DePaul's Rome program stands out among others in Italy. This is one of the first language programs in Rome to develop a homestay component in which host families provide students with safe, comfortable and culturally enriching experiences outside the classroom. Recently, we've added another distinct feature to this program through a service-learning option for advanced Italian language students. These features have been designed to complement and support the intensive language study at Italiaidea, a small, student-centered language institute with a superb record and reputation for high quality instruction. We've brought these various elements together to provide a unique opportunity to experience and participate in the culture and society of Italy.
The program is designed as an introduction to Rome, its rich history and its place in the development of Western culture. During this fall program, students will study not only the language, but will also have the opportunity to study art, history, film, and various monuments of this fascinating city (depending on third and fourth course selections). The courses take advantage of Rome's beauty and history, conducting classes on the streets and in the plazas or making visits to popular and historical sites. Above all, Rome offers endless opportunities for education and enjoyment that program participants will cherish for the rest of their lives.
Upon arrival, students will participate in a "Rome immersion weekend," which will allow them to become familiar with their surroundings. They then will begin their coursework and attend language classes at Italiaidea, which was founded in 1984 with the goal of providing innovative teaching of Italian to foreigners. Italiaidea is located near the area of Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona, where students will enjoy a spectacular 180-degree view covering Palazzo della Cancelleria.
Students will enroll for 18 credits during their stay in Rome. Of those credits, students are required to take 2 Italian language classes (4.5 credits each), plus 2 courses taught by a local instructor (4.5 credits each); or 3 Italian langauge classes (4.5 credits each), plus 1 course taught by a local instructor (4.5 credits). Course details are available below:
Language Courses (4.5 credits each):
The level will be determined by an onsite placement exam. Courses will count at DePaul as ITA 198, ITA 298, or ITA 398.
Other Courses (4.5 credits):
Italian Art: Rome through the centuries – from its origins to the 17th Century (course code TBD)
This course is an introduction to the Italian art from the early Roman period to the Baroque era. Our standpoint is a privileged one: Roma. The multi-layered structure of the city is a perfect set to examine the dramatic metamorphoses and continuities that characterize the Italian artistic culture from its origin to the 17th Century. A day trip to the archaeological site Ostia, and to Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance art are also included. Through the course students will understand the history of Italian art in its social and cultural contexts. The student’s ability in interpreting the visual elements in art and architecture will be stimulated in order to strengthen their aesthetic awareness and critical observation. Class meetings take place weekly, and mainly on location in the city, permitting first-hand study of extant works.
MCS 350 - Imagining Italy: Cinema as a Collective Narrative of the Italian People (JYEL)
This course is designed as an introduction to Classic Italian Cinema from the years of the Fascist regime to the late 60’s, with a specific focus on how movies both represented and shaped fundamental facets of Italian mentality, culture, and social structures. More specifically, students will explore the themes of Representations of men and women and definition of their roles in Italian society; The narrative of love, romance, and desire; The influence of family structures; The foundation of a sense of national community; Fascination and deceit: the power of show business on the Italian people; Emigration and Immigration; Challenging traditions: the struggle towards modernity.
Note: Courses are subject to change based on scheduling at the host institution. Content courses are pending availability and final student enrollment numbers. In the event that a course does not meet the minimum enrollment requirement, only one content course will be available. In this instance, all students would enroll in three language courses and the one available content course.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Rome program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa, as the length of the program is less than 90 days. Please note, however, students who wish to travel independently in Italy/the Schengen Area before/after the program (and therefore exceed 90 days' stay) DO need to obtain a visa. Students are responsible for making these arrangments. If you plan to travel before/after, please contact your study abroad advisor as soon as possible for further guidance. Please also note, that visa requirements can change. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.
Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor Kristen Jackson at email@example.com or visit during your advisor’s open advising hours.
Students participating in the Rome program must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed ITA 101 or demonstrated at least an equivalent level of Italian language proficiency to participate in this program. To apply to this program, students must submit two (2) academic recommendation forms from faculty familiar with their academic work of which one must be an Italian language instructor.
Students will live with Italian host families in areas around the city. In this way, students have the opportunity to explore the neighborhoods and enjoy daily life in an Italian household. The host families provide breakfast Monday-Friday and dinner Monday-Thursday.
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