Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Cinema Italiano

Exploring Italy Through Film

Films, by their very nature, have layers of implicit meanings that speak of cultural views, norms and values. This is especially true for Italian films which have built an international reputation in a variety of genres including melodrama, comedy, crime and horror over the last 70 years. These films offer a wide range of cultural protrayals of Italian identity and address such issues as gender and ethinic relations, nationalism and politics. Through viewings, discussions and visits to film locations in Rome and Florence, you'll fully immerse yourself in Italy!        

Location(s)  Rome and Florence, Italy
Term   Spring 2024
Credit   Choose 1 of the following:
• ENG 290, 3 sh
• BCJ 290, 3 sh
• ENG 379, 3 sh
• ENG 679, 3 sh 
Class Sessions Macomb campus in-person class sessions, Spring 2024. Exact time and location TBD
Travel Dates March 7-17, 2024
Housing   Hostel, hotel
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Conduct
Good status
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   Yes 
Pre-requisite None 
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until at least September 30, 2024.  For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 10-13 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your ETIAS, visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

Visa required if not a US citizen. It is your responsibility to check the website of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago for more information.  Visa cost not included in program cost. 

Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you are on your program.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to follow the policies of your host country, the CDC and TSA.  It is your responsibility to know and understand these policies.  If policies change before or during your Course, it is your responsbility to comply with the new policies.  Failure to do so can result in removal from your Course and/or the host country, financial consequences and academic consequences.

Walking/mobility/travel - Walking included in excursions but varies in length and intensity.  Expect to walk 5-8 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some excursion sites and historic areas have limited handicapped accessibiity.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces. 
You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures are in the upper 50s-low 60s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, regardless of the weather.  Layers, rain gear and sunscreen are strongly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. 

Vaccination - No vaccinations are required for entry into Italy.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,400-$3,800
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging, entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline October 31, 2023
Non-refundable deposit $1,575 due December 8, 2023 
Second payment
$2,000 due January 31, 2024
Final payment* Balance due February 29, 2024

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment, exchange fluctuations and flight costs.

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals .

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: January 15, 2024.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs.

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2024


Credit offered

ENG 290 - Option for Gen Ed Humanities credit.  Required course for Film minor.  Counts towards a major or minor in English. 

BCJ 290 - Option for Gen Ed Humanities credit.  Counts towards Broadcasting and Journalism minor.

ENG 379 - Counts as an upper-division elective for ENG majors/minors

ENG 679 - Can count towards completion of a MA in English

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Program fits your specific academic needs.  

  • Provide an overview of cinematic techniques and devices used by Italian and international filmakers in portrayals of contemporary Italian culture
  • Explore Italian culture through time spent in Rome and Florence
  • Offer insight of Italian cinema and appreciate its artistic evolution and role in the field of film studies
  • Develop an understanding of the impact films have in depicting as well as shaping cultural norms and attitudes  

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Robera Di Carmine .  






Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Dr. Roberta Di Carmine
Faculty leader

Simpkins Room 219


Information Sessions

September 19, 4:30pm

October 3, 4:30 pm

All meetings in Simpkins 214 and on Zoom.  For Zoom attendance, please complete the registration form

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