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Affiliated Department: English Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 15
Estimated Program Fee: 5000 UW Program Director: Andrew Feld, Katharine Ogle, Kevin Craft
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,,
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/24/2019 - 07/19/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,450
Credits 12
Prerequisites Previous creative writing experience is not required. Knowledge of Italian is not required.
Program Directors Kevin Craft |
Andrew Feld |
Katharine Ogle |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Extended Application Deadline March 3, 2019
Information Sessions Wednesday January 23rd, 2-3 pm in Raitt 107
General Write your way through Rome! Four week program exploring the art and history of the the Eternal City, notebook and pencil in hand.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Join a band of ink-stained adventurers for a month of concentrated exercise and conversation in and about the Eternal City. As avid readers and intrepid writers, we explore Rome from a variety of perspectives-- through history and geography, art and architecture, language and literature-- with the pragmatic goal of broadening our creative skills and understanding how an artist thinks and sees. Following in the footsteps of those poets, painters, sculptors and saints who for some two and a half millennia have traveled where all roads lead, we'll investigate the foundations of civilization and the origins of art as we write our way into the heart of the city, honing our practice as writers and observers each and every day. The Summer Writers in Rome Program is open to anyone (undergraduates, graduates, graduate students, alumni, citizens-at-large) seeking to join an intensive program in the written arts. We welcome all students. No experience in literary analysis or creative writing is presumed. Classes will held at the University of Washington Rome Center, situated in the vibrant historical center of the city, as well as out and about in the city itself. All field trips, museum visits, and excursions are included in the program fee. Housing will be in shared apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center. No knowledge of Italian is presumed or required. The student experience on this program is joyful and intense. Requirements include pluck and good humor: we value verve, adaptability, and conviviality in dealing with the vagaries of life abroad, with a group of adventurous writers. Also needed: good shoes and stamina. This program is physically vigorous, involving a lot of walking over cobblestones in a busy urban environment, dogged on occasion by Roman summer heat. Intellectual and imaginative commitment are both our method and our objective. Robert Frost said poetry is "play for mortal stakes," and that's how we see our agenda in Rome-- joyfully engaged with the fundamentals of art and life, Italian style. This program is decidedly not "Roman Holiday"-- classes meet almost every day. But the city itself is our classroom. You can expect the experience of a lifetime: collaborative learning in the ancient, ongoing sense, in the most beautiful city in the world.




Rome, Italy


Students are lodged in shared apartments, selected by the UW Rome Center. All apartments are within walking distance of the UW Rome Center.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Previous creative writing experience is not required. Knowledge of Italian is not required. The program involves a lot of walking in hot, humid conditions in a bustling urban environment. While not excessively demanding, it does require a certain stamina and fortitude in navigating the seven hills and cobbled streets in the historical center of Rome.


12 UW Quarter Credits


ENGL 363: Roaming Rome (5 credits) VLPA

Visit the sites of Rome and environs with experts in its art, architecture, history, and culture. This interdisciplinary course will include various guest speakers and field trips.

Learning goals include:
Demonstrate understanding of how art and architecture inform history and culture, and vice versa. Employ multiple perspectives to illuminate the form and function of various monumental sites and artworks. Assessment: On-site talks (oral essay) using variety of sources-written and experiential (or physically observed)-along with lecture quizzes and small group discussions.

ENGL 493: Sacking Rome: Rome From a Writer's Perspective (5 credits) VLPA

This course is designed as an introduction to imaginative thinking, from the writer's perspective, with Rome as a focus. How is language shaped to fit or press against the world of sensation? What does it mean to be an artist? 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 the cobbles 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.

Learning goals include:
Demonstrate practical and effective use of writing techniques as a mode of inquiry and cultural understanding. Assessment: daily writing prompts reviewed, discussed, and graded in small cohort; final writing portfolio containing revised prompts and exploratory, self-reflective essay.

ENGL 395: Reading Rome (2 credits) VLPA

Read and discuss historical and physical context of works from some of Rome's great poets, writers, and historians.

Learning goals include:
Demonstrate understanding of the foundations and cultural continuity of Western literature and art as discovered in Classical authors, as well as British and American writers who have traveled to Rome. Assessment: written essay and oral multi-media presentation delivered in large group context, incorporating a variety of sources-written and experiential (or physically observed).





Kevin Craft
Lecturer, English

Andrew Feld
Associate Professor, English

Katharine Ogle
Lecturer, English





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Additional Info

See English Department website for more details.