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Fordham in Rome

Location: ;Rome, Italy

“Studying abroad has made a huge impact in my life. I have changed in person and character with the experiences that I have encountered"
— Carlos H. Arenivas, Summer 2018

Fordham University offers a number of summer courses in Rome, Italy each year introducing students to the rich history and culture of the city through daily walking tours, museum visits and so much more. Located at St. John's University's Rome campus the program is centrally located in the Prati district, close to the Vatican and other historic sites.

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The Fordham in Rome program is centrally located in the Prati District, a very beautiful and residential neighborhood just steps away from important historic landmarks like the Vatican. 


ARHI 3316 - Art and Architecture of Rome
Joanna Isaak and Jennifer Udell 
4 Credits

This course will examine the art, architecture and culture of Rome over the various epochs of the city's history: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Modern.  Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization.  At the heart of this legacy is the city that gave its name to the ancient empire.  For almost two thousand years, Rome has been more than a literal place; it has also been an icon of culture, expressing many different characters depending on the era.  In the ancient world the city epitomized the earthly splendor of Roman civilization.  In the Medieval period its political importance waned, and the city was reduced to a symbolic, spiritual center. In the Renaissance, Humanists and the Papacy sought to re-claim the city's Classical past and re-work it into a new vision of the city as both spiritual and temporal "caput mundi," (head of the world). During the modern period Rome again sought to re-claim its ancient culture while embracing the latest innovation in technology and design. Contemporary Italian art has now moved onto to global stage. There is no better place to study art and architecture than Rome.
During the day Rome will be our classroom as we experience first hand the art, architecture, and culture of four epochs of the city’s history through the lens of its monuments.  Indoor class time will be minimal and our primary mode of exploration will be site visits.
We will be taking advantage of the cultural events taking place in the city, musical and theatrical performances, as well as the rich cultural heritage that the city offers, including the practices of contemporary artists. In the evening we can a catch a movie under the stars in an open-air film festival on a tiny island in the middle of the River Tiber, or attend a music concert in the Circus Maximus, the site of ancient chariot races, or go to the opera performed in the open-air ruins of the Baths of Caracalla.
 This course fulfills the Fordham Core Fine Arts requirement.

For more information check out this video.

THEA 2750: Performing Italian
Joseph Perricone & George Drance

4 Credits

The Performing Italian course has been offered for several years and is interdepartmental and interdisciplinary. It is listed as THEA 2750 and is it team taught with George Drance S.J. from the Theater Department who also knows Italian.

The course is based on an in depth study of Dario Fo’s theater, in particular, Non tutti I ladri vengono per nuocere. Students also read material that provides background information on Italian Theater, in particular on Commedia dell’Arte, which is a source of inspiration for Dario Fo. Students also study Dario Fo’s texts on theater such as Mistero Buffo and Arlecchino along with videos that correspond to Dario Fo’s texts. The play is studied in all its aspects: syntactical, idiomatic, and lexical. Social and historical contexts are emphasized and characters are studied in depth. Pronunciation and correct diction are a primary focus. Students memorize their parts and the play is performed at the end of the course before an audience that includes native Italians.

In addition to studying Commedia dell’Arte and Fo’s play, students also attend various performances at regular theaters of works by Pirandello, Goldoni and other authors available in Rome. In addition, they are given guided tours of various sites of Rome, of churches containing art works and of museums. 


The Fordham Rome Anthenaeum program is located at St. John's University's Rome campus, centrally located in the Prati district, close to the Vatican and other historic sites. Students enjoy ultramodern facilities within an historic setting — high-tech classrooms with old-world architectural details; a computer lab with 11 workstations; a wireless broadband network; single, double and triple student residences; and a landscaped courtyard.

Student Services

Participants will partake in pre-departure orientations with both Fordham faculty and study abroad administrators in preparation for their summer experience in Rome. Upon arrival, St. John's University will lead students in an on site orientation to introduce them to SJU's campus, accommodations, culture and safety. Throughout the month of June, students will rarely be seen in the confines of the classroom, but instead, out and about exploring the richness of Roman life, art and culture through visits to vamous places like the Vatican and the Villa Borghese Gallery, walking tours and special excursions outside the city. 


June 1, 2020 - arrival in Rome/program start date

June 26, 2020 - departure/program end date