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CHID Italy: Dialogues Across Time

Rome, Verona, Padova, Venice, Florence, Italy

Term Offered: 
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2015

The CHID Spring Rome Program offers three courses that take full advantage of Rome's unique character as an historical and urban palimpsest, with multiple layers of development that transcend but include the preceding ages in an intertextual dialogue across time. The course on "Gift and Sacrifice" explores in a foundational way the primordial origins of all societies through relations of reciprocal exchange, obligation, and religious piety. "The Eternal City and La Dolce Vita" situates students within the cultural context of Italy, and Rome in particular, as a place visited throughout history for artistic and literary inspiration. A third course, "Eloquent Bodies," will illuminate visual traditions across Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque art collections in Rome. The program will also offer students an opportunity to become acquainted with the monuments and cultural heritage of four other cities in Italy: Verona, Padova, Venice, and Florence.


  • ENGL 395 / CHID 471 A: Gift and Sacrifice (5 credits, I&S/VLPA)
  • CHID 471 B: The Eternal City and La Dolce Vita (5 credits, I&S/VLPA)
  • CHID 470 C: Eloquent Bodies: The Depiction of the Human Figure in Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque Art Collections (5 credits, I&S/VLPA)


Fulfills Requirements: 
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
I&S Credit
VLPA Credit
Total Program Fees: 

*Note that the fees stated above include the CHID fee of $300 but do not include some additional costs, including, but not limited to: airfare, Study Abroad Insurance (about $60/month), and personal spending money. Remember that these costs will differ by program. Be sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal information for details about the fee structure and payment schedule.