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 the language, art, history, religious background and various monuments of this fascinating city. The courses take advantage of Rome's beauty and history, conducting classes on the streets and in the plazas or making visits to sites such as the Vatican Museum, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Colosseum. 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 centrally located near the Spanish steps, the Trevi fountain and some of the best gelato shops in the city.
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), 1 faculty director course (4.5 credits), and either Christianity in Rome or an additional language course (4.5 credits), both of which will be taught by local professors.
Language Courses (4.5 credits each):
ITA 102 - Basic Italian II
ITA 103 - Basic Italian III
ITA 104 - Intermediate Italian I
ITA 105 - Intermediate Italian II
ITA 106 - Intermediate Italian III
ITA 201 - Advanced Communication I
ITA 202 - Advanced Communication II
ITA 203 - Advanced Communication II
ITA 398 - Advanced Italian
ITA 398 - Italia Oggi
Other Courses (4.5 credits):
MUS 206 - Italian Popular Song in Context: Then and Now (Arts & Literature, Faculty Director course 2013)
In this course, taught by Cathy Ann Elias of DePaul's School of Music, students will study Italian songs—including popular ones—performed in and around Rome throughout the last eight centuries, examining how they were used to mirror, reflect, and influence the cultural and social norms of the particular time and place of their creation. The class involves not only analytical and critical listening of musical pieces but also an examination of their role, their reception, and the environment in which they were created. Material supporting the study of the milieu of the song include medieval travel guides, renaissance books of etiquette for courtiers and for courtesans, and records of historical events, such as demonstrations and protests as described by contemporaries and captured in films. Audio recordings will be supplemented by videos, and whenever possible by attending concerts and visiting specific places in and around Rome.
REL 284/CTH 243/CTH 354 - Christianity in Rome (JYEL or Religious Dimensions)
Starting from antiquity the course will examine a number of basic, though often unrecognized aspects of the history of Christian settlement in the Eternal City. For each period of Christian History in Rome (Early Christian Age, Middle Age, Renaissance, Modern Age, Contemporary time) a few basic peculiarities will be emphasized: 1) difficulties and questions posed in each time by the historical development; 2) Christian attitudes and answers towards new challenges; 3) characters of 'Christian language,' with its religious symbology and expressions, its cultural impact and importance in each period. These peculiarities are easily traceable in many aspects, places and traditions of the Eternal City.
Note: Courses are subject to change based on scheduling at the host institution.
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 need a visa. Please note, however, 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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