Semester and Summer Programming
AIRC's partnership with California State University, Fresno, which is administered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education in partnership with the College of Arts and Humanities, support's the University's internationalization vision as articulated in its Strategic Plan for Excellence.
We are excited about this new partnership and are pleased to be able to expand Fresno State's role in promoting global education. Our alignment with AIRC will offer hundreds of students the opportunity to receive academic credit for world-class educational programs in Rome, and we are pleased to be a leader supporting international education opportunities.
Russel Statham, Manager for Administration and Global Operations
Semester and Maymester Programming 2007-2011
From 2007 to 2011 AIRC ran a semester program in Classical art/archaeology and Mediterranean culture jointly with the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.). This program was highly successful and innovative through its curriculum, which included hands-on excavation experience as well as travel to Tunisia to explore the ancient world and its far-reaching impact on subsequent periods and cultures.
The program also included students from Brown University, Davidson College, Trinity University of San Antonio, University of Southern California, and the University of Texas at Austin.
From 2007 to 2011 AIRC also ran a highly-regarded Maymester program in Rome for the College of the Holy Cross.
Summer and Short-term Programs
I’ve enjoyed working with AIRC for almost ten years. Darius Arya was my assistant for NEH summer seminars for college and university faculty in 2002, 2005, and 2007 and our programs benefitted tremendously from his superior working relationship with Roman archaeological authorities. In 2008 and 2009, AIRC was the locus of two summer programs for the Plan II Honors program of the University of Texas at Austin (and we will repeat them after my current work for a project of the Max-Planck Society ends). They could not have gone any better: the logistics were superb and the academic programs were tailor-made rather than routine. Personal attentiveness was outstanding as was the caliber of the courses. This is what sets AIRC apart from other providers in Rome. They are cutting edge, producing a special experience, and you really get more than your money’s worth. Another plus is that AIRC is versatile: in 2010 they made excellent arrangements for a short summer program I directed for the Society of Biblical Literature and in the fall, a workshop I conducted for several dissertation fellowship recipients for my grant project on Roman memory. I cannot think of a better organization in Rome to meet such needs.
Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Director, Max-Planck International Award Project Memoria Romana
For the first time ever, the Smittcamp Family Honors College in conjunction with the Classics program at Fresno State decided to create a short-term study abroad experience in Italy for an upper division general education requirement. Both our faculty and students could not have had a better experience during the three weeks with AIRC. From the moment we were greeted at the airport to the day we left, all arrangements made for housing, transportation, and visits to sites went like clockwork. Professor Albert Prieto provided masterful guidance and study materials for our overnight trip to Pompeii and at Hadrian's Villa, and he ensured that we had an excellent experience in Rome as well. All of the staff at AIRC, including Albert, were extremely friendly and helpful. Overall, the experience surpassed all expectations, and we look forward to creating future programs with AIRC.
Innovative Programming and Partnerships
I have worked with the AIRC for ten years, including several years’ service on its board of directors. I have seen the Institute grow and diversify its offerings during this period. After many years of development, I believe that AIRC now offers the best undergraduate summer programs in the field of Classics and Roman Archaeology in Rome.
AIRC has had many students from Oxford, Stanford, USC, the University of Texas, Holy Cross, and other liberal arts colleges and research universities, and is an ideal program for anyone with interest in the Classics.
In addition, the Institute is an innovative organization that promotes study of issues pertaining to heritage preservation, combining its strong background in archaeology and conservation with expertise in social media and video. It is a sign of how highly it is regarded in Rome that the Institute has been asked to collaborate directly with the Italian Ministry of Culture as well as other academic organizations present in Rome.
AIRC is a focused, well-run academic institution whose programs should interest a wide range of students from Classics and Archaeology to Communications, Graphic Design, History, Religious Studies, Video Production, and Social Media.