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

sociology italysociology italy
Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 18 - September 20, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,750
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Claudio Mazzola |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey|
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 1, 2018
Information Sessions Friday, Jan. 26 at 2:30 in Padelford 242C
General The purpose of this seminar is to use moving images to assess the shifting relationship between perception and meaning, history and culture, aesthetic systems and urban experience. The idea is to explore firsthand the role of film and visuality in the representation and construction of Rome - to mobilize, and hence to reinvent, the Grand Tour.
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

As the seminar focuses on the way the city of Rome has been portrayed in cinema by Italian and American directors, Rome is the obvious choice for this course. Walking tours will help familiarize the students with the different parts of Rome and its unique history. Because of the existing multiple layers of the different cultures that dominated Rome, the walking tours provide a unique visual opportunity for the students to understand how different Rome is from all other European cities. The documentary that the student groups will shoot as their final exam will put them even more in direct contact with the local culture. Most of these documentaries have topics that involve the everyday life in Rome (often a comparison between Italian and American culture) which put our students directly in touch with Italians and their way of thinking through interviews.



Rome, Italy


Rome, Venice


Private apartments rented through the Rome Center

Field Trips




Prerequisites and Language Requirements



5 UW Credits


CMS 320 (Joint Listing: ITALIAN 366): Framing Rome (5 Credits, VLPA)

This course is divided in two parts: a theoretical one and a practical one. During the first part we will analyze the way in which Italian and American directors framed the city of Rome in their movies (we will screen approximately 5 or 6 movies). Some specific reading from different disciplines (architecture, art history, sociology, cinema, etc.) will help students understand the relation between characters (tourists, visitors) and space in cinema and in other disciplines. After some specifically oriented excursions through the streets of Rome, during which we will familiarize ourselves with the sense of space and the monuments in Rome, students will be asked to write and shoot a short documentary on Rome. No previous shooting experience is needed.

Learning goals include:
To familiarize students with the way cinema uses stereotypes to perpetrate certain aspects of a foreign culture and by making their own documentary students understand the active role they can take in breaking stereotypes, or continuing to use them to represent the foreign culture with which they have become very familiar.



Claudio Mazzola, French and Italian Studies
Claudio Mazzola has been teaching cinema for about thirty years at universities and colleges all over the country (University of Michigan, Vassar College, College of the Holy Cross).  He has a degree in cinema studies from the City College of Milan (Italy).  He has been directing the seminar Framing Rome for about eleven years.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,750

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 ($1.74/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, 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 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.