"Living abroad for a year changes your life. It's not just the friends you make, but what you see. You're living amid another culture and speaking another language. You never come back and look at where you started the same way. It changes everything.
It's a magnificent opportunity.
We are the most diverse university in the United States. Our students come from many places, not just Oakland; but they typically come from very poor families and most of them have not been outside the United States. With student loans and starting families, they could be in their 40's or 50's before they have an opportunity to experience another culture.
That's what the Rome Prize really does. It gives them a jump start, an intensive period of time to light their fire: to set their tastes for study abroad in a longer period of time."
Pre-requisite courses: The Arts of Rome (3 units), Italian Language and Culture (1 unit)
Study Abroad: This course (17 day intensive in Italy) will examine Rome and Florence through 3000 years of history. In Rome students will study important sites, view artifacts and experience spaces spanning 500 BCE to 1700 CE. Simultaneously students will participate directly in everyday life in “The Eternal City”, such as planning Roman meals, buying food in open air markets, watching opera and observing and recording what Rome is today. Students will also study for three days in Florence as a means of comparing urban areas and analyzing the origins of the Renaissance. Students will be required to read assigned texts before visits are made to corresponding sites; as well as keep a daily writing journal, students are required to write a one page presentation on a specific historical figure (as assigned) as well as create a culminating activity (3-4 page analytical essay, 5-7 page written memoir/reflections, or a personalized project with approval from Professor Cusano)