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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Quarter
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Spring Quarter
March 26 - June 1, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $8,065
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites N/A
 Program      Directors Sarah Levin-Richardson
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline November 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Immerse yourself in ancient Rome with in-depth study of ancient Roman monuments, culture, and history, We'll visit archaeological sites and museums in Rome (such as the Colosseum and the Capitoline Museums) as well as travel up and down the Italian coast looking at Greek temples and the cities buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
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Program Description

The Department of Classics Seminar in Rome, offered every spring quarter to interested students of any major, facilitates an unparalleled exploration of ancient Roman culture and civilization through an in-depth exploration of the eternal city of Rome. Participants learn about Rome's past through visits three days per week to Rome's historic sites, monuments, and museums, and through trips outside of Rome (to mysterious Etruscan cemeteries, the ruins of Pompeii, and Greek temples in Southern Italy, for example). These on-site experiences are complemented by classroom instruction at the University of Washington's Rome Center, the Palazzo Pio, located in the heart of Rome in a historic structure built over the Theater of Pompey (where Julius Caesar was assassinated!).

The program includes a course in Roman Topography, a seminar on Space, Time and the Divine: Practice and Belief in Ancient Roman Religion, and an additional writing/research course or coursework in Greek or Latin.

For those interested in ancient Roman culture, history, art, and archaeology, there is no better classroom than the city of Rome. This program takes full advantages of all that such a location offers. One of the most important aspects of this program is precisely our situation in the city itself: students thus learn about ancient Roman topography by walking the streets of Rome and, in so doing, become familiar not merely with the ancient city but with the modern one as well. The topic of the seminar is deliberately formulated to link and coordinate with the topography class and to take full advantage of our experience at archaeological sites.


Rome, Italy


Pompeii/Herculaneum/Oplontis/Paestum, Tivoli, Etruria, Palestrina


The UW Rome Center staff arranges student housing (which is always within walking distance of the Rome Center).


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites and we welcome applications from any student with a strong interest in ancient Rome and its monuments, culture, and civilization. Students with some background in this area – through previous classes in Classics, History, or Art History, for example – usually benefit the most, although this background is not required. This program is especially valuable for Classics majors and minors.

Applicants should be aware that this program does involve occasionally strenuous walking and moderately difficult terrain.


15 Credits


CLAS 399 (5 credits): Roman Topography and Monuments

The Roman Topography and Monuments class introduces and analyzes the topography, monuments, artistic and architectural styles, and building techniques of ancient Rome. The focus of our investigations will be the city of Rome itself: on Monday and Wednesday mornings we take in-city excursions through the political, historic, religious and residential areas of ancient Rome (including Rome’s famous seven hills, the Roman Forum, and other key areas). These morning walking tours are supplemented by afternoon (MW 4-5:20) classroom sessions that review the monuments we’ve visited and look ahead to what we’ll see next.

Most Fridays, we venture as a group outside the city in order to investigate the environs of Rome. Sites will include Ostia, Hadrian’s Villa, the Etruscan cemeteries of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, and the catacombs that lie outside the city walls. One overnight trip to the south will take the class to Pompeii, Paestum, and sites along the Bay of Naples.

Learning Goals

Students will learn how to describe and analyze the changes to the city of Rome (and key locations elsewhere in Italy) from the 8th century BCE to 4th century CE, as well as how to analyze the cultural, historical, and art-historical context of Roman monuments. All students deliver an on-site report during the term, and take a midterm and final. 

CLAS 496 (5 credits): Space, Time and the Divine: Practice and Belief in Ancient Roman Religion

This seminar explores ancient Rome’s public and private rituals and festivals. In addition to studying ancient Rome’s mainstream religious traditions, we also explore the influence of other religious traditions, including so-called “mystery” and eastern religions, as well as Judaism and early Christianity. We will pay particular attention to the roles that women, slaves, foreigners, and soldiers had in Roman religion and practice, as well as the intersection of these religious practices with the monuments and topography of ancient Rome and Italy. 

Learning Goals

Students will learn how to describe and analyze ancient Roman religious practices; to analyze the roles of men, women, slaves, freedmen, and foreigners in these religious practices; and to discuss the roles of monuments and topography in Roman religion. Grades are based on participation and a final exam.

Writing/Research Project, or Latin, or Greek (5 credits)

All students take, in addition to the two classes outlined above, a writing/research or project-based course, or a language course in Greek or Latin (at the second or third year level, as appropriate to the student’s ability). We make every effort to accommodate student needs.

Program Directors & Staff

Sarah Adina Levin-Richardson, Department of Classics, Program Director

Professor Levin-Richardson’s area of expertise is ancient Roman art, architecture, and culture. She has excavated in the Roman Forum and Pompeii, and has previously lived and taught in Rome.

Program Expenses

Estimated program fee: $8,065

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 you buy your ticket - $1,500-$2,000
  • Food (about $30-$40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($62/month)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Schedule

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.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $8,065 April 13, 2018

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.
  • Students can also submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually in the form of loans.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for additional financial aid, special considerations for Summer and Exploration Seminar program students, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW has some of our own, but there are also national awards available to you as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based and some are merit-based.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact your Program Manager listed above if you have any questions about the information on this page, or in the Finances section of our website.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your program directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. You can visit the orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

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

Application Process

The application includes:

  • four short answer questions
  • electronic signature documents related to UW Study Abroad policies and expectations
In addition, ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (found here: to the Department of Classics. These supplemental materials include three confidential letters of recommendation from faculty, your UW transcript, and answers to three additional short questions.

Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will receive an email from the UW Study Abroad application system.


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. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

For Non-U.S. Citizens

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: 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 may be 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 UW Study Abroad receives your signed withdrawal form.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice of your withdrawal in writing to the Program Director
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad, 459 Schmitz Hall

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.