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Students who choose to study abroad in Rome with API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – the Italian International Institute (LdM) for a Maymester will take a course covering Italian film. This course offers students a unique lens in which to study Italian culture from its origins to the present day through the medium of film.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation



Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
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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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits

Through the art of film, students on this program will study Italian culture, politics, history, and society. Students will have the opportunity to dive deep into Italy's roots from gender roles to ideology. Several key periods in Italy's history and roles in world events will be covered as well as popular figures in both Italian history as well as film.


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.

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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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    Lauren Daniels

    Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!

    Email - lauren.daniels@apiabroad.com


Students on this program will take one course in film studies offered for 3 semester credits. Students will be exposed to the Italian education system and culture in a smaller, more intimate learning environment at LdM Rome.

Italian Cinema and Society - Maymester

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 for studying a society's history and culture, including such areas as customs, ideologies, discourses, gender roles and social problems.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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  • Classes taught in English and Italian with Italian, international, and American students
    • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
      • Small classes, allowing for individualized attention

    API students in Rome live in apartments with other API students. Apartments are typically a 25-45 minute commute from 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. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

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