The Crossroads of Culture, Art and Religion
The Loyola Summer Program in Italy takes us into the streets of Rome, Bologna, Florence, Orvieto, Tivoli, Venice and Verona where we will encounter the vibrant modern culture of Italy within its ancient and medieval worlds. Our classrooms will be in the atrium of an old Roman villa, under the grand stoas of St. Peter’s Basilica, and in the streets, museums, and churches. We will go underground to explore Orvieto’s columbarium and the famous art of its Duomo. In Florence, we will visit the masterpieces of the grand Uffizi Galleria; while in Bologna and Verona, we will explore 16th & 17th century art as well as artifacts from the ancient Roman world. In Venice, we will be guided through the Jewish Ghetto of the 1500s and its three historic synagogues, and we will visit the historic sites associated with Ignatius.
Our time in Rome includes an audience with Pope Francis and a visit to the Roman-era necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica. We also encourage an excursion to explore the inside of St. Peter’s cupola and the rooftop view of Rome—not for the faint of heart. Our study will include an extensive visit of the Vatican Museums.
Students interested in the Italy Study Abroad program are encouraged to attend an informational booth on October 17 (Tues), 12:30-1:30 in the Danna Center.
RELS S220/H220 Biblical Literature in the Roman and Medieval Contexts
Dr. Terri Bednarz will help students explore biblical literature through the works of art found in the historic churches of Rome, and in Rome’s finest museums and galleries. We will see how early Christian literature plays out in first century Roman structures by studying the houses of Ostia Antica and other artifacts of the ancient Roman world such as a necropolis, a columbarium, and a catacomb. We will explore the different levels of antiquity as we go under the Church of San Clemente down to the remains of a Roman-era Mithraeum. Our study will take us on excursions to Orvieto, Tivoli, Bologna and Verona where we explore how Etruscan and Roman remains enlighten our study of Biblical narratives and images.
RELS S222 / H222 In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius
Dr. Mary Jo Kaska will bring our Ignatian roots alive as we visit early Jesuit sites around Rome, including the Chiesa del Gesù, Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio and its piazza, Collegio Romano. We will visit the rooms where Ignatius lived and died. We will see the hidden iconic image of Ignatius appear in mysterious lowering of an old painting at Gesù. She will take us through the steps of Ignatius in Venice. In Florence and Bologna, she will connect us with the Jesuit history in sites around these historic city centers. During the papal audience, we will listen to Pope Francis (a Jesuit) give his public greetings to Loyola University—New Orleans.
VISA O294 / H294 Art & the Jesuits in Early Modern Rome
Dr. Anna Mecugni will help students explore St. Ignatius’ Jesuits and their multiple roles in the rich cultural milieu of 16th- and 17th-century Rome, including the order's contributions to significant historical developments in the overlapping worlds of art, religion, and politics. For this course, students will visit churches, galleries and museums to see the original works of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Bernini, and other master artists of the period. In Florence, we will consider how art played a role in shaping religious thought as we visit such places as the famed Uffizi Gallery. In Bologna and Venice, she will introduce us to works of art from the early modern period that still stun visitors today.
Students are required to participate in ALL field excursions in the program. They must register for two of the three courses (6 crs.) in order to participate in this program. Students must arrive at their Rome housing on June 1 (between 11:00-1:00pm) and depart their Bologna housing on June 30 (before 10:00am).
Regular Course Schedules
- S220/H220 “Biblical Literature in the Roman Context” will be offered on Tuesdays.
- S222/H222 “In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius” will be offered on Thursdays.
- O275/H275 “Art & the Jesuits in Early Modern Rome” will be offered on Fridays.
- Wednesdays will typically be an interdisciplinary event day that involves all three courses.
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. - Morning Session w/ Excursions
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Afternoon Session w/ Excursion
Travels outside of Rome will have a different schedule due to the nature of travel. Excursions to Tivoli, Orvieto, Florence, Bologna, Venice and Verona will include museums, galleries and archaeological sites related to course materials. Free time is also built in for students to explore these cities on their own. All travel is by local transportation, primarily train.
For a view of the program calendar, visit the Bulletin Board outside of the 4th floor of Bobet. Brochures and calendars can be picked up at this location. See also Dr. Bednarz in Bobet 403.
On June 9-11, students will have a three-day program break. They are encouraged to take a day-trips outside of Rome on their own. There are relatively inexpensive places to explore. Students are encouraged to research areas of interest before embarking to Rome. They may ask professors to help them organize a trip, or to accompany them. During the break, trips are at the sole expense of each individual, and are not included in the program cost.
The program costs $4300 (does not include airfare). This amount includes accommodations in Rome, Florence and Bologna along with free breakfasts offered at the hotels. Rome’s housing does not include meals. Other costs covered by the program include local transportation (buses and metros) and inter-city travel (trains and buses), entry fees for course-based archaeological sites, museums, gallerias, tuition (6 credit hours), and medical insurance.
The program fee does not include airfare, meals, or personal expenditures. Students will also need funds for food, entertainment, and optional week-end daytrips. There are nearby grocery stores and a common refrigerator and kitchen is provided in student housing. Students should research their desired activities and food expenses BEFORE arriving in Rome in order to effectively construct their budget. Internet travel sites and guide books are helpful resources for planning a budget abroad.
The online application and a non-refundable deposit of $600 are due by March 9. The balance is due by April 1. There is a late fee of $400 for any unpaid balance. After April 15 refunds (less the deposit) are made only if the student is able to find an acceptable replacement. After May 1 there is no refund offered. Students are encouraged to apply for the LaNasa Scholarship for study abroad.
All program fees must be submitted to the Center for International Education in Mercy Hall Room 301.
All students participating in study abroad programs are required to pay the university study abroad fee of $300. This amount will be billed separately by Student Finance.
Note: Because certain hotels are paid directly by the University in euros rather than dollars, if the euro strengthens against the dollar to 1.30 or higher, students may be asked to pay an additional surcharge on or before April 15. Students, who are unable or unwilling to pay the surcharge, may opt out of field excursions that require hotel stays.
The program is subject to cancellation in the event of a natural disaster, destabilization of the political atmosphere, or insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation, all monies will be refunded. In light of the above-mentioned reasons, students should avoid purchasing non-refundable airfare until they are informed that the program will move forward (typically around March 1).
Students accepted into the program are required to attend two preparatory meetings in Bobet 332:
- Wednesday, April 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
- Wednesday, April 25, 6:00-7:30 pm
While in Rome, our housing will consist of shared rooms on the campus of St. John’s University, Collegio Leoniano (via Marcantonio Colonna 21, 00192 Roma, near Vatican City and Piazza diPopolo). It is located a block from the metro station, Lepanto, and within ten-minute walking distance of historic old Rome and Vatican City. For excursions in Florence and Bologna, we will be staying in hotels within the historic city centers.
Loyola's general academic policies apply to study abroad programs. Students must participate in all study excursions, and complete all assignments in order to fulfill the requirements for the courses. Make-up assignments will be given in the instance of unavoidable and excused absences. Students must check with their academic departments to determine that the credits and/or grades will be accepted toward graduation requirements. Students must register for two courses (6 crs.) in order to participate in this program. Grades will be submitted to the Office of Student Records on August 15, 2018.
Students must have a valid, up-to-date passport. U.S. citizens do not need visas, but other countries’ citizens may need one. Students who do not hold U.S. passports are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa. Students must have a valid Passport BEFORE the April 25 meeting!
- GPA requirements 3.0 (lower GPA requires faculty recommendation).
- Student applications must be submitted and approved.
The Center for International Education will be happy to discuss health care concerns related to study abroad. Because of the particular challenges, both mental and physical, that integration into a new culture and learning environment place on an individual, students currently receiving treatment for any chronic illness are strongly recommended to talk about plans to manage health conditions abroad with a physician, psychologist, or counselor.
This program includes activities that will involve using public transportation, negotiating stairs, walking significant distances (approximately four to eight miles daily) often on uneven and cobbled-stone pavement, enduring hot climates and attending scheduled classes. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform any of these activities or have other special needs or disability-related concerns, contact CIE at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (504) 864-7550.
Students with medical needs that require "refrigerated" medicine should know that refrigeration access will not be consistently available and cannot be guaranteed.
Dr. Terri Bednarz, RSM, Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies. She earned her B.A. from West Texas State A & M University, M.A. from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago) and Ph.D. from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. Her research interests include the social and cultural context of the early Christian world and early Christian literature. Currently, she focuses on humor forms and functions in the Roman world and its relevance for understanding agonistic accounts in the Christian Bible. Her studies of Roman and Christian antiquity have included extensive travel abroad, including Christian Origins in Asia Minor in Turkey; The Italiaidea Linguistic and Cultural Program in Rome, Pompeian and Roman Villas in Rome and Pompeii, and CTU Biblical Lands Study Program in Malta, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan.
Dr. Mary Jo Kaska has facilitated service learning and educational trips in Guatemala, Mexico, Israel, Italy, Spain, Canada, and within the United States. Her interest in Ignatian Spirituality began at Loyola University New Orleans where she earned a B.A. in Religious Studies and Master of Religious Education (MRE). She earned her doctorate in Biblical Interpretation from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University where she taught Biblical Hebrew to graduate students. Dr. Kaska teaches in the department of Academic Foundations at Tarrant County College and continues research in feminist and ecological interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.
Dr. Anna Mecugni is an art historian and curator from Italy based in New Orleans. She holds degrees from the University of Bologna and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research has focused on the tableau vivant as a hybrid genre that challenges cultural assumptions and stereotypes through embodiment and appropriation. She has taught art history, film studies, and Italian language and culture courses at Vassar College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was granted the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
*PROGRAM NOTE: The papal audience depends on Pope Francis’ travels and the necropolis excursions under St. Peter’s Basilica requires approval from the Scavi’s archaeologist. In past Italy programs, we have always secured entry to both the papal audience and the Scavi visit, but students should know an unexpected disruption can occur. The program calendar and excursions are also subject to change as Roman sites might unexpectedly close or shifting our schedule might serve the students and the program. Should changes need to occur, we will provide students with other fascinating opportunities for engaging Italian culture and history.