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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Italian Studies Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 15
Estimated Program Fee: 8200 UW Program Director: Susan Gaylard, Virginia Agostinelli
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Winter Quarter
01/07/2020 - 03/13/2020
Estimated Program Fee $8,650
Credits 15
Prerequisites No prerequisites; students will be in good standing with the university.
Program Directors Susan Gaylard |
Virginia Agostinelli |
Program Manager  Darielle |
Priority Application Deadline May 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline June 17, 2019
Information Sessions *Fri 19 April, 12-1
*Tue 23 April, 1-2
*Wed 1 May, 2-3
*Thu 9 May, 1-2
All information sessions in Padelford C-242.
General An intensive introduction to Italian language and culture through the history of "race" in Italy.
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

Did you know that there is a critical shortage of college graduates with strong skills in a second language? Italian Studies in Rome is unique among UW Rome programs in offering immersion in Italian language and culture. Students will learn and try out new language skills while gaining broad cultural knowledge. The program runs for the ten weeks of Winter quarter at the UW Rome Center. No prior knowledge of Italian is required: the accelerated language course prepares students to continue with Italian 103 in Spring quarter, if they wish. We will participate in local festivals and enjoy excursions around Rome and field trips to sites like Tivoli and beyond. The program uses Rome's streets, museums, and living history to analyze changing ideas about human bodies, race, gender, geography, language, and nation.




Rome, Italy


Housing will be arranged through the UW Rome Center in local apartments near to the Rome Center.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No prerequisites; students will be in good standing with the university. Students must be able to climb stairs and walk for a couple of hours at a stretch (around museums and historical sites). Many streets and locations in Italy are limited in their accessibility.


15 UW Quarter Credits


ITAL 111: Accelerated First-Year Italian (10 credits)

Italian 111 is an intensive language course. It is designed to develop the skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading up to the A2 level of proficiency on the CEFR scale (Basic Speaker of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Students will learn helpful phrases to get around Rome, study grammar and vocabulary, and discuss short readings and films in order to gain a sense of contemporary Italian culture. Class is held in Italian, though at times some English may be necessary.

Learning goals include:
1. Understand on a basic level how the Italian language functions 2. Communicate in Italian about everyday topics 3. Write sentences and short compositions on familiar topics relating to personal interests and practical needs 4. Read and understand the main idea and some details of short readings and authentic material 5. Begin to develop an awareness and understanding of Italian culture.

ITAL 357: Race in Italy: Inventing Others in the Early Modern World (5 credits) VLPA, DIV

This course examines shifting Italian and European definitions of race and otherness in literary and visual representations from 1300-1700, ranging from medieval stories about Jews to 17th-century paintings. Topics include religion as race; language and nationalism; travel literature, costume history, and ethnography; and the presence of "black" Africans across Renaissance Europe. We will use this historical knowledge to contextualize current debates about race and migration in Italy today. Taught in English.

Learning goals include:
1. Develop better understanding of defining moments of Italian history and culture. 2. Deepen awareness of cultural perception of societal inequities in race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, religion, creed, and socioeconomic status (across history and today). 3. Gain critical understanding of the complexities of historically diverse, but interconnected societies, and of cross-cultural communication, from at least two cultural perspectives (Italian and U.S.). 4. Strengthen analytical reading, visual analysis, and writing skills.







Susan Gaylard
Associate Professor of Italian Studies, French & Italian Studies

Virginia Agostinelli
Teaching Associate, French & Italian Studies





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,650

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 $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 24, 2020

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. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad website.

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.