Academic Overview

The Trinity College Rome Campus offers a broad liberal arts curriculum with courses taught in a wide range of disciplines. As much as possible all courses make use of the resources of the city of Rome and of what can be seen and experienced directly:

  • Students choose between two academic options: Three-Week Intensive Summer program or the Five-Week Language and Culture
  • Courses are designed with an experiential component in the city at large and present students with the opportunity to become immersed in their host city through site visits, walking tours and academic excursions throughout Rome.
  • Classmates are North American students from the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.
  • No Italian language experience required; study abroad students are NOT required to study Italian during the summer program, although they are encouraged to do so.


Courses: Three-Week Program

Students will enroll in one Trinity College Rome course:

Futurist Rome

This course will introduce students to Italy’s most important modern art movement, Futurism. Feeling themselves oppressed by the great weight of Italy’s past artistic traditions —the venerated splendours of Roman Antiquity, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods — the Italian Futurists composed militant artistic manifestos and explored radical new forms of expression across the various arts with the aim of rejuvenating Italy and its people. This course will examine the reach of the Futurists call to arms in various sectors of art and society (painting, sculpture, literature, music, cuisine, politics, publicity) in order to fully understand the movement’s impact and legacy.  During the course we will try to imagine how the Futurist saw Rome at the turn of the century and reflect on what it means to Italian contemporary artists today. Lectures will be complemented by numerous on-site visits in the city and a weekend trip to one of Italy’s largest modern art collections in the mountains near Trento.

Prof. Stephen Marth (1 course credit = 3.5 credit  hours)​


Courses: Five-Week Program Summer 2017

Students will enroll in two Trinity College Rome courses:

Intensive Introductory Italian (ROME 101)

1.5 course credits = 5.25 credit hours

A course designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Italian.

Intermediate Italian 1: Italian through Popular Song (ROME 201)

1.5 course credits = 5.25 credit hours
This course is designed for students at the intermediate level who wish to increase their knowledge of the Italian language through a fruitful, engaging, and creative approach focused on Italian popular songs. Students learn the "special" language of Italian songs, as well as the history and trends of contemporary Italy. Prerequisite: Italian 102 or the equivalent.

Mussolini's Rome (R228)

1.0 course credits = 3.5 credit hours
Few cities have been so transformed by ideology as Rome; its current state is a direct reflection of Fascist policy and propaganda during the period between the two World Wars. Although the emerging Fascist party initially embraced the bold, modernist forms of Futurism for its visual propaganda, Mussolini and his supporters preferred the stripped, monumental classicism known as Rationalism for their massive architectural and urban projects. This sensibility was ideally suited to Mussolini’s global ambitions, and talented architects flocked to the Fascist party as Rome was reshaped to reflect its status as resurgent Imperial power. This course will trace the rise and fall of Fascism, its influence upon the art and architecture of the Italian state, and its role in the physical transformation of Rome during the Fascist era.

The City of Rome (ROME 250)

1.0 course credits = 3.5 credit hours
We will trace the profile and examine the fabric of the Eternal City from ancient to contemporary times, from insula to borgata. We will explore the city not as a showplace of famous monuments but as a complex pattern of historical, political, and social elements that have shaped its distinctive character. Classroom lectures alternate with site visits in Rome. Assignments include readings from a variety of disciplines and field research. 

Renaissance and Baroque Art of Rome (ROME 282)

1.0 course credits = 3.5 credit hours
This survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture focuses on the works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini. The course includes visits to monuments, galleries, and the Vatican museum.



Courses are taught by faculty and adjunct professors of the Trinity College Rome Campus, and are approved as a regular part of Trinity’s undergraduate curriculum. Visiting faculty from the Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, may also teach during the Semester/Academic Year and Summer programs.


Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, issues transcripts for all courses taught at the Rome Campus. Most colleges and universities accept Trinity College Rome Campus courses for transfer credit; visiting students should arrange this in advance of the program.

Academic Policies 

Students on Trinity College Summer Study Away programs remain fully registered at Trinity, and credits and grades earned overseas on these programs are granted on the same basis as those obtained on campus. Depending on the program, students can earn up to two Trinity credits ​(7-9 credit hours) during summer study away. Students must enroll and complete the courses required for their program. For the five week program this is enrollment and completion of two courses. For the three week program this is one course.  ​

Course Registration 

You are asked to list the courses you intend to take as part of the  Trinity College Rome Campus application. All registration is handled by Trinity College Study Away – you do not register yourself for summer study away classes. If you would like to make a change to your course preferences AFTER you have submitted your application, please contact the Office of Study Away, the advisor for the Rome summer program is Melissa Scully. 


Add/drop takes place during the first two days of the classes only, and all schedule changes must be made in consultation with the Faculty Director of your study abroad program and the Office of Study Away.

Course Withdrawal

Withdrawal from a Trinity College Study Away summer course once on-site is NOT permitted except in the case of serious illness or family crisis. No refunds will be issued.​​​​​


Trinity College Rome Campus Summer courses are subject to change, and may be canceled at any time.