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Discover Italy: Rome
Spend your Semester in the "Eternal City."
Imagine studying in Rome, the world’s millennia-old “Eternal City.” In the course of a day, your professor may lead a morning field trip to study the remnants of Ancient Rome—sites like Palatine Hill and the Coliseum—then you may discover the sites of Renaissance Rome, such as the breathtaking Trevi Fountain, as you walk to an internship at an Italian non-governmental organization. Learn more below!
Take a sneak peek at all you'll get to explore as Anthony Ferrara travels through Rome!
Rome is one of the birthplaces of Western Civilization as we know it today and some have considered it to be mankind’s first global metropolis. The Eternal City, in its modern-day form, is one of the most awe-inspiring sites to spend a semester studying abroad. Every day is like walking through the pages of a history book; each street corner offers a glimpse into a different era. And lucky for you, the Discover Italy: Rome program will help you see and understand it all.
The program’s course offerings are designed to help you immerse yourself in Italian culture and language as well as provide you with a platform to comprehend and empathize with Rome’s social structures. With course topics ranging from food to politics, the Discover Italy: Rome program ensures that your time in Italy's capital provides you with an invaluable cultural competency that you will carry well into your academic and professional future.
- Popular Core Courses…with an Experiential, European Twist!
Academics are the center of all SJU study abroad options. And our courses in Rome will take you on academic adventures you never thought possible. Imagine spending your mornings in “Elementary Italian,” building the foundation to your Italian language proficiency, while your mid-afternoons are spent traversing Rome with your “Italian Sketchbook” class, using the city’s architecture, landscapes, and people as subjects for your own works of art. Or perhaps business is more your speed. There are few better places to take “Principles of International Business” than one of Europe’s leading capital cities. Best of all, you can put any skills you acquire to immediate use, practicing Italian with locals as you interact with the city in search of your artistic inspiration—or your next business idea.
Please note: Course listings can be found within the “Course Information and Academic Calendar” section further down the page.
- The Vincentian Difference
Providing a helping hand to those in need is inspiring and humbling work. Through our Academic Service-Learning offerings, you’ll serve at schools, soup kitchens, and other locations throughout Rome. You’ll not only gain unique insight into a portion of the Eternal City that is rarely spotlighted, but you’ll also fulfill course-based experiential education requirements. Now that’s truly a Vincentian education.
- Vibrant Excursions through Rome
It’s one thing to explore the city of Rome, but it’s something totally different when you have experts guiding you through the Eternal City. Our St. John’s faculty and Global Studies staff who will lead you on excursions to Rome’s architectural wonders, social hubs, and fulcrums of art – the prominent and less-visited alike. Each and every excursion will be like reading a chapter on Rome’s layered history.
- Intercultural Competency
Study abroad is about understanding culture—not just that of your host city, but also coming to see your own “culture(s)” more clearly through comparison with your home. By making Rome your base for an entire semester, you’ll be able to pick up on the cultural intricacies of the city that are impossible to comprehend through textbook alone. Each time you take a stroll down Via Della Scala to order “una coppa” of gelato, you’ll gain so much more than the taste of heaven in your mouth—you’ll learn to understand various social cues. Like whether to greet the shop owner with a formal buongiorno or a more informal ciao. You’ll learn to become a member of the city’s community rather than just another tourist.
- Discovering Italy
Just as there’s more to the U.S. than New York City, there’s so much more to Italy than Rome. You’ll have the opportunity to find out firsthand with the help of our semester Excursions Program, which will give you an up-close-and-personal look at the cultural, historic, artistic, geographic, and culinary diversity found outside Italy’s capital city. With visits to Campania in the fall and Naples in the spring, you’ll gain real insight into the assortment of communities throughout Italy.
Please note: Details regarding excursions that are currently running can be found within the “Semester Excursions” drop down section.
For more information on which Global Studies courses apply to your college and major we recommend meeting with your Dean or Academic Advisor.
- You can view the Discover Italy: Rome Academic Calendar here
- Learn more about our academic philosophy here
Please note: Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits and must be enrolled in at least three in-person classes throughout the semester.
Click on the course number to view the general course syllabus. Individual course syllabi may be updated by faculty abroad.
General and Core Courses
ANT 1010C: Introduction to Anthropology: Cultural
Anthropology as a comparative cultural approach. Learning about world cultures through the examination of the whole life experience through a cross-cultural perspective. Focus includes family and social organization, economics, law, art, religion, male and female relationships, education and personality formation. (3cr)
ART 1095C: Monuments of the World Architecture
This course investigates sacred and secular architecture from around the globe, dating from the beginning of civilization to the present. Note: Students will be responsible for 25 euros in entrance fees on site. (3cr)
ART 1250: Italian Sketchbook
A basic course in drawing and watercolor techniques; using the architecture, landscape and the people of Italy as subjects. Note: Students will be responsible for 25 euros in entrance fees on site, plus 40 euros in art supplies. (3cr)
ART 1790A: Survey of Art and Architecture in Italy
A comprehensive survey course in the history of the visual arts and architecture on the Italian peninsula from ancient times to the modern era. Note: Students will be responsible for 50 euros in entrance fees on site. (3cr)
ECO 1320: Economics of Poverty and Income Inequality
An examination of the everyday life of poverty stricken individuals. Critical analysis of the development of economic policy, economic trends and the conditions that would have to be changed if poverty is to be ended. (3cr)
ENG 2500: The Discovery of Italy through 19th and 20th-century American & British Writers
This course explores The Journey to Italy of modern American and British authors through their literature as well as on-site visits throughout Rome. Note: Students will be responsible for 10 euros in activity fees on site (3cr)
GOV 2650: Government and Politics of Western Europe
Comparison of the political institutions of Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy; Political tradition, constitutional principles, political parties and contemporary political problems with emphasis on the European Union. (3cr)
GOV 3320: Current Terrorist Movements
An analysis and evaluation of the ideologies, strategies & tactics of the leading revolutionary movements in the world today, as well as of the counterrevolutionary measures commonly used by governments. (3cr)
HMT 2025: Appreciation of Italian Food, Wine & Culture (in English, cross-listed with ITA 3530)
A profile of Italian history and culture through the analysis of gastronomic documents and literary texts that span from the ancient Greeks to contemporary times. Special emphasis will be given to the study of the regional cuisines and wines, along with their development. Note: Students in this course will be required to attend one Friday workshop during the semester and are responsible for a supplemental fee of 20euros on site in Rome. (3cr)
*Advanced Italian students can receive credit for their Italian major/minor if the course work is completed in Italian, per the professor's guidance. Interested students should register for ITA 3530.
IB 3341: Principles of International Business
This course will stress the similarities and differences in international business management functions, processes and structures as related to the changing cultural, social, economic and political environment. The changes in management philosophies and practices as well as their adaptations to fit the political conditions in different countries will also be considered. Note: Students will be responsible for 10 euros in activity fees on site. (3cr)
PHI 2200C: Ethics
Prerequisite: PHI 1000C. Human happiness and the essential means of achieving it; universal and objective morality vs. relativism and subjectivism; principles used in formulating a rational moral judgement; the functions of law and the conscience; prudence and the moral virtues as the heart of the moral life. (3cr)
PHI 3000C: Metaphysics
Prerequisite: PHI 1000C or permission of the instructor. An examination of the central epistemological and metaphysical issues of modern philosophy. (3cr)
THE 2810: Religions of the World
A critical introduction to the study of world religions. Explore the beliefs, rituals and ethical ideals of representative religious manifestations of the past and present. Characteristic traits and patterns in tribal, imperial, naturalistic, mystical and national religions. (3cr)
THE 3305: Moral Theology of the Market Place
An exploration and analysis of moral decision-making as it applies to the world of business. (3cr)
Italian Language Courses
Prior to enrolling in a language course, all students must seek approval from the Languages and Literatures Department.
ITA 1010C: Italian I
This course aims to develop basic communication skills in Italian through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students develop oral and written proficiency at a limited level within the context of Italian culture. Note: Students will be responsible for 10-15 euros in activity fees on site. (3cr)
ITA 1020C: Italian II
This course continues to develop basic communication skills in Italian. Through a progressive use of the four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing students develop oral and written proficiency at a limited level within the context of Italian culture. (3cr)
ITA 2030C: Italian III
This course reviews the basic skills learned in Italian I and II and continues building oral and written proficiency with more intensive reading and conversation within the context of Italian culture. (3cr)
ITA 3120C: Advanced Italian Conversation
Drill and practice in conversational Italian. Topics are selected to meet the requirements of daily life. (3cr)
ITA 3530: Italian Culture through Food (in Italian, cross-listed with HMT 2025)
Profile of Italian history and culture through the analysis of gastronomic documents and literary texts that span from the ancient Greeks to contemporary times. Special emphasis will be given to the study of the regional cuisines and wines, and their development. Note: Students in this course will be required to attend one Friday workshop during the semester and are responsible for a supplemental fee of 20euros on site in Rome. (3cr)
*Advanced Italian students can receive credit for their Italian major/minor if course work is completed in Italian, per the professor's guidance.
ITA 4980A: International Internship*
Total immersion experience in a field of interest chosen by the student in a country in which the target language is spoken. Students must have advanced Italian language skills in order to be approved for this course. (3 - 6 cr)
*Course requires departmental permission. Please visit our internships page for more details.
In addition to your 3 required classroom courses, students are also eligible to enroll in online courses while they are abroad. Please check with your dean or academic advisor for more information.
You have the option of applying for an unpaid internship for class credit during your time in Rome. An internship abroad will help improve your language proficiency, provide you with the rare opportunity of being immersed within a foreign, professional setting, all while increasing your intercultural competency. Best of all, it will serve as a distinctive notch on your résumé—one that signals to employers your ability to work in an increasingly globalized world.
For detailed information regarding Rome internships, click here.
You will be housed on the St. John’s Rome Campus, located in the historic Prati District in Central Rome, mere minutes away from the Vatican. Take a look at this map to see just how close the Rome Campus is to the city’s major landmarks.
The Rome Campus also boasts similar amenities as the residence halls on our New York campuses and is staffed by a friendly, bi-lingual staff whose bios you can find on our Rome Campuses page (listed under the "Our Team" drop down menu).
- For detailed information about the Rome Campus, click here.
- For information regarding the Rome Campus meal program, click here.
- You will also have the option of applying for a homestay, which gives you the opportunity to live with an Italian family rather than stay on the Rome Campus. Information regarding homestays can be found within the “Homestay Program” drop down menu.
The Semester Excursion Program gives you the chance to travel outside the borders of your host city and explore the cultural diversity of both Italy as a whole and the vast Mediterranean region. And by doing so, you’ll increase your intercultural competency, as you’ll be able to critically analyze the cultural intricacies of Rome compared to the cities you visit. For detailed information on each excursion, click here.
Campania – Fall Semester (September 9-11)
Tuscany – Spring Semester
Sicily – Fall (October 26-30) and Spring (April 19-23)
If you’re interested in a deeper immersion experience, we’ve got you covered! Our Homestay Program gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with a host family in Rome. It will serve as a cultural and academic journey into everyday Roman life that SJU study abroad students don’t often encounter. Just imagine what you’ll learn by experiencing, first hand, morning routines, evening meals, and basic familial interactions.
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 Program Fee: $8,290 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodations, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,290 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York Campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research of your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
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