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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Early Fall 2017
Wed August 16 – Fri September 15, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,400
 Credits 8 UW credits (undergrad) or 5 UW credits (grad)
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Anita Ramasastry, Jason Mayerfeld, Walter Walsh, Sabrina Tatta
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Comparative Law and Politics in Italy, Europe and the US (Please note: Europe, not EU.)
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Program Description

Italy, a member of the European Union, is a country involved in many legal challenges focused on topics as diverse as immigrant rights (being the closest point to North Africa by sea), the death penalty and criminal justice, law and religion and rights to privacy, for example. It is also a member of the Council of Europe and its Court of Human Rights. Italy and Europe provide an interesting comparison to the United States in terms of legal culture, legal institutions and also the protection of fundamental rights.

The program is centered around a seminar course on legal institutions and law and society. In addition to time spent in the classroom on academic materials, students visit a wide range of institutions and meet a variety of experts working in Rome.

The program is designed to be challenging and academically rigorous. It uses Rome as a setting to explore some central issues in law and society, including the design of legal institutions, the impact of institutional design and local culture on legal developments. The program pays primary attention to Europe and Italy. However, because a central component of the course is migration and immigration of people and the movement of capital, the program also focuses on issues related to globalization. The program is housed at the University of Washington Rome Center. This will be our thirteenth year running the program at the center. We have developed an extensive network of local experts – from professors, to politicians, government officials (e.g. Supreme Court, Ministry of Justice, Consumer Protection Authority, Privacy Commission), lawyers and human rights advocates. This year we will focus much of the program on migration and refugee policy, given the current Syrian crisis and the current challenges being faced in Italy and the EU.


Rome, Italy


Geata, Rome


The UW Rome Center will assist with program housing and seeks to identify suitable furnished apartments that are safe, well equipped and within walking distance to the Center. We work actively with the Rome Center team if issues arise with respect to the suitability of facilities.



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is for advanced undergraduates and students in the law school. The program is open to students from all majors who are interested in an academically demanding study-abroad program on legal institutions and law and society. We have been able to be very selective in past years and able to bring a diverse group of accomplished students.

The ideal student is an accomplished undergraduate or law student who is interested in law and looking for an academically intense and challenging study-abroad experience.

Ideally having taken an LSJ course at 300 level or above (or equivalent in related discipline) LSJ courses are offered through the department of Law, Societies, and Justice.

Students should be comfortable walking throughout the city and will need to bring comfortable walking shoes for our excursions and outings. Students will be apprised of concerns regarding heat and humidity during August.


8 UW credits (undergrad) or 5 UW credits (grad)


LSJ 495(8cr for undergrads and 5cr for grad students)

This course compares legal cultures and institutions in Italy, Europe, and the United States. We will explore the history, theoretical underpinnings, institutional architecture, and lived reality of these legal regimes, as well as the social, cultural, and ideological forces that have shaped their development. Our focus will be on individual rights, in particular the right to due process, freedom from arbitrary and disproportionate punishment, immigrant rights, refugee rights, and freedom of religion. A major theme is the interaction of Italian and European legal regimes with respect to individual rights.

Learning Goals of LSJ 495: 

Students will enrich their understanding of US legal institutions and culture, receive an introduction to the Italian constitutional and judicial system, and gain basic knowledge of the legal norms and institutions associated with the European Union and European Convention on Human Rights.

Students will develop skills in

  1. analyzing court cases,
  2. understanding social science research, and
  3. comprehending institutional processes.
Further, they will cultivate their ability to interact with legal professionals and other experts.

Knowledge will be tested in seminar participation, quizzes, a discussion paper and presentation, a final exam, and (for the undergraduate students) a reflection paper.

Survival Italian & Culture Component (language, cooking, museums) Basic service-oriented language skills developed (how to order in a restaurants, coffee shops, markets). Tour of Rome and visits to local points of interest.

Learning Goal: The ability to interact and engage in a culturally sensitive fashion. Improved navigation and understanding of host culture and country.

Program Directors & Staff

Anita Ramasastry, Department of Law, Program Director

Sabrina Tatta, French and Italian Studies, Program Co-Director

Walter Walsh, Department of Law, Program Co-Director

Jason Mayerfeld, Department of Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice Program, Program Co-Director


Program Expenses

Cost: $4,400

Estimated Program Fee of $4,400, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $45/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500 - $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 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,400 October 13, 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.