Ready for Rome?
Assumption is looking forward to another semester full of learning, faith, fun and coming together as a community, not only on the campus in Worcester, but at the College’s campus in Rome, Italy. Since its inception in 2013, Assumption’s Rome Campus has grown in popularity as students and their families have been impressed by the value of spending a semester in Rome. Here, students use the city as a classroom and can immerse themselves in italian Culture.
Named a “Top 10 Study Abroad Program” just three years after it was founded, the program continues to surpass all expectations to this day.
This year, the College is offering a four-week summer program and the semester- long program in the fall. The summer program, a recent addition, is a perfect opportunity for athletes, or those who cannot spend a full semester abroad. Alessandra Petrozza ‘19, a year-round athlete on the Women’s Swimming and Diving team said of her Summer ’17 trip to Rome, “Four weeks was the perfect amount of time to sightsee and take classes, but still get the full experience. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to travel but might not be able to spend a whole semester abroad.”
Students studying in Rome enjoy the newly renovated Villino Dufault, featuring living areas with private baths, classrooms, laundry and computer facilities, and a dining area. Villino Dufault is just a few miles from authentic Italian shopping and dining experiences, and a short walk to public transportation provides access to nearly any place in Rome. Students don’t have to travel far for authentic Italian cuisine, however since they can enjoy family style meals prepared by Chef Signora Monica Romanini when at Villino Dufault (breakfast and dinner are enjoyed as a group).
Participants in the program experience a full spectrum of not only food culture, but the nuances of the Italian people as well. Rome, a bustling and modern city offers countless events each day and encompasses everything from sports and music to fashion and art. Rome comes to life with the subtleties of European culture while maintaining its own distinct spirit unique to Italy. David Cifarelli ’19, who studied at the Rome Campus this fall, attests to the city’s vibrant culture.
“It is such a great gift to be able to witness firsthand how diverse our world is and experience the eye-opening exploration only possible through immersion,” he said.
For students like Cifarelli, the Rome campus provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Christianity and the faith-based community that has shaped spirituality in the modern world. With the Vatican City and historic churches spread throughout the Italian the city, students have easy access to learn more about the Catholic faith upon which Assumption College was founded.
The Rome Campus will be led this summer by Dean Eloise Knowlton, Ph.D. and Professor Barry Knowlton, Ph.D. who will teach Literary Foundations of the West, alongside professor Lance Lazar, Ph.D. who will teach Civilization in Rome. For the subsequent fall semester, Professors Daria Borghese, Carrie Nixon, and Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D. will lead students during their educational journey abroad. Courses offered include Renaissance Art & Architecture, Introductory Theology, Drawing, and Socrates and the Search for Truth, among others.
However, Rome and Villino Dufault are not the only destinations for students. The program includes overnight excursions in other Italian cities such as Florence, Pompeii, and Naples, as well as weekly trips to museums and the surrounding countryside. Using this philosophy of travel and learning, the city itself becomes the classroom for students studying in Rome.
Applications are now being accepted for the abbreviated summer session and for the fall 2018 semester. Deadlines are March 15 for Summer ’18 and April 15 for Fall ‘18. Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime. Apply now at assumption.edu/rome- campus/application-process, or for more information visit assumption.edu/rome. Contact Dean Eloise Knowlton in La Maison as soon as possible if you are interested.
Emily Tomanelli, a senior, studies biology. She is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.