Human Understanding


May 24 - June 13, 2014


ROME157 - Human Understanding of the Physical World
Instructor: Dr. John Mertens, Professor of Engineering, Trinity College.
This course will study descriptions of reality, past and present. Topics include the nature of matter, the laws that govern the universe and how our human view of them has changed over the centuries, and how our descriptions of reality enable us to predict events and alter our environment. The course will also examine technologies developed by modern engineers to solve problems, and the resulting impact on society, including the relationship between energy and climate change. Students will perform quantitative analysis of physical systems, and work on individual and group design projects aimed at understanding modern engineering problem-solving techniques. 
Still haven’t done your science requirement? This course will cover that!  This course satisfies the Distribution Requirement in Natural Sciences at Trinity
Enrollment is limited to 10 students.  The program does fill up quickly so if you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.  (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

2014 Program Fee $3450


The fee includes:

  • Tuition for one course 
  • Room (double)
  • Materials
  • Four meals per week
  • HTH Worldwide Health Insurance
The fee does not include international travel to and from the program.
Any college or university student in good standing is eligible. Applicants must submit an official transcript of their undergraduate record. Admissions are on a rolling basis. The number of places is 10. Application deadline: April 1, 2014.
A limited amount of financial aid/scholarship is available for Trinity College students only.  Please contact the OSA for an application.  Students are awarded scholarship based on merit and financial need.  Applicants will be requested to demonstrate their academic performance and financial need requirements.
A $50 processing fee is required of all non-Trinity College students with the application. A $1000 nonrefundable deposit is required upon acceptance of admission to the program. The balance of the comprehensive fee is due by May 23, 2014.
Each participant is required to have a passport valid for six months AFTER the end date of their summer program - this is required by Italian law. There are NO student visas required for short term programs for citizens of the United States.  If you hold a non-US passport please be in touch with the Office of Study Away.  Orientation materials are provided to participants prior to departure.
Michelle Kollen - Summer Program Advisor, Office of Study Away or call 860-297-2387