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

Education Romesociology italy
Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 17- September 7, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,800
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Joe Lott; Tory Brundage (
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Please contact Tory Brundage ( for details on information sessions.
General Based out of the UW Rome Center, this program critically examines concepts of masculinity, multiculturalism, and male trajectories to compare the Italian and U.S. education systems. Field trips, photo elicitation, and critical discussion are the primary means of instruction
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

Spartacus to Ali: Masculinity and Multiculturalism - Comparing Educational Pipeline Development in Italy and the U.S. is a three-week Exploration Seminar based at the UW Rome Center in Italy. By comparing and contrasting the development of both Italian and American education systems, we will explore historical, social, psychological, political and contemporary factors that have shaped and continue to shape the common trajectories among men in the two countries. A true titan of historical civilizations, Ancient Rome is arguably one of the largest and most influential empires the world has ever known. From gladiatorial training to the passing of the Casati Act and current day reform debates, what formal education has looked like and who has access to it are complicated questions. Answering those questions with respect to common male trajectories requires a rich understanding of historical influences, systems of oppression and how we make sense of masculinity in the context of race and class. Rome provides countless opportunities to explore Italian masculinity and male trajectories through history, art, and current day systems. This course will illuminate the factors that inform our understanding of various outcomes and experiences for Italian men as compared to American men. In addition to education, there will be critical discussions of other facets of Italian society and history such as sports culture, compulsory service, and the criminal justice system along with visits to the Colosseum, museums, Italian schools, and other field trips to broaden our understanding of male trajectories. An emphasis is placed on Italian incarceration as opposite education in examining the spectrum of common societal pipelines. This provides an important point of comparison to the school to prison pipeline in the U.S. as an anchoring point for a richer understanding and discussion of the relationship between education, masculinity, multiculturalism, historical disenfranchisement and systems of oppression.



Rome, Italy



Students are housed in private apartments near the UW Rome.





Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Program Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites or language requirements for this program. Given the location, Italian language skills are beneficial but by no means required. An interest (as demonstrated through coursework or even just the written statement and interview through the application process) in educational pathways, concepts of identity and/or social justice will be the primary selection criteria. Physical Requirements: There are no physical requirements. This program is residential and based in a large city. Aside from moderate amounts of walking and perhaps climbing flights of stairs, there are no physical requirements. As far as required and structured activities, it is the goal of the Program Director and Program Staff to ensure that all activities are wheel-chair accessible.


5 UW Credits


EDUC 300: Spartacus to Ali: Masculinity and Multiculturalism - Comparing Educational Pipeline Development in Italy and the U.S. (5 Credits)

Spartacus to Ali: Masculinity and Multiculturalism - Comparing Educational Pipeline Development in Italy and the U.S. is a three-week Exploration Seminar sponsored by the College of Education and based at the UW Rome Center in Italy. Comparing and contrasting the development of Italian and American education systems, this course explores historical, social, psychological, political and contemporary factors that have shaped and continue to shape the common trajectories among men in the two countries. What is education? Who has access to it? What is masculinity? Answers to these questions are ever evolving and require a rich understanding of systems of oppression, understanding masculinity in the context of race and class, and a grasp of common trajectories among men. Through critical discussions and field trips this course illuminates the factors that inform our understanding of various outcomes and experiences for Italian men from the times of Ancient Rome to today, and through a more contemporary comparison with American men. In addition to education, topics will include Italian society, history, sports culture and compulsory service and incarceration trends, this last topic being situated as opposite education in examining the spectrum of common male trajectories. All of this provides an important point of comparison for the U.S. school to prison pipeline specifically, and a richer understanding of the relationship between education, masculinity, and systems of oppression

Learning goals include:
To develop and articulate a better understanding of masculinity concepts and situate those concepts within common trajectories for men in different times and places. This overarching goal will be reached by accomplishing these three program objectives: (1) Explore historical, contemporary, artistic, literary concepts of masculinity. (2) Explain how these, among other, socially-constructed elements create common pathways and pipelines for men in the past and now, as well as in Italy and the U.S. (3) Recognize the interplay between systems of oppression and disenfranchisement with regard to masculinity and race as they intersect.



Joe Lott, PhD, College of Education, Program Director

Dr. Lott is an associate professor in the College of Education and serves as the Principal Investigator for the Brotherhood Infinitive at the University of Washington. He studies racial identity development, civic engagement among, the impact of college experiences on civic and political dispositions, and how to change the college-going culture through parent-school-community partnerships for Black and brown males. His emerging research interests revolve around how to leverage university-community partnerships to foster wellness and educational achievement for males of color along the P-20 continuum. He teaches classes on applied statistics, civic engagement in higher education, school-community partnerships, sociology of education, and student development.

Tory Brundage, College of Education, Teaching Assistant

Tory Brundage is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Washington. His professional experience spans college admissions, academic advising, public health, study abroad and diversity programming with emphasis on the experience of students in the college and selective major choice processes. His research seeks to examine study abroad, photo elicitation, mixed methods, and identity development.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,800

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)
  • Food (about $50/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 12, 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.

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