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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Affiliated Department: Comparative Literature, Italian Studies Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 4800 UW Program Director: Claudio Mazzola
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall
08/16/2019 - 09/13/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,250
Credits 5
Prerequisites n/a
Program Directors Claudio Mazzola |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline March 3, 2019
Information Sessions January 18th from 2.30 to 3.30 in Padelford 247C
February 8th from 2.30 to 3.30 in Padelford 247C
February 15th from 2.30 to 3.30 in Padelford 247C
General This seminar allows the students to became familiar with the city of Rome and its culture. Then the students have the possibility to express their views with a fifteen minute documentary that they shoot in groups.
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

As the seminar focuses on the way the city of Rome has been portrait in cinema by Italian and American directors, Rome is an obvious choice for this course. Walking tours will help the students familiarize with the different parts of Rome and its unique history. Because of the still existing multiple layers of the different cultures that dominated Rome, the walking tours provide an unique visual opportunity for the students to understand how different is Rome from all other European cities. The documentary that the students, divided in groups, are going to shoot as their final exam will put them even more in direct contact with the local culture. Most of these documentaries have topics that involve the everyday life in Rome (often a comparison between Italian and American culture) which put our students directly in touch with Italians and their way of thinking trough interviews, discussions, etc. I believe this is a rather unique and effective way to truly stick to the label "Exploration Seminar" because the students get a formidable opportunity to truly explore and live the city of Rome.




Rome, Italy


Students will stay in apartments that are selected by the staff at UW Rome Center.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



5 UW Quarter Credits


CMS 320/ITAL 356: Framing Rome (5 credits) VLPA

This course is divided in two parts: a theoretical one and a practical one. During the first part we will analyze the way in which Italian and American directors framed the city of Rome in their movies (we will screen approximately 5 or 6 movies). Some specific reading from different disciplines (architecture, art history, sociology, cinema, etc.) will help understanding the relation between characters (tourists, visitors) and space in cinema and in other disciplines. After some specifically oriented excursions through the streets of Rome, during which we will familiarize with the sense of space and the monuments in Rome, students will be asked to write and shoot a short documentary on Rome. No previous shooting experience is needed

Learning goals include:
To allow students to familiarize with the notion of the encounter between two cultures. One people travel abroad they reach the foreign country with certain notions about the local culture. what happens is a sort of clash between one' own culture and the new culture. This can produce a number of reaction on the visitor as well as on the locals. Through cinema first and then when they make their own documentaries, students understand the active role they can take in breaking with stereotypes or continuing using them in representing the foreign culture with which they have become very familiar.









Claudio Mazzola
Senior Lecturer, Italian Studies

Professor Claudio Mazzola taught Italian Cinema at the University of Michigan, Vassar College, The College of the Holy Cross and The University of Washington. He has led this Exploration Seminar for the past twelve years.







Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,250

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 - $1,500)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • 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.