Academic Overview

Admissions requirements

Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA (lower GPAs will be considered on a case by case basis).

Assessment and grading

The course work required varies with the nature of the material covered. Instructors are likely to use some combination of papers, final exams, projects and oral presentations. Grades are awarded by instructors on a 4.0 scale, which assigns values to pluses and minuses within the letter grade awards:

  • A – Outstanding achievement
  • B – Achievement above that necessary to complete the course requirements
  • C – Satisfactory
  • D – Work barely meets requirements
  • F – Fail
  • I – Incomplete (this grade may stand only for one week after completion of the course)
  • W – Withdraw


Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences may lose all or partial credit.

Course selection

Choose one 3-credit course from the four listed. Courses should be approved by your advisor or appropriate person at your home school prior to registration.

Credit hours

Credit are in parentheses. Credits for each course are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study. Classes are taught Monday through Friday for a total of 45 hours.


No participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.


Choose one of the courses below. With the exception of the Italian Language, all courses are taught in English. A minimum enrolment of 10 is required to confirm a course.

  • AVC 5840 (3 credits) | Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC – 2000 AD
  • ITL 3831 (3 credits) | Elementary Italian I (A1 CEFR)
  • RLG 5810 (3 credits) | Comparative World Religions
  • SCL 5855 (3 credits) | Culture and Style in Italy