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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Autumn Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
9/22/2019 - 11/29/2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,850
Credits 15
Prerequisites Students are selected on their academic record, their applications, and the recommendations of their former faculty.
Program Directors Ken Tadashi Oshima |
Galen Minah |
Katrina Deines
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Application Deadline
March 3, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information.
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

This program will focus upon the multiple urban, social, cultural dimensions of the "food city" between Rome, Venice and beyond. Food and produce are inherently temporal, yet connected to multiple dimensions of production that engage local and global spheres. Students will observe the entire cycle of production from farm to table, both in Rome and northern Italy during a tour that will also investigate cities including Vemoce and Genoa. Sites in Rome will include close analysis of the Campo de' Fiori, Mercato Esquilino, Mercato Trionfale, and other food markets through daily, seasonal, and annual cycles and their relationship with respective farms. The program will then build on history/theory lectures, urban analysis and observation through drawing and watercolors. Students will design a culinary exhibition/event space at the Mattatoio in Testaccio for their final project.




Rome, Italy


The UW Rome Center selects suitable apartments for the students based on cost per student, proximity to the Rome Center and the numbers and gender of the students.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students are selected on their academic record, their applications, and the recommendations of their former faculty. There is considerable walking involved in urban analysis/field trips.


15 UW Quarter Credits


ARCH 506/400: Design Studio (6 credits)

Six credits of studio work focusing on a food related design project (urban analysis, documentation, and design for a food related architectural project)

Learning goals include:
Design in an historic setting, design using information gathered from site. Students will be evaluated on the completion of the project and its appropriateness in its setting and for its users.

ARCH 491: Architectural Studies Abroad - Representation (3 credits)

Sketching, watercolor, modeling and other presentation techniques including the integration of freehand drawing and painting with digital media.

Learning goals include:
Interpretation and representation of what students experience in Rome and on field trips throughout Italy, and the presentation of design projects on the program. Students keep sketchbooks, complete drawing and painting assignments, and are evaluated on their design studio presentations.

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

History and theory of architecture and urbanism in the city of Rome and in Italy. Students will complete a project.

Learning goals include:
Understanding of the threads of history and ways in which cultural changes make architecture and cities.

ARCH 496: Architectural Studies Abroad - Urban Fieldwork (3 credits)

Team-based exploration, analysis and interpretation of urban form and architectural contexts in Rome's old and new quarters, focusing on food markets and the populations they serve.

Learning goals include:
Working in teams, students will do research, observation (and drawing), analysis, documentation, and presentation of subjects that they will incorporate in their individual design projects. Their history courses will be lectures combined with walking tours that will focus upon the evolution of Rome as a continually changing urban environment. Drawing and painting instruction will focus upon the representation of architectural and urban space, color and light, landscape and atmospheric perspective, and the observation of detail.



Ken Tadashi Oshima
Professor, Architecture

Galen Minah
Associate Professor, Architecture

Katrina Deines
Emeritus Professor




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,850

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 - approx. $1700)
  • Food (about 35.00 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.