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The Many Faces of Rome

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

Study with Brown University in Rome, Italy!

This intensive two-week course introduces the complexities and beauties of Rome, an ancient and vibrant metropolis. Designed for high school students without prior experience in Rome, the course introduces students to workshops and lectures by world-class Brown faculty, as well as immersive Italian language studies, all in the very heart of Rome.

As a pre-college course, students will become aware of the many ways that scholars can study Rome, from its classical past to its complex political landscape today. A series of 1-2-day “micro-workshops” can include Renaissance art history, digital photography, fascist architecture, visual art, and the neighborhoods of Rome then and now. Although structured and organized, the content of each day’s site visit is different, planned by a series of local experts or visiting Brown faculty - all experienced and skilled teachers and public speakers with an in-depth knowledge of hidden Rome - overseen by a single member of the Brown faculty.

Few cities present as long a history of continuity and change as Rome, and this course takes full advantage of the city's sunny climate and accessibility. Each day students will spend hours seeing Rome, both to key public sites such as the Vatican and St. Peter's, and to sites generally closed to the public and made available only to students in this course.

By the end of the course students will have:

  • a basic knowledge of Italian language
  • a secure grasp of Roman history, from the Bronze Age to the present
  • a knowledge of Roman topography
  • an exposure to college-level lectures, with attention paid to cultivating learning skills for college
  • a finished written project at the college level


  • For more information, please see the program website:
    Global Programs: Rome, Italy

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