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  • Locations: Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Engineering Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 4800 UW Program Director: Elyse O'Callaghan Lewis, Steve Muench
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall
08/26/2019 - 09/18/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,250
Credits 5
Prerequisites No specific UW course prerequisites. Students should have a math education up to, but not including, calculus. Students should have taken some form of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (or equivalent).
Program Directors Steve Muench |
Elyse O'Callaghan Lewis
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15th, 2019
Extended Deadline March 3, 2019
Information Sessions scheduled separately, for announcements see here
General Engineering Rome is a UW Exploration Seminar that covers Roman and Italian engineering over a range of 3,000 years from Ancient Rome to the present day. It consists of one 5-credit course, CEE 409/509 Engineering Rome that takes place in Rome, Italy at the UW Rome Center for three weeks during the 2019 Summer-Fall quarter break. There will also be a once-per-week orientation session during Spring Quarter 2019.
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 relies on its proximity to over 3,000 years of cutting-edge engineering in the heart of Rome. It provides engineering students or those interested in engineering a unique international and historical perspective on engineering practice and its contributions to society. Rome is one of the richest sites in the world for exploring engineering through the ages from ancient Roman aqueducts, to Baroque basilicas, to modern subways, to sustainable life in a massive modern city. Students, will interact with local experts on Roman cities, archeology, construction, infrastructure and sustainability. Students will develop skills that allow them to analyze and evaluate civil infrastructure of all ages. Skills will be put to practice with classroom engineering analysis, expert lectures, and site visits guided by Roman experts in the engineering aspects of these sites (both modern and ancient).




Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy


Housing selection is through the UW Rome Center. The Rome Center has a standard practice of obtaining economical student housing in local apartments within walking distance of the UW Rome Center.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No specific UW course prerequisites. Students should have a math education up to, but not including, calculus. Students should have taken some form of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (or equivalent). The program involves extensive walking (up to several miles per day, Rome is a walking city), and use of public transportation. Some field trips will involve walking on uneven ground and/or areas that are not ADA accessible (e.g., stairs only no ramps or elevators).


5 UW Quarter Credits


CEE 409 (CEE 509 for graduate students taking the course): Engineering Rome (5 credits) Engineering

Enginering Rome is a single 5-credit course. It is an engineering-focused Exploration Seminar that covers Roman civil engineering over 3,000 years from Ancient Rome to the present day. Introduction to civil engineering topics reinforced by practical engineering calculations, local experts and site visits. Provides international and historical perspective on engineering and the contributions of engineers to infrastructure and society.

Learning goals include:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Communicate engineering ideas in a clear, concise and effective format both in oral presentation and written report. Assessed by a final project online article. 2. Exercise critical thinking by making engineering judgment decisions based on real-world information that is often inconsistent or incomplete. Assessed through graded homework assignments. 3. Discuss the major civil infrastructure of Rome/Venice including how it was built and the engineering principles governing its function to include, masonry arches, water supply, sewers, foundations, passive solar, roads, urban development, and sustainability. Assessed through graded homework and a final project online article. 4. Explain and analyze the function of select civil infrastructure using engineering principles, equations, and technical description. To include masonry arches, aqueducts, pavements, passive solar, and sustainability. Assessed by a final project online article. 5. Write the equivalent of a 10-20 page paper in an online format to include photos, videos, maps, a literature review, personal observations and conclusions.




Steve Muench
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Steve is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has been leading Engineering Rome trips since 2013. He teaches construction engineering and sustainability topics at UW and does reserach in roads, pavements, construction and sustainability. He enjoys Rome and sharing his enthusiasm about it through this program. More:

Elyse O'Callaghan Lewis
Teaching Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Elyse is a graduate student in Trtansportation Engineering. Amongst her diverse experiences, she has been a teaching assistant for several courses and, previously as an undergraduate, led three 10-25 person trips to Guatemala with Engineers without Boarders. She has lived extensively outside the U.S. in Germany and Nicaragua and has travelled extensively Western Europe and Latin America.





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,250

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 - $900 - $1,600 depending upon timing, connections, stops, etc. )
  • Food (about $50-$100 is typical depending upon what you choose to do/see/pay for)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11th, 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.