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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Rome skyline
This course will provide a survey of Italian film history, from the silent period to contemporary work. We will examine major film movements, such as neo-realism alongside the historical shifts such as the “economic miracle” of the 1950s. We will look at landmark films and directors as they connect to these shifts in Italian cinema, charting the evolution of Italian cinema throughout the last 100 years.
While in Italy, we will then visit many of the locations, focusing on their connection to the cultural history of the country and their significance in film history. We will visit key production sites, including Cinecitta. The second part of the course will serve as an immersive experience for students as they connect with the landscapes and spaces depicted in the films, bridging the history with their own personal reflections on these spaces.  

The learning outcomes of this course are:

1. The students will engage with Italian Cinema history. Students will gain an understanding in the cultural, historical, social, and formal elements of Italian film.

2. Students will gain an appreciation for Italian culture through an examination of their films.

3. Students will gain firsthand knowledge through visits to important sites in film history,
including centers of production as well as landmark sites from Italian film history.
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Faculty Leader Dr. Robert Ribera
School of Film
Portland State University
Travel Dates July 27 - August 10, 2020

*These dates are tentative and subject to change
Areas of Study Film
Course & Credit FILM 487: Italian Cinema
8 credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Italian*

*Knowledge of Italian is not required to participate in this program
Housing Shared hotel in the city center
  • Daily breakfast is included
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Grad
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate 3.0

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Pre-Requisites FILM 131 and FILM 132, in which you must earn a minimum C+ grade
*Exceptions can be made for non-film students
Considerations If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
Application Process
(Non- PSU Students
$4,530 $1,760 $6,290
  • 8 undergraduate credits
  • Accommodations
    • Shared room in a centrally located hotel
  • Some Meals
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Welcome Dinner
    • Farewell Dinner
  • Orientation upon arrival and guided city tour​
  • A visit to three film shoot locations across Rome
  • A day excursion to Assisi, which includes visits to 
    • The Sanctuary of San Damiano
    • The Basilica of Saint Claire
    • La Rocca Medieval Castle
    • Basilica of St. Francis
  • An overnight excursion to Turin, which includes visits to: 
    • An art & visual production company
    • the National Cinema Museum
  • Transportation passes for the duration fo the program
  • A visit to Cinecitta Studios with a guided tour
  • Access to the IES Abroad Rome Center
    • Library and Computer Lab
    • Wireless internet
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Education Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health & Travel Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1200)
  • Lunches & Dinners (estimated at $280)
  • Additional transportation to/from the airport in Rome (estimated at $40 each way)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Immunizations
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
    • US passport holders must have at 6 months of passport validity beyond their expected return date to the United States

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.