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

sociology italy
Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn 2018
October 1 – December 6, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $7,800
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Richard Kenney & Carol Light
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General What does it mean to think like a poet? To think like a natural scientist? If the imagination of the West were a map, why would so many of its roads lead to Rome? Come read, write, walk, travel, and fill a literary sketchbook with us while we talk about these things.
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

LIFE is sharper at the point of a pencil. Join us for a Mediterranean autumn full of walk, talk, and literary comradeship in and about the Eternal City. As readers, we’ll consider the words of poets and novelists who followed that road before us. As writers, we'll put ourselves in their shoes, pounding the cobbles daily, notebooks in hand. As scientists, we’ll explore the natural history of Italy, north and south.

Art and science, language and literature, history and geography, the color and sensate onslaught of interdisciplinary life all constellate in the literary imagination. Writers are dedicated generalists, interested in everything. Like barbarians, they ask what can we carry away? We'll test that question, transmute what we see into writing, and so sack Rome.

Led by English Department faculty Richard Kenney and Carol Light, the program offers 15 credits in English and Creative Writing. We welcome all students. No experience in literary analysis or creative writing is presumed.




Rome, Italy


Classes will be held at the University of Washington Rome Center in the historic city center, as well as out and about the city.


Housing will be in shared apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center.

Field Trips

We’ll take several field trips, north to Tuscany/Umbria and South to the coast. All museum admissions, site visits, and excursions will be included in the program fee.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Rules of Engagement:

  • Pluck, good humor, and a spirited willingness to suffer minor inconveniences in the interest of the greater adventure.
  • Good shoes and stamina: Rome is best negotiated on foot. We’ll do a great deal of walking over cobbled streets and occasionally rougher terrain.
  • Intellectual and imaginative commitment: what Robert Frost called “Play for mortal stakes.” Joyful, serious, and intense in every way.
  • No knowledge of Italian is presumed or required. Some language instruction will be offered during the program. In reviewing applications, we’ll be most interested in imaginative nerve and personal adaptability. As noted, this is an intensive program designed for generalists. That noted, experienced literature and creative writing students will be given first priority in admissions, and engaged at an appropriately advanced level in Rome. 


15 UW Credits


ENGL 493 (5 credits)

The famous monuments and cultural treasury of the city will serve as laboratory benches. We’ll offer rigorous review of the technical elements of literary composition, prescribe practice, and experience what it means to carry one’s mind as an artist for ten weeks. Our many experiments— writing to prompt— will throw light (if sometimes also inky smoke) back across the sights we’ve seen, and fill a portfolio you’ll find on your shelf a quarter-century from now. No prior experience in creative writing is presumed and a wide range is anticipated. The class will scale to respective students’ abilities, and prove demanding at all levels.

Learning goals include:
Learning how to experience the world as a writer. Students will complete daily writing assignments and participate in class discussion.

ENGL 395 (5 credits)

We write, therefore we read; the practices are interdependent. We’ll read from a writerly perspective. Taking inspiration from literary figures who’ve besieged the city before us, we’ll make acquaintance with Roman literati, citizens and expatriates alike. Our course packet begins with excerpts from the ancient and medieval worlds (in translation), and includes more modern British, American, and Italian literature. We’ll greet Keats near the Spanish steps at the beginning of our travels and at the Protestant cemetery near the end.

Learning goals include:
We’ll deepen understanding of Rome’s great poets, writers, and historians, considering how these writers shape modern and contemporary attitudes toward Rome. Students will discuss readings in class and write brief analyses of each text. Those seeking “W” credit or pre1900 credit will also submit an end of term research paper.

ENGL 363 (5 credits)

Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences We’ll begin with survival instruction in conversational Italian. We’ll discover art, architecture, archaeology, history, and other facets of Roman intellectual life and culture. We’ll take several field trips, including overnight visits to a hill-town to the north, and a coastal region in the south of Italy. What does it mean to think like a scientist? What are those little birds streaking against the ocher walls of that palazzo, nesting in its cornices? What is the natural history of a gryphon? For hundreds of years before its archaeological excavation in modern times, the ruined Colosseum was a wilderness of exotic flora and fauna, residual of the African, European and Asian animal trades serving the Roman games. Those blood sports are long gone, but ecologies continue to flourish and change without them. Any environment, urban ones included, may be viewed from the naturalist’s perspective. We’ll see this one under the guidance of Dr. Adam Summers, a distinguished scientist at the UW marine laboratories in Friday Harbor.

Learning goals include:
This omnibus course aims to deepen student understanding of art, architecture, history, natural history, and culture in Rome and Italy. Students will participate in class discussions and make two presentations to the class.



Richard Kenney, Department of English, Program Director

Carol Light, Department of English, Program Co-Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,800

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 $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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, two letters of 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.