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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Summer A 2017
June 19 – July 19, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,600
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Richard Kenney; Carol Light
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline February 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

JOIN a band of ink-stained wayfarers for a summer full of walk, talk, and literary comradeship in and about the Eternal City. As readers, we’ll consider the words and thoughts of sundry quill-drivers who followed that road before us. As writers, we'll put ourselves in their shoes, walking the cobbles daily, notebooks in hand.

If one figures the imagination of the West as a spectrum whose color-bands are the academic disciplines, Rome is the prism before the scatter. Here art and architecture, language and literature, history and geography, the color and vagary and sensate onslaught of daily life all constellate in the literary imagination. All this is fair game for us. Writers are dedicated generalists, interested in everything. Like barbarians, they ask what can we carry away? We'll test that question at the point of the pencil, transmute what we see, and so sack Rome.

The ideal participant for this program will be a writer, prepared to take intellectual and creative risks, open to the challenges and excitement of living in a foreign city, and ready for adventure. No knowledge of Italian is presumed. No experience in literary analysis or creative writing is presumed. The Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program is open to anyone seeking to join an intensive program in the written arts. We welcome all students.

Led by English Department faculty Richard Kenney and Carol Light, the program offers 15 credits in English and Creative Writing.

Classes will be held at the University of Washington Rome Center at the 17th-century Palazzo Pio, situated in the vibrant center of the city’s historical district, as well as out and about in the city itself. A number of field trips, museum visits, and excursions will also be included in the program fee. Housing will be in shared apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center.


Rome, Italy


Tarquinia, Hadrian’s Villa & Tivoli, and Assisi, Italy


Shared apartments, housing selected by the UW Rome Center


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

  • Pluck and good humor: we value verve, adaptability, and a spirited willingness to suffer minor inconveniences in the interest of the greater adventure.
  • Good shoes and stamina: this program is physically vigorous, involving a lot of walking in a busy urban environment, dogged on occasion by Roman summer heat and humidity.
  • Intellectual and imaginative commitment: Frost said Poetry is play for mortal stakes, and that’s how we see our agenda in Rome. It’s not Roman Holiday— we take our academic promises seriously. Class meets most every day. You’ll earn all of your credits. That said, we can also promise there will be no “busy work.” You’ll spend more time exploring the city than chained to a desk in a classroom. What we have in mind is the experience of a lifetime: joyful, serious, intense in every way.


15 UW Credits


ENGL 493 (5 credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to imaginative thinking, from the writer’s perspective, with Rome as a focus. What does it mean to be an artist—an American writer— in Rome? Between “what is art?” and “what is Rome?” lie the several literatures of Rome and Italy, Europe and America, travel and history, culture and archaeology. Apprenticed to all of these, walking daily with notebooks in hand, we’ll read, write, converse, and experience personally that carriage of mind which makes art sensible and possible, and so in literary terms sack the city at the center of the world.

This course can be tailored to meet appropriate Creative Writing requirements and may also count as a creative writing elective for English Language and Literature majors.

Learning Goals: 
See above. The learning goals of this class include basic instruction in the technical ways and means of the writer’s art, and more general consideration of the psychology and history underpinning them. Goals will be assessed by tracking student participation in daily activities, including field expeditions and writing circles, and by evaluating final portfolios.

ENGL 395 (5 credits)

Read and discuss the literature of Rome, including classical works in translation, as well as poetry, novels, and non-fictional accounts by Anglophone authors who made the journey to Rome before us. This course may count as an English major elective in the Creative Writing or Language and Literature Pathways. It may also be tailored to meet the pre-1900 requirement for English majors, as long as arrangements are made with the program faculty during Spring Quarter 2017.

Learning Goals: 

The learning goals of this course are to deepen student understanding of Rome’s great poets, writers, and historians (local and foreign), and to demonstrate how these writers shape modern, post-modern and contemporary American and European attitudes toward Rome. The goals of this course will be assessed by tracking student participation in daily activities and by evaluating student presentations on Rome’s poets, writers, and/or historians.

ENGL 363 (5 credits)

Roam Rome with experts in its art, architecture, history, and culture. This course will include various guest speakers and field trips. This course may count as an English major elective in the Creative Writing or Language and Literature Pathways.

Learning Goals: 

The learning goals of this course are to deepen student understanding of art, architecture, history, natural history, and culture in Rome. The goals of this course will be assessed by tracking student participation in daily activities and by evaluating student presentations on Roman art, architecture, history, and/or culture.

Program Directors & Staff

Richard Kenney, Department of English, Program Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,600

Estimated Program Fee of $4,600, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,400 - $1,800* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,600 July 7, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.