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Program Overview

About Rome






General Summer Program Information

Eligibility and Application Procedures

Application Deadline






Since its establishment in 1966, Temple University Rome has provided students of the arts, architecture, international business and liberal arts with the opportunity to spend a semester or academic year studying in Rome. Temple University Rome also offers a six-week summer session comprised of undergraduate courses in a variety of disciplines: art, art history, business, classics, dance, English, history, Italian language and sociology. Internships are also available. The program is open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.

The Temple Rome campus is ideally located in the heart of Rome, in the Villa Caproni, a handsome building facing the Tiber River. Just north of Piazza del Popolo and within walking distance of the lively Spanish Steps and the beautiful Borghese Gardens, the Villa Caproni is convenient to living accommodations, shops and restaurants. Its facilities include a 16,000-volume libraryone of the largest English-language libraries in Rome a computer center, academic classrooms, extensive art and architecture studios, an art gallery and student lounges.


Historically, Rome has few peers. Nowhere else are so many centuries blended together, used and re-used. In much of modern Rome you can visually trace more than 2,000 years of Western historical development. The church of San Clemente, for example, is comprised of ancient Roman houses and a sanctuary to the god Mithra, an early Christian church, and a medieval edifice. Like the Forum, the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine, San Clemente is situated in the center of Rome surrounded by the markets, street life, and sounds and smells of contemporary living. As Italy’s capital city, Rome has a cultural and intellectual life that is unsurpassed. Home to the headquarters of UN agencies and the scholarly academies of many nations, Rome continues to be — as it has been since before Caesar — a crossroads for cultural, economic, political and social exchange between Europe and Africa, the eastern Mediterranean and beyond.




The following courses are tentatively scheduled to be offered during the summer of 2014, pending sufficient enrollments. Students choose two courses and enroll for a minimum of six and a maximum of eight credits.

Temple undergraduate students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.

Accounting 2101 | Financial Accounting (3 credits)
Since 1494, when Luca Pacioli, math professor and friend to Leonardo da Vinci, wrote a best-seller, popularizing the “Venetian System,” double entry (debit and credit) accounting has been known as the “Language of Business” because its terms and concepts are so crucial in understanding the financial condition of any organization. This course will emphasize basic concepts and rules to record accounts and prepare the financial statements (Balance Sheet, Statements of Income, Stockholders’ Equity, and Cash Flows) used globally to make investment decisions, differentiating the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) used in the U.S. vs. internationally in some 130 countries. Topics will include account characteristics, accrual vs. cash basis, analysis of transactions, revenue and expense determination, and asset and liability valuation. Assignments will focus on analytic thinking and problem-solving, skills that are necessary to communicate effectively in business and to utilize accounting information to make decisions. As an introductory course, there is no expectation of prior student accounting knowledge or experience.

Art History 0813 | History of Art in Rome (4 credits)
Weekly class lectures and on-site visits provide a survey of Roman art from the Etruscan through the Baroque periods, from the founding of the ancient city in the 8th century B.C. to circa 1700. Students study each period’s art and architecture and define its place within the general context of Roman civilization. Rome’s position as both capital of the ancient empire and of the Western Latin Church has earned her the well-recognized sobriquet, Eternal City. Consequently, students confront how the “idea” of Rome had bearing upon the formation of its art and architecture within the chronological context. The course as a whole can be considered an introduction to art history in the field, as each week the class visits an historical site or museum in order to reconstruct through living examples the artistic fabric of the city. Cross-listed with Art History 1003. For Temple students this is an Arts GenEd course. For Temple students only. Non-Temple students interested in taking this course will register for Art History 1003 (see below).

Art History 1003 | History of Art in Rome (4 credits)
Cross-listed with Art History 0813. For Non-Temple students only. Temple students interested in taking this course will register for Art History 0813 (see above). See Art History 0813 for course description.

Art History 3324 | High Renaissance Art in Italy (4 credits)
The High Renaissance is recognized as the zenith in the universal history of the visual arts. It takes place during the first three decades of the 16th century in Rome, which replaces Florence as the capital of the arts. This course is then focused on the Rome of Julius II and of the Medici popes analyzing the great protagonists of that age: Leonardo, Raphael and especially Michelangelo, the creator of the "grande Maniera Moderna" (great Modern Manner). This study also considers the artistic production of all Italy, including autonomous centers such as Venice and Florence, and spans the entire Cinquecento, a highly dramatic century out of whose ideas is founded the cultural structure of Modern Europe. The course includes weekly on-site visits in Rome.

Art History 1148 | International Cinema: Italian Culture through Film (3 credits)
A study of the characteristics of Italian contemporary culture through the viewing of emblematic films such as The Bicycle Thief, Roma Città Aperta, La Dolce Vita, Ceravamo tanto amati, Night of the Shooting Stars, Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Garden of Fizzi-Contini, Cinema Paradiso, Caro Diario, and others. Several topics pertaining to historical, social and economic developments of contemporary Italy are discussed including fascism; the power and influence of the Catholic Church; attitudes towards women; political instability; rural poverty; the uneasy relationship between north and south; organized crime and the mafia; and mass media and communication. In addition to the discussion of cultural topics, the analysis of film dialogues also enhances the student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian. Cross-listed with English 2712 and Italian 3240.

Dance 3812 | Creative Process in Dance (3 credits)
This course explores the creative process within the context of choreography, using the visual art within Rome as inspiration. Students will have an opportunity to generate an original work that demonstrates their understanding of interpreting both visual imagery and sound. The inspiration for assignments will stem from art works (sculptures, paintings, video art, etc.) housed at the nearby Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. Emphasis will be upon students’ commitment to the creative process. Open to all students regardless of major. As this course will involve moderate physical activity, experience with dance or other movement forms is preferred but not required.

English 2712 | International Film: Italian Culture through Film (3 credits)
See Art History 1148 for course description.

Graphic Art and Design 2441 | Photography I (3 credits)
In this class, students will explore the visual language of digital photography using Rome as their studio. Rome’s many layered history juxtaposed with its current global urban landscape offers a unique opportunity to photograph an important European city.  The technical component of the class consists of mastering manual digital camera operation and exposure. Students also learn to use imaging software including Photoshop and digital output to inkjet printers.  The students gain an understanding of the aesthetic possibilities of photography through assignments, lectures on both historic and contemporary photographers, photo field trips in Rome, and visits to photo galleries and museums. Critiques are conducted through a shared website. Students will be expected to complete a final project in which they choose one aspect of Rome’s multi-layered landscape to visually explore in-depth. Students are required to either have a digital 35mm camera or a compact digital camera with manual override functions. Access to a personal laptop computer is required. This course has an additional fee of $65.

Graphic Art and Design 3101/8189 | Collaborative Design Workshop in Rome  (3 undergrad credits/3 grad credits)
This course is geared toward students who are interested in immersing themselves in the culture of Rome and producing, by the end of the class, an in-depth design project which takes the form of an arts and culture magazine or book about the city. Students will have an array of tasks to perform as they work individually and collaboratively to write, design and produce the publication. Students contribute both content and design, according to their individual areas of expertise: photography, graphic design, illustration, journalism, etc. All students are required to contribute to the material that will be used in the publication on a weekly basis. Each week an assignment will be due. An integral part of this project is digital image making, as students will photograph images from Rome to incorporate into the final publication. Prerequisites: Students must have a background in fine art, graphic design, journalism and/or advertising with at least two courses in a discipline directly related to graphic design, photography, illustration, and/or advertising. A basic knowledge of design and word processing software (Photoshop, as well as Microsoft Word) is needed for this course. Students are required to have a digital camera and a laptop computer, as well as a back-up drive for your work. Note: students who intend to continue in graphic design need to have a Macintosh laptop.

Greek and Roman Classics 3002 | Ancient Rome and Italy (3 credits)
The course is an introduction to the history of the Roman Empire from the origins of the city in the 8th century BC to the end of the western Roman Empire in AD 476. The focus is especially on Rome and Italy. The historical reality is analyzed as broadly as possible, in its political, economic, cultural and social contexts. Special attention is paid to the literary and archaeological evidence: ancient texts are read, and Roman sites are visited. Special topics include: the origins of Rome between facts and fiction; the hellenization of Roman society; literature and the age of Augustus; and the “end” of the Roman Empire. The course includes weekly on-site visits in Rome and a one-day excursion to Ostia Antica. Cross-listed with History 3312.

Geography and Urban Studies 3000 | Special Topics: Urban Health (3 credits)

See Sociology 3525 for course description.

History 3312 | Roman History (3 credits)
See Greek and Roman Classics 3002 for course description.

International Business 3101 | Fundamentals of International Business (3 credits)
This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and practices in international business. Topics to be covered include the economic, social, cultural, legal, and political environments of international trade and multinational corporations (MNCs); international institutions and agencies that impact international business; the nature and characteristics of international business; strategy and structure of MNCs; problems of foreign direct investments; conflicts between host countries and MNCs; and effects of MNCs on the economy. As the class is takes place in Rome, class discussions and readings concentrate on the European Union and the challenges posed by the union to participating countries (and those petitioning to join the union) as well as to companies seeking to take advantage of the places where 24% of the world’s GDP is generated. The course operates as a seminar to allow for the promotion of exchange of ideas between students; this format allows students to develop professional perspective on international business as well as analytic thinking. Class discussions focus on contemporary business scenarios and the dynamic operating environment organizations must act within. Course readings provide a framework for introduction to international business with an emphasis on both environmental and cultural issues facing global organizations today. Prerequisite: introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics. Temple University students must have also completed introductory human resource management and introductory marketing. Note: Students taking this course at Temple Rome who do not have all of the prerequisites can seek permission of the instructor (Assistant Professor Mary Conran) to take this course; permission will be based on criteria set by the instructor.

Italian 1001 | Italian Language I (4 credits)
Introduction to the use of Italian as a spoken language. Fundamentals of grammar. Basic patterns of oral communication and writing, acquisition of practical survival skills, simple graded readings.

Italian 1002 | Italian Language II (4 credits)
A continuation of the activities of Italian 1001. The basics already learned are practiced, and new patterns of oral communication and writing are introduced. Additional fundamentals of grammar, graded cultural readings. Prerequisite: Italian 1001 or equivalent.

Italian 3240 | Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature: Italian Culture through Film (3 credits)
See Art History 1148 for course description.

Painting, Drawing, Sculpture 3351 | Rome Sketchbook (3 credits)
Participants record their observations in sketchbook form on daily outings to significant sites. Rome—incomparably rich historically and visually—provides a host of subjects ideal for improving drawing technique. The concentration required in drawing directly from observation leads to a deeper understanding of the city’s forms. Open to beginning and advanced students.

Sociology 2122 | Global Sports (3 credits)
This course centers on the globalization of sports, with a special focus on the European context of global sports. It views sport as a set of cultural, social, economic and political institutions and practices and asks the following orienting questions: 1) "How have forces of globalization changed the world of sport?" and 2) "What do changes in sport teach us about globalization processes more generally?" The course will cover the structure, organization, financing, and culture of globalized sport. Students will have the special opportunity to conduct their own research around the 2014 Men's World Cup Soccer tournament or on other topics that might interest them about how sports fit within Italian culture.

Sociology 3525 | Urban Health (3 credits)

Cities are now home to half the world's population. Yet we know too little about what determines the differences between healthy urban populations and those that are sick and between those who die young and those who live longer. This course in global urban health examines these differences in mortality & morbidity through the lens of historical, sociological, anthropological, and epidemiological research. The course approaches world cities, including Venice, Rome, London, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia, as laboratories for exploring ideas about the social and environmental determinants of health. We look at the influence of physical and social environments in different urban settings to in posing health risks and benefits to the populations who inhabit them. In addition, the course serves as an introduction and application of the core ideas of the emerging field of population health. This class will be useful to any student in the humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary program who is interested in the social, political, and economic aspects of health, illness, and mortality. Cross-listed with Geography and Urban Studies 3000.




Temple Rome offers a limited number of unpaid internships with Italian and multinational companies and nonprofit organizations. A student continues three to four credit hours of regular coursework while registered for three semester hours of the internship course. A faculty supervisor who oversees the internship sets the evaluation requirements, meets with the student regularly, and requires a final report or project related to the experience.

To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and participate in the Temple Rome program. No student is permitted to register for only an internship. To apply, students submit an internship application, with essay and professional resume, as well as verification from their home institution that they will receive academic credit for the internship. More information is made available to accepted students. Note: internship placements are limited and are finalized after interviews in Rome; they cannot be guaranteed in advance.



Temple Rome boasts a distinguished faculty, both European and American. Faculty tentatively scheduled to teach in Rome for summer 2014 include:

Giovanna Agostini | Italian Language
BFA, Ohio University, Post Graduate Diploma, University of London
Giovanna Agostini has taught Italian language for 25 years. She has also created and conducted radio programs and provided simultaneous translations for RAI USA, the Italian National Television Network. Her studies in psychology and pedagogy, as well as her training in communicative teaching techniques, in New York City, influence her educational work.

Paolo Carloni | Art History
Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza,” graduate specialization in Aesthetics, University of Urbino

Paolo Carloni specializes in Cinquecento and contemporary art, as well as being a poet, photographer and videomaker. He has taught art history and High Renaissance art since 1981. Thank to his extended and frequent stays in Norway and Northern Africa, he speaks Norwegian, French, English and Italian.

Mary Conran |International Business
MBA, International Business and Marketing, Temple University; BS, Business Administration/Marketing, Temple University
Mary Conran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing at the Fox School of Business. She is responsible for development and presentation of introductory, intermediate and advanced undergraduate and graduate level marketing courses. In addition to teaching a variety of upper division Marketing courses (Marketing Research, Consumer & Buyer Behavior, Direct Marketing, Value Delivery Networks, Global Marketing, and Marketing Strategy), she also delivers content for the school’s Professional MBA and MS programs. She has taught at Temple University’s Rome Campus during Summer 2005 and 2011 and has lead students on study abroad sessions to Ghana, India and Vietnam. Prior to her full-time appointment at The Fox School of Business in 2001, Mary held high level positions (with direct P & L responsibility including President, CEO, CFO/Treasurer) with several small firms (annual sales ranging from $1M to $20M). She specialized in working with businesses seeking strategic and operational reorganization; industries included manufacturing, service, and wholesale organizations.

Frank Dabell | Art History
BA Honours, Merton College, Oxford University

Frank Dabell, a British art historian, specializes in Renaissance art and was a Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has published extensively since the mid-1980s and is completing his book on Piero della Francesca. He has taught at Temple Rome since 2003.

Kevin Delaney | Sociology
PhD, SUNY-Stony Brook
Kevin Delaney is an economic sociologist, with special interest in the sociology of sport. Dr. Delaney has published three books and numerous scholarly articles on issue ranging from corporate bankruptcy, to the use of tax money to subsidize professional sports stadiums, to the ways in which work shapes a person’s view of money and finance. In 2004, Delaney co-authored the book Public Dollars, Private Stadiums which analyzes the politics and economics of stadium building in nine U.S. cities. This book won the best book award from the Association for Humanist Sociology. Professor Delaney regularly teaches courses in the sociology of sport and the globalization of sport. He is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award.

Jan Gadeyne | Art History/History/Classics
PhD, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Louvain, Belgium
Jan Gadeyne has taught Ancient Roman Art and Architecture, Romans and their Literature, Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art and Architecture and the Ancient History of Rome at Temple Rome since 1988. He is the co-director of the excavation of the Roman villa on the Piano della Civita in Artena, on which he has lectured and published widely.

Anita Guerra | Drawing and Painting
MFA, Tyler School of Art

Anita Guerra is represented in the Museo di Arte Sacro in Celano, the Caproni Museum in Trento, and at the French Cultural Center in Rome, Italy. Her modular paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Italy and are part of numerous private collections.

Jillian Harris-Farrell | Dance
MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

A 1993 youngARTS award winner in dance, Jillian Harris-Farrell received her BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah. She toured nationally with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company as a professional dancer and teacher, performing works by noted choreographers such as Murray Louis, Doug Varone and Moses Pendleton. Jillian was also a featured performer in the PBS televised broadcast of Della Davidson’s Night Story. In 2000, Jillian worked under Harriet Fulbright with President Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and then became an assistant director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Upon receiving her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she went on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, with whom she continues to tour. In addition to performing, Jillian maintains an active teaching schedule, conducting master classes in the United States and abroad. She is currently an assistant professor at Temple University.

Robert Huber | Art History

MA, Temple University
Robert Huber received a Temple University Rome fellowship scholarship and began teaching courses in the art of Rome and the Italian Renaissance at Temple Rome. He is also an expert on Italian gastronomy and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Louvain, Belgium.

Katherine Krizek | Drawing/Art History
BFA, Parsons School of Design, B. Architecture, Cooper Union For the Advancement of Art and Science

Katherine Krizek’s designs have won awards including selection for the Compasso d’Oro in Italy, Best of Furniture from ID magazine. She is represented in The Smithsonian Museum’s Permanent collection of design. She has taught courses and given lectures on Italian design and drawing in Milan and Rome since 1993.

Marco Malandra |Accounting
MS in Taxation, Golden Gate University; BS in Accounting, San Francisco State University
Marco J. Malandra has taught numerous financial, managerial, and tax accounting courses at Temple and other universities since 1986, including Fox School Executive MBA courses in Singapore, Tokyo, and Cali, Colombia, and in the Masters of Accountancy Program, with numerous outstanding teaching awards, including the Musser Award, the Andrisani-Frank Award, Beta Alpha Psi Awards, and International MBA Class Awards. All of his courses include extensive on-line comprehensive notes, emphasizing key concepts presented in Q&A format to promote class discussion. All assignments, also on-line, provide students with immediate, comprehensive explanations and calculations of all answers, and experiential group projects promote teamwork and understanding of all the steps in the accounting process. As both a licensed CPA and attorney, Professor Malandra started his accounting career in Deloitte’s Tax Department in 1980 before developing his own consulting and tax practice in Philadelphia, which he has maintained since 1987.

Liana Miuccio | Photography

MA, Roma Tre University

Liana Miuccio is a professional photographer born in Rome and raised in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from McGill University in Montreal, Canada studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and has a Master degree in Cinema from Roma Tre University.

Aldo Patania | International Business
PhD, University of Catania

Dr. Patania has taught at Temple Rome since 1996, as well as in the U.S., Italy and the United Arab Emirates. He formerly was a Fulbright scholar and senior economic specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and is now a Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Academy and on the Editorial Board of EffElle Editori.

Maria Ponce de Leon | Italian Language

PhD, Northwestern University

Dr. Ponce de Leon has been teaching Italian language, literature and culture in Rome since 1992 and has recently extended her teaching activity to the University of Monastir in Tunisia. She is an active volunteer for VIC Caritas in the Roman prison of Rebibbia.

Paul Sheriff | Graphic Arts and Design

Paul Sheriff has taught in the Graphic and Interactive Design program at Tyler School of Art since 1987. He taught at Temple's Rome Campus in spring of 1983 and has coordinated the summer Design Workshop for the past four years. He is the principal of Sheriff Design,, a boutique design studio which specializes in the non-profit sector.

Matt Wray | Sociology
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Matt Wray is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Temple University, where he is the chair of undergraduate studies and director of the Health Track. Prior to coming to Temple, Wray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MA and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Wray is the author of Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness (Duke, 2006); and the editor of Cultural Sociology: An Introductory Reader (WW Norton 2013); The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (Duke, 2001); Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life (New York University Press, 1998); and White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge, 1997). Wray is currently at work on a book length study of the causes and consequences of high rates of suicide in the American West, entitled Death in Vegas: Freedom and Self-Destruction in the American Suicide Belt.




Housing in Rome is provided in an apartment residence, a 30- to 40-minute walk, or short bus or metro ride from the Villa Caproni. The apartment residence is 10 minutes from the Vatican Museum, five minutes from a major market in Rome, 20 minutes from the main railroad terminal and the Colosseum, and an hour from Mediterranean beaches and Etruscan ruins. Each apartment has a living area and shared bedroom(s). The kitchen, equipped with basic cooking utensils, allows students to shop for groceries and prepare their own meals.

A limited number of homestays with Italian families is available for students with prior study of the Italian language.

Students also have the option of finding their own housing in Rome.

Further housing details are provided to accepted students.



The program includes a one-day excursion to Todi, a medieval hilltown in Umbria, followed by a traditional meal in the village of Titignano. In addition, an additional feature of the Temple Rome summer program is frequent, on-site instruction for many of the courses, enabling students to study firsthand the sites, artistic treasures, traditions and business practices associated with the people and history of Italy. Whether you are studying art history or management, these visits bring academic subjects to life and expose students to daily life in Rome.


2014 CALENDAR (Summer I)

Dates are tentative and subject to change


  Departure May 21
  Arrival May 22
  Program Ends July 5


Students must be present for the entire length of the program.The earliest acceptable departure date from Rome is July 4.





Budget Item Pennsylvania Resident Non-Resident
Billable Item    
Undergraduate Tuition
(6-8 credits)*
$3,102-$4,136 $5,004-$6,672
Rome Housing Fee (accommodations in the apartment residence based on shared occupancy) $1,650 $1,650
Rome Housing Fee (homestay)** $2,450 $2,450
University Services Fee $132 $132
Rome Immigration Fee $45 $45
Required Health Insurance $51 $51
Non-Billable Item Estimates    
Meals $1,200 (less for homestay students) $1,200 (less for homestay students)
Personal Expenses $1,300 $1,300
Books and Supplies $150 $150
Round-Trip Airfare $1,700 $1,700

















All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive updated, detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.

*Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition ($21 per credit) in the summer. “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students. Students enrolled in graduate-level coursework (for example, Graphic Art and Design 8189) will be charged Temple's graduate tuition rates.

**Fee includes homestay accommodations and some meals (breakfast Monday-Friday and dinner Monday-Thursday).

Students enrolled in courses with field trips are responsible for paying entrance fees during class visits to museums and should budget extra money accordingly; these classes will require approximately $75 each.

In addition to the items above, students should budget money for any weekend or other travel they plan to undertake, as well as any additional personal expenses.

We recommend that students follow the exchange rate prior to and during their summer abroad, either through the newspaper or a currency exchange web site such as



Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation, passports and visas, scholarships, costs and payment policies, accreditation, and transfer of credits.


Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs.




For more information, please contact Temple University Education Abroad,