals in their apartments, or to eat out at local cafés and gelato stands. Some group meals will be planned and provided by the program.

Additional Items to Consider

Traveling to - and living in Rome requires neither a visa nor immunizations. Working at Marymount does not require a background check, but participants will need to register passports and photos with the school's administrative office for purposes of security. Passport information will also be on file with our residence manager and any hotels in which we stay during our excursions outside of Rome. Cell phones are not provided by the program but internet access will be provided in the residence.

The CoE Intercultural Teaching Practicum in Rome is designed for students who are preparing for a career in PreK-12 classrooms. The experience in schools in which participants will engage will supplement their teaching practica experiences for future coursework at the College of Education.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisite: MSSE 370/371 or EXED 376 or IECE 321/322 or ELED 311

Rising Seniors and/or Master's of Arts in Teaching candidates

Students must be admitted into a Teacher Education program in order to participate.

Application Process

(Waitlist Open)

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

apply now

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


EDUC 490 : Special Topics in Education (3 credits)

EDUC 501 : Workshop in Education (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.