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Students who choose to study abroad in Rome with API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – the Italian International Institute (LdM) may take 1 or 2 courses for 3-6 credits per four-week term. Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects, including art, art history, and Italian language, and sciences.
2 courses: $5,980
2 courses: $10,980
The prices listed below are for 1 course per session. Students who are interested in taking 2 courses per session will incur an additional fee of $1,000 per course, per session.
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.
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.
The charming land in central Italy between Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and green hills with paths that link lovely ancient villages perched on cliffs overlooking untouched landscapes. Medieval towers and cathedrals, small dwellings fashioned out of colored sone, artisan shopping, picturesque family-run taverns, dot the surrounding green valleys and offer a perfect glimpse of a life without hustle and bustle.
The Lazio region includes Rome and the three surrounding provinces: Sorrento, Capri, and Vesuvius. Day trips vary with season and terrain, from hill towns to seaside. The Castelli Romani area is dotted with hillside towns like Frascati, famous for its white wine, and Castel Gandolfo, the summer home of the Pope. Students may also visit Latina, a province known for its mozzarella production and numerous seaside towns such as Terracina and Sperlonga, linked along the coast by national parks and archaeological sites. To the west, Tivoli has offered an escape from Rome since the times of Emperor Hadrian, who built his villa there. Up the hill from Hadrian’s Villa, the Renaissance Villa d’Este has been recognized as the most beautiful park in Italy for its majestic, fountain-filled gardens.
TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 credits per session (up to 12 total)
Students who choose to study abroad in Rome with API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – the Italian International Institute (LdM) may take 1 or 2 courses for 3-6 credits per four-week term. Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects, including art, art history, and Italian language, and sciences. Students will be exposed to the Italian education system and culture in a smaller, more intimate learning environment at LdM Rome.
Students receive a transcript from U.S.-accredited Marist College for courses taken at LdM. 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.
Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!
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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.
Summer STEM courses are only available for the Summer 1 program in Rome and have a duration of four weeks.
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.
To choose your courses, click on this link, and select on the campus and term you are interested in.
API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. credits each.
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The course, which introduces students to the basic patterns of cross-cultural psychology and communication, proposes an analysis of communication behavior in interpersonal and intercultural, individual and group environments. Along with a study of the influence of culture on identity, viewpoints, and communication, it progressively proposes all the theoretical concepts that are necessary to analyze communication in an interpersonal and intercultural context. Topics include: common communication difficulties, communication roles, and proxemics. Special emphasis is placed on rituals, message patterns, clothing, myths, ideologies, and on the influence of mass media on our cross-cultural representation of reality.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course introduces key concepts and models of international communication. The objective of the course is to master the main communication tools and concepts in an international context.
Recommended US semester credits: 2.5
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 Romanesca 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.
This course covers the planning and integration of social media into marketing plans and it will explain how to build winning strategies and how to track their effectiveness. This includes learning about fundamental marketing concepts that are relevant to the digital world and acquiring new skills for creating and implementing successful marketing campaigns, online strategies and operations pursued through new media. Students will be introduced to the most popular social media platforms and will learn about the differences between specific media tools and the different purposes of operations pursued through each of them and their proper use to expand business and engage with online customers. In this course, students will be able to build effective digital tactics and gain skills to become social media managers.
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.