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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore Type of Program: Free Standing
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ashley Trump Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Art and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, No or Minimal Language Requirement
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Drexel in Italy: Summer in Rome

Rome Landscape Picture

Program Overview

Ever since Romulus and Remus built their huts on the Palatine Hill, Rome has been an important political and cultural center. It was the unparalleled capital city of the ancient Roman Empire, and the Roman Catholic Popes and today of the modern Republic of Italy. The enchantment of the city lies in these layers of history which are everywhere exposed to tantalize, fascinate, and delight. Rome also lies at the heart of a modern transportation network that can take you anywhere in Italy—in a simple overnight train trip, to many places beyond. When you are finally weary of the art and the history, Rome offers other distractions and diversions—the food, the wine, and even the beach are only a subway ride away.

The Drexel in Italy, Summer in Rome program is a unique opportunity that allows Drexel students to spend 4 weeks living and studying in Rome. This program is open to all majors, particularly students interested in Literature and Fine Arts. It is run in partnership with the University of New Orleans "UNO" (UNO is also Drexel’s partner for the Cork Writing Workshops and the Summer in Montpellier programs). All courses are taught in an interactive and experiential way, incorporating site visits and field trips so that the classroom extends into the city itself.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore, Pre-Junior, or Junior
  • Must be in an academic term in the summer term (not on spring/summer co-op or a summer vacation term)


Courses are taught in English. Drexel students take classes with a mix of other American college students, exposing them to a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students choose to take two courses in areas such as Music, Literature, Fine Arts, or History. Each course is worth 4.5 Drexel credits, for a total of 9 credits, and is taught on an accelerated 4 week schedule.

Rome Course Offerings 2020
Additional Course Requirement
In addition to courses taken in Rome, all students are required to undertake an Independent Study (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member. This means choosing a subject and identifying a Drexel professor within that department to oversee and grade your independent study. You could choose to research a personal interest topic or a subject within your major.

Alternatively, students may opt to take an online section of a Drexel summer course, but should keep in mind that online course selection and subjects are limited.

Students will receive 9 Drexel credits and Drexel letter grades for this program (GPA bearing). In addition to the courses taken in Rome, all students are required to undertake an independent study (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member or an online course (minimum 3 credits). Review the Study Abroad Grading Scale.

Program Calendar

Summer 2020 Term Dates
Start Date: June 27, 2020
End Date: July 24, 2020
Note: Students are expected to arrive in Rome by the first day of the program and leave housing on the last day of the program. 

Class Schedule
The courses run on an accelerated 4 week session. Classes meet Mondays –Thursdays leaving long weekends for individual travel and group excursions. All classes are taught primarily in the field, and the cost of museum admissions and/or transportation is included in the program fee. Students will convene each day in a general meeting room, before going out to learn hands-on throughout the city.

Weekend Group Excursion
Students will spend a long weekend together in Florence where students will explore the art, culture, and wonders of that particular destination. This weekend excursion is required for all students and is included in the program fee.


Participants will be housed in apartments within easy access to local transportation. This program allows students to be part of Rome as a resident and not just a tourist. Participants will be given a thorough orientation to the surrounding living area as well as to the city and be expected to take public transportation to meet classes independently, on a daily basis, in locations all around the city. All participants will receive a bus/metro pass to use for the duration of the program.

Students are encouraged to be independent and to use their leisure time to their best advantage as long as mandatory meetings, excursions, and classes are attended.


U.S. Citizens are not required to apply for a visa to go on this program. International students should consult the Italian consulate or embassy for more information about visa requirement.

Cost and Financial Aid

Program Costs
2020 Program Fee: $1,900 

The Program Fee will be billed to the students' Drexel eBill for the summer term. 
Included in the program fee Not included in the program fee
  • Apartment accommodation - fully furnished with AC, internet, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Class field trips, museum entrance fees
  • 4 week bus/metro pass
  • Weekend excursion to Florence, including lodging and transportation
  • Onsite staff during the length of the program
  • On Call emergency assistance
  • Round trip airfare 
  • Full-time Drexel tuition (please note this program is a full time program. Check with Drexel Central to better understand what your tuition and financial aid for this program) 
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Spending money
  • Miscellaneous

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/02/2020
Rolling Admission 06/27/2020 07/24/2020
NOTE: Priority deadline: October 15th. Applications completed by October 15th will qualify for a $50 application fee waiver! Applications completed after October 15th will be reviewed after the final February 1st deadline and do not qualify for the application fee waiver.

NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Summer 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Priority deadline: October 15, 2020. Applications received after the October 15th priority deadline will be reviewed after the February 1, 2021 deadline.

** See NOTE Above*

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