This semester-long study abroad experience allows students to retrace the steps of Greek,
Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance cultures by living and studying
in the three cities which embody these civilizations in all their richness and splendor:
Tuscania, Rome, and either Florence or Venice. Students spend one month in each location and followed a structured program of five 3-credit courses.
Students spend one month in Tuscania followed by one month in Rome, and then they choose to complete the experience in either Florence or Venice. They follow a structured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses, which together comprise both a unique investigation into the roots of Western civilization and a grounding in modern Italian language and culture.
Academic Program Highlights
Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for two and a half hours each, providing a total of 45 contact hours per course. There are two mandatory 3-credit courses in the first center, Tuscania: an Italian language course and an introduction to the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.
In the second center, Rome, students take a 3-credit course on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and a second 3-credit course in Italian language and culture, which enables them to continue the study of Italian while learning about Italian culture and society today.
Students choosing to complete the Three Cities experience in Florence will take a final 3-credit course entitled
"Leonardo: Art and Science", whereas those completing in Venice will take a 3- credit course entitled "Venice and the East".
Students who choose this option are able to spend quality time in all three magnificent locations: Tuscania, Rome, and Florence. The group that participates in this course will create a community that will share their experiences as they become a part of each area of Italy. All of the locations are rich in what they have to offer and they express the very interesting and very different faces of Italy. This is a unique educational and personal experience!