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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break (Sp)
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Quarter
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Program Information:

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Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Spring Break
March 18 - March 28, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $1250
Credits 3 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors James Clauss
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General ENGL 493: Exploring An American Sense of Place, Identity and Citizenship in Rome

Program Description

The OMA&D Rome Study Abroad Program provides fourteen (14) EOP students the opportunity to travel and study in one of the most important centers of Western Civilization, Rome, Italy. The program consists of guided tours and class work in the UW’s Rome Center under the guidance of a faculty member for a period of ten days.

Learning in Rome consists of a systematic introduction to the history and topography of the ancient city, the basic principles of Roman architecture and art, an overview of Roman political, social and religious culture, and the reception of all of this in Medieval, Renaissance and modern Rome. Students are required to keep a journal and do on-site oral presentations.

One of the most important aspects of this program is that it forces students to confront some of the most important and firmly ingrained sources of contemporary American cultural life. From this exposure they can trace almost all aspects of their lives––political, religious, architectural, literary, scientific, and philosophical––to Roman culture. The students, by virtue of living in this country, participate in its culture, often realizing that Roman heritage is also part of their heritage. The upshot is that students feel more ownership in American culture. What adds to this experience is that when in Rome, the local residents immediately identify the students as Americans, thus confirming an identity for which they sense little confirmation here. Thus the experience is not only intellectual but also deeply emotional. Their immersion in the study of study of art, architecture, topography, and archeology on site piques their interest in learning for its own sake. Most of the students are focused on their future careers. The experience in Rome awakens a love of learning that many of the students had not fully recognized prior to the study abroad experience. Another aspect of the program that contributes to its success is the assembling of a diverse group of students (from low income and first generation backgrounds, and students of African American, Native American, White, Hispanic American, and Asian American backgrounds) engaged in the study of a broad range of majors. The mix allows (even forces) the students to address ethnic and intellectual differences. In the context of Rome, where these differences can be magnified, the trip allows student to explore issues around difference and similarity.

Students are housed at the Pio or Campo apartments (across from the Rome Center in the Campo de Fiori). Classes are held at the Rome Center and discussions occur at various sites throughout Rome.



Rome, Italy


Numerous historical sites, museums, and one out of town day trip to two cities near Rome (Tivoli and Subiaco).


The program has utilized the Pio or Campo apartments (located at the Campo de Fiori) as the primary accommodations for students. These apartments have been recommended by staff at the UW Rome Center and the program director has a good working relationship with the apartment owners.




Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Daily excursions to various sites in Rome are an essential element of the program, so brisk walking (sometimes up to 5-6 miles a day) is part of the daily experience for students.


3 UW Credits [Program plus meetings and completing an additional project during Spring Quarter 2018 ].


ENGL 395: OMA&D Rome Program (3 Credits)

Like many of us, we have several definitions of who we are which describe who we are in relation to someone else or what we are or where we are from. Some of these definitions are easily given while others are extracted or assigned to us unwillingly or are simply wrong, inaccurate, even hateful. Never is our sense of self and place more challenged than when we travel and find ourselves not only outside of our country, but also outside of our language, culture, and personal history. How many times in the US do you say that you’re an American compared to how many times you might say in while in Rome? Does saying you’re an American in the US serve a different purpose than it does as a tourist/student in Rome? If someone in Rome is rude to you, can you tell whether they’re being rude because of your nationality, your race, your gender, or your inability to communicate in Italian? In your reading, Goethe writes, “Every foreigner judges by the standard he brings with them.” What “baggage” did you bring with you?

Learning goals include:
Much of American culture and politics derives directly and indirectly from Roman civilization. By studying the ancient city, students will not only encounter a significant historical world capital, but they will also observe critical aspects of our national persona. What is more, Rome was from the beginning a multicultural culture, a fact that led to its success. Students will thus also explore aspects of multiculturalism in an ancient environment. VLPA



James Clauss, Program Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $1250

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 - $1,200)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: April 12, 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 attend an in-person 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.