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

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Winter Quarter
January 5-March 14, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,300
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites Only Jackson School students eligible for Task Force will be admitted. Eligibility is first determined by the advisors at the Jackson School and communicated to the Program Director.
Program Directors Frederick Michael Lorenz JD, LLM-, Ambassador (Ret) John Koenig- Co-Director
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline October 10th, 2018
Information Sessions Information sessions will be held during the first week of October, details on time and place will be posted in September.
General The JSIS 2019 program in Rome will provide an unparalleled opportunity for students to study and understand the current security challenges facing Europe and brief a high level diplomat on the results of their work.

Program Description

This will be the third year of the JSIS winter quarter program in Rome. The Task Force has been part of the International Studies major at the Jackson School since 1983. It gives students an opportunity to provide leaders with substantive policy recommendations based on rigorous research and evaluation. During the winter of 2017 the program included a Task Force devoted to US Foreign Policy in Europe. In the winter of 2018 the Task Force program continued with two groups, one devoted to NATO Russia Relations, the other devoted to Brexit. In 2019 we will again offer two Task Forces. Each one will be related to the primary five credit course offered by one of the instructors. Both faculty members have extensive contacts in Europe that will enhance the educational environment. Before departure from the US, students will be assigned to Task Force teams that will begin assess the current security situation in Europe. In the fall we will meet in Seattle to identify important issues and develop the scope and focus of the Task Force Reports. In Rome they will meet with local officials the State Department, International Organizations and NGO’s. In 2017 and 2018 students visited the NATO Defense College and were hosted by the Turkish Ambassador to Italy at the Turkish Embassy.



Rome, Italy


Naples and Pompeii


Private Apartments are made available through the UW Rome Center.


Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The program is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in international security focusing on Europe. As with the 2018 program, only Jackson School students eligible for Task Force will be admitted. There are no special physical requirements. Those who can walk around the city will benefit most from the program.


15 UW Credits


JSIS A 416: NATO: European Security Challenges in a New Era (5 credits)

The course will begin with an historical review including the legacy of World War II, the Marshall Plan and the development of NATO since its founding in 1949. The enlargement of NATO has been viewed as a threat by Russia, and tension on that subject continues to rise. Europe is now heavily dependent on Russian energy supplies, vulnerable to economic threats, and struggling to develop a common security policy. The recent events in Libya and The Crimea present new challenges to European Security that will be covered in depth in the course. The instructor has developed a working relationship with the NATO Defense College in Rome, a full day visit to the College and regular assistance from NATO is planned.

Learning goals include:
To help build an in-depth and historically informed understanding of the security challenges facing Europe in a time of new global forces and trends. Methodology: Classroom discussion, short written assignments and a final classroom role playing exercise will be used to assess student learning.

JSIS A 350 : U.S.-Europe Relations: the Global Atlantic Alliance in Crisis (5 credits)

Transatlantic relations are too often perceived through the prism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In fact, most effective transatlantic policy coordination in the global realm occurs outside the NATO framework, through bilateral partnership and a range of regional or global institutions. The course will examine developments since the end of the Cold War to understand how the United States and Europe have set the global agenda, establishing and maintaining norms, addressing international crises and advancing common interests. Special attention will be paid to the role of the European Union, but also to the G7/G8, the “special relationship” with the United Kingdom, and successful (e.g., the Paris Climate Accords), partially successful (e.g., the Rome Statute) and unsuccessful (e.g., the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) initiatives. This historical context will inform examination of the current crises in transatlantic relations and the role of the U.S. and Europe in facing challenges to the global rules-based order. Classroom discussion, outside speakers and field trips will be combined to develop student understanding. Several short policy papers and a final exam will be used to assess student learning.

Learning goals include:
To help build an in-depth and historically informed understanding of the security challenges facing Europe in a time of new global forces and trends.


JSIS 495: Task Force (5 credits)

The Task Force has been part of the International Studies major at the Jackson School since 1983. The original format was modeled on the Presidential Commissions common in policymaking in the United States. Graduating seniors work on important international issues through rigorous coursework in a wide variety of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary settings. The titles of each Task Force, as well as the Task Force description, will be announced 60 days before the beginning of the program in Rome.

Learning goals include:
The Task Force gives students an opportunity to provide leaders with substantive policy recommendations based on rigorous research and evaluation. In Rome it also provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand the current challenges facing Europe and brief a high level diplomat.



Frederick Lorenz, JD, LLM, Senior Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, Program Director

John Koenig, Program Co-Director




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,300

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

Payment Due Date: January 25th, 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 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

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 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.