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* Communication in Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 07/01/2018 08/06/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Communication Studies
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Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Communication in Rome


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This summer program, led by CSU faculty, is comprised of two CSU courses that will build intercultural and global communication skills through exposure to, and analysis of, cinematic representations of Rome,  Italian identity, and effective strategies for dialogue with a global mindset.

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Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  July 1 to August 6, 2018. (Depart the U.S. on June 30)

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for SPCM 370A: Bridging Cultures: Italy-USA (3 credits) and/or SPCM 470A: Cinematic Rome (3 credits), through CSU's Division of Continuing Education.  Students have the option of taking 3 OR 6 credits for this CSU program. It is not required to do both. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details.  The program fee includes tuition and fees for three or six credit hours through CSU Online, lodging, programmed excursions, international medical and evacuation insurance, some meals, on-site transportation, and faculty support.  Program fees do not include international airfare, passport, books, most meals and personal spending money.  Students are eligible to use federal financial aid for this program because it is a 6 credit program.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs. As part of the Common Scholarship Application, applicants can also be considered for the Communication Studies Education Abroad Scholarship

PROGRAM LEADERS: Dr. Carl Burgchardt, Professor, Communication Studies, Colorado State University and Dr. Julia Khrebtan-Hoerhager, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Colorado State University.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to all majors. Students from other institutions are welcome to apply.

Academic Overview

Students will enroll in one or two CSU courses: SPCM 370A: Bridging Cultures: Italian-American Intercultural Communication (3 credits) and/or SPCM 470A: Cinematic Rome (3 credits), for a total of either three or six credits.  Classes will be based out of the American University of Rome as well as throughout the Eternal City of Rome and beyond! Potential group excursions may include Tuscany, Florence, Pompeii and others.  Click on the course title to access each syllabus.

Through this program, students will be able to:
  • Live and study for over a month in one of the great capitals of the world.
  • Analyze influential Italian films and then visit the locations where they were created.
  • Learn how to communicate more confidently and sensitively in a non-US culture.
  • View masterworks of art and architecture in the historical seat of Western civilization.
  • Sample the pleasures of Roman cuisine and lifestyle!

NOTE: During spring semester, pre-trip orientation sessions will be held on the Colorado State University campus: general orientation information, logistics, program framework, safety precautions, specific course introduction, overview, goals.

SPCM 370A: Bridging Cultures: Italian-American Intercultural Communication
This course will familiarize you with theory, concepts, principles, research methods, and practical skills in the areas of intercultural and cross-cultural communication, construction and negotiation of Italian identity (Italianità), and strategies of an effective dialogue with a global mindset. The aim of the course is to transform its participants into culturally aware and skilled critical citizens with an understanding of the phenomenon of Italian national identity and empirical experience of cultural bridging.  Through reflection sessions, journal writing, in-country experience, culture specific readings, multifaceted on-site field work, and a final research project, you will use your critical thinking skills to better understand and locate your personal experience in Rome and in Italy in general. Intercultural dialogues with a global mindset lead us to examine our individual and collective identities as citizens of the world and members of a global community and economy. This experience will also allow us to revisit and rethink our perceptions of “self” and “other.” Because we will be immersed in Roman/Italian society instantly, this learning experience will take place in an intense, constant, and direct manner.

SPCM 470A: Cinematic Rome

The overall course objective is to analyze the social, aesthetic, political, and rhetorical implications of cinematic representations of Rome.  This course will evaluate and discuss ten primary films, along with excerpts from a number of others.  We will consider six main topics:  Images of Ancient Rome; Italian Fascism and Its Memory; Italian Neorealism; “Americans” in Rome, and Rome in America; Fellini’s Rome; and Urban Angst, Roman Style.  As the semester progresses, we will consider how Rome functions as a “character” in the movies, as well as how the Eternal City comprises the mise-en-scène.  We will assess the artistic representations of Roman monuments and streetscapes on film sets, as opposed to location shooting.  We will analyze the rhetorical functions of Italian cinema, including national and international memory construction.  In this course, students will visit cinematic landmarks in Rome and write about their experiences. [Please note: with the exception of some brief excerpts from Un Americano a Roma, all of the films will be shown in English or with English subtitles.


Rome is the capital of Italy and one of the most populous cities in the European Union. During the program students will be based at the American University of Rome in the historical city of Rome.  Students will visit many important cultural sites including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican.  The program also includes overnight excursions to Tuscany, Sienna, Florence, Sorrento, Isle of Capri, and Pompeii. 

Housing and Meals

Primary accommodations include shared student apartments that are equipped with kitchens (3 room apartments for 6 students each).  Welcome and farewell dinners are included.  Students will have the opportunity to truly experience Rome and feel the rhythm of the city's life.