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Affiliated Department: English Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Estimated Program Fee: 7800
UW Program Director: Frances McCue, Robert Abrams UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey
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Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
09/26/2019 - 12/07/2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,250
Credits 15
Prerequisites None. We will attempt to assure that students work well in collaboration.
Program Directors Frances McCue |
Robert Abrams |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline April 15, 2019
Information Sessions January 23rd & January 24th, 12:00-12:45 pm, Allen Library Auditorium
February 12th, 3:30-4:15pm, Allen Library Auditorium 
General Join us in reading American Literature about Rome, doing some travel writing and exploring the city. An excursion to Florence too!
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

Fables take root through oral traditions and bloom into literature, sculpture, painting, and film. In ancient Rome, fables also sift into ruins and landmarks, recalling the events, both fair and foul, that transpired there, and sometimes converting mere physical sites into hallowed ground. We’ll explore how Roman sites have been written about and imagined in various ways, from contemporary literary accounts as well as those of major nineteenth-century American writers--including Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglass and Mark Twain. How do our readings of physical places compare with what widely recognized authors have written about these same sites? With such questions in mind, we will create our own travel vignettes and work with them in a weekly writing studio. As we share these vignettes with one another, we'll build a community of reading, writing and touring. And we'll also have a chance to explore what a group of major American writers discovered in visiting and in commenting on Rome from a trans-Atlantic perspective.




Rome, Italy


With the Rome Center's assistance, students will have apartments in Rome. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None. We will attempt to assure that students work well in collaboration. No excessive walking or trekking. We will be visiting local museums and sites, including a day trip to Florence but we have not planned any formal activities that involve non-urban walks.


15 UW Quarter Credits


ENGL 363: Literature and The Other Arts and Disciplines: Connecting Literary Texts to Physical Spaces and Artifacts in Rome (5 credits) VLPA

In this literature course, we'll examine the relationships between the work of 19th-century American writers and the arts they reference in Rome: works of painting, sculpture, and architecture which figure prominently in their novels, travel memoirs, diaries, essays, and poems. Beginning with Hawthorne's The Marble Faun, we'll address how Rome emerges across its architecture, art, and ruins as a lamination of multiple histories--a trans-temporal landscape--and in the process we'll explore how immersion in the "eternal city" de-parochializes a point of view too naively situated within its own moment in history. As we pursue our literary study through writings by Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglas, Mark Twain, and Henry James, we'll discover how Rome invites hospitality to an open-ended rather than a closed, doctrinaire sense of cultural power.

Learning goals include:
To read 19th Century American literature that references Rome and see how those references layer onto the city itself; To draw connections between texts and physical works of art, architecture, and sculpture To explore the relationship between sense of place, the mutability of culture, and how this is registered in literary texts Course satisfies VLPA requirement and the pre-1900 literary history requirement for English majors.

ENGL 381: Advanced Expository Writing: Exploring Rome Through Writing (5 credits) This is a C or W credit writing course (Composition or Writing Across Curriculum)

Reading, writing and traveling are all acts of the imagination. This course will allow us to "see" the places we're visiting in real time and prepare for the places we plan on visiting. Our workshop will offer the scholar/traveler a way to synthesize her experiences, transforming them into essays, articles, poems or vignettes. Our time together will help to set a practice for writing, and exploring, within a community of other writers so we can have methods to document our experiences by keeping notebook/records of the sights, sounds, smells and impressions of the places we've visited in English 395 and transform these into more formal pieces of writing. By reading poems, stories, essays and articles that illuminate the art of travel and offer contemporary readings of Italy, we'll test out a range of styles and stances. These activities will reveal our initial assumptions about what it means to travel and to write about what we experience by traveling, using writing as a method of inquiry and imagination as well as documentation.

Learning goals include:
1) To learn on-the-ground, hands-on strategies of journalistic, creative, and scholarly travel writing; 2) To reflect upon texts by established, literary writers and identify writing strategies to practice; 4) To read, analyze, and synthesize complex texts and incorporate multiple kinds of observation and evidence to generate and support writing; 5) To develop good critical feedback practices with colleagues in order to create a dynamic learning community.

ENGL 395: Study Abroad: Connecting Fables and Spaces in Dialogue, Visits and in Writing (5 credits) VLPA

This course includes an introduction to Italian language and culture, along with excursions to Florence and to local museums and sites. We will also connect literary texts and writing practices to our site visits and use these to produce final projects. Our work will entail: 1) doing intensive research prior to actual on-site visitations; 2) reading selected studies which theorize about the nature of travel and travel writing along with texts which model forth what alert travel--and alert travel writing--entails; 3) participating actively in the tours, recording one's observations, and asking questions of on-site guides; 4) and, finally, debriefing sessions, so to speak, involving oral presentations presented to the group at large, and precipitating group discussion. The work in the course is coordinated with writing practices in ENGL 381, and with readings and seminar discussions required in ENGL 363.

Learning goals include:
1. To glean basic Italian phrases from a short immersion; 2. To connect literary analysis to observations about place and articulating these in prose; 3. To practice collaboration and learning in a non-American setting





Frances McCue
Senior Lecturer, English

Robert Abrams
Professor, English

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi 
Academic Counselor, Study Abroad Program Manager



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,250

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 about $40/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.