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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in Italy: Revealing Rome

Rome Collosseum

Program Overview

The Global Studies Department’s exciting Intensive Course Abroad in Rome will take place during the break period between Summer and Fall terms in September, 2018. Prior to the program, introductory lectures and readings in Philadelphia will acquaint students with Rome’s history, urban design, architecture, arts, and contemporary vitality. The program is an intense two-week course in Rome that combines lectures, explorations, museum and historic site visits, presentations by local artists and in-depth observations done in teams. Experiences will be recorded in photographs, videos, sketches, journals and blogs. It will include many of Rome’s best-known tourist sites but will go well beyond these, looking at its historic and contemporary arts institutions, its urban fabric, and its diverse neighborhoods. It will require lots of walking and trips via the Rome transit system (the best ways to see the city like a native.) The course structure includes orientation sessions in the morning followed by field trips and team investigations. It will be led by professor Blaise Tobia, an artist-photographer who has explored Rome extensively over the past twenty-five years; is a life-long student of Italian language and culture, and led a successful version of this program in September 2016.

*This course is available for Pennoni Honors Option credit.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for GST T280: Revealing Rome for 3 credits during the Fall Term. The course satisfies humanities elective requirements and requirements for the the Italian Studies minors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load when registering for fall term or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum. This course is available for Pennoni Honors Option credit.
None. Students will be asked about their abilities to be observant, perceptive, open to new experiences and willing to work in teams during the program application interview process.

Pre-Trip Requirements: There will be two mandatory preparatory meetings on campus during mid June.

Post-Trip Requirements: Development of materials collected in Rome into team-created finalized projects to be presented at the end of Fall Term.

Instructor: Professor Blaise Tobia, Professor Emeritus in Drexel's Art & Art History Department,

Program CalendarRome Drexel Group

Arrival Date: September 9, 2018  
Departure Date: September 21, 2018
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates, but are fully responsible for all activity, logistics, and precautions during that time.

Itinerary Overview

-Sunday, Sept. 9: Arrive in Rome. Gather at residence.
 Supper at a traditional  Roman osteria (included).
-Monday, Sept. 10
 Orientation: Historic Rome
 Field: Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona and surrounding areas
-Tuesday, Sept. 11
 Field: Heart of the Empire: Coliseum, Imperial Forum/Palatine Hill, Trajan’s Market (with a local expert guide)
-Wednesday, Sept. 12
 Orientation: National Roman Museums; Field: National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo and Diocletian Baths
-Thursday, Sept. 13
 Orientation: The churches of Rome; Field: A variety of churches from diverse periods (from San Lorenzo al Verano - along with its nearby  Monumental Cemetery – to Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, lunch break, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Clemente
-Friday, Sept. 14
 Orientation: Rome - post-Empire through Mussolini; Field: EUR, Museum of Roman Civilization (if reopened) and Square Colosseum, lunch at Eataly, Garbatella, Museum Centrale Montemartini
-Saturday, Sept. 15
 Field (morning only): the Rome of wealth and glitz: Via del Corso, Spanish Steps, Via Veneto
-Sunday, Sept. 16: Free day
-Monday, Sept. 17
 Orientation: Contemporary Rome – presentation on contemporary Rome by a local photographer Field: Ghetto, Trastevere, Gianiculum, Monteverde
-Tuesday, Sept. 18
 Field: Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica
-Wednesday, Sept. 19
 Orientation: Rome: Modern and Contemporary Culture
 Field: MAXXI, National Gallery of Modern Art, Villa Borghese, Piazza del Popolo
-Thursday, Sept. 20
 Course onsite wrap-up; free afternoon;
 Evening: transfer to hotel near Rome Fiumicino Airport; dinner at hotel (included)
-Friday, Sept. 21 –transfer from hotel to airport; departure

Program Fee - $1,430Italy Vatican

Due May 1st: $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee

Due July 1st: $930 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

--12 nights Accommodations
--Onsite transport
--Tours and entrance fees for program activities
--Group welcome and farewell dinner

Not Included in Program Fee:

--Round trip flight to Italy
--Airport transfers
--Visa if required (if applicable)
--Spending money

More Information

  • US Citizens are not required to apply for a visa. Other nationalities should confirm on the Italian Embassy website whether a visa is required.
  • Students are responsible for booking their own flights. A suggested flight itinerary will be provided after acceptance.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.