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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Autumn Quarter
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Program Information:

Titlesociology italy
Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
September 26- December 7, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $8,550
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites Architecture pre-professional professional students in good standing, who are selected through a competitive application process.
Program Directors Robert Corser  |
Ann Huppert    |
Tyler Sprague  |
Program Manager Ruby Machado|
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Please contact the Department of Architecture for more information
General Intended for architecture majors, this program explores Rome through the discipline, practice and study of architecture – in both its historical contexts and its contemporary condition.
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

Long understood as “The Eternal City,” Rome has never in fact existed outside of time and it presents a mutable urban landscape that is at once both ancient and contemporary. The heavy, more enduring aspects of the city, have all been underpinned and enlivened by lightweight and temporary materials, impermanent structures, and transient events. These include the temporal transformations to the very buildings understood as enduring ‘timeless’ monuments. The simultaneity of heavy and light materials finds parallels with other aspects of the city that are concurrently permanent and temporary and both visible and invisible.

The 2018 Architecture in Rome program will explore these dualities and simultaneities as lenses for a deeper and more complex understanding of the architecture, history and culture of the city. This study of the city’s inherent dichotomies highlights the dynamic tensions of Rome today. A focus on the permanent aspects of Rome allows students to recognize the given, historic fabric that has a global legacy in western culture as the historic infrastructure of Rome. The temporary recognizes the persistent construction demands on architecture and the need to accommodate changing demographics, population densities and temporary spatial requirements – all as events of brief duration and lighter weight construction that co-exist with the more permanent objects and spaces of the city.

We will address these themes by focusing on construction, and re-construction, as recurring events that leave distinct traces on both ancient and modern architecture. While construction history will be a main lens for understanding the complex palimpsest of Roman architecture, our projective explorations will focus on ephemeral architecture of today and tomorrow that must necessarily engage with the layers of history upon and within which it will be constructed.




Rome, Italy


Rome and surrounding environs, with additional travel to sites including Venice, Naples


Rome Center Staff will identify and arrange off-site housing -primarily in private apartments in Rome, and commercial hotels during out of Rome field trips.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Architecture pre-professional professional students in good standing, who are selected through a competitive application process. Walking will form a major aspect of touring during this program.


15 UW Credits


ARCH 400: Architecture Design Studio (Joint Listing ARCH 504) (6 Credits)

The Design Studio will focus on both heavy and light materials and permanent / temporary occupation of urban space. The theme will be tourism, pilgrimage and the dynamics of temporary events - including festivals, outdoor cinema, sporting events and markets.

Learning goals include:
Integrated, environmentally, culturally and contextually responsive design

ARCH 496: Architectural Studies Abroad – Urban Fieldwork (3 Credits)

The Field Study course will largely consist of on-site explorations, and will also include specific content focusing on Italian language and culture. There will be two multi-day fieldtrips starting in the north with visits to Venice and Siena, and concluding with a southern trip to Naples and Pompeii. In Rome, the course will focus on urban spaces of historic and contemporary pilgrimage. Overall course themes will intertwine historic and traditional aspects of Italian culture with contemporary issues like tourism and immigration.

Learning goals include:
Cultural and language awareness, and urban analysis and interpretation using mapping, diagrams and other, hybrid techniques of research and representation.


ARCH 491: Architectural Studies Abroad: Representation (3 Credits)

The Graphic Representation course will focus on the dynamics of the Visible and Invisible. Assignments will address both hand and digital modes of representation and will include more open ended and process-based activities like diagramming and other multi-media and time-based documentation.

Learning goals include:
Reinforcing and extending students’ ongoing professional development of graphic skills for analysis and communication of design ideas and concepts.

ARCH 495: Architectural Studies Abroad: History and Theory (3 Credits)

The Architectural History course will chart important aspects of the development of the city and its monuments, through both lectures and on-site investigations. Emphases on materials and construction methods used during different time periods and on the cityscape as framework for urban spectacle and events will reinforce the program themes, providing lenses for a deeper understanding of the material and temporal dynamics of history.

Learning goals include:
Strong contextual understanding of the historical development of Rome with awareness of counterpoints in comparative cities and sites (Venice, Sienna, Naples, Pompeii).



Robert Corser, Architecture Department, Program Director

Ann Huppert, Architecture Department, Co-Director

Tyler Sprague, Architecture Department, Instructor



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,550

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 $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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 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 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 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.


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 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.