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At the American University of Rome's Summer School, students can engage their intellectual curiosity through on-site classes, field trips, and cultural activities in the Eternal City. Since 1969, this university has provided an American liberal arts education to students from all over the world who seek a unique and extraordinary educational experience.
Students who enroll in this program's Summer 1&2 Combined sessions are saving $1,000 on their program fee! Our Rome staff wants YOU to spend your summer in Italy to soak up the traditional Italian culture—and earn credit!
Only have time for one session abroad? No worries! We've got your back and knocked off $250 off Summer 1 and Summer 2 options. The prices listed in our Dates & Fees already include these great discounts.
Rome Summer Special! Students who enroll in this program's Summer 1&2 Combined sessions are saving $1,000 on their program fee! Our Rome staff wants YOU to spend your summer in Italy to soak up the traditional Italian culture—and earn credit!
Only have time for one session abroad? No worries! We've got your back and knocked off $250 off Summer 1 and Summer 2 options. The prices listed above include these great discounts!
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Rome programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
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.
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.
TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 credits per summer session
All courses at The American University of Rome are taught in English, with the exception of Italian language courses. Summer students can choose one or two courses per session, with each course worth 3 U.S. semester credits. Students wishing to enroll in the Summer 1 & 2 Combined session will select one or two courses per session according to the offerings available.
All programs combine theoretical understanding with practical experience, with classes taught both on-site and in field trips. With a small student body and low student-to-staff ratio, students can enjoy intimate class sizes in a creative learning environment.
API students will receive a transcript from The American University of Rome upon completion of their program.
Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!
Alessio Balduini will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Naike will be one of your Resident Directors in Rome and will be a resource for you while you are in Italy!
Please note that not all courses are offered every session or every year.
Be sure to check for any course additions, cancellations, or closures, and remember to pay close attention to class times in order to avoid conflicts. Please make your course selections from these online listings when completing the program application.
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.
Art of Rome is an introductory course in the history of art and of the history of Rome from its origin to contemporary times. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture and urbanism are examined with attention to their specific historical contexts; ancient, medieval, renaissance, baroque and modern. Most classes are held on-site. The course hones a method of description, critical analysis and interpretation of art and builds an understanding of traditional forms and cultural themes useful in the comprehension of all western art.
Language of Instruction: English
This course explores the main ideas behind the sacral space on the example of sacral architecture of Rome, from the ancient times to the postmodern. The course maximizes the opportunity of onsite teaching in Rome; most of the classes are held in the real surrounding, which best illustrates particular topics of the course. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different religious traditions, various religious ideas and practices (including the ancient Roman religion, early Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism, as well as the main elements of religion and sacred spaces of ancient Judaism and Islam). Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of sacred spaces and learn about the broader cultural and historical context in which they appeared. Short study trips outside of Rome may also take place.
This is an introductory on-site course exploring the archaeological sites and ancient monuments of Rome. The course will begin with the evidence for the earliest settlement in Rome and continue through the development of the Republic, the empire and the transition to early Christian Rome. The course will focus on placing the archeological and architectural evidence in its topographical context.
This interdisciplinary course combines archeology, art history, history, literature, and sociology to explore a defining moment in the ancient world: Rome at the time of Augustus (c.44 BC-c.14 AD). The students will create an image of the emperor Augustus through his own building projects and writings and assess the role of imperial propaganda in this process. We ask how culture, identity, and power were shaped in particular contexts by social factors such as religion, gender, the economy, and status, presenting case studies of building projects, review contemporary philosophical ideas and contemporary comment. This interdisciplinary course enables students to develop their skills of analysis and evaluation across a range of ancient source materials.
This course offers an overview of the history of the Early Church from 100-425 AD, focusing on the confrontation of Christianity with Roman life and thought. It will examine that relationship both from the early Christian and early Roman perspectives. Field trips to historical sites and museums in Rome will be used to reanimate ancient Roman history.
This course provides an introduction to the environmental and operational aspects of international business. Topics include international business background, comparative environmental frameworks, theories and institutions of trade and investment, world financial environment, dynamics of international business, governmental relationships, corporate policy and strategy, functional management, operations and related concerns.
A comprehensive introduction to management theory and practice, organized according to a traditional functional/process framework. Students explore issues related to organizing and managing human resources, communicating, motivating and leading, management control and operations management. The course integrates classical and modern concepts with an array of real-world cases.
In this course, students develop insight into human nature which is fundamental to business success. In-depth study of emotional intelligence, motivation theory, leadership, and group dynamics provides students with a sound basis for making mature assessments of themselves and of others. Lecture, readings, class discussion, case study, and in-class role-play teach students to apply insight and intuition to analyzing challenging inter-personal business dilemmas. All discussions emphasize a real-world orientation with additional emphasis on effective analytical methods and written and oral communication skills.
With a focus on models for understanding and interpreting culture, this course examines an array of organizational communication tools, including marketing communication, advertising, public relations, and managerial communication, as they are practiced in Italy and the United States. Students will explore these practices and examine how cultural differences affect marketing and organizational communication and will apply theirincreased understanding and honed skills to a final project designed for a “real-life” client. The course includes lectures, discussion, guest speakers and field trips.
This course is an exploration of the role personal selling plays as a marketing communications tool. Topics include the nature of selling, buying behavior, selling personality, attitude as a key to success and the selling process. Students also discuss issues related to sales force management and the interplay between personal sales and the other elements of the promotion mix: advertising, direct marketing, public relations, and sales promotion.
This course analyzes and applies principles of speech structures to oral presentation. Students learn to analyze audiences, adapt messages, apply critical listening skills and practice ethical decisions in preparing public speaking. Emphasis is placed on building a positive speech environment and practicing speech presentations.
This hybrid course provides hands-on skills for future music managers, concert and festival promoters, and tour managers. Moreover, the course explores the process of signing artists, planning, budgeting, booking and advancing concerts, festivals and tours with a focus on pre-production, logistics, production, promotion, and consumption, highlighting the impact of converged technology on the industry and professional practice. Finally, issues of copyright and security will also be assessed.
This course explores the city of Rome through writing. On-site classes provide an interdisciplinary, studio-art approach to the generation of written work. Through the studied practice of descriptive writing and the examination of setting as a vital literary component, students will create their own textual map of the Eternal City.1
Using Rome as our canvas space/playground, students will engage weekly with the city (on-site) to understand the complexities of: composition, exposure, aperture, speed, and light to fully realize and capture the beauty of this monumental city. Students will learn to shoot using a variety of techniques and lenses to understand their inherent pros and cons in Rome, while also learning the fundamentals of the exposure triangle, composition, and post-production to produce aesthetically pleasing photographs of Rome. Photographs will be presented (online) locally and internationally.
Bring Your Own Camera. If you want to have the ability to control all the aspects of photography, a DSLR camera is highly recommended, or a Mirrorless camera.
This course allows students to better understand storytelling through the technical, aesthetic and ethical aspects of digital photography. Students will learn to capture daily life with Rome as the backdrop. Daily assignments will encourage students to use their cameras to tell stories from their unique study abroad experience and take home skills that can be used to photograph people in any rich environment. A digital camera is required. You must bring your camera to the first day of class. Students will learn more about Photojournalism as a discipline of gathering news content from a visual perspective. Students will be taught reporting, ethics and content gathering through the lens of visual storytelling. Classes are people-centric, meaning students are required to find stories and photo opportunities that are about the human condition.
This course develops an appreciation of Italian cinema from the 1940s to the present focusing on movements, trends, relevant and recurring themes and visual features. While students are provided with an understanding of the role played by cinema in Italian society they are also encouraged to look at film as a universal language capable of crossing geographic boundaries. The impact of film trends in other European countries is also explored.
This course introduces the fundamentals of drawing in a variety of black and white media (charcoal and graphite) on paper. Students will learn the basics of measuring and proportions, composition, modeling volumes and textures and the principles of perspective in a series of exercises and gradually scaled projects. Student articulation of drawing and design terminology in regular studio critiques will constitute an important component of the learning process. On-site visits to Roman venues staging exhibitions of drawings may be included. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work.
This ten-day intensive workshop takes place outside Rome near Carrara (Tuscany), the cradle of stone sculpture in Italy. Stone is one of the oldest materials used by sculptors and still used by contemporary artists. Students will develop basic sculptural techniques while also being introduced to the history of sculpture in this material. There will be also an introduction to the different stones used for sculpting their origin and the tools used during the time. Basic sculptural forms will be discussed as well as the development of abstract sculpture.
This is an advanced course in drawing techniques, which may include drawing from the live figure, draped and undraped. Students will further develop and explore personal concepts in the drawing medium to produce a coherent body of work. Group discussions and critiques will be intrinsic to this course. Reference will be made to the work of both the traditional canon and contemporary artists across the globe to broaden the students’ range of personal reference. This course can be repeated up to four times.
Basic concepts used to compare political systems and understand how they function: the nature of politics, power, and authority, political order, change, and participation. The basic building blocks of politics in different states are examined and analyzed, the relative merits and disadvantages are evaluated enabling students to understand their workings and make judgments on their effectiveness.
This course will give students the opportunity to actively explore the multiple dimensions of the City of Rome systematically and on the basis of a theoretical framework of urbanism, cultural studies and social theory. The students will examine how the city impacts its citizens, its businesses and social organizations. The course satisfies information technology requirements.1
This course examines the role of gender in different societies and helps to understand gendered dimensions of economic and social inequality, stratification, oppression, and power in global perspectives. Questions regarding sex and gender are going to be discussed in the context of complex social phenomena such as sex trafficking, pay-gap, machismo, immigration, development, poverty, marriage, and politics. Concepts such as democracy, human rights, freedom, emancipation, equality, and oppression are going to be critically evaluated through the careful analysis of gendered practices around the world. The construction of both masculinity and femininity is going to be addressed and investigated in comparative,cross-national perspectives. Case studies will help to approach gender in-context and from a cultural relativist perspective.
This course examines literary, cinematic, and critical works on the experience of Italian Americans in order to investigate the many facets of their identity. The first part of the course includes readings on theories of race, ethnicity, and identity formation in the United States. The second part explores novels, films, and popular culture as evidence of the many forms of Italian-American cultural expression and their representation. Particular attention is given to the construction of internal and external stereotypes, interethnic relations between Italians and other minorities in the US, and religious, family, and gender identity.
Thematic in approach, this interdisciplinary course introduces students to the major social, cultural, artistic, and intellectual trends in modern Italy. Focusing on the period of Italy’s history from Unification in 1861 to the present, the courses will focus on cultural topics such as the Commedia dell’arte and its legacy in modern Carnival celebrations in Italy, Italian food and wine culture, sports, cinema, religion, regional differences, gender issues, and the advent of a contemporary multicultural society. Topics will be considered within the context of modern Italian society as well as from a historical perspective.
This interdisciplinary course will focus on the social and cultural aspects of food and eating in different geographical areas with a special emphasis on Italy and its history. The course will be taught through a variety of readings, class discussions and presentations and there will also be some practical experiences. Please note that this is not a cooking course.1
Open to students with no previous training in Italian, the course introduces features of the Italian language needed for interaction in everyday practical situations, such as the caffè, restaurant, accommodation and in shops. The course satisfies a limited number of immediate needs necessary for survival in the target language culture. Cultural topics, such as religion in Italy, Italian geography, and Italian families will also be studied through readings in English, in order to familiarize the student with certain aspects of contemporary Italian society and culture.1
In this course students establish an introductory base in the Italian language in the four areas of language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. At the successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in everyday spoken Italian by performing the following functions: greet people and introduce themselves, give and follow simple directions, respond to and ask questions, describe their families and friends, order items in a café, discuss their life at school and hobbies, express likes and dislikes, and recount recent past actions. Students will be able to read simple written texts in Italian and write short paragraphs on familiar topics. Students will also have gained specific knowledge about contemporary Italy through cultural readings on topics such as family life, pastimes, and food and wine culture.
This course introduces the physical elements and processes responsible for weather and climate, vegetation, soils, plate tectonics, landforms, their distributions, and their significance to humans. This special session of Physical Geography examines these processes as they are expressed in the context of the Italian Peninsula and the larger Mediterranean region.
This course will be an introduction to the growing segment of the tourism market centered on the exploration of food. The general public awareness of food and dining has grown tremendously in the past years as television has focused on food as an element of travel. Many individuals will plan their travels based on food. This class on food tourism will focus on learning the geography of food for various regions of the world through the study of the qualities and attributes of various cuisines and the role that culinary tourism plays in their economy.1
Language of Instruction: English
Language of Instruction: English
This course addresses recent political and social changes in the Mediterranean area, with a focus on the eruption of political conflicts and the causes behind them. In recent years, a number of Mediterranean states have experienced a struggle between secular and religious forces over political power, and we will look at this struggle via a series of case studies from the three main regions of the Mediterranean area: the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. While stressing a comparative perspective, regional variations will be addressed throughout the course. Rather than proposing ‘the Mediterranean’ as an essential unit, it will be discussed how different discourses (political and cultural) are part of the creation of the Mediterranean as an ‘area’. For example, in the context of the Barcelona process, the Mediterranean area is imagined as a security zone and as a European area of policymaking. The approach is multi-disciplinary, combining political science, sociology, history, and anthropology.
A study of selected aspects of modern Europe, focusing on the post-1945 period, the course focuses on major themes of the age, from the origins of World War I to the reunification of Germany, will be selected for discussion. Topics include the emergence of and challenges to the welfare state, the Communist Revolutions, changing defense considerations, East-West relations and the European Union.
This introductory course traces the history of “art as a healing agent”, introducing the key concepts of art therapy and defining its field of action. The historical debate about “process” (art as therapy) versus “product” (art in therapy) in the evolution of this practice will be discussed. A brief theoretical introduction will be followed by experiential and practical work. This course is recommended for students who want to experiment with art as a powerful tool in self-knowledge and personal growth and for students who want to explore the possibilities of art therapy as a profession.
Roman Sketchbook is an introductory course in drawing. On-site classes will provide landscape views, architectural forms, paintings and three-dimensional sculpture as subject matter, using pencil, pen, charcoal, and sanguigna (red chalk) as drawing techniques. The course includes individual drawing projects and a written component related to the experience of sketching on location. The aim is to develop confidence and visual awareness in creating representations of the vast selection of art that the city of Rome has to offer.
This course offers students practical hands-on training and experience in scouting, prepping, interpreting, producing, staging, directing and shooting dramatic scenes on location, in both interior and exterior settings. Students will experience the challenge of organizing and planning a location shoot, managing the cast and crew while dealing with issues of time, resources and equipment, and the technical limitations and difficulties that arise in the professional world. Scenes will be selected from existing professionally produced TV drama shows by the instructor and at the end of the term students will have footage of the scenes produced and have learned professional protocol and techniques for organizing location productions for film and television drama.
The study of intercultural communication is an attempt to understand communication among peoples when cultural identifications affect the message. One approach is to learn the barriers one needs to overcome such as ethnocentrism, stereotyping, nonverbal misunderstandings, and translation difficulties. Students will learn how to recognize and overcome these barriers, and how to understand and relate to other cultures.
This course examines the role of human resource management in service operations in general and the tourism hospitality industries more specifically. Students will explore human resource planning and how to select, recruit, hire, train, retain, motivate, develop, compensate, evaluate and support employees We will also discuss current HRM-related topics such as coaching and team building, conflict management, labor relations, delegation, as well as leading issues in the regulatory and legislative environment.
Language of Instruction: English
API students in Rome live in apartments with other API students. 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.