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 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 also be exposed to the Italian education system and culture.
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.
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:
- General Biology II with Laboratory (4 credits)
- Introduction to Molecular Genetics with Laboratory (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy II with Laboratory (4 credits)
- Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory (4 credits)
- Principles of Environmental Science (3 credits)
- Calculus for Science Majors III (3 credits)
- Statistics for Science Majors (3 credits)
Mandatory core course
- Italy’s Contribution to Modern Science (3 credits)
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).
- Classes taught in English and Italian with international, and American students
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
- Take STEM courses in English in Italy!
- Internship option at a local hospital!