Italy Rome St Peters 145886357

This program is designed for students interested studying abroad in Rome who wish to select courses from a wide variety of disciplines with less emphasis on Italian language. All students must take at least one Italian language course per semester. Italian language courses are taught at all levels (beginning through advanced), while most other courses are taught in English.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Italian speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Rome programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri

    Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 63 AD and was completely demolished in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Life came to a permanent standstill in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centers. Although this tragic event ended the lives of 20,000 Pompeian residents, the ash that buried the town served as a sort of mummification for the entire city. The eruption thus captured a moment in time.

    Sorrento is a resort town set atop rocky, picturesque cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. South of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is dotted with numerous beach towns that offer great shopping and dining, as well as breathtaking views of the sea.

    One of the beautiful islands off the coast of Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is a top tourist destination. Famous for its limestone crags and the Blue Grotto, students will enjoy the laid-back, serene nature of this exotic retreat.

  • Florence

    Florence is a city that welcomes visitors, artists, and students to walk its streets, to relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences and to glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Some of the medieval artisan traditions are still alive today, as seen in the daily open-air markets. API introduces students to the sights, sounds, and art that embrace a visitor at every turn in the flowering city of Florence.

  • Tuscany

    To explore the wonders the Tuscany region has to offer is a relaxing and incomparable experience. The area features many hilltop towns, famous for the production of wine and olive oil. Thanks to ancient volcanic activity, natural hot springs are plentiful in the region. Of course, no visit to this region would be complete without a stop in one of these towns: Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, or Montepulciano.

  • Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri

    Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 63 AD and was completely demolished in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Life came to a permanent standstill in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centers. Although this tragic event ended the lives of 20,000 Pompeian residents, the ash that buried the town served as a sort of mummification for the entire city. The eruption thus captured a moment in time.

    Sorrento is a resort town set atop rocky, picturesque cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. South of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is dotted with numerous beach towns that offer great shopping and dining, as well as breathtaking views of the sea.

    One of the beautiful islands off the coast of Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is a top tourist destination. Famous for its limestone crags and the Blue Grotto, students will enjoy the laid-back, serene nature of this exotic retreat.

  • Florence

    Florence is a city that welcomes visitors, artists, and students to walk its streets, to relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences and to glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Some of the medieval artisan traditions are still alive today, as seen in the daily open-air markets. API introduces students to the sights, sounds, and art that embrace a visitor at every turn in the flowering city of Florence.

  • Tuscany

    To explore the wonders the Tuscany region has to offer is a relaxing and incomparable experience. The area features many hilltop towns, famous for the production of wine and olive oil. Thanks to ancient volcanic activity, natural hot springs are plentiful in the region. Of course, no visit to this region would be complete without a stop in one of these towns: Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, or Montepulciano.

  • Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri

    Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 63 AD and was completely demolished in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Life came to a permanent standstill in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centers. Although this tragic event ended the lives of 20,000 Pompeian residents, the ash that buried the town served as a sort of mummification for the entire city. The eruption thus captured a moment in time.

    Sorrento is a resort town set atop rocky, picturesque cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. South of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is dotted with numerous beach towns that offer great shopping and dining, as well as breathtaking views of the sea.

    One of the beautiful islands off the coast of Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is a top tourist destination. Famous for its limestone crags and the Blue Grotto, students will enjoy the laid-back, serene nature of this exotic retreat.

  • Florence

    Florence is a city that welcomes visitors, artists, and students to walk its streets, to relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences and to glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Some of the medieval artisan traditions are still alive today, as seen in the daily open-air markets. API introduces students to the sights, sounds, and art that embrace a visitor at every turn in the flowering city of Florence.

  • Tuscany

    To explore the wonders the Tuscany region has to offer is a relaxing and incomparable experience. The area features many hilltop towns, famous for the production of wine and olive oil. Thanks to ancient volcanic activity, natural hot springs are plentiful in the region. Of course, no visit to this region would be complete without a stop in one of these towns: Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, or Montepulciano.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester

This program is designed for students interested studying abroad in Rome who wish to select courses from a wide variety of disciplines with less emphasis on the Italian language. All students must take at least one Italian language course per semester. Italian language courses are taught at all levels (beginning through advanced), while most other courses are taught in English. At LdM Rome, students will be exposed to the Italian education system and culture in a smaller, more intimate learning environment.

LDM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

API students have the opportunity to earn valuable credits through an internship experience with LdM in Rome! Students earn 3 credits for their internship placement, which is counted toward their total academic load for the semester, and which appears on the academic transcript along with a pass/fail notation. Students are assessed based on a weekly report, a minimum of two papers, and an evaluation by their academic advisor/tutor at LdM. Options are listed on the API/LdM course schedules on the website and will focus on placements in organizations engaged in socially meaningful tasks.

The Rome LdM Internship option provides Art History and Museum Studies students with the opportunity to participate in a Museum and Gallery Internship. Placements could include a museum, gallery, or church in Rome.

Students should indicate their interest in an internship upon application, and submit a résumé/C.V., essay, and portfolio (if applicable). The essay should discuss the student’s reason for applying, expectations about the placement, and a detailed description of the duties in which the student would like to partake in. An on-site interview is required of all internship participants. Placements are limited and cannot be guaranteed, so students are encouraged to apply early!”

TRANSCRIPTS

You will receive U.S.-transferable credits for courses taken at LdM from Marist College. Marist College is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Naike Valeriano

    Naike will be one of your Resident Directors in Rome and will be a resource for you while you are in Italy!

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    Alessio Balduini

    Alessio Balduini will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - mariana.delmonte-gladstone@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

Be sure to check for any course additions, cancellations, or closures, and remember to pay close attention to prerequisites and class times in order to avoid conflicts.Not all courses are offered every session. The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost.

Courses are available at lower- and upper-division levels. In general, 100 level courses are elementary, 200–300 level courses are intermediate, and 400 level courses are advanced. Students who choose intermediate level Italian or higher must complete a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency. Students who do not meet proficiency standards are assigned to the appropriate course.

Note that all students must take at least one language course per semester.

When obtaining pre-approval for course selections, students should refer to the Marist College course codes and titles, as these will appear on the transcript. If you have any questions while looking at the course schedule or filling out your application, please call the API office at (800) 844-4124.

CREDIT INFORMATION

API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. credits each.

STUDIO ART COURSES

The class schedules on the API website indicate that many of the studio art courses involve two time blocks; students enrolled in those courses must attend both time blocks.

Placement exams for studio arts courses are mandatory for any student wishing to register for any course at a level other than beginning. Studio art placement tests are administered during the first week of classes. Students are provided with the exact meeting time during orientation.

COURSE MATERIALS AND LAB FEES

Many studio art classes require that students purchase their own materials. The cost of materials varies depending on the type of course. While students may want to bring some basic, easily transportable materials (such as brushes or pastels) with them, most course materials should be purchased in Italy once classes start. Students can speak directly with their instructors to make sure they buy exactly what is required for the course. Many studio arts and cuisine courses require a lab fee that is paid by students upon arrival. In addition, several courses from different departments require that students pay for visits and field trips as noted in the descriptions for such courses.

LdM Courses

To choose your courses, click on this link, and select on the campus and term you are interested in.

LdM Course Link

Ancient Rome

["This course offers a general though comprehensive introduction and overview of the 14-century lasting civilization of Ancient Rome, from its origins as a monarchy to the \"Fall of Rome\" and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Alongside the study of main historical events, a series of themes and issues will be explored: the range of primary sources available for ancient history;","the political organization of the Roman state;","the territorial expansion and its influence on the cultural and administrative sphere;","Roman religion and the spread of Christianity;","the end of the Roman world and the birth of a new society;","the historiographical \"myth of Rome.\" In order to stimulate students\u0092 critical skills in observing historical phenomena, a problem-oriented approach will be supported by readings of primary sources."]

Underground Rome: The Christian Catacombs

The course aims to study and explore the darkest and deepest places beneath the city of Rome: There the still-extant underground web of galleries, shrines and basilicas built during the Early Christian and Early Medieval centuries (c.150-900 CE). Thanks to a number of lectures and onsite classes, students will be able to understand the birth and affirmation of the Christian religion in the capital city of the pagan Roman Empire. The study of archaeological methods and material culture is an essential part of the course, which includes class visits to selected catacombs and related sites.

The Roman Civilization through Its Monuments

This course investigates the history of ancient Rome primarily through its monuments its architecture and urban form. We will consider the mythology of Rome as caput mundi ("the head of the world"), as well as the physical city and its infrastructures in antiquity, from the 8th century BCE to the 5th century CE. Significant architectural examples and monuments will be studied in their original historical, social, and cultural context. The ways in which power was expressed symbolically through building projects and artwork will be addressed during class, which will be held mostly on site in the city and its environs. Key archaeological sites and museums in and around the city of Rome will also form part of the program.

Palaces of Rome

This course introduces students to the history of the palaces and also selected villas of Rome from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Since public and private palaces had an important role in the life of the city through the centuries, by studying them students have the opportunity to understand not only the development of architectural styles, but also the social, economic, cultural, and political history of Rome,using an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. Works by major architects including Michelangelo, Bramante, and Bernini are examined, and issues such as building function, typology, sources, and urban design are addressed. Site visits form a crucial dimension of the learning experience, and permit students to study the evolution of Roman urban palaces and villas directly before, and inside, a series of representative buildings.

Made in Italy: A Culture of Excellence

This course examines the "Made in Italy" phenomenon, emblematic of superlative quality. Home to the most iconic labels, brands, and craftsmanship, Italy is known for both its historic legacy and its present-day excellence in many fields. The course addresses the industries and fields of food and cuisine, fashion, and other areas of design, including industrial and architectural. Italian-made goods and services are an integral part of the Italian economy, society, history, and culture. Since a flow of expertise across time and disciplines seems to distinguish Made in Italy, students will connect the latter to patterns of continuity and change in Italian society and examine how the "Made in Italy" phenomenon has impacted the country's social fabric, character, and even mode of living ever since the Industrial Revolution, but, especially, since the post-war era, and how presently globalization is transforming the concept and its social reality. An additional concentration is on the business aspect of the label, in particular, on marketing, branding, and consumer behavior seen from both an Italian and international perspective. In careful consideration of recent developments, the focus may vary from semester to semester. Guest lectures and site visits will form part of this course.

Italian Food through Culture, Environment, and Sustainability

["The course provides an in-depth study of the intrinsic relationships between food, culture, and environment in Italy. The focus is on the finest Italian products, classic Italian recipes, traditions, and eating habits in terms of their cultural-historical significance and evolution over time, from the northern to the southern regions of Italy. Particular emphasis is given to the environmental conditions (such as microclimate and composition of soil) of each geographical origin along with the production process of the foods, which confer uniqueness of flavor and nutritional value. Finally, the history and traditions of \u0093Romanesca\u0094 cuisine and the food biodiversity of the Latium region (Lazio) are explored;","through field trips students will experience the cuisine as well as its cultural context."]

Wine and Culture I: Wines of Italy

This course investigates Italian wine in the context of the extraordinary history, philosophy, culture. and lifestyle of Italy. In this context wine is not only a much-loved drink, but also forms an essential part of rich cultural traditions going back to the Etruscans and the ancient Romans. From the study of wine we learn about the practices of earlier cultures, about their values and our own, and we gain a unique perspective on Italy today. The course focuses on the distinct traditions and economic, geographic, and climatic aspects of each area of Italian wine production. Students explore grape varieties and different techniques used to make wine, and the national and regional classifications. They also subject representative wines to organoleptic analysis (visual, olfactory, and gustative). Each wine is studied in terms of its characteristics, history, and traditions, and in relationship to the particular foods meant to accompany it.

4-Hour Italian Language Elementary 1

This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before: it is the first of six levels and its aim is to give the basis of the language, allowing students to deal with the most common everyday situations by expressing themselves in the present and past tenses. At the end of the course students will be able to understand familiar words and basic phrases and to interact in a simple way in order to satisfy their immediate needs. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

4-Hour Italian Language Advanced 2

This course focuses on the ability to understand extended speech, as well as technical and specialized texts. At the end of the course students will develop the ability to use language flexibly for social and professional purposes. They will be able to recognize idiomatic uses of the language and to apply register shifts. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom, which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

Italian Cinema and Society

This course explores Italian cinema from its origins to the present time, within the socioeconomic and historical context of Italian culture and society. The course is based on the premise that film can be usefully employed in order to study a society's history and culture, including such areas as customs, ideologies, discourses, gender roles, and social problems. Areas of particular focus will include Fascism, World War II, the economic miracle, the southern question, the political terrorism of the 1970s, commercial television, the Second Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. Along the way we will be looking at some of the major works of key directors, as well as at the most important genres of popular cinema, giving particular attention to the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary matrix of each movie. Through analyzing the ways in which Italian cultural, social, and political conflicts are portrayed and worked out both in art films and popular cinema, students will be encouraged to reach an understanding of the possibilities of film both as works of art and as cultural documents.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

International Rome: a UN City

Treating the United Nations in Rome as a case study, this course explores the purposes, background, and operations of international organizations in an age of globalization, the major challenges they face at the international level, and the responses to them of the international community. Studying in Rome will allow students to integrate class learning with first-hand experience of the UN, participating in conferences, meeting UN officials and diplomats and accessing key UN information. Students will discover the policies undertaken by the United Nations and the way they are implemented. The course will survey the UN organizations in Rome: FAO, WFP and IFAD. Students will familiarize themselves with the development priorities of these organizations. They will analyze their work and prepare project drafts that address their assigned issues and goals. Through research, meetings and debate, students will identify strengths and problems of these organizations and develop solutions by evaluating probable consequences of proposed actions.

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

["This introduction to the science of psychology aims to elucidate the basics of the structure, function, evolution, development, and pathology of the nervous system in relation to human behavior and mental life. Specifically, the course is designed to review integrated and experimentally derived information from many disciplines in order to gain a better understanding of human behavior as a function based on brain structure. Through the course students will learn how human beings perceive and feel the world;","how they think, learn, remember and forget;","how the emotions and motivations influence behavior;","how personality and well-being are structured;","how the environment epigenetically influences behavioral outcomes;","how the parental behavior may be inter-generationally transmitted to future generations. Each lesson explores the functioning of the nervous system when involved in all these behavioral processes. Emphasis is placed on scientific analysis of recent theories and interpretation of innovative research findings, with the ultimate goal of understanding more about the human mind and behavior from a scientific perspective. This course is relevant to students majoring in all disciplines in which the study of human behavior is important."]

Psychology of Crime

This course approaches the knowledge and understanding of criminal behavior and its impact upon individuals and society from developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and other psychological perspectives. The basic premise of this course is that multiple variables affect peoples behavior and for this reason this study requires attention to personality factors and how they interact with situational variables. Topics include: criminological theories, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, crime and mental disorders, human aggression and violence, sexual assault, and criminal homicide. Students will acquire a new framework for interpreting criminal behavior. Students will be familiarized with different perspectives on criminal behavior as well as etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different criminal behaviors as well as etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different criminal behaviors. Recent research findings will be incorporated.

The Age of Barbarians: The "Fall" of the Roman Empire and the Birth of Medieval Europe

["The course provides a survey of the European \u0093Dark Ages\u0094 by following the long transition that transformed the Western Roman Empire into a turmoil of barbarian kingdoms. This \u0093Age of Barbarians\u0094 (4th -7th centuries CE;","from Constantine to Charles the Great), also known as \u0093Late Antiquity,\u0094 witnessed important political, religious and socio-economic changes, which effectively shaped Western Europe: during the process, several Roman institutions and traditions were granted continuity, while many others were forever obliterated. The available and often fragmentary sources \u0096 the most significant of which will be analyzed in class \u0096 paint a complex scenario, oscillating between aborted legacies, political upheavals and attempted revivals of an unsurpassable ancient glory;","the former imperial unity slowly dissolves in a plurality of different new national and cultural identities. Respective focuses on each specific context involved (Italy, France, Spain, Britain, Germany, North Africa) will encompass most of the classes. Instability, delusional hopes and the lack of an imperial authority in the West, will last until the Christmas Night of 800 CE, when the Pope will crown a new Emperor of Rome, who will be defined \u0093Roman,\u0094 although being a \u0093barbarian.\u0094"]

Anthropology of Violence and Conflict

Conflict pervades our daily lives, and violence erupts indirectly or directly into our experience. What is the distinction between the two, and what are intelligent and effective ways to deal with them? In this course students apply concepts from anthropology and political science to the dynamics of conflict and violence, of various types and levels, in contemporary society. The course examines major definitions of violence and conflict, exploring classic and notable theories and debates in the social sciences and other disciplines. A basic distinction between interpersonal and group dynamics receives much attention. Most focus will be upon the macro level: the ways in which communities, states, and other associations deal with the escalation of conflict and the real or presumed conditions underlying violence (such as exclusion or asymmetries in power structure). Issues addressed include the impact of globalization, cultural differences, identity and constituency, and the processes leading towards conflict transformation, peace, and reconciliation.

Art in Rome, Ancient to Baroque

This survey of art in Rome across two millennia uses Rome itself as an extended, living museum. Students examine four broad periods when Rome was either a major creative center or a reference point: Ancient Roman art, Early Christian and Medieval art, the Renaissance, and the Baroque. About three-quarters of the classes are held onsite in churches, palaces, galleries, and piazzas, with direct experiential learning in the presence of major artworks and monuments. Special focus is given to master artists who worked in Rome, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Students acquire the essentials of art appreciation and use the basic tools of art history to analyze the materials and making, style, meaning, and cultural context of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Crossroads of Faith: The Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Heritage of Rome

This course proposes an itinerary from Late Antiquity to Contemporaneity focusing on the artistic production and historical interactions pertinent to non-Catholic religious groups in Rome. It is intended to give students an overview of the main artistic and urbanistic achievements regarding the Jewish community, but also, to a lesser extent, of some of the production relevant to Eastern Christians, Protestants and Muslims. Classes are designed to offer an alternative perspective on the Eternal City, mostly perceived as the cradle of Catholicism. Lessons will cover a range of different topics, such as the analysis of artifacts and texts (manuscripts, prints, textiles, but also legends, midrashim, oral accounts), and it will also include the study of various sites, both thanks to documentary sources (lost buildings, destroyed churches), and through on-site visits (Ghetto, Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Non-Catholic Cemetery, monuments to Giordano Bruno and Giuseppe Garibaldi).

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

This course provides an introduction to public speaking in group and whole-class situations. It will help students develop their delivery skills as well as the content of their presentations, including the development and organization of ideas and the use of research materials. Students will analyze a variety of speeches, in written and oral forms, and will be required to develop working outlines for their own presentations. Classes will also involve voice and body language exercises and will teach strategies for overcoming performance anxiety.

International Terrorism

This course examines the phenomenon of terrorism, which may be defined as the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals related to political or religious ideology. It addresses questions like the following: What is a terrorist and how should terrorism be defined? What are the motivations behind the use of terrorism and political violence? What are the policies that states are adopting to combat terrorist attacks? What is the future of terrorism and counter-terrorism? The course looks briefly at the "terror regimes" of previous centuries, and then studies the different forms of terrorism in the 21st century in terms of their geopolitical areas and their goals of the destabilization of governments and democratic systems and gaining political independence. The course includes analysis of current events and case studies.

4-Hour Italian Language Elementary 2

This course focuses on the consolidation of basic structures of the language and the acquisition of some new structures, such as the means to describe one's personal background and environment, to express wishes and talk about future plans, respond to simple direct questions or requests for information. At the end of the course students will be able to understand simple exchanges of information on familiar activities and use short phrases to describe in simple terms people and living conditions. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

4-Hour Italian Language Advanced 1

In this level the focus is on the ability to manage conversation and cooperating strategies, to employ a wide range of language to build clear, connected and effective texts. At the end of the course students will be able to take an active part in conversations, accounting for their points of view, to give clear presentations on a range of subjects related to their interests both in speaking and in writing. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom, which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers

This course is an introduction to the literature generated by the "Grand Tour" experiences between the 18th and the 19th centuries and to its continuation and development in the 20th century. The main focus will be the textual analysis of the memoirs, letters and diaries written by some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who resided and traveled in Italy. Our selection will include British, German, and American writers. Another important aspect of the course will be the study of the history, the works of art, the monuments, and the folklore events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, Rome. Students will learn about the different experiences of famous foreign travelers in Italy through the centuries and will be able to understand some stereotypes, prejudices, and idealized views about Italy and Italians that still survive.

Art Therapy

["At a time when concepts of education were being redefined in the late 1400s, Leonardo da Vinci recommended that in addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, all students be taught to draw. He was ignored, to the misfortune of later students. This course is an introduction to the vast area of the therapeutic possibilities of art and specifically of drawing. The course intends to transmit the experience of an artist to all students. Students learn that drawing is a perceptive attitude using all the senses, and dependent upon intuition and intellect. Indeed, we can learn this from those with sense deprivations: the blind draw unexpected and original drawings;","the deaf have a special rapport with space, images and the act of drawing. Whether they are lifelong practitioners or have never drawn before, all students in the course will \"start all over again\", and under the instructor\u0092s guidance they will watch their personal art evolve. The course will enable students to translate their emotions into an expressive capacity."]

Introduction to the Bible (Old Testament)

This course introduces students to what is probably the most influential book in the Western world, the Bible. This course will focus on what many regard as the first part of it: the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, surveying the history of the book and of the people of Israel. The course will address the main issues and characters of the HB/OT with a narrative approach, though not omitting other methodological approaches and interpretations. Lessons, which combine close reading and interactive discussions, will examine key historical figures and events of the Hebrew Bible, together with its constitution in Ancient Near Eastern culture and environment, and seeks to lay a foundation for further studies by addressing key questions concerning cultural, institutional, religious and theological ideas and practices.

Religion and Culture in Italy

This course examines the interaction between culture and religion in Italy, above all modern Italy. The peninsula has been the almost uninterrupted home of the Catholic church and the Vatican State, a factor of great importance for centuries and still today in the development of Italian culture and society. At the same time Italy is a relatively young nation, democratic, industrialized, and multicultural. In the lively Italian cultural landscape religion can mean oceanic crowds at sanctuaries or a papal appearance, fierce newspaper debates, small parishes, and Muslims or Christians praying in rented spaces. Italy, indeed, epitomizes key issues in religion and culture generally. Students move between themes of diversity in religious belief and practice, coexistence of communities, continuity of tradition and local heritage, the political interface, secularism, religion in the media and popular culture, national identity, and educational, social, and health policies and activities. The course exploits the special opportunity to investigate various religious communities in Italy.

Italian Family and Society

The course explores the Italian family from a sociological point of view, placing the family in the context of Italian tradition and culture. It is subdivided into two main sections. In the first section we will begin with an historical analysis of the Italian family from the Romans to the present age, in order to analyze changes and traditions through several centuries. We will see that the patriarchal system underlies the entire history of the Italian family until recent times. We will analyze the meaning of the family at the present time and the importance of marriage in the past and cohabitation in present society. We will also consider key moments of transition in the life cycle of families, such as the constitution of a conjugal agreement, the place of children, divorce, the elderly, and adoption. The impact of immigration on the development of family lifestyles will also be examined. In the second part of the course each class will analyze in detail the single members of the family. We will investigate rights and duties of wives, mothers, husbands, fathers and children in the family and we will evaluate the relationship between tradition and change in the evolution of these roles. We will also compare the traditional and conservative southern family to that of northern Italy.

LdM Courses

To choose your courses, click on this link, and select on the campus and term you are interested in.

LdM Course Link

Greek and Roman Mythology

Greek and Roman gods and heroes, and their stories, have always been a fundamental subject of Western Art and literature, especially since they were rediscovered by Renaissance humanism. The course will examine the major deities of Greek and Roman religion are examined in their historical and archaeological context, focusing on the influence that Greek myths had on the Roman world. The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Roman foundations myths and sagas will be discussed with particular emphasis on the relationship between myth and history. The pictorial narratives, so common in Greek and Roman monuments and objects, will introduce the sophisticated visual language created by the Greeks to tell such elaborate tales. The post-classical afterlife of these myths will also be addressed. Visits to museums, monuments and/or sites will reinforce classroom learning. To know Roman mythology is to understand the real essence of the ideals and aspirations of the great Roman Empire, while in the study of Greek mythology lies the roots of modern psychology.

Introduction to Molecular Genetics with Laboratory

This course provides students with a foundation of the principles of genetics. Starting with the study of the function and structure of DNA and RNA, the course explores the principles of genetics such as transmission (Mendelian Inheritance), gene expression, and recombination. Lectures are combined with laboratory sessions to provide students with practical knowledge of the techniques of molecular genetics. This course is for science majors only. Taught in collaboration with Università Roma Tre.Note: Specific STEM attendance and grading policies apply.

International Hospital Internship

["An academic Internship is an extraordinary learning opportunity based on reflection, knowledge, direct observation, clear objectives and strict assessment. Guided by a STEM department as well as a professional onsite supervisor, students will observe the daily medical clinical activity at the Salvator Mundi International Hospital. Students will learn the art of clinical history taking, observe the performing of imaging tests (such as CT scan, MRI, ECG scans, x-rays, etc.), and complete tasks assigned by their onsite supervisor such as reading scientific papers or writing reports. Students will start to understand how medical insurances work and will be stimulated to reflect on ethical and bioethical cases. Guided by the experience of observing clinical practice, students will increase their awareness of patient-doctor relationships and the inner workings of hospitals, as well as gain insights into their future interests for specialization. The intern is monitored by both the onsite supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten\/twelve hours weekly at the internship site;","student internship schedules and onsite duties may vary.\u000bNote: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission is contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent. Students who enroll must submit supporting documentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an onsite interview during the first week of the term. Being an international hospital, knowledge of Italian language is beneficial but not mandatory."]

4-Hour Italian Language Intermediate 1

This course focuses on the acquisition of complex language structures and skills, such as the means to express personal opinions, preferences, doubts and hypothesis, the combination of different tenses when narrating past events, switching the focus in writing. In this level emphasis is given to social discourse, to the ability to effectively sustain social interactions and contribute significantly to discussions. At the end of the course students will achieve a deeper awareness of the language and a wider repertoire of vocabulary and texts . The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

4-Hour Italian Language Intermediate 2

This course focuses on the acquisition of complex language structures and skills, such as the means to express personal opinions, preferences, doubts and hypothesis, the combination of different tenses when narrating past events, switching the focus in writing. In this level emphasis is given to social discourse, to the ability to effectively sustain social interactions and contribute significantly to discussions. At the end of the course students will achieve a deeper awareness of the language and a wider repertoire of vocabulary and texts. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

Rome in the Literary Imagination

This course will focus on poets, playwrights, and novelists who have been inspired by the Eternal City and on the representations of Rome in their works, from the early 20th century to the present day. As a living monument to the Ancient Roman empire, the capital of modern Italy, and seat of the Vatican, Rome has long captured the imagination of foreign travelers, artists, and writers. The course will survey a range of writings from travel chronicles and poetry to plays, short stories, and novels. A comparative literary and cultural perspective is built through a course unit dedicated to works of selected modern and contemporary Italian authors in translation. Addressing Italian and non-Italian authors, students pursue the issue of how far Rome may or may not represent Italianness. Selected films drawn from literary works receive attention as well.

Ancient Rome

["This course offers a general though comprehensive introduction and overview of the 14-century lasting civilization of Ancient Rome, from its origins as a monarchy to the \"Fall of Rome\" and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Alongside the study of main historical events, a series of themes and issues will be explored: the range of primary sources available for ancient history;","the political organization of the Roman state;","the territorial expansion and its influence on the cultural and administrative sphere;","Roman religion and the spread of Christianity;","the end of the Roman world and the birth of a new society;","the historiographical \"myth of Rome.\" In order to stimulate students\u0092 critical skills in observing historical phenomena, a problem-oriented approach will be supported by readings of primary sources."]

Underground Rome: The Christian Catacombs

The course aims to study and explore the darkest and deepest places beneath the city of Rome: There the still-extant underground web of galleries, shrines and basilicas built during the Early Christian and Early Medieval centuries (c.150-900 CE). Thanks to a number of lectures and onsite classes, students will be able to understand the birth and affirmation of the Christian religion in the capital city of the pagan Roman Empire. The study of archaeological methods and material culture is an essential part of the course, which includes class visits to selected catacombs and related sites.

The Roman Civilization through Its Monuments

This course investigates the history of ancient Rome primarily through its monuments its architecture and urban form. We will consider the mythology of Rome as caput mundi ("the head of the world"), as well as the physical city and its infrastructures in antiquity, from the 8th century BCE to the 5th century CE. Significant architectural examples and monuments will be studied in their original historical, social, and cultural context. The ways in which power was expressed symbolically through building projects and artwork will be addressed during class, which will be held mostly on site in the city and its environs. Key archaeological sites and museums in and around the city of Rome will also form part of the program.

Palaces of Rome

This course introduces students to the history of the palaces and also selected villas of Rome from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Since public and private palaces had an important role in the life of the city through the centuries, by studying them students have the opportunity to understand not only the development of architectural styles, but also the social, economic, cultural, and political history of Rome,using an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. Works by major architects including Michelangelo, Bramante, and Bernini are examined, and issues such as building function, typology, sources, and urban design are addressed. Site visits form a crucial dimension of the learning experience, and permit students to study the evolution of Roman urban palaces and villas directly before, and inside, a series of representative buildings.

Made in Italy: A Culture of Excellence

This course examines the "Made in Italy" phenomenon, emblematic of superlative quality. Home to the most iconic labels, brands, and craftsmanship, Italy is known for both its historic legacy and its present-day excellence in many fields. The course addresses the industries and fields of food and cuisine, fashion, and other areas of design, including industrial and architectural. Italian-made goods and services are an integral part of the Italian economy, society, history, and culture. Since a flow of expertise across time and disciplines seems to distinguish Made in Italy, students will connect the latter to patterns of continuity and change in Italian society and examine how the "Made in Italy" phenomenon has impacted the country's social fabric, character, and even mode of living ever since the Industrial Revolution, but, especially, since the post-war era, and how presently globalization is transforming the concept and its social reality. An additional concentration is on the business aspect of the label, in particular, on marketing, branding, and consumer behavior seen from both an Italian and international perspective. In careful consideration of recent developments, the focus may vary from semester to semester. Guest lectures and site visits will form part of this course.

Italian Food through Culture, Environment, and Sustainability

["The course provides an in-depth study of the intrinsic relationships between food, culture, and environment in Italy. The focus is on the finest Italian products, classic Italian recipes, traditions, and eating habits in terms of their cultural-historical significance and evolution over time, from the northern to the southern regions of Italy. Particular emphasis is given to the environmental conditions (such as microclimate and composition of soil) of each geographical origin along with the production process of the foods, which confer uniqueness of flavor and nutritional value. Finally, the history and traditions of \u0093Romanesca\u0094 cuisine and the food biodiversity of the Latium region (Lazio) are explored;","through field trips students will experience the cuisine as well as its cultural context."]

Wine and Culture I: Wines of Italy

This course investigates Italian wine in the context of the extraordinary history, philosophy, culture. and lifestyle of Italy. In this context wine is not only a much-loved drink, but also forms an essential part of rich cultural traditions going back to the Etruscans and the ancient Romans. From the study of wine we learn about the practices of earlier cultures, about their values and our own, and we gain a unique perspective on Italy today. The course focuses on the distinct traditions and economic, geographic, and climatic aspects of each area of Italian wine production. Students explore grape varieties and different techniques used to make wine, and the national and regional classifications. They also subject representative wines to organoleptic analysis (visual, olfactory, and gustative). Each wine is studied in terms of its characteristics, history, and traditions, and in relationship to the particular foods meant to accompany it.

4-Hour Italian Language Elementary 1

This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before: it is the first of six levels and its aim is to give the basis of the language, allowing students to deal with the most common everyday situations by expressing themselves in the present and past tenses. At the end of the course students will be able to understand familiar words and basic phrases and to interact in a simple way in order to satisfy their immediate needs. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

4-Hour Italian Language Advanced 2

This course focuses on the ability to understand extended speech, as well as technical and specialized texts. At the end of the course students will develop the ability to use language flexibly for social and professional purposes. They will be able to recognize idiomatic uses of the language and to apply register shifts. The course is specifically designed to make the most of the immersive learning environment, with activities outside the classroom, which provide a useful complement to the academic experience and help students to build their linguistic self-confidence.

Italian Cinema and Society

This course explores Italian cinema from its origins to the present time, within the socioeconomic and historical context of Italian culture and society. The course is based on the premise that film can be usefully employed in order to study a society's history and culture, including such areas as customs, ideologies, discourses, gender roles, and social problems. Areas of particular focus will include Fascism, World War II, the economic miracle, the southern question, the political terrorism of the 1970s, commercial television, the Second Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. Along the way we will be looking at some of the major works of key directors, as well as at the most important genres of popular cinema, giving particular attention to the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary matrix of each movie. Through analyzing the ways in which Italian cultural, social, and political conflicts are portrayed and worked out both in art films and popular cinema, students will be encouraged to reach an understanding of the possibilities of film both as works of art and as cultural documents.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

International Rome: a UN City

Treating the United Nations in Rome as a case study, this course explores the purposes, background, and operations of international organizations in an age of globalization, the major challenges they face at the international level, and the responses to them of the international community. Studying in Rome will allow students to integrate class learning with first-hand experience of the UN, participating in conferences, meeting UN officials and diplomats and accessing key UN information. Students will discover the policies undertaken by the United Nations and the way they are implemented. The course will survey the UN organizations in Rome: FAO, WFP and IFAD. Students will familiarize themselves with the development priorities of these organizations. They will analyze their work and prepare project drafts that address their assigned issues and goals. Through research, meetings and debate, students will identify strengths and problems of these organizations and develop solutions by evaluating probable consequences of proposed actions.

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

["This introduction to the science of psychology aims to elucidate the basics of the structure, function, evolution, development, and pathology of the nervous system in relation to human behavior and mental life. Specifically, the course is designed to review integrated and experimentally derived information from many disciplines in order to gain a better understanding of human behavior as a function based on brain structure. Through the course students will learn how human beings perceive and feel the world;","how they think, learn, remember and forget;","how the emotions and motivations influence behavior;","how personality and well-being are structured;","how the environment epigenetically influences behavioral outcomes;","how the parental behavior may be inter-generationally transmitted to future generations. Each lesson explores the functioning of the nervous system when involved in all these behavioral processes. Emphasis is placed on scientific analysis of recent theories and interpretation of innovative research findings, with the ultimate goal of understanding more about the human mind and behavior from a scientific perspective. This course is relevant to students majoring in all disciplines in which the study of human behavior is important."]

Psychology of Crime

This course approaches the knowledge and understanding of criminal behavior and its impact upon individuals and society from developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and other psychological perspectives. The basic premise of this course is that multiple variables affect peoples behavior and for this reason this study requires attention to personality factors and how they interact with situational variables. Topics include: criminological theories, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, crime and mental disorders, human aggression and violence, sexual assault, and criminal homicide. Students will acquire a new framework for interpreting criminal behavior. Students will be familiarized with different perspectives on criminal behavior as well as etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different criminal behaviors as well as etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different criminal behaviors. Recent research findings will be incorporated.

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English and Italian with international, and American students
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
  • Art history internship option available (for credit) for qualified students

API students in Rome live in apartments with other API students. Apartments are typically a 25-45 minute commute from JCU or LdM. Some API apartments can house as many as 7 students, although students typically share a room with another student. All apartments come equipped with a kitchen, 1-2 bathrooms, and common areas. Washing machines are available, and students are responsible for their own meals (though students at JCU will receive a meal plan good for 20 complimentary meals on campus during the session). Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.

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*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 27, 2020 - May 16, 2020 $14,990 Oct 15, 2019 Oct 30, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $14,990 Jun 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
Academic Year Aug, 2020 - May, 2021 $28,990 Jun 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
Spring Jan 28, 2019 - May 18, 2019 $14,990 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Academic Year Aug 26, 2019 - May 16, 2020 $28,990 Jun 1, 2019 Jun 15, 2019
Fall Aug 26, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $14,990 Jun 1, 2019 Jun 15, 2019