Field Study in Rome, Italy

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The Arcadia University Center for Italian Studies requires field study as a component of all elective courses. Locations vary by semester, and locations are at the discretion of the instructor.

Professors provide programming with particular relevance to each course's syllabus and learning objectives, and choose destinations which ascribe to responsible tourism guidelines. They generally travel to undiscovered and off-the-beaten track areas of Italy. Field study destinations are set in advance and take place on Fridays/Saturdays. Each will be listed on the Academic Calendar which is sent with other important pre-departure information.

Listed are just a few recent examples:

  • All business course students traveled with those of The Economics of Organized Crime and Social Innovation to L’Aquila, the capital of Abruzzi region, which was destroyed by the earthquake of 2009. Thanks to a special research permit, students were allowed in the "Zona Rossa," a restricted area in the old town center, where they discussed controversy over corrupt practices before and after reconstruction.
  • In the villages of Pescomaggiore and Santo Stefano di Sessanio students witnessed successful enterprise in the form of cooperative and private investment (which take into consideration social and environmental innovation and responsibility). Economics of Organized Crime students also took a day trip to Naples, and students from all business course offerings have traveled to Sicily as guests of the freedom-from-Mafia movement, Libera.

  • Students taking Food and its Visual Representations attended the International Meeting of Slow Food (the focus for this fall field study experience was cheese) in Bra, with a side trip to Torino, where they visited important museums and saw the Holy Shroud. Previous spring students visited an exhibit by Arcimboldo in Milan.

  • Performance in Rome, Rome as Performance students toured the beautiful Bay of Gaeta area, between Rome and Naples and the archaeological theaters and museums there. They also visited an ‘open-air’ museum made up of abandoned WWII relics.

  • Students taking Museum Practices visited Naples and the closed chambers of Pompeii with their professor.

  • Human Rights in Historical Perspective students participated in an international conference on Human Rights for doctoral candidates at the European University in Fiesole and received accolades from the organizers for their preparation and participation. They then stayed on a farm near Fiesole.