Fordham in Rome

Saint Peter's Square.

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, theater and opera performances, and so much more.

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Group of Students Posing in Rome - SM

Group of students in front of Parthenon - SM

Rome Train Station Study Abroad

Program Details

  • The "Eternal City" is the capital city of Italy and has been inhabited for 28 centuries securing its place in history as one of the origins of modern western civilization. As a global city, Rome has hosted the Olympics and houses the headquarters of a number of specialized United Nations agencies. Today, nearly 3 million people call Rome their home.

  • ARHI 3316 - Art and Architecture of Rome
    Eric Bianchi
    4 Credits

    This course examines the art, architecture and culture of Rome from Ancient times, through the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and into the vibrant contemporary world.  And where better than Rome, where pasts and presents collide and fight for attention?  For millennia, Romans have argued that theirs is more than just a city:  they still call it “caput mundi” (“head of the world”).  Ancient Rome claimed lands and waters from England to North Africa to Iran; Medieval Rome claimed authority over the whole world’s souls and minds; Modern Rome exercises cultural influence far beyond the borders of Italy or Europe.  In each epoch, artists and creators rose to the challenge of reinventing, rebranding, and restoring city in a constant state of fruitful chaos.  Our task is to understand, first-hand, their artistic solutions, their tools, and their global impact.  Our goal is to deepen and transform your capacity to look and notice:  the eye and mind that learn to see Rome more richly will see NYC more richly as well.  We use the city itself as our primary classroom, visiting sites of artistic, architectural, and cultural interest.  We also travel beyond Rome to visit such sites as the ancient Roman road of Via Appia, the evocative ruins at Ostia Antica, the stunning hilltop Gothic cathedral at Orvieto.  Prepare to walk (bring comfy shoes and sunscreen); to carefully look, think, and analyze (bring a journal and pencil); and to fortify your brain and body for the experience (bring an appetite for pasta and gelato)
     This course is an Art History and Music, Classical Languages and Civilizations, Orthodox Christian Studies Major or Minor course at Fordham University.


    THEA/MLAL 2755- Performing Dante
    Joe Perricone & George Drance
    4 Credits
    This course makes use of performance skills for a more in-depth study of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and examines the challenges of classical poetry for the performer. The study of Dante and his poetry is often incomplete without a sense of the way the poetry sounded in the original.  Often read in translation, or read silently on a page, the images lack the immediacy of the spoken word and the interiority of performance.  The course will not only offer the student an opportunity to examine the language of Dante (grammatical, syntactical, idiomatic, and lexical) but will also provide the context for the study through the engagement of performance (imagination, vocality, physicality). Students will learn how rhetorical devices in written poetry require a corresponding vocal technique. The various structures of poetic/rhetorical form will be examined and students will learn the complimentary vocality based on Rudolf Steiner’s “revelations of speech.” Social and historical contexts are emphasized and characters are studied in depth. Pronunciation and correct diction are a primary focus. Students will work on sections of the Cantos that will be studied as a component of the course; mnemonic theories and practices will be used for remembering passages. Students are given the option to perform in Italian or in English. Students of Italian may wish to apply the credits toward their major or minor. A selection of Cantos will be performed at the end of the course.
    This Course is a Theatre, Comparative Literature, Italian Studies, and Modern Language and Literatures Major or Minor Course and fulfills the Advanced Literature Core requirement at Fordham University.
    VART 3500- Documentary Photography: Italy
    Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock & Joe Lawton
    4 Credits
    This intensive four-credit class will introduce you to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on generating documentary projects directly relating to the people, architecture, and culture of Italy. The cosmopolitan city of Rome, rich with artistic history, will serve as the source for our photographic explorations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. Our studies and production will take us from exhibitions in progressive contemporary art galleries, to the ancient architecture of the Colosseum as we utilize the wealth of visual stimuli as a resource, as well as a backdrop against which to critically discuss the strategies that documentarians utilize in communicating their interests.
    This Course is a Visual Arts Major or Minor Course at Fordham University.
  • You will live in housing that is centrally located within Rome, in areas with shops and transportation and within reach of city attractions.  Fordham University will bill participants a Program Fee that will cover the cost of housing during the program. Students are housed in shared student apartments which offer a walk or commute by public transport to classes. Students share twin or triple bedrooms and then share living areas with additional flatmates.

  • Participants will attend a pre-departure orientation with both Fordham faculty and study abroad administrators in preparation for their summer experience in Rome. Upon arrival, students attend an on-site orientation to introduce them to accommodations, culture and safety. Throughout the program, 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 historic sites, walking tours, and special excursions throughout the city.

  • Summer 2024

    June 3, 2024- Students Arrival Date

    June 28, 2024- Students Departure Date