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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 25 - September 14, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,615
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Ryan Burt |
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 16, 2018
Information Sessions Please contact program directors for more information
General Our class will use literature, film and art to explore questions about identity and immigration in post-colonial Italy and the United States. In addition, we will learn a variety of academic habits intended to help students thrive at the university upon their return from the program.
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

Students will consider how creative works (literature, poetry, cinema, music) of contemporary immigrants in Rome help us understand identity, immigration and community in post-colonial Italy. The artists we will look at, including North African-Italian and East African-Italian writers, will be situated against the city, history and mythology of Rome itself. Importantly, we will connect these questions to our own identities and communities, from families and friends to the cities and nations we live in.

Our class will link course readings and amazing site visits in the city. Students will develop critical reading, writing and research skills both in Rome and at the UW-Seattle Campus. Moreover, the class will emphasize a variety of other academic habits intended to help students thrive at the university upon their return from the program.




Rome, Italy


Please contact program directors for more information.


Students will be living in shared apartments sourced by the UWRC.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



5 UW Credits


English 295: Immigration, Identity and Community in Post-Colonial Rome (5 Credits)

The course involves 4 days a week of seminar in Rome, complemented by weekly cite visits in the city. The curriculum will involve a combination of contemporary writing/cultural work from immigrant communities in Rome, including writers from Algeria, Morocco, Sudan and Eritirea. In addition to the primary texts, secondary texts will include relevant historical and theoretical frameworks.

We will spend time going over the process required to write a satisfactory university-level academic paper: composing rough drafts, revising, integrating resources, and producing a final research paper.

Students who take this course will:
-Develop a critical awareness of how imaginative works help us better understand complex social issues, in this instance immigration, identity and community in Rome
-Translate this critical awareness to their own lives and social issues relevant to them
-Engage the work of scholars/thinkers in order to critically respond to their ideas in discussion and writing
-Compose written arguments focused on cultural representation and immigration and to support those arguments with sufficient and appropriate evidence

Learning goals include:
-Develop analytical reading skills by learning how to annotate and review scholarly texts.
-Write and revise analytic essays incorporating claims and supporting tenants.
-Engage in the academic community through strong communication with peers, faculty, and staff.
-Better understand university culture in relation to classroom instruction and learning, instructional styles, academic tasks, faculty and student interaction, and in-class discussion and group work.
-Acquire skills to further develop resilient strategies for life and learning that will help you at and beyond the University of Washington.
-Engage and actively participate in the university classroom.
-Further develop critical thinking skills through the practice of intellectually challenging analyses.



Ryan Burt, Academic Support Programs, Program Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,615

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 - $1,200-1,600)
  • 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, 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.