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Sunset in the Vatican


  • The program will be offered every other summer (2017, 2019, 2021)
  • Spend 3 weeks of your summer studying film and art in Rome

  • Early program date allows time for travel in Europe afterwards or for students to return to the U.S. for summer jobs

  • Learn from an expert Program Director: CU Film Professor Suranjan Ganguly

  • Enjoy film screenings and lectures along with visits to museums and other sites around Rome

  • Afternoons and weekends are free to explore Rome on you own

  • Program course counts for upper-division Literature and the Arts core requirement

  • Course is open to all majors


The program will be based in Rome. In addition to a trip to Cinecitta, the famous film studio, the group will visit major churches and museums in the city such as:

Students at the Colosseum
  • Galleria Borghese
  • San Luigi dei Francesci
  • Santa Maria del Popolo

You will visit several sites on your own, such as:

  • The Trevi Foundation
  • Campidoglio
  • Exposizione Universale di Roma (EUR)

Excursions outside of Rome will cover places near Naples and in Tuscany, including:

  • Pompeii
  • Solfatara
  • Cumae
  • Arezzo
  • Monterchi
  • San Sepolcro


You will be staying in fully furnished apartments, with cooking facilities, located in central Rome. Classes will be held at the ACCENT Center, also located in the center of the city.

You must check in on the start date of the program and check out on the date the program ends.


You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from Rome, Italy. Those who would like to travel together can discuss this option at the group orientation to be held in early April.


  • Course: FILM 3402
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: This course fulfills the upper-division Literature & the Arts A&S core requirement.
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See Course Description

This interdisciplinary course provides an exceptional opportunity for you to study the relationships between film, art, and culture within the context of Italian society. You will be spending three weeks in Rome, studying film and art, and visiting places of historical, cultural, and artistic significance, both in and outside the city.

There will be screenings of full-length feature films (on video/DVD) that deal with Italian art and architecture, followed by visits to actual sites in order to learn how diverse art forms interact with each other. You will be able to examine original art works and study how they are transformed on film, thus developing a dual perspective on the nature of representation itself.

The course is divided into three sections:

  1. Versions of Rome: We will study how Rome is used as an urban setting by comparing original locations in the city with their representations on film.
  2. Art into film: this section will deal with the relationships between film and painting, specifically how an artist's work influences the making of a film. We will focus on the paintings of Piero della Francesca and Caravaggio.
  3. Art, Landscape and Memory: We will explore how history, landscape, art and memory shape consciousness and desire via film.

Films include:

  • Fellini's La Dolce Vita
  • Antonioni's L'eclisse
  • Jarman's Caravaggio
  • Tarkovsky's Nostalgia
  • Rossellini's Voyage to Italy

You are required to take part in all program activities and to complete all academic work. You will take the 3 credit-upper-division course Film 3402 European Film and Culture: Film and the Italian Aesthetic. Lectures are given both in the classroom and on field trips. All lectures, papers, and exams are in English.

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • an exam
  • a journal
  • a research project, which will be a comparative study of film and its relationship to a specific site/art work.


Professor Suranjan Ganguly, Film Studies, directs the program. He teaches international cinema and offers Study Abroad classes in Rome and Paris in alternate summers. He is the recipient of the Marinus Smith Teaching Award. He will select program participants, host a pre-program orientation, lead the course while abroad, and act as resident director in Italy. His email address is


You will have most weekends, afternoons, and evenings off to explore Rome and its environs. The on-site visits will also allow you time to explore these locations on your own.



  • National Italian American Foundation Scholarship: For more information, please visit the website.

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.

  • Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship: To be granted one of these awards, the student must be able to document acceptance in an established study program of Italian language, culture or history. Applications are accepted in early spring for the fall or academic year.



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Program Reviews:
Sonya Megan De Salle, Summer 2017 Participant
I had a hard time adjusting to the dietary changes, and had digestion issues for about a week after arriving in Rome.

Summer 2017 Participant
My interactions with locals were pleasant! Store owners and restaurant owners were always pleasant because they wanted the business, they also spoke English. Basically everyone spoke English. The boys frequently cat-called myself and other girls in our group, which was expected.

Summer 2013 Participant
I was not to pleased with the lack of internet in our apartment, and with how long it took for them to respond to our front door lock being broken.

Summer 2017 Participant
I would rate this experience very highly. The course, I thought, was well structured, giving us a lot of free time to explore the city, and the in-class discussions provided us some interesting things to keep in mind as we explored. The location was great as well. Our apartment was in the center of Rome, just a few minute's walk from any of the major sites and attractions. The downside to this, though, was that there was possibly more tourists than locals around where we spent a lot of time. However, the locals that were there were therefore accustomed to dealing with Americans, and we could communicate relatively well. The excursions were good as well, as we were able to, as a class, see some of the lesser known destinations like art galleries and cathedrals that we might not have thought to visit on our own.

Summer 2017 Participant
On site staff was friendly and did their best to be helpful but cultural differences between Italy and America are definitely present. It took a couple days for pretty much anything to get done: replacing a broken key, fixing hot water problem, even responding to emails. Everything was addressed eventually, they just aren't in any hurry.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 15-DEC-2018 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.