CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) has been collaborating with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) on an annual exchange program since 2007.
The program brought Italian college women to the United States in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2008, 20I0, 2012, and 2014 MAE hosted a group of Italian American women in Rome for a similar experience. The Cultural Exchange Program was developed by NOIAW to foster better relations between the US and Italy by providing a culturally enriching and educational experience for Italian and Italian American students. Our goal is also to do our part to strengthen bonds between the two countries now, and for future generations.
Please note that applications for our 2016 exchange trip to Italy will open in October 2015.
Young women applying for the program must be between nineteen and twenty-three years of age and have at least one ancestor of Italian heritage. Participants must be currently attending College. All majors will be considered although, this year, the program will have an emphasis on business and economics.
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
- 3.0 Grade Point Average
- Functional/conversant knowledge of Italian Language
Students must submit the application by March 15, 2016 accompanied by a $25 processing fee, an essay and two (unopened, signed across the envelope opening) recommendations. One must be a personal recommendation and the other an academic recommendation. The application and supporting documentation should be mailed or submitted to:
The National Organization of Italian American Women
25 West 43rd Street – Suite 1005
New York, NY 10036
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.
Selected participants will be required to submit the following to the NOIAW office by May 1, 2016 for completion of the application process:
- Copy of official college transcript;
- Copy of valid passport with passport number;
- Proof of medical insurance with coverage outside the United States;
- A medical release/letter from participant's personal physician attesting to health status and ability to travel abroad;
- An electronic passport type photo for identification purposes.
Round trip air transportation to Rome from a designated New York international airport 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.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide accommodations and participants will be required to stay with the group for the entire program. The NOIAW Exchange Program is an educational, enlightening, and cultural experience with a full schedule. Although some free time will be scheduled, participants will be expected to take part in all Cultural Exchange Program events and activities.