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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Coordinator, BC Faculty Leader
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: Communication
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Art, Art History & Film major/minor elective, Arts Core, Communication major elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: COMM 2219 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program

This program focuses on key aspects of contemporary Italian culture as seen through the lens of Italian film. The first week will focus on introductions to the city of Rome, the history of Italian film, and the contemporary cultural context.  Subsequent weeks will focus on three specific social, cultural, and political themes through the lens of Italian films produced in recent decades.  The broad thematic foci for these three weeks will be on agriculture and cuisine; diversity and immigration; and gender, work, and family. 

Program Dates
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Arrival in Rome: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Departure from Rome: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Faculty Leader

Dr. Lisa Cuklanz


After completing this course, students will be able to
  • Identify the key stages in Italian film history as well as representative films within each period
  • Understand and discuss important dimensions of the contemporary cultural context in Italy
  • Write reviews of Italian films informed by knowledge of Italian cultural values and practices
Students will be expected to write in-class responses to reading questions and to contribute daily to class discussion. Grades will also be based on short film reviews and observation papers, a photo essay presentation due on the final day of class, and a longer paper that will be completed later in the summer. 

Draft Syllabus: 
Contemporary Italian Culture Through Film.docx


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,200)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Rome and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in residence halls at the University of St. Thomas Bernardi Campus. A few group meals are included in the program cost, but students will be responsible for covering most meals.  

Cultural Activities

Cultural activities may include:
  • Rome city tour including Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza del Popolo
  • Tour of Cinecitta
  • Trip to Florence
  • Visit to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
  • Vatican Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Visits to museums including MACRO Contemporary Art and Museum of Pasta 

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Rome. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.