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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2019 11/15/2018 11/27/2018 04/01/2019 06/07/2019
Program Information:

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Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Spring 2019
April 1- June 6, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $9,400
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Susan Pitchford- pitch@uw.edu
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline November, 15 2018
Information Sessions Oct. 3rd: 4pm-5pm @ Savery Hall 245
Oct. 23rd: 1pm-2pm @ Savery Hall 245
Nov. 9th: 12:30pm- 1:30pm @ Savery Hall 245
HIGHLIGHTS
General This program focuses on how Christianity changed in a few short centuries from a marginal, outlaw movement to the most powerful and influential institution in western civilization and beyond. This historical emphasis is balanced by hands-on experience working in a refugee center, where students learn how contemporary Italy is dealing with the current migrant crisis.
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

Christianity began as a small group of people who gave up material comforts, status and even safety to preach a message of nonviolence and concern for the poor and outcast. This message was fundamentally at odds with the values of the Roman Empire, which responded with vicious persecution. Within a few centuries, however, the tables were turned; Christianity became first tolerated, then the official religion of Empire. In a time that knew no separation of church and state, the church became the dominant temporal power in Europe, and carried out its own persecutions on critics without and within. This program turns the lens of sociology on the institution of the church and asks, “How did this institution change in the course of its transition from small foreign sect to the seat of power in Europe, and how did it change Europe in its turn? What happened to the ideals of the founder and his followers when popes became princes and controlled armies?” The program examines the evolving relationship between church and worldly power in ancient Rome, the medieval period and beyond. Although the acquisition of wealth and power certainly changed the nature of the church, there were always forces pulling it back to the original vision—the Franciscans, the Protestant Reformation, and mystics throughout its history—and the church has had to respond to these challenges. The program will examine all of these forces as examples of the ongoing tension between worldliness and otherworldliness in the history of the church.
 

LOCATION

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Rome, Italy

Sites

The program is based in Rome, but there will also be trips to Pompei, Naples and Sorrento, as well as Assisi and Florence.

Housing

Student housing is in shared apartments, arranged by the staff of the UW Rome Center. Student preferences for location and roommate assignments will be accommodated as much as possible..

Field Trips

There will be trips to Pompei, Naples and Sorrento, as well as Assisi and Florence.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Apart from the two credit pre-departure seminar (Winter 2019), there are no prerequisites. Italian language skills are helpful, but not required; the pre-departure seminar will include some practice with useful phrases. Rome has a very good public transportation system, but students can expect to do a significant amount of walking. Additionally, the building that houses the UW Rome Center does have short flights of stairs. One of these now has a chair on a track that can get an average-sized person up to the elevator, but others don't.

Credits

15 UW credits

Courses

SOC 401A: The Roman Empire and the Early Church (5 credits)

The Roman Empire and the Early Church (5 credits) This course will examine the Roman Empire into which Christianity was born, and how the Roman world changed as the church moved from the margins to the center of power. There will be an emphasis on visiting the sites in and around Rome where events key to this story took place. This course and Soc 401b (below) will be taught by the program director but also include guest speakers and local guides.

Learning goals include:
1. Give students experience using the sociological perspective to understand an important and evolving institution in its historical context. 2. Develop students' analytical skills by examining alternative theoretical arguments in light of empirical (historical) evidence. 3. Give students opportunities to develop their writing and speaking skills through essays, journals and oral presentations. Some presentations are done individually and some in groups, so students also have the opportunity to develop skill in working collaboratively. 4. Studying abroad in particular gives students the opportunity to develop global perspectives, which will help make them thoughtful citizens who can think through global issues and assume leadership roles. I&S


SOC 401B: Secularization and Revival in Christianity (5 Credits)

This course will focus on the tensions between the church and the world: What factors pushed the church in the direction of seeking worldly status, wealth and power, and what factors pushed it back toward its original mission? The topics we’ll be discussing include, among others: the persecution of the early church; the effects of the Emperor Constantine’s legalization of Christianity; various reform movements; and the ongoing tension between the mystical and institutional forms of Christianity.

Learning goals include:
1. Give students experience using the sociological perspective to understand an important and evolving institution in its historical context. 2. Develop students' analytical skills by examining alternative theoretical arguments in light of empirical (historical) evidence. 3. Give students opportunities to develop their writing and speaking skills through essays, journals and oral presentations. Some presentations are done individually and some in groups, so students also have the opportunity to develop skill in working collaboratively. 4. Studying abroad in particular gives students the opportunity to develop global perspectives, which will help make them thoughtful citizens who can think through global issues and assume leadership roles. I&S

 

SOC 195: Study Abroad: Sociology (5 Credits)

For this “service learning” program, students will serve as volunteers at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, which serves refugees from a variety of countries. They will work with American, Italian and other staff (all English speaking) to provide food, clothing, recreation, English tutoring and computer training to some of the neediest people of Rome. In addition to making a contribution to the community, in this course students will be reminded that Rome goes on; life in Rome today is full of modern issues and challenges. This course will be supervised by the program director, in collaboration with the director of the JNRC. Additionally, students will be required to turn in periodic reflections on their service learning (and other) experiences, and to discuss those experiences in a group setting.

Learning goals include:
1. Serving at a refugee center in Rome, which receives a large number of refugees each year, gives them experience doing hands-on work in a diverse, international setting, which will be useful to them in pursuing internships, graduate study and careers. 2. To work at the JNRC, students must quickly learn to cross linguistic and cultural gaps and connect with people from various countries of Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Although the Center can be intimidating at first, in past programs it's been remarkable how quickly students find ways to make those connections. This is experience that will never leave them. I&S/DIV

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Susan Pitchford, Sociology, Program Director

Susan Pitchford is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Pitchford lived in Rome for several years as a teenager, and has returned there often as an adult. She has directed study abroad programs in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Northern Ireland as well as Rome, and she has a longstanding interest in the sociology of religion.

pitch@uw.edu

 

 

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

$9,400

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 $48/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: Month Day, Year

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.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW 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.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  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. Here 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 goglobal@uw.edu 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 CONSIDERATIONS

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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.

Orientation

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

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Visas

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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.

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 disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.