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

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Spring Quarter
April 1- June 7, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,365 (includes $450 Study Abroad Fee)
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites This program does involve occasionally strenuous walking and moderately difficult terrain. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are a must.
Program Directors Sarah C.
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General Roman Innovation and Engineering! In this Spring’s Classical Seminar in Rome, we will approach the ancient city—and the ancient world—through its marvels of innovation, engineering, and (often surprisingly) advanced technologies.
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 Spring, the Classical Seminar in Rome offers students of any major an exciting—and unparalleled—exploration of ancient Roman innovation, engineering, culture, and civilization through an intensive (and fun!) exploration of the archaeological sites and museums in Rome and beyond. Students become hands-on learners through thrice-weekly visits to Rome's historic sites, monuments, and museums. In order to speak to this year's focus on ancient innovation and engineering, we will take a weekend trip to Siracusa, Sicily to learn more about Archimedes and his inventions, and an end-of-quarter day-trip (overnight, budget allowing) to Florence, to visit the Museo Galileo and the Museo Leonardo da Vinci. Our experiential learning is complemented by seminars held in the UW's amazing Rome Center, housed in the Palazzo Pio (itself built into a marvel of ancient construction engineering, the Theater of Pompey, dedicated in 55 BCE). The Program includes a standard course in ancient Roman Topography and Architectural / Construction Engineering, and a Seminar in ancient Roman "Innovation and Engineering," where we'll investigate topics ranging from Archimedes' use of military engineering against a Roman fleet in 212 BCE, to Roman hydraulic engineering (sewers, aqueducts, and baths), to the invention of Roman concrete, and the ways it changed the world. In addition to this, each student will take a third course consisting of either the ancient languages (should the students have such) or a directed independent study research project. There is no better classroom for the past than the city of Rome itself, and in the Spring of 2019 we will enter this classroom with an eye to the amazing tales of innovation and engineering (and more!) that it holds. From the still-flowing Cloaca Maxima, to the Pons Fabricius (Rome's oldest bridge, built in 62 BCE, and still in use, a wonder of Roman concrete engineering), to the soaring dome of the Pantheon (still the larges unreinforced concrete dome in the world), to the complex hypogeum of the Colosseum (with its network of elevators and trap doors), to the astounding examples of bronze, stone, and glasswork in the museums of the area, where we see highly advanced materials science technologies intersect with breathtaking art. As we look at the past with an eye to the present, we will engage daily with the modern city of Rome—indeed, we'll spend far more time on the streets and sites than in the classroom—and the ways in which is continues to be shaped by its past.



Rome, Italy


Site visits will include the archaeological remains of the city of Rome and its environs (from the Pantheon to Baths of Caracalla, from roads to bridges and from aqueducts to the Great Drain).


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

Field Trips

A weekend trip to Siracusa, Sicily, and a day trip to Florence.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

This program does involve occasionally strenuous walking and moderately difficult terrain. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are a must.


15 UW Credits


CLAS 399: Roman Topography and Monuments (Joint listing LATIN 465) (5 Credits, VLPA and I&S)

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 the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the Campus Martius). Brief afternoon classes at the Pio on Monday and Wednesday will review sites visited, prepare for future sites. Approximately every other Friday, we will venture as a group outside the city in order to investigate the environs of Rome. Sites will include Ostia (Rome's ancient port), the complex labyrinth of catacombs that lie outside the city walls, and more. A weekend trip to Siracusa, Sicily, is planned, as is an end-of term trip to Florence to study Galileo and da Vinci (these two trips tie this seminar in with our other). Each student will deliver a site report; there are two exams.

Learning goals include:

CLAS 496: Ancient Roman Innovation and Engineering (Jointing Listing LATIN 565) (5 Credits, VLPA and I&S)

This year’s seminar focuses on ancient Roman innovation and engineering technologies and—a bit more broadly—the development and progression of advanced ancient technologies as a whole, starting with the Hellenistic period and extending into the early Roman Empire. From the engineers, mathematicians, and mad scientists of the Hellenistic period (and Alexandria) to the birth of Roman roads and aqueducts, the discovery of concrete, ancient science fiction in the early Imperial period, and the remarkably advanced use of nanotechnology in Roman glassmaking (for which we have material and textual evidence!). While this will be primarily a classroom-based seminar, we will intertwine our explorations with our site visits for the 'Topography' course. In addition to class time and some site-visits in Rome, a weekend trip to Siracusa, Sicily, is planned, as is an end-of term trip to Florence to study Galileo and da Vinci (these two trips tie this seminar in with our other). Students will give one in-class report on a research topic; there will be two exams.

Learning goals include:


A third course in Latin or Greek language, or as an independent study, will be available according to student need and resources. More on this at our earliest orientation meetings.


Learning goals include:



Sarah C. Stroup, Department of Classics, Program Director

Prof. Stroup’s research focuses on late Republican political and philosophical dialogues in their cultural context; late Republican textual culture; late Republican and early Imperial political satires and dystopian fiction. Her teaching focuses on Greek and Roman sport and violent spectacle and STEM in the ancient world. In both her teaching and her research, Prof. Stroup is interested in the continuities and conflicts between the ancient world and the modern use of it. Prof. Stroup received her BA degrees (Latin; Philosophy) at the UW, and participated in the Classics in Rome Seminar in her senior year. This will be her fifth time leading the program as faculty, and it is one of her favorite things to do. She also loves pizza, but eats it only in Italy.




Program Expenses


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 – 1,700)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: Month Day, Year

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


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.

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