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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Spring Break 2017
March 13 – March 24, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $700
 Credits 3 UW credits
 Prerequisites Students affiliated with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
 Program      Directors James Clauss; Gabriel Gallardo
 Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline January 13, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General The OMA&D-Classics: Introduction to the Ancient City of Rome provides fourteen (14) EOP students the opportunity to travel and study in one of the most important centers of Western Civilization, Rome, Italy.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

The OMA&D-Classics: Introduction to the Ancient City of Rome provides fourteen (14) EOP students the opportunity to travel and study in one of the most important centers of Western Civilization, Rome, Italy. The program consists of guided tours and class work in the UW's Rome Center under the guidance of a faculty member for a period of ten days. Learning in Rome consists of a systematic introduction to the history and topography of the ancient city, the basic principles of Roman architecture, an overview of Roman political, social and religious culture, and the reception of all of this in Medieval, Renaissance and modern Rome. Students are required to keep a journal and are asked to draw the occasional monument as a way of modelling slow and careful observation.

Upon returning to campus in Spring quarter, students reflect on their experience through a quarter long course under the Classics 399 framework. This includes weekly discussions, presentations, and group projects. Assessment is an ongoing process: work on site and in the classroom in Rome, classroom work in Seattle, essays based on journaling, drawing, and photographs, and a final project.

One of the most important aspects of this program is that it forces students to confront some of the most important and firmly ingrained sources of contemporary American cultural life. From this exposure they can trace almost all aspects of their lives––political, religious, architectural, literary, scientific, and philosophical––to Roman culture. The students, by virtue of living in this country, participate in its culture, often realizing that Roman heritage is also part of their heritage. The upshot is that students feel more ownership in American culture. What adds to this experience is that when in Rome, the local residents immediately identify the students as Americans, thus confirming an identity for which they sense little confirmation here. Thus the experience is not only intellectual but also deeply emotional. Their immersion in the study of study of art, architecture, topography, and archeology on site piques their interest in learning for its own sake.

Most of the students are focused on their future careers. The experience in Rome awakens a love of learning that many of the students had not fully recognized prior to the study abroad experience. Another aspect of the program that contributes to its success is the assembling of a diverse group of students (from low income and first generation backgrounds, and students of African American, Native American, White, Hispanic American, and Asian American backgrounds) engaged in the study of a broad range of majors. The mix allows (even forces) the students to address ethnic and intellectual differences. In the context of Rome, where these differences can be magnified, the trip allows student to explore issues around difference and similarity. Students are housed at the Pio or Campo apartments (across from the Rome Center in the Campo de Fiori). Classes are held at the Rome Center and discussions occur at various sites throughout Rome.


Rome, Italy


The program has utilized the Pio or Campo apartments (located at the Campo de Fiori) as the primary accommodations for students. These apartments have been recommended by staff at the UW Rome Center and the program director has a good working relationship with the apartment owners.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Undergraduate students that are affiliated with the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The program targets students from a variety of disciplines who have never had the opportunity to study abroad and those whose course requirements prevent them from being away from Seattle for an extended period of time during the academic year. Daily excursions to various sites in Rome are an essential element of the program, so brisk walking is part of the daily experience for students.


3 UW Credits


CLASSICS 399 (5 credits)

Students will be introduced to the Ancient City of Rome by way of a topographical survey of the historic center, with a focus on Roman Archeology and Art History, Urban Development, History, Politics, and Religion. Historical sites are visited in the mornings and in the afternoons classes will be held to discuss and evaluate what was seen. In addition, students will give on site reports (this is new) and from time to time draw some of the monuments in order to learn how to see them critically.

Learning Goals: 

Much of American culture and politics derives directly and indirectly from Roman civilization. By studying the ancient city, students will not only encounter a significant historical world capital, but they will also observe critical aspects of our national persona. What is more, Rome was from the beginning a multicultural culture, a fact that led to its success. Students will thus also explore aspects of multiculturalism in an ancient environment.

Program Directors & Staff

James Clauss, Department of Classics, Program Director

Gabriel Gallardo, Department of OMA&D, OMA&D Coordinator

Program Expenses

Cost: $700

Estimated Program Fee of $700, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $12/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 (covered by program)

*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 $100 April 14, 2017
Program Fee Balance $700 April 14, 2017


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, one recommendation 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.