Summer Abroad Italy - Courses

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Rome—Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City

UC Davis Summer Abroad is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. Students will earn 8* quarter units in four weeks; therefore, students should expect a rigorous academic course work that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option. 

Students on Summer Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

*Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in an additional unit.


Italian (ITA) 107S and 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

The program syllabus and schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


Italian (ITA) 107S. Survey of Italian Culture and Institutions (4 units)

An assessment of the impact of regional autonomy on Italian cultural life from the Middle Ages to the present. Special emphasis will be placed upon achievements in literature, the arts, philosophy, and socio-political institutions. To be taught in English. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 107. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH, OL, SS, VL, WC, WE.

The course will consist of lectures, discussions and daily walking tours in Rome, Italy and visits to other Italian cities, such as Tarquinia, Pompeii, Sorrento, etc.. The students will study the contributions to Italian cultural life from the Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods to the present day by visiting the very sites (such as the St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the painted Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia, the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast etc.), where these great changes in Italian history and cultural took place. These venues and others will be the classroom for this course. The course will be taught in English. 

Lessons will be Monday-Thursday 9-11:30 or 2-4:30. Weekends are free.

Italian (ITA) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP grading only)

This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.

There are no prerequisites for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements