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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Apartment
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, SCBI Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:


Spend your summer in Rome! Study how Italian culture and identity are portrayed through films from classics such as Bicycle Thieves, La Dolce Vita, and Roman Holiday, to acclaimed contemporary works like Call Me By Your Name and Gomorra. Visits to filming locations in Rome illuminate how cinematic settings structure our experience of a city, a nation, and its culture. Discussions with Italian film industry representatives provide a firsthand perspective on the filmmaking process, revealing how industry structure, financial conditions, and storytelling styles shape the representation of cultural issues. The program includes a weekend excursion to the beautiful Tuscan countryside, a journey to an international film festival in Bologna, and a day trip to a beautiful beach along the Mediterranean coast.

Michael DeAngelis is a Professor of Media Studies at DePaul, and he teaches courses in film history, film analysis, queer studies, and 1960s cinema and culture. He has taught a number of courses on international cinema, including a new course that he is currently developing for Spring Quarter 2019 addressing the cinematic representation of faith, redemption and transcendence. Michael has taught in DePaul study abroad programs in Italy, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

All students will be enrolled in the following courses:
Course MCS 251/ FILM 391: Topics in Production - Spaces of Cinema in Rome
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Summer 2021
Liberal Studies Domain: Arts and Literature (A + L) or Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Michael DeAngelis
Course description The medium of cinema is a powerful tool for interpreting both how national cultures see themselves and how they convey these perceptions to international audiences. This course provides students with the chance to study the rich history and heritage of Italian cinema through an analysis of critically acclaimed films produced by the Italian film industry, from the end of World War II through the contemporary period. The settings for all of the films in the course is the fascinating and culturally rich city of Rome, from its immediately identifiable landmarks such as the Coliseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain, to its fascinating and diverse neighborhoods such as Magliana, Testaccio, and Trastevere. The course combines film screenings with visits to the sites where these films were actually made. At the film sites we will engage in both analytical and creative activities designed to enhance students' appreciation for Italian film culture.

We will examine the ways in which Italian cinematic versions of this city compare with those that American audiences have traditionally encountered in Hollywood cinema. Throughout the course we will also reflect upon how cinema uses and organizes "space," defined not only through the depiction of familiar and unfamiliar settings, but also by the boundaries of the cinematic frame. By doing so, we will develop a better understanding of the artistic choices that filmmakers make, and the expectations that they set up for their audiences on the basis of the settings that they choose for their films.
Course MCS 252: Contemporary Italian Culture through Film
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Summer 2021
Liberal Studies Domain: Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI), or Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Carolina Ciampaglia
Course description This course focuses on contemporary filmmakers who use cinema to reflect and comment upon national issues such as organized crime, immigration and emigration, transformations of family structure, and the social problems facing younger generations. The course features presentations by film directors, producers, writers, editors, and actors, along with guest lecturers by cultural historians.

MCS 252 is designed to provide an outline of contemporary Italian culture through the medium of cinema. Italian cinema has experienced a rebirth during recent decades, and a new generation of filmmakers from various backgrounds has made their directorial debut in the Italian film industry. Their objective has been to revitalize Italian cinema and find a new "cinema thought" that would reflect and comment upon the social and political concerns of a thoroughly new and diverse country, while remaining capable of dealing with the national cinematic tradition. The course examines the questions of why the medium of cinema has been serving as a particularly appropriate popular cultural vehicle for conveying the complexity of these social and political concerns.

The films selected for this course focus their attention on the microcosm of contemporary life in Italy and on the transformations determined by changes in global culture and history. Although they are aesthetically and thematically diverse, a number of trends are discernible in these films that characterize contemporary Italian filmmaking: the transformation of the structure of the family; Italy's immigration and emigration; the perennial problem of organized crime; and the difficulties faced by the younger generations in their attempt to integrate into society.

Screenwriters, directors, editors, producers, actors and actresses from the Italian film industry will be invited to discuss with the students the filmmaking process and the social and political themes that they bring out in their work. Other speakers include noted cultural historians who will provide context on contemporary social issues facing Italy.
Course Survival Italian
Course description The program also features a survival Italian course that uses creative, practical and experiential teaching strategies to acclimate students to the language. No prior knowledge of the Italian language is required.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students are housed in secure and comfortable apartments in Rome, convenient and accessible to the city center. All apartments have kitchen facilities, WiFi, and air conditioning.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

Please note that your financial aid package may be different for Summer courses than for courses in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. If you are considering a study abroad program with a Summer course, please contact the financial aid office to see how your financial aid will apply during the summer.

DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Rome Film Studies program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Learn basic Italian ahead of time if possible, it will be very beneficial for getting around Rome.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all time, especially when around touristy areas/public transportation.
  • Create a budget- you will be buying food and other items just about every day. Ask around for the best local restaurants, but also know Rome has amazing street food.
  • Don't be afraid to be aggressive and straightforward, you will be approached by scammers trying to give you things and others trying to sell you stuff, do not be afraid to tell them no.
  • Be sure to carry a VALIDATED bus ticket with you when riding transportation, you may be fined by local police if it is not validated.
  • When you arrive at the airport in Rome, stay away from fake taxis. Only take taxis that have a legit taxi sign and don’t ever accept a ride from a “taxi driver” who approaches you and asks if you need a taxi. The fixed price from FCO to Rome is €48.
  • Don't be afraid to explore the city by yourself. Go at your own pace and appreciate your environment while you have it. You will be able to explore whatever you desire. Just be aware of your surroundings!
  • Keep up with your homework.
  • Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen!
  • Be open to experiences that challenge you, whether that is traveling somewhere new, talking to someone from a different culture, staying in a youth hostel, etc.
  • Enjoy spending time with your friends abroad, but really take time to see a show, go for a walk, or eat out by yourself.
  • Utilize public transportation as much as possible.
  • Put real effort into your Italian lessons! They are invaluable.


If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Elizabeth Hall at or visit during open advising hours.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.