A transformational opportunity for Assumption students! This summer, from June 29 to July 27, students can spend a month walking, eating and living like a Roman as they become immersed in the Italian – and European -- way of life and fulfill two core curriculum requirements at the Rome Campus. (Interested? Have questions? Click here to download an application or here to contact Dean Eloise Knowlton.)
APPLICATION DEADLINE - MARCH 15, 2018!
When students study at the Rome Campus in the summer, they won’t just read about history and influential figures throughout time, they will visit the sites where history was made and walk the same streets as history’s greatest thinkers. Imagine classes taking place in the Colosseum, Roman Forum, at the Vatican, the Vatican Museums, ancient Churches, museums, the catacombs, and so much more. For those students who need a break from exploring thousands of years of history, beautiful Mediterranean beaches are a brief metro ride from Rome.
CLT 205: Literary Foundations of the West I
Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Eloise Knowlton, Ph.D. and Barry Knowlton, Ph.D.,
CLT 205 counts as a second literature in The Great Conversation quadrant of the core curriculum. The Knowltons have designed the class to include literature rich in Roman history, culture, and art. Site visits, both ancient and modern, will be plentiful. Students will benefit from having a literature professor and an historian and classicist team-teaching this course.
HIS 150 R: Civilization in Rome
Associate History Professor Lance Lazar, Ph.D.,
This course also fulfills core curriculum credit in the humanities, but even more significantly, it offers an unsurpassed opportunity to study Roman civilization in Rome, in-person. Professor Lazar has extensive knowledge of Rome gathered over many years, both in his own academic studies in graduate school and as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy, but also through his extensive travels in Italy and his prior service as Rome Director. His knowledge of the area, especially its art and cultural opportunities, will be an invaluable resource for students.
No prior knowledge of Italian is necessary; Assumption faculty, well-versed in Italian, will accompany students on all College-sponsored outings and assist them with their everyday activities and interaction with Italian-speaking locals.
Study Abroad Italy: What to Expect
The Assumption College Summer Session in Rome will provide students the opportunity to live, learn and explore in a foreign country.
Accommodations and Meals
Summer Session participants will be housed in double rooms at Villino Dufault, the residential and learning center of Assumption’s Rome Campus or an apartment adjacent to Villino Default. The newly renovated and gated facility is located in an authentic Roman neighborhood where locals often befriend Assumption students and help them practice their Italian language skills. Villino Dufault is located within a short walking distance to bus and rail transportation, providing students an affordable and efficient means of transportation to explore the city of Rome and beyond.
And when in Rome, don’t forget to sample "la cucina italiana!" Signora Romanini, the remarkable chef in Villino Dufault, does more than just prepare authentic Italian meals; she helps students navigate the Italian way of life and develop an appreciation for the fine art of dining. Meals prepared by Signora Romanini are savored in a community setting, providing students and faculty the opportunity to gather together and discuss the news of the day or what students experienced during their travels throughout Rome.
During their stay, students are provided Italian-style breakfasts and three-course dinners at Villino Dufault. Since most days will be spent exploring Rome, lunch is at the convenience, and cost, of students.
Students will depart as a group from Logan International Airport in Boston and fly into Fiumicino International Airport in Rome. The College will provide private car transportation for students from Fiumicino to Villino Dufault and back to Fiumicino on the day of departure.
All students who participate in the Rome Campus Summer Program will receive a municipal bus and metro rail pass (think of the T in Boston) for unlimited travel within the city limits.
Students will have two free weekends to explore the city and country on their own. Some may even opt to travel to other European countries on low-cost airlines or high-speed rail.
Cost and Fees
The cost of this truly unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience is dependent on the number of enrolled participants. The cost includes the program fee, lodging, breakfasts and dinners, a bus pass, a weekend-long excursion to the Renaissance City of Florence, and entrance fees to select museums. Financial aid is not applicable.