Given the variety of interests in Italy among Tulane University faculty, Newcomb-Tulane undergraduates have a wide array of options for study in Italy. Bolstered by a strong Italian language program, diverse Italian Studies course offerings, and unique academic programs, students will select a program in Italy based on particular academic interests and appropriate preparation.
In general, students planning to study in Italy should have studied Italian at Tulane and completed some coursework with Italian content, be it literature, history, art, politics, classical studies, international development or architecture.
Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS)
Rome is one of the world’s great cities, where glorious treasures and ruins of several magnificent civilizations are stage to a vibrant, modern capital. Drawing on its fertile history, the Eternal City embraces the present and the future. Romans busily zoom through the narrow streets attending to the details of modern life against a backdrop of classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces, and baroque churches.
The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities (now 90). It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. Located in a four-story building on one of the main streets of the Janiculum, the Center is ten minutes by bus from the Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome. It is close to the American Academy in Rome with which it maintains cordial relations.
Program Dates: Fall, Spring semester only
Fields of Study: Latin, Greek, Classical Studies
Eligibility & Application: 3.0 CGPA; significant prior coursework in Classical Studies. Students are part of a competitive national applicant pool.
Students should submit both the Tulane application and the ICCS application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The ICCS application is an online application only, and requires the online submission of recommendation letters. Late submissions cannot be accepted, so begin the application process early.
Academics: Students take four courses, which is a minimum and normal load (a few students take five courses), including a required comprehensive and integrated course called The Ancient City equal to and requiring as much class and study time as two semester courses. It covers Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips based on the Professor-in-Charge's area's of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. Because The Ancient City course depends on prior knowledge of Roman history, students are expected to prepare themselves by taking a Roman history course or by careful reading on the subject.
Students choose their other courses from the following: Intermediate or Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek; Advanced Greek; Renaissance and Baroque Art History; or Elementary Italian (no other level of Italian is available). Students are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS course load.
Tulane awards 6 credits for the core course, 3 credit for all others at the 500-level.
All students live in the Center. Three meals a day are provided in the cafeteria located on the premises Monday through Friday. All other meals are taken in town or prepared by the student.
Dr. Susann Lusnia, Classical Studies
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IES Abroad Rome Center: Liberal Arts & Community Service
Rome is a living museum, a unique environment to understand the ups and downs in the history of humankind. Over three million people do their daily business surrounded by 2,500 years of history – including legendary ruins, architecture, and art. The capital of Italy, Rome is the country's political center and a major religious center, being the host to the Vatican – an independent state within Rome.
Studying abroad in Rome means learning from Rome and its Mediterranean pace of life – from the open markets to the sudden strikes, from the humorous Romans to the high politics of a European capital. As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome ... a presto!
Complementted by engaged community service, the IES Rome program offers with intermediate and advanced Italian language skills a curriculum that focuses on the city’s unmatched historical and artistic past and its modern role in international politics and development. Founded in 2003, the IES Center is situated in the Nomentana district, an attractive residential area easily accessible by public transportation to the historical center of Rome.
Program Dates: Academic Year, Fall (early Sept. to Mid-Dec) or Spring Semester (Late Jan./early Feb. to Early June). Italian majors/minors planning to study abroad for the academic year should consider the Newcomb-Tulane JYA in Florence program.
Eligibility & Application: Junior or Senior standing; 3.0 Cumulative GPA; completion of two course in Italian at Tulane, including ITAL 203 or higher, with a grade of B or higher in the year prior to study abroad. Strong preference will be given to students who have completed ITAL 203 in the semester directly preceding study abroad. Previous coursework in Sociology, Urban Studies, or related fields, as well as coursework with Italian Studies content is recommended, but not required.
Students should submit both the Tulane application and the IES Abroad application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The IES Abroad application can be found on the IES Abroad web site. The IES application may be submitted online; students must be sure to complete all components, including the IES Language Evaluation form.
Fields of Study: Community Service; History of Art & Architecture; Literature, Drama & Film; Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology.
The IES Rome program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation that introduces students to IES staff, other program participants, and the city of Rome. All students participate in an intensive Italian language program (not for academic credit). The orientation program aims to acquaint students with local speakers and provide detailed information on academics, housing, transportation, and health & safety in Rome. The period culminates with a weekend field trip to a destination such as Assisi or Perugia.
During the semester, Newcomb-Tulane students enroll in the following IES courses: Italian language course (4-6 credits depending on placement determined by an on-site language placement test during orientation; students who place at the elementary level are required to take the intensive 6-credit Italian language course); AN/SO395 Community-Based Learning Seminar (taught in Italian) with appropriate community service placement; and three additional courses from the IES area studies course offerings (in English or Italian) in the areas of Art & Architecture; Literature, Drama & Film; Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology.
In effort to connect IES participants with local students, the IES courses taught in English are generally available to local Italian students from Roma Tre. Students with appropriate language proficiency and academic background are encouraged to take one or two courses at local Italian universities such as Università degli studi Roma Tre, Università degli studi di Roma 1 "La Sapienza,” and Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA).
Community Service Program (3 credits)
A required component for all Newcomb-Tulane participants in Rome, the community service program allows students to engage in activities that address specific community needs, and provides unique exposure to the local culture. Participating organizations vary by term and all organizations are vetted by IES. Securing a community service placement is a competitive process, and placement depends on availability, background and skills, quality of résumé, and previous language study. Final placement is determined by an on-site interview, which allows the local organization to choose the student that best matches the position. Prior placements have included the International Red Cross, UNICEF, local elementary and secondary schools, Rome City Hall, and Rome Children’s Library.
The community service placement is supported by a required seminar: AN/SO395 Community-Based Learning Seminar. This course offers contextual support to the practical service experience in the European setting. Through assigned readings, relevant lectures, and discussions, the seminar will provide students with an opportunity to synthesize the practical and theoretical components of the experience with a continued focus on intercultural competency. An IES faculty member supervises the academic work, and placements are routinely and formally monitored. A grade, based on the academic and practical component, is awarded for the 3-credit practicum/tutorial combination.
Please note: The community service program will be reviewed by the Center for Public Service Executive Committee in the spring ’08 semester for consideration as an option to fulfill the second-level public service graduation requirement.
Because the specific academic nature and expected outcomes of the IES Rome program, Newcomb-Tulane students should not expect to receive major/minor Italian credit for coursework completed on this program.
Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.
Housing: Tulane students stay in homestays arranged by IES. Located throughout the city, homestays generally house only one or two students and may offer private rooms. You will receive a daily breakfast and have the option of sharing certain evening meals each week with your host family. Commute times may range from 45-90 minutes, which is very typical for local students at Roman universities. Homestay students are also assigned an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian host who is a student or young professional.
For additional program information, including course descriptions and housing details, visit
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IES Abroad Music & Vocal Performance
Once a capital of the Roman Empire, Milan today is the commercial and financial center of contemporary Italy and is not limited to its noble ruins. In the central Piazza Duomo, the architecture of past centuries blends with the neon lights of a modern metropolis. Study Abroad in Milan and experience how this modern city lives in the European present and leads Italy in fashion, music, culture, publishing, industry, finance, education, transportation, architecture and design.
The IES Milan Center is located in the city's historic center, near the prestigious Università Cattolica. The Center contains staff offices, a student lounge, a faculty lounge, music practice rooms, a library, and audio and video facilities. Since the Università Cattolica is IES' main partner school, students have access to the many amenities it offers, including one of Italy's largest and most important libraries, computer labs, study rooms, a student health center, travel agency, cultural and sports opportunities, and an inexpensive student cafeteria.
Program Dates: Fall (early Sept. to Mid-Dec) or Spring Semester (late Jan./early Feb. to late June). Italian majors/minors planning to study abroad for the academic year should consider the Newcomb-Tulane JYA in Florence program.
Eligibility: 3.0 Cumulative GPA; completion of two semesters of Italian, including ITAL 203 or higher, at Tulane with a grade of B or higher in the year prior to study abroad. Strong preference will be given to students who have completed ITAL 203 or higher in the semester directly preceding study abroad. Completion of coursework with Italian Studies content is recommended, but not required.
For music majors significant preparation and approval of the Newcomb Music Department is required; students submit an audition tape upon arrival in Milan to determine placement.
Fields of Study: Italian language & literature, Music, Economics, History of Art & Architecture; Film Studies; Communications, Political Science & International Relations; and Religious Studies & Sociology.
Academic Program: The IES Milan program begins with an orientation program broken into two unique, consecutive parts: a two-day off-site session held in a charming town outside of Milan, which includes group activities, a language placement workshop, and information sessions on all aspects of studying in Milan; and a three-week intensive language Program that begins after the two-day program and is designed to help intermediate-level students gain practical language skills, and to acclimate advanced students to the local environment. Several guest lectures and tours that introduce students to the history and geography of Milan are included.
During the semester, students take 15-19 credits of coursework, including an Italian language course (4-6 credits). Course options are based on language proficiency, which is determined by an on-site language workshop during orientation. Students may also take courses at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica)
Economics majors may take up to two courses in English or Italian at Università Bocconi (Bocconi), one of the most prestigious European schools of Business, Economics, and Finance.
IES Milan Music Opportunities
A full range of music opportunities are available for Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Composers, and Music Performance Majors. Using a highly customized approach, the IES Milan Director, an accomplished musicologist and active composer, works closely with qualified students to tailor a program that meets their musical needs and interests.
In addition, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica to facilitate enrollment in appropriate courses and ensemble work. The largest private music school in Italy, the Accademia includes schools of jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music. Advanced-level Italian language students may enroll in Theory and History classes, as well. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English. Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home.
IES offers several music courses each semester. The Performance Workshop allows vocalists and instrumentalists to enhance the practice of chamber music, increase performance skills, and expand repertoire. The in-depth Music History Course generally explores a topic related to Italy or Europe. In addition, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica to facilitate enrollment in appropriate courses and ensemble work. The largest private music school in Italy, the Accademia includes schools of jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music. Advanced-level Italian language students may enroll in Theory and History classes, as well. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English. Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home.
In addition to other coursework, Music students typically take one to three Music courses each term, combining private lessons with Accademia instructors with Theory courses at the Accademia and IES. Since coursework is specifically customized, final arrangements are made during orientation week based on meetings between the student and the IES Director.
**A note to Italian minors: Newcomb-Tulane students wishing to receive minor Italian credit for coursework completed on this program must seek prior approval from the Italian faculty
Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.
Housing: Students at IES Milan have two options: Apartments and the Collegio di Milano.
Located throughout the city, furnished apartments typically house three to five students. Generally, two students share a bedroom and apartments are single-sex. Some IES students are housed with an Italian roommate who is either a college student or young working professional. Meals are not included, so students normally prepare their own breakfast and dinner and eat lunch at the Università Cattolica's cafeteria.
A residence for Italian and international honors students, the Collegio offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies, and facilities include a computer room, library, cafeteria, and an auditorium for special cultural programs. This option includes three meals daily. Space is limited, and students are chosen by the Collegio, based on academic criteria. Due to the many amenities, this option carries an additional fee.
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