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Program Overview

Program Overview

We’re pleased to offer semester pricing for Open Campus programs starting at $6,850. CIEE is committed to preparing global citizens for today’s workforce and tackling the barriers that prevent students from studying abroad. Providing affordable programs is key to these efforts, and supports our pledge to Generation Study Abroad™.

Customize your study abroad experience. Our Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Rome offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Rome in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five diverse options, then choose your courses from our wide range of courses and subject areas.

In Rome, no matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the language, culture, and people of the Eternal City. You’ll have plenty of chances to get out and see Rome and Italy up close during included excursions and Study Tours.

Plus, you’ll have time to learn how to make fresh pasta, visit the historic center of Rome, one of the Unesco Heritage Site, the Vatican Museums, St. Peters and much more.

Students can also opt to combine locations across the four CIEE Open Campus locations – in Berlin, London, Paris and Rome – to create a truly individualized study abroad experience.

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Create Your Perfect Study Abroad Experience

Select courses from five academic tracks:*


  • Language, Literature & Culture - Learn or improve your Italian language skills, immerse yourself in 2,000 years of history, and learn about the most fascinating art and architecture works from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance and beyond. Some of the courses might also be offered in Italian.
  • Business - As one of the founding members of the European Union, and leading economy in Southern Europe, Rome is an ideal place to explore economics, finance, management, strategy, and more.
  • Communications, Journalism & New Media - Learn about the Italian film industry and international renowned directors; the influence of Italy’s national public broadcasting company on the national and international scenes; or the Italian journalism scene through the analysis of the most influential national newspapers.
  • Health Sciences - Discover Italy’s approach to public health, compare local and global health care systems, and learn about contemporary challenges in global health.
  • International Relations & Political Science - Dig into the difficult challenge of massive irregular immigration and other international complex issues that face Italy and European countries, and consider the effects they have around the world.

*You will be prompted to choose an optional track as part of your application; you can also select “no preference: multi-disciplinary.” Regardless of selected track, you can choose your courses from among all offered courses (unless your home university has other requirements). Study Tours and Academic Projects are designed to align with track themes.

Enroll in one, two or three 6-week blocks:

The Open Campus Program teaches full semester-length classes on a six-week academic block system, which results in courses that are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Students should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Students must take two courses per block. In the second and third block one course can be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research) and integrated seminar. Students choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long, and can be combined with blocks in the Open Campus program in Berlin, London and Paris.

Stay in Rome – or combine locations

Stay in Rome for the duration of your study abroad – or add on blocks in other CIEE Open Campus locations in Berlin, London and Paris to experience more intercultural learning in Europe with CIEE’s unique Global Scholar program.

Global Scholars are students who combine sessions in the Open Campus programs in Berlin, London, Paris, or Rome. To amplify and maximize the academic benefits of multi-location learning, all Global Scholars must participate in Global Scholars Online (GSO), a virtual course. GSO will support your learning objectives at multiple CIEE Global Institutes. It will help you connect with peers, make sense of cultural differences, and transition among host cultures.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Global Institute Campus

Class co-curricular activities, study tours and extra-curricular events in Rome bring your studies to life. Learn about European Union monetary policy at the Ministry of Economics and Finance. See where more than 3,000 movies have been produced during a visit to Cinecittà. Experience ancient history in the Roman Forum and the Colosseum or, gaze in wonderment at some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world such as the Sistine Chapel or Consider Rome’s urban planning from a vantage point at the top of St. Peter’s Dome. Learn where different popes, kings, and presidents have lived during the centuries at the Palazzo del Quirinale

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

Gain academic credit while working outside the classroom with an optional CIEE Academic Project and the required seminar. Choose from three options, based on your academic track/disciplinary focus, qualifications, and learning goals:

  • CIEE Academic Internship – Build new skills and intercultural competence, and become an active member of the Berlin professional environment by going behind the scenes at a local business or organization
  • CIEE Directed Research – Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent, local field work
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project – Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

Academic partners in the past have included organizations such as LoveItaly, Binario 95, Startup Bootcamp, Stand Rome, Retake Roma or others active in the areas of disabilities, immigration, childhood, cultural heritage, social emergency, or international cooperation.

To be eligible to participate in an Academic Project, students must be in Rome for at least two consecutive blocks; Academic Projects are offered only in blocks 2 and 3. Additional restrictions and application requirements apply.

STUDY TOURS

Each academic block features a two-night, three-day study tour to a different region of Italy. Study Tour destinations may include visiting Tuscany to discover its Renaissance art and history and regional cuisine, exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii before heading to the Amalfi Coast to see its stunning cliffs and learn about its tradition of local businesses and craftsmanship, experiencing the Veneto region and its charming towns of Venice and Padua or flying across the sea to the island of Sicily and its Late Baroque heritage in the Val di Noto.

CULTURAL IMMERSION

Learn how to make fresh Italian pasta or gelato with your fellow study abroad participants. Take part in conversation exchanges with local students. Volunteer at a retirement community, arts organization, youth center, homeless shelter, or school. CIEE provides opportunities virtually every day to connect with the locals and immerse yourself in Italian life.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring Block I 2017 (6 wks)
11/01/2016
01/09/2017
02/18/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,758
Housing
$1,625
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$120
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Spring Blocks I, II 2017 (12 wks)
11/01/2016
01/09/2017
04/01/2017
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,133
Housing
$3,250
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$240
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2017 (18 wks)
11/01/2016
01/09/2017
05/13/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,508
Housing
$4,875
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,700
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$360
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$3,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Spring Block II 2017 (6 wks)
12/01/2016
02/20/2017
04/01/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,758
Housing
$1,625
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$120
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Spring Blocks II, III 2017 (12 wks)
12/01/2016
02/20/2017
05/13/2017
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,133
Housing
$3,250
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$240
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Spring Block III 2017 (6 wks)
01/01/2017
04/03/2017
05/13/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,758
Housing
$1,625
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$120
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Fall Block I 2017 (6 wks)
05/01/2017
08/14/2017
09/24/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,758
Housing
$1,625
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$120
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Fall Blocks I, II 2017 (12 wks)
05/01/2017
08/14/2017
11/05/2017
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,133
Housing
$3,250
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$240
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Fall Blocks I, II, III 2017 (18 wks)
05/01/2017
08/14/2017
12/17/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,508
Housing
$4,875
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,700
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$360
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$3,000
Other ***
$250

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

*** Residence Permit Fees

More Information
Fall Block II 2017 (6 wks)
05/01/2017
09/25/2017
11/05/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,758
Housing
$1,625
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$120
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Fall Blocks II, III 2017 (12 wks)
05/01/2017
09/25/2017
12/17/2017
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,133
Housing
$3,250
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$240
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Fall Block III 2017 (6 wks)
06/01/2017
11/06/2017
12/17/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,758
Housing
$1,625
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$120
Potential travel to consulate for visa **
$500
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** while there is not typically a fee for the visa application, students may need to travel to the consulate to apply

More Information
Spring Block I 2018 (6 wks)
11/01/2017
01/08/2018
02/17/2018

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

More Information
Spring Blocks I, II 2018 (12 wks)
11/01/2017
01/08/2018
03/31/2018

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Spring Blocks I, II, III 2018 (18 wks)
11/01/2017
01/08/2018
05/12/2018

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Spring Block II 2018 (6 wks)
11/01/2017
02/19/2018
03/31/2018

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Spring Blocks II, III 2018 (12 wks)
11/01/2017
02/19/2018
05/12/2018

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Spring Block III 2018 (6 wks)
12/01/2017
04/02/2018
05/12/2018

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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OC Academic Year 2017-2018 (39 wks)
05/01/2017
08/14/2017
05/12/2018

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Students enroll in two courses per academic block, earning 6 semester / 9 quarter credits for one block, 12 semester / 18 quarter credits for two blocks, or 18 semester / 27 quarter credits for three blocks.

Each course is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted. CIEE Academic Projects are approximately 100-120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service-learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 seminar hours and meetings with CIEE faculty advisors, for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participating in the Open Campus program may select an academic track (i.e., Business; Language, Literature, and Culture; International Relations) during the application process and enroll in one, two, or all three six-week academic blocks per semester, students may also attend the full academic year. Students must enroll in two courses per academic block, one of which could be an Acadmemic Project or a direct-enrollment course at a local university- Roma Tre- (availability permitting; restrictions apply).

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About the City

About The City

With a history of over 2,500 years and a population of 4.3 million, Rome today is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Once the center of Western civilization and capital of a vast empire, Rome later became the seat of the Papacy, and a major center of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque. As a result, the city is home to hundreds of churches, monuments and museums, and some of the most visited places in the world, including Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. Rome’s historic center is also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.As the capital city of Italy, Rome is the seat of the Italian government and host to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. Rome attracts immigrants from many countries and is a truly multicultural city.

Within the city boundaries of Rome, the Vatican City is an independent country, the only existing example of a country within a city. For this reason, Rome has often been defined as capital of two states.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Giulia Bottero, PhD

Academic Director, Rome

Giulia Bottero is the Academic Director and an Italian language instructor for the CIEE Global Institute – Rome. She came to CIEE after working in international education for nearly ten years as an Italian language faculty member and program coordinator. Giulia studied at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and then at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari, where she earned her Ph.D. in Eastern Languages and an additional M.A. in “Advanced Planning of Teaching Programs for Italian Language and Culture,” with a dissertation on the development of Intercultural Competence through on-site classes. Giulia is a native of Rome and is happy to share her knowledge and love for her city with students experiencing it for the first time.

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Rosalyn Carey, BA

Student Services Coordinator

Rosalyn hails from Syracuse, New York, and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond, in Virginia. During college, she studied abroad in Rome, during which time she also participated in an internship with a cultural center where she helped organize an international literature festival. After graduation she returned to Rome, where she has worked for five years in the study abroad field, enjoying contributing to students’ experiences in the city she has come to call home. In her free time, Rosie enjoys reading, baking, traveling, singing along to music and spending time with family and friends.

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Valentina Follo, PhD

Director, Global Institute - Rome

Valentina Follo is the Resident Director, Global Institute – Rome. She graduated summa cum laude in classical archaeology at University La Sapienza in Rome and also studied at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. After receiving her M.A. in pedagogy of antiquity from the University of Ferrara, she completed her Ph.D. in Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania. For years, Dr. Follo has been sharing her passion for the Eternal City with American university students in various capacities. In addition to teaching at Loyola University and IES Abroad, she has created and supervised numerous student internship and exhibition opportunities as curator of the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy in Rome.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Global Institute – Rome is located in the Prati neighborhood, right at the heart of Rome. Just a few minutes away from the historical center, and a ten-minute walk to the Vatican City. Prati is filled with authentic Roman trattorie and great restaurants and live music venues. Other historical sites within walking distance include the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Campo de’ Fiori. Some classes will also be held at an external facility, within a 15-minute walk of the Global Institute. All classrooms are designed to ensure comfort and quality for a successful academic experience.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students share apartments in well-appointed historic buildings in Prati, a safe, residential area, close to markets, shops, restaurants and public transportation.

Apartments house 4-6 CIEE students, living in double or triple bedrooms. Some students may also share their apartment with a “buddy,” a local student enrolled at the Roma Tre University . All apartments are within walking distance of the CIEE Global Institute, or within a short commute and minutes away from the most famous sites in Rome. Apartments offer modern amenities (including washing machines, microwaves and hairdryers), wireless internet and a common room (living room or eat-in kitchen, with appliances and cookware). Cleaning of the common spaces and changing of the linens every two weeks Meals are not included. Meals are not included.

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Orientations

Orientations

Students begin their study abroad experience in Rome before they leave home with an online pre-departure orientation to help them understand more about the program, address important logistical questions about arrival and first days on site and cultural differences of the host country. CIEE resident staff members meet with students online and share information about the program and site, as well as the chance to ask questions.

A mandatory multi-day, on-site orientation at the beginning of each academic block introduces students to the Italian, and Roman, society and culture, and the CIEE academic program. You’ll also get practical information on living in Italy, and Rome in particular. Excursions in and around the city introduce you to the subway system and showcase major points of interest, resources, and amenities.

Students continuing from previous academic blocks at other locations must attend the on-site orientation for each block.

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Internet

Internet

Students should bring wireless-enabled laptops for both academic writing and research.

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Culture

Culture

LANGUAGE IMMERSION

All CIEE students, regardless of previous language experience, have the opportunity to learn Italian.

CIEE staff can organize Italian language partners (typically local Italian students) to help students practice and improve their Italian language skills. Additionally, for students with specific language acquisition goals, CIEE staff members can create individual community engagement plans to help students fulfill their objectives.

CIEE staff can organize Italian language partners (typically local Italian students) to help students practice and improve their Italian language skills. Additionally, for students with specific language acquisition goals, CIEE staff members can create individual community engagement plans to help students fulfill their objectives.

STUDY TOURS AND EXCURSIONS

CIEE students in all courses visit numerous significant Rome locations to underscore and expand on in-class lessons. Instructors lead detailed discussions preceding the visits and debriefing sessions afterward to encourage students to synthesize and reflect on their experiences.

Students also participate in a two-night, three-day study tour, included in the program fees, to another region in Italy during each academic block.The study tours are designed to further learning goals while offering students the opportunity to engage in intercultural comparative experiences. Coursework and activities before and after these trips promotes cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and ability to bridge cultural gaps.

Study tours are designed to afford students of all academic backgrounds an enriching learning experience in locations off the beaten path. Through our 360-degree approach to breathtaking Italian cities and regions, students gain invaluable insights into the area’s political, social, economic and cultural past and present as experts lead participants in exciting, hands-on activities.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS

Throughout each block, CIEE organizes fun social and cultural activities that help students get to know their peers, as well as their host community and and to engage with the local community.. Activities may include visits to museums, archaeological sites and monuments, gelato-making workshops, theme-focused walking tours, cooking classes, outings to papal audiences or local festivals, sketching tours, soccer games, etc. Other activities may include having aperitivos with local students or discovering Rome through movie locations in the city.

In addition, CIEE arranges interest groups, including those for the arts, books, music, education, cooking, and more, so you can have fun, be active, and make new friends.

VOLUNTEERING

Give back and make a difference in your host community is important to Ciee. Community engagement opportunities are available for students interested in connecting to Rome. Students might volunteer at local retirement communities, arts organizations, youth centers, homeless shelters and more.

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Academics

Academics

Students must take two courses per academic block, the equivalent of a full-time course load. Students choose from a wide range of courses in five academic tracks. Most courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty; advanced speakers (at least four semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent) might have the option of enrolling in CIEE courses taught in Italian, depending on availability. Students staying for three blocks in Rome, also have the possibility for direct- enrollment courses, both in Italian and English, held at our partner universities, Roma Tre and LUISS. Students should consult with CIEE staff before enrolling.

Students will be asked to select a track as part of their application; “no preference: multi-disciplinary” is also an option. Students can select their courses from among all offered courses, regardless of selected track (unless their home universities have other requirements).

ACADEMIC CULTURE

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically feature a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular activities, guest lectures, and other special academic experiences designed to provide students fully “place-based” experience. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

NATURE OF CLASSES

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students, though in some cases Italian or other international students from partner institutions might enroll as well. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the work load demanding. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Students should not plan personal travel out of Rome when classes are in session. Required co-curricular excursions complement the coursework and immerse you in Italian history and culture. Direct-enrollment courses at local universities are taken with Italian and other international students.

All required co-curricular activities are subject to change and may be finalized after arrival in Rome. Students should make no independent travel plans until receiving final syllabi and event schedules on site. Class attendance is strictly enforced.

GRADING SYSTEM

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, weekly assignments, oral presentations, and final examinations.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

The primary language of instruction is English. Language courses and a limited number of area studies courses for advanced Italian speakers (minimum of four years of college-level Italian or equivalent) may be offered in Italian.

FACULTY

CIEE has developed strong relationships with some of Rome’s most-respected universities and research institutions to ensure the highest-quality course offerings. Faculty from local institutions, as well as visiting faculty from around the world, teach CIEE courses, and students can also enroll directly in Italian university courses. A core group of CIEE faculty members serve as academic coordinators and professors and is responsible for coordinating student Academic Projects and working with CIEE resident staff members to set up special guest lectures, excursions, activities, and more.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Courses (with descriptions) offered in Rome are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are 45 contact hours, credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted. To compare classes offered across all Open Campus locations for each block, view the Fall 2017 course comparison tool here.

Rome Fall 2017 Course List

“GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple Global Institute sites.

BLOCK 1

Language, Literature and Culture

HIST 3003 ROIT Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day: The Art, Architecture, and History of the Ancient City

HIST 3004 ROIT / ITST 3002 ROIT A City within a City: The Vatican and Rome. History, Politics, and Society

ITAL 1001 ROIT Italian Language - Beginning I

NONCR ITAL ROIT Survival Italian

Business

(GI) MKTG 3001 ROIT International Marketing

International Relations and Political Science

(GI) POLI 3002 ROIT European Comparative Political Systems

POLI 3001 ROIT Power, Politics and Law: Mafia, Camorra, and Gomorrah

Communications, Journalism and New Media

(GI) COMM 3301 ROIT Intercultural Communication and Leadership

Global and Community Health

(GI) PUBH 3004 ROIT / PSYC 3001 ROIT Family, Schools, and Child Development

BLOCK 2

Academic Projects

(GI) INSH 3801 ROIT Internship Seminar

(GI) INDR 4901 ROIT Directed Independent Research

(GI) SVCL 3701 ROIT Service-Learning Project

Language, Literature and Culture

LITT 3001 ROIT (ENG) Italian Contemporary Literature: Love and Mystery (in English)

AHIS 3002 ROIT Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci: The Story behind the Italian Renaissance

ITAL 1001 ROIT Italian Language - Beginning I

ITAL 1002 ROIT Italian Language - Beginning II

NONCR ITAL ROIT Survival Italian

Business

(GI) BUSI 3003 ROIT International Management

International Relations and Political Science

(GI) INRE 4007 ROIT Contemporary Controversies in International Relations

(GI) RELI 2001 ROIT / POLI 2001 ROIT Politics of Religion

Communications, Journalism and New Media

(GI) COMM 3009 ROIT Media, Gender and Identity

CINE 3002 ROIT (ENG) The Great Beauty: Pride and Politics in the Italian Film Industry (in English)

Global and Community Health

FSCI 3001 ROIT Food, Nutrition, and Culture

BLOCK 3

Academic Projects

(GI) INSH 3801 ROIT Internship Seminar

(GI) INDR 4901 ROIT Directed Independent Research

(GI) SVCL 3701 ROIT Service-Learning Project

Language, Literature and Culture

AHIS 3001 ROIT Genius Artists for the Genius City

ARCH 3001 ROIT Mythology and Architecture in Rome

ITAL 1001 ROIT Italian Language - Beginning I

ITAL 1002 ROIT Italian Language - Beginning II

NONCR ITAL ROIT Survival Italian

Business

(GI) MGMT 3001 ROIT Business Ethics and Leadership

International Relations and Political Science

HIST 3001 ROIT SPQR: National Identity through Politics and Society

Communications, Journalism and New Media

THES 3001 ROIT The Art of Comedy: Masks and Motifs of Italian Theatre

CINE 3001 ROIT Discovering Rome Through Cinema

(GI) COMM 3005 ROIT Music, Media, and Public Spheres

Global and Community Health

No scheduled courses.

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE TRACK

During the course selection process, students interested in any Italian language course will be instructed to take an online Italian language assessment test to determine their proficiency level, which will be finally determined on site. Beginners are exempt.

ITAL 1001 ROIT ITALIAN LANGUAGE - BEGINNING I

This course will provide an introduction to all of the basic elements of the Italian language. Through a communicative approach, students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak basic Italian. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with Italian culture through exposure to various media and creative projects. Students will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to school, daily activities, telling time, travel, restaurants, city, and more. They will be able to communicate and exchange information in a simple way, in both the present and past tense. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ITAL 1002 ROIT ITALIAN LANGUAGE - BEGINNING II

This course will continue to provide an introduction to all of the fundamental elements of the Italian language. Through a communicative approach, students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak basic Italian. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with Italian culture through exposure to various media and creative projects. Students will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to vacations, shopping, family members, house, weather, health, and more. Students will be able to deal with simple information and express themselves in familiar contexts. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

NONCR ITAL ROIT

SURVIVAL ITALIAN

This course is designed for students who wish to learn basic skills in communicating during their study program in Rome. The aim of this course is to provide the linguistic tools necessary both for students to make themselves understood as well as to enable them to gain a better understanding of the way of life in Rome, through practice using language in everyday situations through role-playing, excursions, and instruction using a wide variety of media that illuminate daily life in Italy.

LITT 3001 ROIT (ENG)

Italian Contemporary Literature: Love and Mystery (in English)

Since Dante’s Divine Comedy literature has been a powerful resource for showcasing Italian values. The 20th century reinforced this ability for literature to analyze, confront and share universal themes – such as Love and Mystery – by exploring them through the lens of Italian culture. By reading and interpreting Pavese’s The Moon and the Bonfire, Zeno’s Conscience by Italo Svevo, Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Silk by Alessandro Baricco or The Terra-cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri, students will be able to critically analyze contemporary Italian culture and society.

AHIS 3001 ROIT

GENIUS ARTISTS FOR THE GENIUS CITY

Students will analyze Italian art history from the 16th to the 19th centuries when some of the most outstanding examples of sculpture, paintings and architecture that shaped Rome were created. Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini and other key figures will be studied for their contributions to Rome’s development as an artistic center. Their achievements will be analyzed within the social context of the period in which they were created, to foster an understanding of the change in the status of the artist from artisan to “genius.”

Finally, as many of their works were commissioned by the Popes, the course helps to understand how the history of the Catholic Church, the political history of the region and the history of certain noble families intersect in the careers of the genius artists and their works.

AHIS 3002 ROIT

MICHELANGELO AND LEONARDO DA VINCI: THE STORY BEHIND THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

While fifteenth-century Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Rome also played a major role in reviving interest in classical values of harmony, balance and beauty, especially through its inspiring ancient wonders, such as the Pantheon. Among the droves of artists who gravitated toward the Eternal City, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci embodied the ideal of the total artist who aimed to achieve unity among all of the arts. By exploring artists’ biographies and their creative output in the fields of painting, sculpture and architecture, students gain a broad knowledge and understanding of this glorious period of Italian culture. Field trips and visits to the Sistine Chapel or the Villa Farnesina, for example, provide excellent learning opportunities where students experience directly what they acquire through class sessions.

ARCH 3001 ROIT

MYTHOLOGY AND ARCHITECTURE IN ROME

Each building in Rome, every fountain and every sculpture hides – and reveals at the same time – centuries of history, legends and myths. By studying the myths and their origins, students will be able to explore and recognize the relationship between mythology and architecture, as exemplified by buildings, paintings and sculpture. The course will give students the opportunity to survey the use of mythology throughout the centuries, from the ancient Classical period to modern times.

HIST 3003 ROIT

ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY: THE ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT CITY

This course will examine the art, architecture and history of ancient Rome, from the foundation of the city in the 8th century BCE to the end of the Western Roman Empire around 476 CE. Today, more than 1500 years after the collapse of that empire, there still remain numerous examples of stunning political, religious and civic architecture in the former imperial capital. Among the magnificent buildings and archaeological remains that the participants of this course will visit are the Roman Forum, the Field of Mars, Emperor Nero’s palace (the Golden House), the Colosseum and more. The course will look at the political history of ancient Rome primarily by reading and interpreting pieces of art and architecture, be they connected to major political events or turning points, display imperial power and its geopolitical ambitions, or document the rise of new social forces. Finally, as we trace the rise and fall of imperial Rome, we will regularly draw parallels to today’s empires and how they make use of art and architecture for their purposes.

HIST 3004 ROIT / ITST 3002 ROIT

A CITY WITHIN A CITY: THE VATICAN AND ROME. HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

How old is the Vatican? Albeit its bimillennial history, this city-state is a relatively new country, less than ninety years old. Yet, from the day when Peter, a simple Galilean fisherman, was chosen to be the rock on which Jesus would build his church, to the innovative figure of Pope Francis, an unparalleled sequence of events and people has brought about the quasi-paradox of the world’s smallest state ruled by one the most influential leaders on earth.

This course will trace those events and “meet” the relevant people: Roman emperors, Popes, saints, heretics, kings, as well as artists and political leaders of our era. In fact, the Vatican is the repository of 2,000 years of political, cultural, theological, philosophical, scientific, artistic, and sociological history and, at the same time, a modern state engaged in many of the most critical issues of the 21st century. Moreover, it is an endless source of inspiration for works of fiction, often aiming at quenching the public's interest for scandal and mystery, rather than at providing accurate historical accounts.

The key points of this vast universe will be analyzed during the course, focusing especially on the Vatican’s impact on the city of Rome and beyond. Visits to art museums and other sites visits will be given a special place, to help the students recognize the interplay between the Papacy and its seat.

Primary sources, both textual and visual, will be extensively used to accompany students throughout this Vatican journey.

BUSINESS TRACK

(GI) MGMT 3001 ROIT

BUSINESS ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP

This course examines the philosophical foundations and basic principles of ethics as they apply to businesses and the environments in which they operate. Real-world case studies are used to provide students with insight into how businesses and organizations manage – and in some cases fail to manage – challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. Students also consider the particular responsibilities of business leaders in fostering ethical awareness and practices within the corporate context.

(GI) BUSI 3003 ROIT

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT

This course examines a multinational corporation and the ways it formulates, implements, evaluates, and conducts its international and global business in the most cost-effective and efficient way. As an organic entity, an organization must effectively coordinate all business units (human resources, finance, accounting, sales and marketing, R&D, logistics, corporate social responsibility, just to name a few) across national boundaries, extending them to places where the environment can be challenging and, at times, even hostile. Based on strong intercultural communication skills between all national and international units, management practices among the external and internal environments will constantly interact and determine the success or failure of a company in the international arena. This course will equip students with the necessary tools and concepts to analyze and understand the formulation, implementation and evaluation of a company.

(GI) MKTG 3001 ROIT

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

Students will gain an understanding of the issues and processes involved in developing an international marketing and branding strategy and plan, as well as the execution of marketing and PR operations on an international scale. Course content and practical assignments focus on real-world problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to multiple, specific national market needs and constraints, and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide first-hand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE TRACK

(GI) POLI 3002 ROIT

EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS

This course examines the political systems of various European nation-states. Focus is placed on the main political cleavages in each, such as class, ideology, ethnicity, and religion, and how these divisions have influenced the political playing field. Additional topics include nationalism, citizenship, party structures, corporatism, the welfare state, and electoral politics. A special focus will be recent symptomatic challenges to European democracy. As we compare the features of these different democratic systems in detail and relate them to their historical and cultural context, we will focus on three major challenges common to all of these democracies: the decreasing level of participation, especially regarding voter turnout; the decline of large political parties, which raises the question of who, in future, is going to mediate between the citizens’ interests and those of the state; and the perception that the major decisions in democratic countries are increasingly made outside the purview of democratic institutions.

HIST 3001 ROIT

SPQR: NATIONAL IDENTITY THROUGH POLITICS AND SOCIETY

What is Italy? Which are the defining features of Italian society? How do the Italians represent themselves and their past? In what ways has history shaped Italian contemporary society? Drawing on a broad range of primary texts and sources – historical documents, traveller's reports, newspaper articles, literary sources, films and TV programs, political and sociological studies – the course investigates key moments in Italian political, social and cultural history from the Renaissance to the modern day, with a special focus on their role and meaning in the construction of Italian identity.

POLI 3001 ROIT

POWER, POLITICS AND LAW: MAFIA, CAMORRA, AND GOMORRAH

This course will explore the nature of organized crime by analyzing the development of major Italian organizations of this kind, active in their homeland and abroad, over the last 150 years. The range of our investigations includes social, political, economic and cultural aspects, covering questions such as: what do crime statistics and economic analyses reveal about organized crime? What are these organizations’ codes and symbols? What is the relationship of organized crime to politics and other social institutions? A central goal is to challenge the many stereotypes, myths and misconceptions that continue to obscure adequate assessments of the phenomenon. While the principal focus of attention will be on the world’s most famous criminal organization – the Sicilian Mafia – we will also look at the origins of the American Mafia as well as two organizations that have become increasingly powerful in Italy in recent decades: the Camorra, which originated in and around the city of Naples; and the ‘Ndrangheta, based in the region of Calabria.

In order to fully understand the impact of organized crime on Italian society, the course will also examine the development of the anti-mafia; in other words the countless number of people who have fought organized crime and often died doing so. Rather than remembering the names of mafia bosses or dates of major crimes, the emphasis will be upon understanding the correlations between a series of dynamics, such as shifts in the concentration of illicit activities, different uses of violence and the transformation of national politics, so as to fully make sense of the material discussed in class, but also to be better equipped to comprehend the changes and events that will probably shape organized crime in the years to come.

(GI) INRE 4007 ROIT

CONTEMPORARY CONTROVERSIES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The course provides an overview of important international conflicts of our time, their causes, main agents, and recent developments. Investigating a number of case studies will allow us to not only identify and learn in detail about different areas of international controversy, but also to study models of international cooperation. Course participants are to analyze a variety of current conflicts by diagnosing the conflict, providing an outlook for the medium-term future, and proposing solutions. Classroom content is supplemented and enhanced by debate meetings with experts and practitioners from different organizations and institutions.

The course addresses the following and other questions: In which policy domains do we find contemporary / future international controversies? What are the ways in which these controversies are diffused and settled? What are existing obstacles to the resolution and settlement of international conflicts? What major multilateral forums exist? Is global governance a realistic and desirable goal? What could possible forms look like?

(GI) RELI 2001 ROIT / POLI 2001 ROIT

POLITICS OF RELIGION

This course examines the relationship between church, religion and state, evaluating a comprehensive range of thematic approaches in the politics of religion. Where evidence, both current and historical, suggests a relationship between religion and morality, this course will review how religious morality informs the politics of the state, and how some societies are moving towards popular and populist notions of civic morality. Through the contrast between civic and religious morality, students will explore case studies in different countries on issues such as homosexuality, contraceptives, abortion, legitimate and illegitimate violence, the role of women in society, and the significance of rational thought in the sciences.

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM, AND NEW MEDIA TRACK

CINE 3001 ROIT

DISCOVERING ROME THROUGH CINEMA

Rome, the “Eternal City”, has been and still is a source of inspiration for many Italian film directors. In fact, Rome is not only the capital of Italy but also the capital of the Italian film industry. Many successful movies have used Rome as the setting of their story, or are based on a script that was crucially inspired by the city in the first place. The course will focus on films made during the Neorealist period from 1944 through the 1950s – the artistic movement that made Italian cinema world-famous and continues to be influential today. Among the films we will watch and analyze are works by such directors as De Sica, Rossellini, Fellini, Pasolini, Moretti, and Sorrentino. By observing how these films have portrayed Rome and its people in a variety of ways, students have the opportunity, 1) to learn about the main social and cultural developments in 20th-century Italy and how they shaped Rome’s urban environment, and 2) to explore how the Neorealists’ images of the city in turn have structured the perception of Rome inside and outside Italy to this very day.

CINE 3002 ROIT (ENG)

THE GREAT BEAUTY: PRIDE AND POLITICS IN THE ITALIAN FILM INDUSTRY (in English)

This course will analyze the history, political environments, thematic concentrations, and economic trends of the Italian film industry, from the early 20th century to the present. Analyses will be conducted through the readings and by looking at a selection of paradigmatic, influential, or particularly successful works that were brought forth by the big players on the Italian film market. Among these films of major cultural relevance that reflect – and have in turn shaped – the discourse on Italian national identity, are the Oscar-winning movie The Great Beauty (2013), shot in and dedicated to Rome; Rome, Open City (1945), by Roberto Rossellini, a classic work of Italian Neorealism; and several examples of Italian Comedies and Spaghetti Westerns. We will learn about the production history and critical reception of these works, as well as about the political and historical context in which they were produced. A visit to the Cinecittà Studios and debates with local film students / experts will complement knowledge acquired in class. (This course is taught in English.)

(GI) COMM 3301 ROIT

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP

In this class, students develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in their study abroad location as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world.

(GI) COMM 3005 ROIT

MUSIC, MEDIA, AND PUBLIC SPHERES

This course examines music markets and the ongoing evolution of the music industry with a focus on the cultural and social influence of music, the changing perspective of music consumers, and the role of artists and producers. Students will learn about varying debates and models within the music industry, the interaction of music with other media, and the intersection of traditional music forms (radio, records, and concerts) with new technologies such as on-line audio streaming. The course will also explore the importance and economic contribution of popular and alternative music festivals. Utilizing the city as a field site for study, this course will encourage students to engage with a range of music performances and events. The course is taught using a dynamic mix of lectures, case study discussions, student presentations, and a field trip to a local music label.

(GI) COMM 3009 ROIT

MEDIA, GENDER AND IDENTITY

In this course, students will apply a critical lens to representations of gender and identity in contemporary media. Taking gender and sexuality as a critical starting point, we will examine the construction of identities under the simultaneous influence of race, class, and nationality. By focusing on popular representations in both the US and the European country where the course is taking place, we will gain a deeper understanding of identities as both culturally specific and influenced by global media. Instead of suggesting that contemporary identities are determined by what we see on TV screens, computers, and in local movie theaters, the course seeks to describe the complex interactions between national audiences and concrete media productions, and analyzes how different audiences reproduce or challenge traditional concepts and stereotypes of gender, race, sexuality, and class. By combining the study of theoretical texts with examples from the advertisement industry, television, the movies, and other forms of contemporary cultural expression, it offers a comprehensive and thorough introduction to contemporary studies of the media and identity.

THES 3001 ROIT

THE ART OF COMEDY: MASKS AND MOTIFS OF ITALIAN THEATER

Examining the role of comedy in Italy from the 14th century to the present, this course offers a survey of a major strand in the Italian theatrical tradition. The plays selected for the course range from long-established and traditionally 'popular' forms, in particular the commedia dell’arte, to contemporary uses of comic language. Irony, humor and grotesque will be analyzed as dramatic resources for criticizing and reflecting upon Italian society. From the exponents of the commedia dell’arte to Pirandello, emblematic playwrights and actors will be studied. Visits to prestigious theaters, such as the Teatro dell’Opera, will allow students to deepen their understanding of Italian theater.

The course also comprises performances given as on-site classes, which include exercises in acting and theatrical language. At the end of the course, the student will have significantly increased their competence in ‘reading theater’, that is, their ability to interpret and evaluate theatrical performances through literary analysis of the text, reviews of productions, and consideration of historical and cultural context. The performative part of the course will allow students to experience the power of comedy through their own body.

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH TRACK

(GI) PUBH 3004 ROIT / PSYC 3001 ROIT

Family, Schools, and Child Development

In this course, students will gain insight into a variety of approaches to ensuring that children grow up healthy and with opportunities to become contributing members of society. The historical roots, current issues, and future challenges related to children’s well-being are addressed in this course. Students gain diverse knowledge and form opinions on a broad spectrum of related topics, including family life, the influence of the turbulent 20th century on youth and education, regional and national differences in educational systems, preventive youth health care, public policy on social services and divorce support, parental leave, and day care provision. Students will also learn about alternative educational approaches, such as those developed by Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, Célestin Freinet, and A. S. Neill.

Site visits to relevant museums / exhibitions will deepen students’ theoretical learning. The course will incorporate guest talks in order to foreground the place of family, schools and child development across European societies and cultures.

FSCI 3001 ROIT

Food, Nutrition, and Culture

Every person in the world needs access to safe and healthy food to live. In this class, students will gain insight into food production, consumption, and regulation in Europe and the United States, as well as culinary traditions in Germany and their role in Germany’s multicultural modern-day society. The class will also explore comparative food marketing and trade issues and the regulation of new technologies like genetic engineering. The class will use a systems-based public health lens to discuss a wide range of topics such as sustainability, food security, consumer information, obesity and eating disorders, trends such as gluten-free dieting, current activism (e.g. the “slow food” movement), health claims (“lowers the risk of heart disease”) and quality seals (“fair-trade certified”). Guest lectures, site visits, and brief research assignments provide a basis for lively class discussion.

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

Each Academic Project placement will be designed based on the student’s academic track, project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.

Students may participate in up to two different Academic Projects per semester, in blocks II and/or III. To qualify for participation, students must be in the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project in order to prepare for and plan the placement.

(GI) INSH 3801 ROIT

INTERNSHIP SEMINAR

The CIEE Academic Internship provides immersion in the local work environment and helps build both practical skills and intercultural competence. Students will learn how to apply academic knowledge in a business setting, interact with co-workers, and compare teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures. Students will work in local companies and organizations for a total of 100-120 contact hours. On-site experience is reinforced by a solid academic component with weekly seminar meetings and individual academic advising meetings, for a total of 15 contact hours. Total contact hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

(GI) INDR 4901 ROIT

DIRECTED INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while abroad. In order to enroll, students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 100-120 hours of research and meet regularly with an advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final research paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from CIEE and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. Total contact hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

(GI) SVCL 3701 ROIT

SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT

The Service-Learning Project combines a practical community-based project with a CIEE Seminar and is designed to challenge students to combine their course-based learning with practical experiences in relevant community-based projects. The project consists of a new project (or an extension of an existing project) that meets the demonstrated need of a local community organization. Students are required to develop a diagnostic plan and to produce a full project proposal that will be reviewed for approval by a service-learning committee by the end of the previous academic block of study. The project will include a community needs-assessment, data collection, and final presentation. Students will work in local organizations for a total of 100-120 contact hours. The service-learning seminar covers the core service-learning principles of engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination. Total contact hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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