Italy Fall or Spring Semester

During your semester in Rome, you don't have to just imagine the art, history, and culture--you actually get to experience it! You will be immersed in life in Italy while having the opportunity to learn from qualified professors teaching from a Christian worldview. Field trips throughout Rome, as well as excursions to Florence and Ostia Antica, will make you feel like you're walking through a museum! Our community environment will also allow you to participate in hands-on cooking classes, learning to make fresh pasta and homemade bread--which we'll enjoy together. Two weeks of the semester will be available to you for independent travel in Europe--or stay in Rome and explore it further.


Spring '21:
Jan 23-
Apr 22

Fall '21:
Dates Pending

Spring '22:
Dates Pending

Fall '22:
Dates Pending

WHY Italy?

Living and Learning International is a study abroad program available to students who desire to continue their college education in an international setting.

For three months, Italy will be your classroom as you take an unforgettable plunge into the glorious past of Rome, a breath-taking walk through the monumental witnesses and imposing buildings of the Eternal City. You'll see the current influences of Italian politics, religion, and customs that make Italy the complex culture that it is today.

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An Experience Like No Other

Study abroad with us and you'll be immersed in culture, ministry, and learning. And we'll take you to some world class destinations.

  • Experiential Learning

  • Mission and Ministry

  • Live in the Eternal City

  • Two independent travel weeks

  • Weekly field trips of Rome

  • Weekly Italian Cuisine Cooking Classes

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Courses Fall/Spring Semester

The History of Ideas
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the history of Western ideas and aesthetics—from the age of Classicism, through Early Christianity, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernism, and Globalism—designed to provide students with a deeper sense of how modern Western worldviews are informed by historical human ideas and events. Foundational ideas are further examined in light of the aesthetics of their eras, especially through literature, visual art, architecture, and music that reflect the thoughts and feelings of the movements. Field trips to classic sites in and around Rome are an integral feature.

Understanding the Art of Architecture
3 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to inspire a comprehension of the built environment through the observation and analysis of historical examples. Rather than just receiving information about historical events, students will be challenged to examine buildings, both from the past and the present, and evaluate them in terms of the purposes for which they were designed and their significance as a part of the setting for human activities. Through the use of texts that describe the history of built structures throughout the world as well as an analysis of the elements of buildings and their composition, students will gain an in-depth understanding of what a building is and how it functions. Emphasis will be placed on European architecture, and students will take field trips to experience examples in Rome and Florence.

The Ancient Roman World
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the History of Rome, by exploring the daily life of Ancient Romans in relation to their language, culture and religion. As they live in Rome, students will combine classroom sessions with field trips to ancient sites of Rome and Ostia. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the historical and cultural context of the Roman world as it affected future developments in Western society.

History of the Christian Church
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the development of the Christian Church from the end of the New Testament period to the present, with special attention to the role of Rome in the development of Christianity. The course will examine the church as an institution, as a people, and a set of beliefs. Thus, while context, dates, and names establish the background for historical understanding of the institution of the church, ideas will also be explored and discussed. Students will therefore gain a historical basis for understanding current ideas and trends in the church and in ministry.

Cultural Perspectives and Italian Language
3 Credit Hours

As authors David C. Thomas and Kerr Inkson state in their book Cultural Intelligence, Living and Working Globally, “The twenty-first century world is increasingly global, and the ability to deal effectively with others who are culturally different has become a daily necessity. This globalization is being fueled by dramatic economic shifts in many countries and by advances in communications technology. We may not travel the globe but the world has come to us. Daily we have to deal with international issues and with people from other countries and cultures” (p.174). This course will maximize the experience of living in Europe by developing students' cultural intelligence to enable them to function effectively in other cultures. Cultural intelligence is a multifaceted competency consisting of cultural knowledge, the practice of mindfulness, and developing a repertoire of cross-cultural skills. As part of this course, students will develop basic Italian language ability to assist them with their study abroad experience in Rome.

International Business

Students will learn not only the major aspects of international business but also how the discipline of international business integrates with a Christian worldview and how Christians in business can live out their faith in the International Marketplace. This course will focus on how we can create value for customers, organizations, and economic powers (countries) and how we in turn gain value from international customers in return. During this course, we will engage in discussions on cultural discernment that include the Biblical principles of humility, shalom and justice as well as the caring and responsible participation in foreign culture.

Students will enroll in 15 credits and select either International Business OR Art of Architecture.

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Study Abroad
Faculty-Led Program
Full Accreditation

What does it cost?

Depending on the Opportunity you select, you will need to check with your college or university for exact costs! However, in most cases if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Rome, Italy will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!

Cost Includes: 

  • Tuition for 15 credit hours
  • Room and board (14 meals per week)
  • Airport transfers in Rome
  • Full-time onsite staff and support
  • Public Transportation pass for travel in Rome
  • Multi-day educational excursions to Florence, Pompeii, Sicily, and Greece
  • Select museum and excursion fees when part of a class excursion
  • Weekly cooking classes

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Immunization
  • Other meals
  • Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.

If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university and would still like to attend, contact us.