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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Affiliated Department: Law, Law, Societies and Justice Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English, Italian UW Credits: 5, 8
Estimated Program Fee: 4415 UW Program Director: Michael McCann, Rachel Cichowski, Sabrina Tatta
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,,
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall
08/14/2019 - 09/13/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,865
Credits 8 credits
Prerequisites We have no strict pre-requisites but we take note and give priority to students who have had certain LSJ or Poli Sci courses and any Romance Language, especially at the college level.
Program Directors Sabrina Tatta |
Rachel Cichowski |
Michael McCann |
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15th, 2019
Information Sessions All information sessions are held in Gowen Hall 1A (Olson Room): 1/9/19 3:00-4:00pm; 1/15/19 12:00-1:00pm; 1/17/19 2:00-3:00pm
General This study abroad program in Rome, Italy explores law and society in Italy, the United States and Europe and the rights of individuals. Students and faculty visit with government officials, attorneys, academic experts, and NGOs based in Italy. In past years, students have met with top ranking officials in the Italian Government, including Italy’s Foreign Minister and judges from Italy’s Supreme Court. Program includes Italian language, museums, cultural experiences and a weekend excursion to Gaeta on the coast.
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

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 as well as on additional research and work in groups focused on themes in the seminar. 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. Students also work with faculty on crafting ideas for reflection papers that invite students to incorporate what was learned through course materials and the site visits. 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 15th 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, 5 Star Party Senators), lawyers and human rights advocates. This year we will focus much of the program on migration and refugee policy, given the current challenges being faced in Italy and the EU.




Rome, Italy


Student housing is usually no more than a 20 minute walk from the UW Rome Center in furnished apartments that they share with as few as one other student or as many as 7 other students. The apartments are all different. Some are on the same piazza as school and others are a 20 minute walk. Some are loud and others are in a more quiet alley. The Rome Center assigns a given number of apartments to us and we take into account student requests of who they'd like to be housed with or the type of student they wish to be housed with (early-risers vs night owls, graduate students, when we've had them, ask for other grad students and we honor those requests). Students who are very young or have mobility issues are always housed in the school building so that they are living in same building as at least one faculty member.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

We have no strict pre-requisites but we take note and give priority to students who have relevant LSJ or Political Science courses and any Romance Language, especially at the college level. We do not feel we can make physical fitness a requirement but have found that students with mobility issues are challenged by the environment (cobble stones, walking tours, housing with steps). When students are up to the challenge, it can be an empowering experience.


8 credits UW Quarter Credits


LSJ 495/POLS 495: Comparative Legal Culture (8 credits for undergrads credits) I&S

This course on comparative legal culture is grounded in several basic assumptions. First, law at once reflects, shapes, and expresses – which is to say, it "constitutes" – the particular social or cultural contexts in which it is embedded. This course provides preliminary and provocative comparative study of legal practice in the United States and Italy. Topics covered include: legal institutions, courthouse architecture and rituals, legal education and legal careers, immigration and immigration reform, criminal justice, juvenile justice, and the death penalty. Contact Hours 8-10 hours per week in classroom, 6-8 hours per week on expert interviews/site visits/additional lectures and presentations, 8+ hours for group work (undergrads will write additional research paper based on interviews with experts)

Learning goals include:
Learning Goals (what are the specific learning goals and objectives for this course, and how will they be assessed?) Basic mastery of reading material – and critical reflection on experience with different legal culture and conception of rights in Italy and Europe – 2 quizzes, and one expert discussion paper during seminar/small group projects over the course of the seminar/final exam (in class). Ability to review new legal challenge or case and understand the role of culture and different legal institutions in shaping the outcome (research paper) Ability to interact with legal professionals and other experts and to have conversations/conduct interviews – Students will prepare for and interview the experts we meet Have basic understanding of structure of Italian legal and political system and of European intuitions (EU, Council of Europe European Court of Human Rights) 2 quizzes, and one expert discussion paper during seminar/small group projects over the course of the seminar/final exam (in class) Final reflection paper due in late Oct after return to Seattle

The students do not have this course on their transcript: Survival Italian (not for credit) (0 credits) The language and culture component is not for credit but is required and students are expected to attend unless they are ill. We meet a min of 22 hours in class but more than 22 if we count cooking classes and excursions to practice service-oriented Italian to local salumerie, gelaterie, coffee shops and the market. Some Italian class excursions are optional but usually the majority of students attend these anyway.

The Italian language component of LSJ in Rome is designed to help students navigate service-oriented situations in Rome (how to order food, for instance). The Italian language class also provides a daily opportunity to touch base about upcoming extra lectures, site visits, excursions, and cooking-lesson or grocery-shopping excursions. It's a chance to remind students how to dress for site visits, what to say and do to during and after site visits with local experts (etiquette), etc.

Learning goals include:
The Survival Italian component of LSJ in Rome is designed to introduce students to enough Italian language basics as to make the navigation of service-oriented situations in Italy easier. Once students learn the rules of pronunciation, basic verb structures and some vocabulary, we practice ordering food at a deli, ordering in a restaurant, calling for help , taking the train, etc. In addition to learning how to navigate service-oriented situations it is the goal of this language component to help students learn a form of linguistic etiquette that enables them to be better guests in the host-nation. Demonstrating a respect and understanding of the host culture and language makes for a better experience all around. We do not award credit for this component. We also review aggressive language (Enough! I'm calling the police!) and what to do in various situations such as pickpocketing and/or harassment (draw attention to yourself, seek help from locals, leave the scene, always travel with others and avoid consuming alcohol, etc).







Sabrina Tatta
Advisor and Lecturer from Sept 15-July 15 2019 with FIS. I have a 10 mo appointment in FIS, French and Italian Studies

Rachel Cichowski and Michael McCann
The Department of Political Science and the Law, Societies and Justice Department





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,865

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 - TBD)
  • Food (about TBD)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 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.

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