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

Location Perugia and Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
09/25/2019 - 12/09/2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,250
Credits 15
Prerequisites One quarter of landscape architectural or architectural history. At least one full year of design studio in a landscape architecture, architecture, or urban design program is preferred, but not required.
Program Directors Daniel Winterbottom |
Sara Jacobs |
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Application Deadline
April 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
General Explore the cultural landscapes of Italy by designing a garden for youth removed from their homes, and design and build a garden for children with autism in Perugia and tracing landscapes of water, infrastructure, and urbanism in Rome. The program will be based in Perugia for the first half of the quarter and Rome for the second half, and will include field trips to Florence, Sienna, Naples, and villa gardens in the Perugia and Rome regions.
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

Taught by two landscape architecture scholars, the program will be based for the first half in the quarter working with the University of Perugia and spend the second half of the program at what is considered the finest facility operated by an American university in Rome. At its doorstep are incomparable urban landscapes in one of Europe's most fascinating cities. The program will explore the urban form and landscapes of these two cities, and field trips to villa gardens, Assisi, Florence, Sienna, and Naples will explore the urban histories of other Italian cities. The city will be a laboratory for understanding the magnificent and unique contribution to landscape and urban design made by Italian designers in the development of western culture. In this program we will work with two communities. First, in Perugia, we will focus on the landscape design of a home for children removed from difficult home situations and who will live till age 18. Second, we will design and build a sensory garden for autistic youth who use a community based day program just outside of the city. We will explore strategies to increase well-being, reduce stress, depression and increase social engagement. This will be done considering the cultural conditions and values of this region. Field trips to local sites such as Assisi a Umbrian hill city near Perugia and to Florence and Sienna to explore the unique urban spaces, planning and material building processes and characteristics. The program will also explore the role the city and region of Rome through the lens of urbanism, infrastructure, and water. With a focus on the infrastructures of water in relationship to the processes and patterns of urban development through time, students will consider how a city the size and scale of Rome will address both climate and cultural change in the 21st century. Focusing on the Tiber River and the watershed through which it drains, investigations will frame scales of landscape and site exploring their influence and relationships. Investigations of representations of the city- its landscape and built environment will build on these foundations. Field trips outside of Rome expand the student's understanding of Italy and of Rome's role as its cultural and political center. Lectures and discussion sessions will address the geography, history, and urban design of Rome and Italy. Students also receive instruction in Italian language. The design studio will include both design-build and speculative proposals to give students an opportunity to develop and synthesize their understanding of the Italian landscape.




Perugia and Rome, Italy


Housing in Perugia will be in dormitories. Housing in Rome will be in apartments coordinated through the UW Rome Center.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

One quarter of landscape architectural or architectural history. At least one full year of design studio in a landscape architecture, architecture, or urban design program is preferred, but not required. The program will require the capacity for extensive walking and navigation of urban environments.


15 UW Quarter Credits


LARC 498/598: Landscape Architectural Studies Abroad ‚History / Theory (3 credits) VLPA, I&S

The history/theory course will consist of lectures, walking tours and visits to significant sites in Rome and on the field trips. Instruction will be supplemented with local educators and experts familiar with the location and topic under consideration. Students will be required to record these experiences in the sketchbook/journal as well as do an individual research project of a site or infrastructural system in Rome using a combination of research and on-site observation.

Learning goals include:
build knowledge of the urban history of Rome explore methods of historical research develop skills in the composition and writing of an academic paper

LARC 498 / 507: Landscape in Italy Studio (6 credits)

Exploration of landscape and infrastructural systems in the context of Perugia and Rome. The focus of the design will be developing a garden for children with Autism in Perugia and on urban water, infrastructural, and agricultural systems in Rome. The design work will engage multiple expressions of art, urbanism, and built environments.

Learning goals include:
Develop knowledge of the historical and contemporary infrastructures of Rome Develop skills in design thinking and practice Develop, represent, articulate design solutions

LARC 412: Advanced Graphic Communication (3 credits) VLPA

Advanced use of graphic media to engage site analysis and communicaton. Instruction will emphasize hybrids of hand and digital representation, as well as mapping, diagramming and 3-D representation of the urban landscape.

Learning goals include:
Learn methods of representation in the field Develop representation skills Develop skills in critical thinking and peer critique

LARC 332/598: Advanced Materials and Construction (3 credits)

Materials and structures in landscape construction. Design criteria and construction techniques for detail elements of landscape architecture. Working drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and procedures. The curriculum will focus predominantly on the materials and construction practices identified in Rome and Italy.

Learning goals include:
Understanding of material composition and uses Investigations into Life-cycle analysis Explore the relationships between common materials used in the context of Rome and Italy



Daniel Winterbottom
Professor, Landscape Architecture

Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA is a landscape architect and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. In 1995 he developed a design/build program, through which he and his students work with communities to design and build projects that provide amenities, address social of ecological concerns and provide therapeutic environments for those struggling with traumatic experiences and mental health issues. Mr. Winterbottom developed and incorporates a participatory design process in these service-learning projects to create responsive design solutions for communities in need. His book Healing Gardens, co-authored with Amy Wagenfeld was released in 2015. His awards include the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture Outstanding Educator award, 2007, the University of Washington 2006 S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award, American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Community Service 2007, ALSA Honor Awards for Community Service 207, 2011 and 2013, the EDRA/Places Great Places Award, 2010 and was inducted as a Fellow in ASLA in 2011.

Sara Jacobs
Lecturer, Landscape Architecture





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 - $1000)
  • Food (about $25)
  • 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.