Is This Program Right for You?
AU Abroad is pleased to present its popular program for entering first year students in Rome, Italy! This program gives participants the opportunity to orient to college life, while studying the politics and culture at the historical root of Western tradition.
You will be registered for one credit in the summer and two credits in the fall. This course can be used to fulfill one of the general education requirements in one of the following areas: The Creative Arts, Traditions That Shape The Western World; Global and Multicultural Perspectives; and Social Institutions and Behavior.
You will study current Italian politics and political institutions, the ways in which ancient Rome inspired the US founders, and also the ways in which contemporary Italian political institutions and governance have continuing influence in world politics. Because political and historical understanding is advanced through knowledge of culture, art, religion, history, and literature, you will have regular classes in three areas: Italian language and culture, art history and Roman architecture, and Italian politics. The three classes will be supplemented and enhanced with walking tours and site visits throughout Rome and its environs, all designed to increase your knowledge of the cultural foundations of Italian politics.
You will be required to attend additional meetings and events on the AU campus in the fall semester, to complete the academic program.
The academic component of the program will be delivered by AU Prof. Meg Weekes and faculty from the American University of Rome.
You will be housed in typical Italian-style furnished apartments in the residential neighborhoods of Trastevere and Monteverde, Arrangements will be made for you to take meals in the apartments, eat at local restaurants and, through classes, learn to cook and eat in the classic Italian tradition.
Classes in "Survival Italian" will be provided at the beginning of the program. You will also participate in a full range of activities to help you to get to know Rome and have full access to the facilities at the American University of Rome
The program includes two weekend excursions to explore and enhance understanding of the diverse regions of Italy. The first will be to Tuscany, to include Siena and Florence, and the second to the region of Campania, which may include Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Final itineraries will be provided during the pre-departure orientation.
All students registered for the program will be required to travel to campus participate in AU's summer orientation program
immediately prior to the date of travel. Please note that the fees for the Eagle Summit program are paid separately from the First Year Seminar program. Immediately following, AU Abroad will provide a pre-departure orientation for all students and parents who may be in attendance. Students will then depart on a group flight to Rome. At the end of the program, students will return to Washington, DC. Onward transportation will be arranged by the student independent of the program and at the student's expense.