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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Rome theater



Based in beautiful Rome, this program explores the intersection of culture, art and film. Guided excursions to historical and culturally significant sites, combined with lectures and film viewings, provide a basis for understanding the importance of Italian art and architecture, its role in neorealism and the Italian aesthetic and its global influence on film making.

The coursework emphasizes the aesthetics of Italian Film, ranging from Rosselini’s Open City to Fellini’s 8 1/2. We will spend extensive time in Rome, examining the importance of locations and history, as well as using Fellini’s comment about La Dolce Vita – “It is about Rome, the internal city and the eternal city”—as the foundation for student film projects about their experiences in Rome, culminating in a student film festival at the end of the course. 

Quick Facts

  • June 2 - June 22, 2021
  • Open to all students, all majors, all campuses!
  • Includes two-night excursion to Florence, and day trip to Santa Severa, a seaside town located along the Tyrrhenian coast.
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Space is extremely limited on this first year program. Apply now!
  • View the Beauty of Italian Film PowerPoint for more information

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

Rome bridge at night

Location Details

Rome, Italy

For 3,00 years, Rome has influenced the art, architecture, and culture of the world. You will visit ancient ruins, such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well historical sites such as the Vatican that continue to influence modern culture.

Through coursework, lectures, and site visits, you will learn how the history and culture of Italy shaped Italian film making in ways that spread across the globe.

Florence, Italy

As part of your academic program, you will travel to Florence for a two night stay. Known as the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence offers a wide array of cultural and artistic sites.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies. 

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA
  • University good standing
  • Open to ALL Majors

Prerequisite: ENG 102


All Students will enroll in the following two course for 6 credits:

ENG 394:  The Beauty of Italian Film (3 credits)

ENG 394: Film as Art (3 credits)

Gateway to Italy (optional pre-departure course):
Students participating on this program may wish to enroll in the Gateway to Italy course offered during the spring session B semester preceding the summer program.  This course is designed for non-speakers of Italian to gain basic language skills to help them during their study abroad experience. For more information, please consult this flyer.  Please note that enrollment in this course is entirely separate from the study abroad program.

Woman at colosseum



Faculty Directors

James Barnard
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
(480) 319-1864

Laurie Ralston
(480) 727-1015

James Barnard
James Barnard
Laurie Ralston
Laurie Ralston


Rome Street

Program Housing

Student housing in Rome will be in conveniently located student apartments with 2 - 3 students per room. Cooking facilities are available. In Florence, students will stay in double, triple, or quad hotel rooms that include breakfast.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities. Narrow, cobbled streets are pervasive in Italy; Many sidewalks lack ramps, and some streets lack sidewalks altogether or feature stairs and narrow pedestrian bridges; Many hotels and attractions do not have ramps, elevators, or handicap-accessible bathrooms. This program includes extensive walking through narrow streets and rocky sites of ruins with uneven terrain

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2021 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: Six credit hours of tuition, academic program, accommodations, ASU faculty support 24/7, planned excursions and cultural activities, and  international health insurance.
 Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, most meals, passport, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.


Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.



Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.