Design (with our expert help) your program in Rome.

Preparing Students in Rome for Decades

The Borromini Institute is a pioneering leader dedicated to academic study abroad and internship programs on the topic of Sustainability and Food Systems.

The Borromini Institute is the academic partner for study abroad programs focused in Food, Media and Sustainability for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Faculty-led programs in Rome for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Our programs and courses promote critical thinking, trans-disciplinary and multicultural knowledge acquisition through field research that incorporates ethnographic analysis and interactions with communities and visits to territories that are vital for food production and food culture in Italy.

Custom-design Programs

Having hosted over 100 programs with over 2,000 students to date, collaborated with more than 50 institutions, and worked with over 35 international professors in faculty-led study abroad programs, we take pride in the ability for our experienced approach to critical field learning abroad to support students, institutions, and faculty-led programs to make the most out of their time in Rome

Our academic team is available to design programs that are in line with the needs of faculty and departments by providing academic resources and syllabi. We provide the facilitation faculty need to engage fully the rich local resources found throughout Italy.

Over our 15 years of experience in education abroad in Food Systems and Sustainability, we have channeled the power of studying abroad in Rome towards transforming students into well-rounded adults and globally aware citizens.

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My time in Rome this past summer was eye opening, inspiring and enriching. Every day I learned something new about food, sustainability, media and culture. I learned a lot about myself and the different ways that I take on challenges in the classroom and out in the streets of a busy city. I would recommend this study abroad trip to anyone, no matter what your major is you will find something extremely fascinating about this experience that I would do all over again if I could.
smile, happy, people-2072907.jpgPaige, University of Massachusetts Amherst – Paige attendend the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer 2016 Program

Looking for hands-on learning opportunities for your students in Italy?

Our Programs May Be Right for Your Students

Your students can enroll in our semester, summer or short programs focused on sustainability at any point in their studies and regardless of your discipline but all connected by the thread of climate.

They will live in Rome, engage in local and international communities, learn by doing in their daily life and organized travel included in all of our programs.

Some of Our Partners

  • University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Chatam University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • New York University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Edgewood College
  • State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY)
  • University of New Haven
  • Vantan Design Institute – Japan
  • University of Redlands
  • Auburn University
  • University Of Maryland
  • Cornell University
  • Osaka University

Thinking of Joining Us?

If you are not afraid to explore, and care about sustainibility, the Borromini Institute is the place for you!

Many programs have hidden costs: not us!

Program fees usually include:

  • All instructional and support fees, which include course readings
  • Co-curricular experiential activities and practicums, such as tastings, cooking sessions, meetings with specialists and experts, and service learning opportunities
  • Overnight field studies outside of Rome (accommodations, most meals, and transportation)
  • Fees for the onsite academic internship.
  • Italian language courses
  • Housing
  • Student Services

Meet the Borromini Institute Team

Tom Rankin

Borromini Institute Director

Tom Rankin completed his Master’s degree in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to that, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University and a “Laurea” in Architecture from “Sapienza” University of Rome. Since 1991, he has been residing in Rome, where he is actively involved in design research, practice, and teaching. His focus lies in studying the historical and emerging aspects of the city and landscape as a foundation for sustainable urbanism and architecture.
Tom holds teaching positions at various institutions, including Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (School of Engineering), the California Polytechnic Rome Program in Architecture, and the Iowa State Rome Program. He is also one of the founding members of ISAR, a non-profit organization dedicated to Architecture, Art, and Archaeology in Rome. Additionally, he has previously served as the Director of the association Tevereterno Onlus.
Beyond his academic and organizational involvements, Tom has authored the book “Rome Works: An Architect Explores the World’s Most Sustainable City.” He has also contributed numerous articles on sustainable urbanism and regularly presents at conferences in the field.

Lindsay Maldari

Program Coordinator

Lindsay Maldari came to Rome to earn her Master’s in Art History with John Cabot University. Rome continues to inspire Lindsay’s life and work on 20th century public monuments, and it is with great pleasure that she now shares her love of the city as a Program Coordinator at the Borromini Institute.
Lindsay works in our offices in Rome on program development and administration.









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