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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Summer A 2018
June 20 – July 17, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,650
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Barbara Noah; Marina Kavalirek
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions December 1, 2017, 4-5:30pm, UW Bothell UW1-010
January 12, 2018, 2-3:30pm, UW Bothell UW1-102
General This exciting program based in Rome, Italy allows students to study studio art and Italian culture with or without previous art experience. Students from all majors will be able to immerse themselves in the art and culture of Rome in the art studio and Italian language classrooms and through engaging visits to artistic and cultural sites in and around 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.


"All roads lead to Rome." Many people have been drawn to one of Italy's most vital cities, Rome, for its art, architecture, ancient ruins, food, public spaces, and cultural richness. This program will give students from all majors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of Rome creatively and adventurously through the lens of visual art and the culture of the city, as well as each student's own unique background, discipline, and interests.

Class will be held throughout Rome itself and at the UW Rome Center in Palazzo Pio in Rome's historic center. We will visit museums, galleries, churches, and other sites of cultural interest in Rome, including studying art through the work of artists like Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio, as well as more recent modern and contemporary art. We will see artworks, architecture, and ruins, as well as cultural sites related to other arts and/or disciplines. Students will also be able to visit sites of their choice and/or select their own topics for study and incorporation into their studio art in Rome. Students will study Italian language for an introduction to basic speaking, listening, and comprehension. We will also explore various aspects of the history and culture of Rome and this engaging host country.

Our explorations in Rome, lectures about art concepts, process, materials, and students' own interdisciplinary interests and research will be woven together into individualized studio art projects. There will be appropriate entry levels for students new to art, as well as more experienced artists. Students will choose among several media, which may include drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor, digital imaging/photography, mixed media (e.g. collage, hybrid works), small-scale assemblage/sculpture, and altered found materials. Students will also select among several visual, process, and conceptual approaches. Art will become a vehicle for your ideas.

Undergraduates, graduate students, alumnae, students from other institutions, all majors, and all levels of experience are welcome. Ci vediamo a Roma! (See you in Rome!)



Rome, Italy


Student housing will be in private apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center at approximately 25 minutes or less walking distance from the UWRC.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Previous knowledge of Italian would be helpful, but is not required, although students may study Italian before departure, if they wish. No previous art experience is necessary, so both students new to art and those with extensive art experience will be able to engage with this program.

Physical Components: There will be walking excursions on many days, so students should be able to manage these, often on irregular cobblestone streets, for extended distances, sometimes walking up and down hills, and often negotiating sites with many steps. It will also be summer, when the weather in Rome is often very hot and humid. Students need to be able to function well in such conditions.

Visas: Yes- For most students, no visa is necessary, as this program is under 90 days, but sometimes we have international students who require visas. We provide a drop box to students to upload copies of their passports for the UW Rome Center to use to obtain permits of stay through the local police. For international students who do need visas, UW Study Abroad will advise them through this process, although the student will have the primary responsibility to research and obtain the Visa.


12 UW Credits


BIS 480: Carpe Diem: Roaming Rome (5 Credits)

This class will visit remarkable art, cultural, and archaeological sites in Rome, revealing key aspects of the city's cultural legacy and providing a rich sense of international and historical perspective. These visits will include ancient sites like the Coliseum and venues of art historical significance like the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, as well as provide engaging perspectives on historical and contemporary art, public and private spaces, and various cultural characteristics of the city of Rome. The itinerary will include remarkable monuments, churches, and museums, as well as architecture, ruins, and vistas, and possible sites related to other arts and/or disciplines. Instruction about the culture of Rome will serve as a means by which to reveal and understand various aspects of Roman history and culture in this engaging host city. Past topics have included identity, immigration, media, society, and food. These immersive experiences will feed the content of students' work in the Interdisciplinary Studio Art class and Italian language class. Rome itself provides a unique classroom in this course.

Learning goals include:
Gain exposure to the art and culture in Rome through visits to historic and cultural sites and lectures about Roman and Italian culture. Expansion of knowledge about artistic, cultural, and historical aspects of the specific sites we visit and via readings, presentations, and research. Identification of issues of interest to the student to inform class work and studio art projects. Gaining life skills in a global environment. Assessment - Students will be assessed through participation in the site visits and through journal entries that will include evidence of their readings and responses to the site visits. VLPA, I&S

BIS 480: Interdisciplinary Studio Art in Rome (5 Credits)

Students in this course will document the ideas and images discovered through their visits to artistic, archaeological, historical, and cultural sites visited in the course exploring Rome. They will utilize a selection of their most exciting experiences and influences, as well as individualized research and content from their own disciplines and interests, as possible source material for studio art projects. Students will develop visual, conceptual, and materials skills and ideas through improvisational artworks, followed by written artist statements and an interdisciplinary studio art project series of artworks. Participants will learn about art media and content and may select one or more of the following: drawing, acrylic paint, watercolor, digital imaging/photography, altered found materials, mixed media (e.g., collage, hybrid works), and/or possible small scale assemblage/sculpture. There will be appropriate entry levels for both inexperienced and experienced students; no previous art experience is necessary.

Learning goals include:
Gain an understanding of individualized art practice developed from and inspired by students' interdisciplinary interests, research, and experiences in Rome. Incorporate this new knowledge into studio art projects. Gain skill(s) in the use of one or more art materials. Be able to improvise conceptually, materially, and visually, as well as develop selected ideas through studio art projects. Write an artist statement about the conceptual content and process developed in studio art projects. Assessment will be done for student studio projects and artist statements. VLPA


BIS 293: Special Topics: Italian Conversation and Communication (2 Credits)

Students will learn Italian language with the goal of developing very basic speaking and conversation competence as well as listening and comprehension skills. The course focuses on language needs in daily life using scenarios of listening, understanding, and speaking, using language as an instrument for communications, understanding, and expressing oneself. Basic Italian language proficiency will allow students to better maneuver through Italy. Language learning will take place inside the classroom and will enhance communication outside the classroom in Rome. Language study will be complemented by related culture lectures delivered by the program Co-Director in Rome. Andiamo! (Let’s go!)

Learning goals include:
Gain basic Italian language listening and comprehension skills. Learn basic Italian speaking and conversational skills. Gain communication skills that enhance students' ability to negotiate life in Rome, like ordering food, asking for directions, etc. Learn about various aspects of Rome through the language and culture. Assessment via dialogue and testing.



Barbara Noah

UW Bothell, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Program Director
Barbara successfully taught Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Italian Culture at the Rome Center for the past four summers, a program that she developed for UW Bothell students. She planned and organized site visits and taught studio art in several media. She organized and navigated the site tours in Rome for the Carpe Diem class and taught the Interdisciplinary Studio Art class. She knows Rome both culturally and geographically and has the experience to organize student site visits and transportation in and around Rome as well as outside the city. She also has extensive studio art teaching experience, including her previous teaching at the UW Rome Center. She also has extensive experience as a college level teacher in a variety of institutions and urban environments, including Pratt Institute in New York, California State University Long Beach, UCLA, Cornish College of the Arts, UW Bothell, and the UW School of Art. She has taught international students within these domestic program contexts. She is also an accomplished and distinguished studio artist with experience working in large urban environments. In addition to her studio art expertise, she has studied art history, including art of the Italian Renaissance and modern and contemporary art. She is continually expanding her Italian language skills. She is well prepared to work with students at the Rome Center after her successful efforts there for the past four summers.

Marina Kavalirek

A native of Austria, Marina Kavalirek graduated in Architecture from Die Technische Universität, Vienna in 1998. She moved to Rome in 1997 where she began her architectural career. She worked for Massimillano Fuksas on the Vienna Twin Towers and with King & Roselli on the ES-Hotel in Rome. She is one of the three founding members of “Arcult”, a partnership of architects in Rome guiding visiting architects and scholars at modern and contemporary sites through tours and lectures. From 2007-2010 she taught for Penn State University’s Rome Program. Since 2009, she has been the director of the Rome architecture study program at Catholic University of America, where, among other classes, she taught Foreign Studies and Urban Design Studio and Theory. She has also taught for the Rome Programs for Pratt University, Cornell University, and Clemson University. She has written guide books and delivered lectures to professionals and students studying in Rome, including doing student site visits and guest lectures at the University of Washington Rome Center. She is fluent in both English and Italian.




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,650

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 - $2,200)
  • Food (about $48/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: August 31, 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.