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This program is designed for students interested studying abroad in Rome who wish to take courses from the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). It offers students in sciences and related majors a unique educational opportunity. The sciences are evolving constantly, but their roots are deep. Staying up-to-date on the latest research and understanding the historic development of theories, frameworks and applications is equally important. For centuries, Italian researchers have delivered substantial contributions that often resulted in fundamental paradigm-shifts. Rome offers the perfect setting for this integrated exploration of sciences and their histories and allows easy access to other significant locations in science development.
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.
STEM students may have course schedules that occasionally conflict with API excursions and events. API will reimburse students for any missed excursions due to scheduling conflicts with courses.
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 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.
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.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester
This program is designed for students interested studying abroad in Rome who wish to take courses from the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). It offers students in sciences and related majors a unique educational opportunity. The sciences are evolving constantly, but their roots are deep. Staying up-to-date on the latest research and understanding the historical development of theories, frameworks, and applications is equally important. For centuries, Italian researchers have delivered substantial contributions that often resulted in fundamental paradigm-shifts. Rome offers the perfect setting for this integrated exploration of sciences and their histories and allows easy access to other significant locations in science development.
The program provides immersion in the longstanding scientific traditions Italy offers. Students broaden their knowledge in their fields and understand how scientific discoveries have influenced individuals and societies, contributed to historic and artistic developments and shaped our world.
The core of the program is a required course on Italy’s contributions to modern sciences. Through the examination of important scientists from the Renaissance to the present, students explore the development of scientific thought and its historical connections. Students can then combine a selection of science courses that can vary each semester. In addition, students may choose among a variety of general education courses. Italian language study is encouraged but no language courses are required.
Students advance their studies through rigorous science courses offered in collaboration with Roma Tre University, a highly-recognized Italian institution offering state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The STEM program, therefore, combines LdM’s more than 40 years of excellence in abroad education with the expertise of research and science education established by Roma Tre University. Students will be exposed to the Italian education system and culture in a smaller, more intimate learning environment at LdM Rome, while having the opportunity to enroll in courses (taught in English) with Italian students at Roma Tre.
Pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-health students (sophomores and up) have the opportunity to participate in a credit-bearing internship at a local Rome hospital. For further details, consult the course link on the Course Offerings page, or contact the API Rome Program Manager.
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.
Naike will be one of your Resident Directors in Rome and will be a resource for you while you are in Italy!
Alessio Balduini will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
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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.
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.
API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. credits each.
The LdM Rome STEM program offers STEM and related majors a unique educational opportunity: rigorous science courses taught in collaboration with prestigious Italian institutions offering state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories.
The core of the LdM Rome STEM program is a required course on Italy’s Contribution to Modern Science. For centuries Italian researchers have advanced the sciences, often effecting paradigm shifts. By examining important scientists from the Renaissance to the present, students explore the development of scientific thinking, its cultural contexts, and its public role. Rome offers the perfect setting for this integrated exploration of the sciences and their histories.
Students combine this core course with a selection of varied STEM-area courses. STEM courses will be offered in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Mathematics. In addition, students may choose general education courses in a variety of fields including art history, business, classical studies, communications, Italian language, literature, philosophy and religious studies, political science and international studies and psychology.
Students participating in the LdM Rome STEM program are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Specific STEM attendance and grading policies apply.
NOTE: STEM students may have course schedules that occasionally have labs scheduled on Fridays. These labs could conflict with scheduled API excursions and events. In such cases, API will reimburse students for any missed excursions.
The LdM Rome STEM courses include:
Mandatory core course
Any student who meets the prerequisites for the internship (pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-health majors of sophomore standing or higher) can apply, though the availability of the placements cannot be guaranteed. Placements require approximately 10-12 hours of commitment per week, in addition to the standard load of 12 U.S. credits (for a total of 15 U.S. credits).
This course introduces science students to the historic developments of the basic principles and theories of physics, astronomy, engineering, chemistry, medicine and biology. Students learn about the contributions of great Italian natural philosophers and scientists, from the early modern period, through the Enlightenment era, up to today (including Fibonacci, Galileo, Malpighi, and Fermi). The development of the different disciplines is studied in the context of relevant historic events and philosophical belief systems. A specific emphasis is also placed on the development of scientific methodology and principles of ethics in the sciences.
Note: Mandatory for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors.
Language of Instruction: English
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.