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Florence, Rome, and Sicily: At the Origins of Western Civilization

Conducted in English

This course traces the development of Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations present in Italy with a focus on three particular areas: Tuscany (Etruscans), the city of Rome (Romans), and Sicily (Greeks). The objective is to explore the cultures that arose in these ancient civilizations and how they have shaped and continue to affect Italy. Themes that will be addressed include art, culture, mythology, history, political and military development, comparison and contrast between the three civilizations, the relationship between them and the above-mentioned locations. Please note: On-site research in Tuscany, Rome, and Sicily throughout the duration of the academic session will provide direct access to locations and sights of interest related to course topics.

Rome: Colisseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman and Imperial Forum, Vatican City, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps.

-Taormina: Greek- Roman Theater, Cathedral, Palazzo Ciampoli, the Odeon.

-Syracuse: Greek Theater, Ear of Dionysius, Duomo and Catacombs of San Giovanni.

-Agrigento: Valley of Temples

Florence: Archaeological museum of Florence *Day trips to Fiesole (Tuscany) and Tarquinia (Mediterranean Coast)

Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday

Travel during class time is strictly prohibited.



Location: Florence, Rome and Sicily, Italy

Dates: Session I: June 18–July 16, 2011 

(Program dates are NY departure and return dates.)

Courses included: 3 credits- ITAL 45

                           3 credits- HIST 200

   1 credit (traveling course)–Cultural Introduction to Italy

                            Students earn a total of 7 credits

Faculty: Florence University of the Arts

Housing: Shared housing in apartments

Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $4880

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $1435

FUA tuition differential: $1765

Travel insurance: $40

Housing/ Hotels: $1000

QC program fee: $350

Student/Lab Fees: $290

Total cost with airfare: $5880

Airfare: $1000 (estimate)

Additional costs

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $15 to $20 per day 
(approximately $420 to $560)

Application Deadline April 4, 2011

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad


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