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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Description:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Summer A 2017
June 21 – July 18, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $5,200
 Credits 12 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Barbara Noah, Federica Bianchi
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline February 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Saturday, January 28th, 3-4:30pm, UW1-102, UW Bothell
  General This program will give students from all majors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of Rome creatively and adventurously through the lens of visual art and the culture of the city, as well as each student's own unique backgrounds, disciplines, research, and interests.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

"All roads lead to Rome." Many people have been drawn to one of Italy's most vital cities, Rome, for its art, architecture, ancient ruins, food, public spaces, and cultural richness. This program will give students from all majors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of Rome creatively and adventurously. This will be accomplished through the lens of visual art and the culture of the city, as well as each student's own unique background, discipline, research, and interests, which may be incorporated into interdisciplinary studio art projects, artist statement, and Carpe Diem course writing.

Class will be held throughout Rome itself, as well as at the UW Rome Center in the Palazzo Pio in Rome's historic center. We will visit museums, galleries, churches, and other sites of visual and cultural interest in Rome, including studying art through the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio, as well as more recent modern and contemporary art. We will see artworks, architecture, ruins, and vistas, as well as cultural sites related to other arts and/or disciplines. Students will also be able to visit sites of their choice and/or select their own topics for study and incorporation into their studio art in Rome, in order to pursue individual cultural interests and issues. Students will study Italian language and culture for an introduction to basic speaking, listening, and comprehension, as well as an exploration of various aspects of the history and culture of Rome, such as identity, society, media, and other aspects of life in this engaging host country.

Our explorations in Rome, lectures about art concepts, skills, and materials, and students' own interdisciplinary interests and research will be woven together into individualized studio art projects, which will emphasize experimentation and development of concepts and process. There will be appropriate entry levels for students new to art, as well as more experienced artists. Students will choose among several media, which may include drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor, digital imaging/photography, mixed media (e.g. collage, hybrid works), small-scale assemblage/sculpture, and altered found materials. Students will also select among several visual, process, and conceptual approaches. Art will become a vehicle for your ideas.

Undergraduates, graduate students, alumnae, students from other institutions, all majors, and all levels of experience are welcome.

Ci vediamo a Roma! (See you in Rome!)



Rome, Italy


Sites in Rome, as well as possible trips to Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) in Tivoli and/or other locations in Italy



Student housing will be in private apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center at 25 minutes or less walking distance from the UWRC.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program would like to recruit students who are excited to study studio art, Italian language, and the cultural life in Rome and who have interdisciplinary interests in art and/or other fields that they can bring to the content of their work abroad. This program was developed for UW Bothell students, but students from other campuses are welcome, too, and are encouraged to apply. Participants do not need previous experience in art or Italian culture and language. Studio Art will be tailored for beginners and more experienced students alike. All majors are welcome. The program would be well served by students with the motivation to enthusiastically participate on a daily basis and with the willingness to be responsible, exhibiting appropriate behavior as a courtesy toward fellow students, faculty, and the UW Rome Center. We hope to find students who are adaptable and collegial, with good senses of humor and excitement about prospects for study in Rome, as well as the ability to walk and bus to many venues (including negotiating cobblestone streets, hills, and venues with stairs) and live and work in hot summer weather. Undergraduates, graduate students, alumnae, students from other institutions, all majors, and all levels of experience are welcome.

Previous knowledge of Italian would be helpful, but is not required, although students may study Italian before departure, if they wish. No previous art experience is necessary, so both students new to art and those with extensive art experience will be able to engage with this program.

There will be walking excursions on many days, so students should be able to manage these, often on irregular cobblestone streets, for extended distances, sometimes walking up and down hills, and often negotiating sites with many steps. It will also be summer, when the weather in Rome is often very hot and humid. Students need to be able to function well in such conditions.



12 Credits


BIS 480 (5 credits) – Carpe Diem: Roaming Rome

Instructors – Barbara Noah and Federica Bianchi

This class will visit remarkable art, cultural, and archaeological sites in Rome, revealing key aspects of the city's cultural legacy and providing a rich sense of international and historical perspective. These visits will include ancient sites like the Coliseum and venues of art historical significance like the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, as well as provide engaging perspectives on historical and contemporary art, public and private spaces, and various cultural characteristics of the city of Rome. The itinerary will include remarkable monuments, churches, and museums, as well as architecture, ruins, and vistas, and possible sites related to other arts and/or disciplines. These immersive experiences will feed the content of students' work in the Interdisciplinary Studio Art class and Italian Language and Culture. Rome itself provides a unique classroom in this course.


Learning Goals: 

  • Exposure to the art and culture in Rome through visits to historic and cultural sites.
  • Expansion of the artistic, cultural, and historical information from the site visits via readings, presentations, and research.
  • Identification of issues of interest to the student to inform class work and studio art projects.
  • Gaining life skills in a global environment.
  • Assessment is based on participation in class activities and class project(s).

BIS 480 (5 credits) – Interdisciplinary Studio Art in Rome

Instructor – Barbara Noah Students in this course will document the ideas and images discovered through their visits to artistic, archaeological, historical, and cultural sites visited in the course exploring Rome. They will utilize a selection of their most exciting experiences and influences, as well as individualized research and content from their own disciplines and interests, as possible source material for studio art projects. Students will develop visual, conceptual, and materials skills and ideas through improvisational artworks, followed by written artist statements and an interdisciplinary studio art project series of artworks. Participants will learn about art media and content and may select one or more of the following: drawing, acrylic paint, watercolor, digital imaging/photography, altered found materials, mixed media (e.g., collage, hybrid works), and/or possible small scale assemblage/sculpture. There will be appropriate entry levels for both inexperienced and experienced students; no previous art experience is necessary.


Learning Goals: 

Gain an understanding of individualized art practice developed from and inspired by students' interdisciplinary interests, research, and experiences in Rome. Incorporate this new knowledge into studio art projects. Gain skills in the use of one or more art materials. Learn to improvise conceptually, materially, and visually, followed by development of selected ideas in studio art projects. Writing an artist statement about the conceptual content and process developed in studio art projects. Assessment will be based on participation, conceptual skills and creativity, and project development and realization.

BIS 293 (2 credits) Special Topics: Italian Conversation and Culture

Instructor – Federica Bianchi

We will learn about Rome by studying its language and culture. The goal of the course is to develop very basic speaking and conversation competence as well as listening and comprehension skills. Basic Italian language proficiency will allow students to better maneuver through Italy in service-oriented and other situations. Language learning will take place inside the classroom and will enhance communication outside the classroom in Rome. Instruction about the culture of Rome, including such possible topics as identity, media, society, and food, will serve as a means by which to reveal and understand various aspects of Roman history and culture in this engaging host city. Andiamo! (Let’s go)

Learning Goals: 

  • Gain basic Italian language listening and comprehension skills.
  • Learn basic Italian speaking and conversational skills.
  • Gain communication skills that enhance students' ability to negotiate life in Rome, like ordering food, asking for directions, etc.
  • Learn about various cultural aspects of historical and contemporary Rome.

Program Directors & Staff

Barbara Noah, UW Bothell IAS, Program Co-Director

Barbara has successfully taught this abroad program for the past three years. She has extensive experience teaching college-level studio art classes in several media at multiple institutions. She is also an accomplished studio artist who has shown in such venues as the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Federica Bianchi, Program Co-Director

This will be Federica’s second year teaching in this study abroad program. She has co-directed other UW Study Abroad programs in Rome and has taught Italian language for this and other UW programs. She has also worked as a coordinator for the UW Rome Center, has taught at various universities in Scotland, and currently teaches in the Italian school system in Rome.


Program Expenses

Cost: $5,200

Estimated Program Fee of $5,200, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $16-$30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,600 - $2,000* 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 $5,200 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.