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June 2016 Cultural Exchange Program

About the Program

The June 2016 Cultural Exchange Program is hosted by the National Organization of Italian American Women. It offers a 10-day trip to Rome in June 2016 offering "cultural immersion, educational and professional experiences" to a small group of Italian American college students  at no cost to them.

The program is designed to strengthen ties between the United States and Italy and to inspire young women to explore their heritage. Participants will tour institutions of cultural, political, and historical significance, meet with leading Italian professionals in a variety of industries, and engage with experts through presentations and roundtables on topics related to women, careers, and international development.

Round trip air transportation to Rome from a designated New York international airport will be provided. Accommodations, meals, and transportation within Italy will be provided. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from designated New York airport. Participants are advised to bring money for incidental personal expenses.


  • Female undergraduate students  cu rrently enrolled at an accredited US institution

  • Must be U.S. citizens between 19 and 23 years of age

  • Must have Italian ancestry

  • Minimum GPA 3.0

  • Italian language skills preferred


Thursday, March 31, 2016
Online Application:  Click here

Semifinalists will be scheduled for a personal interview. Applicants will be notified of the  results of the selection process by April 30th, 2016. Due to the limited available spaces, applicants meeting the criteria will be considered by the earliest date their application is received.


The National Organization of Italian American Women is the only national organization for women of Italian ancestry and is not-for-profit. They are committed to celebrating and preserving Italian heritage, culture and language. Through cultural programs, special events, networking opportunities, mentoring, scholarship and cultural exchange initiatives, the NOIAW seeks to promote and support the achievements of women of Italian ancestry in the workplace and the community.

For more information about NOIAW, its members and programs, or to become a member, visit, call (212) 642-2003, or follow them on Twitter ( @NOIAW) and Facebook (




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