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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Autumn Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Engineering Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 15
Estimated Program Fee: 7550 UW Program Director: Mike Engh
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
09/23/2019 - 12/07/2019
*These dates have changed since the program was first advertised. If you have questions contact the Program Director.
Estimated Program Fee $8,000
Credits 15
Prerequisites MATH 126, PHYS 121
Program Directors Mike Engh
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Deadline March 3, 2019
Information Sessions Wednesday, January 30th, 4:30pm, Loew 216
Monday, February 4th, 3:30pm, Loew 202
Thursday, February 7th, 4:30pm, MEB 245
General Earn credit for core engineering courses while exploring the ancient and contemporary engineering marvels of Rome.
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

This program integrates a unique international experience into the UW engineering curriculum. Intended for second-year engineering students, this program offers engineering and math courses that will allow students to stay on track with curriculum requirements for several engineering degrees while spending a quarter in Rome. The program curriculum aligns with the course requirements for students interested in studying Aeronautics & Astronautics, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, though students interested in any engineering major are welcome to participate. The program also leverages ancient and modern Rome as a site for exploring engineering topics. Site visits and tours to ancient structures and modern engineering facilities will help understand the history and context of engineering from Ancient Rome to the present day. Students will explore an engineering topic of interest in Rome and create a research project on it. The program will also offer an introductory Italian language class. Students will learn at the UW Rome Center, a modern academic facility housed in a 15th century palazzo in the heart of Rome. Accommodations will be provided in nearby apartments.




Rome, Italy


Housing in apartments is facilitated by the UW Rome Center.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

MATH 126, PHYS 121; City tours and excursions may require some walking


15 UW Quarter Credits


AA 210: Engineering Statics (4 credits) NW

This course will be identical to on-campus sections of AA 210. Applies vector analysis to equilibrium of rigid body systems and subsystems. Includes force and moment resultants, free body diagrams, internal forces, and friction. Analyzes basic structural and machine systems and components. Prerequisites: minimum grade of 2.0 in either MATH 126 or MATH 136; minimum grade of 2.0 in PHYS 121

Learning goals include:
Students will understand basic concepts of vectors and vector operations and be able to apply these tools to the analysis of forces and torques acting on a body. Students will be able to formulate and solve a system of equations for the forces and torques necessary to maintain equilibrium of various 2D and 3D systems by applying Newton's First and Third Laws. Students will gain experience with the concept of the centroid and moments of inertia. Students will develop Confidence in analyzing the internal forces and moments acting throughout a given structure. Students will be able to analyze the behavior of simple systems involving static and kinetic friction.

MATH 307: Differential Equations (3 credits) NW

This course will be identical to on-campus sections of MATH 307. Introductory course in ordinary differential equations. Includes first- and second-order equations and Laplace transform. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in MATH 125.

Learning goals include:
Students will be introduced to differential equations with a focus on setting up, solving, and interpreting differential equations. Three main topics will be covered throughout the course: • First Order Differential Equations. Autonomous, separable, linear and exact equations which arise in physics (e.g., motion, mixing problems) and biology (population dynamics). • Second Order Differential Equations. Second order constant coefficient differential equations equations which come up in the study of mechanical and electrical vibrations. • Laplace Transform. A technique which enables us to solve constant coefficient differential equations by converting them into an algebraic problem.

ENGR 296: Engineering Project in Rome (5 credits) None

In this course, students will explore Rome and learn about engineering and other STEM-focused topics from ancient Rome to the present day. Students learn through site visits, talks with local experts, and applications of engineering and STEM principles to real world examples. Students will choose a topic or site in Rome and produce an independent research project on it.

Learning goals include:

ITAL 199: Beginning Italian (2 credits) None

This course provides students with an introduction to conversational Italian.

ENGR 296: Beginning Italian (2 credits) None

This course provides students with an introduction to conversational Italian.

Learning goals include:




Mike Engh
Professional Staff, College of Engineering





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,000

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 - $1,400)
  • Food (about $30)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 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 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 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 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.

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