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Rome, Italy | Program Details

Location-Based Program

The Many Faces of Rome

Residential and Student Life

Located in the quaint Monteverde Vecchio neighborhood, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (the Centro) is the academic and residential center of the program. The ICCS Center is situated on one of the main streets of the Janiculum, near shops and cafes, and only minutes from the Piazza Venezia, Vatican City, and downtown Rome.

Students will stay in the residential building of the Centro which houses classrooms, a library, a dining room, a kitchen and dorm rooms. Students reside in shared double rooms with communal bathrooms.

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The On-Site Director and Residential Advisors also reside in residence hall with students. Their primary goal is to create a safe atmosphere that supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining hall at the students’ residence. During the weekend trips, students reside in hotels with their Residential Advisors and the On-Site Director. Breakfast will be at the hotels. Lunch will be at local eateries. Group dinners will be at local restaurants.

All students are required to be in their rooms from the 11pm curfew until 7am. Students are expected to sign a residential life contract and meet with staff to review policies. Students may neither possess nor consume alcohol or other drugs while enrolled in this program. Violation of this policy will result in dismissal from the program.

Sample Week

Monday: Having settled into their accommodations at Rome’s prestigious Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (the Centro), students gather for a welcome dinner at a neighborhood trattoria nearby. Students will sample a range of locally-sourced and produced antipasti and pasta dishes and learn to eat as Romans eat.

Tuesday: The day begins with an immersive Italian class, with a walk around the treed neighborhood of the Aventine and an introduction to basic conversation and vocabulary. Students return for an orientation session in the Centro and lunch in the cafeteria. The afternoon takes us across the street for a brief introduction to the ancient city at the site of Rome’s Hippodrome, where chariot racers once vied for victory, and a walk up to the Capitoline Hill—the site of some of the city’s earliest Bronze Age settlements and now a seat of local government.

Wednesday: We begin class with an archaeology walk through the city’s oldest landmarks, from the Republican temples at the Largo Argentina to the Palatine Hill. After lunch, students have some time to work in St. Stephen’s library on their reading, before a lecture on Rome’s Republican and Imperial history. After dinner, Italian class will be a trip to the outstanding nearby gelateria.

Thursday: Immersive Italian takes us this morning to Rome’s colorful and historical Campo dei Fiori open-air market and a snack at one of the city’s best bakeries. A lecture on the first emperor, Augustus, and the birth of imperial Rome will prepare students for an afternoon visit to the city’s Augustan monuments, including the Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augustus. After dinner at St. Stephen’s, there will be organized games and activities on campus.

Friday: Ever wonder what it would be like to be a field archaeologist? We’ll take a trip down the Tiber to Ostia Antica, Rome’s “Pompeii,” where we’ll meet with archaeologists working on excavating this ancient port city. After a picnic lunch on-site, students will have free supervised time at Ostia’s beach on the Mediterranean. Return to Rome in the late afternoon, with the evening off for students to work on homework, read, and prepare for the weekend trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.

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