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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: May Intersession
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Intersession 2017 02/01/2017
Rolling Admission 05/14/2017 05/27/2017

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Housing Options: Apartment, Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA:
2.5 Program Type: U of A Rome Center
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: No Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: No Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Engineering (Civil Engr) Program Duration: 2 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: No
Program Description:


CVEG 6Application Deadline: 

*Priority Deadline:    December  1, 2016
**Regular Deadline:  February 1, 2016

*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline

This civil engineering program in Italy is designed to provide upper-level civil engineering undergraduate students with both modern and historical perspectives on engineering solutions in a global context.  Students will consider economic, social, political, and ethical engineering design constraints in a global context ‘outside’ that present in the U.S.  Students will gain an important historical perspective of engineering solutions through examination of engineering works dating to ~100 BCE—and how those solutions impacted the societies for which they were developed.  In addition, they will consider modern-day issues such as infrastructure development-versus-historical preservation and effects of climate change (i.e. water levels in the Venetian environs). 

The trip will be led by Kevin Hall, of the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering, and Natalie Hall, a PhD candidate in the Department of History.  Both have traveled extensively in Italy. 


CVEG 2The city of Rome with its cultural resources is an indisputable milestone in history and proposes an infinite source of learning opportunities for students from all over the world. Students have the possibility to investigate the history, evolution and culture of an urban context with over two thousand years of development.

With the program in the heart of the city, students experience the history, culture, heritage, art and architecture of Rome first hand. The city is used as a laboratory to examine historical Rome and its contemporary issues.

Through their roman sojourn, students may discover new experiences, ideas and perspectives that may contribute to their academic and cultural growth.


Program Dates:  May 14-May 27, 2017

Travel Dates:  May 13-May 27, 2017

Credit Issued By:  University of Arkansas

Credit Hours: 3 credit hours

Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level  
      GNEG 3113 (3 credits) Special Problems: Study Abroad in Italy  OR
      GNEG 3113H (3 credits)  Honors Special Problems: Study Abroad in Italy**
Specific learning outcomes for the program include:
Explain the importance of humanities, history, and social behavior in the professional practice of civil engineering;

Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems;

Identify possible impacts of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society;

Discuss economic, social, political, and ethical constraints on engineering solutions in a global context outside the U.S.
Student outcomes will be assessed primarily through written and verbal assignments. These assignments will include both technical detail and reflective, essay/journal-type submittals. Students will also produce a multi-media ‘travelogue’ to document their experiences. 


Students will stay in comfortable hotels or apartments for the duration of the program. 


CVEG 5Sites to be visited include Rome (i.e. Coliseum; Circus Maximus; Pantheon; Forum; Vatican; Lateran; Via Appia Antica; Baths of Caracalla; Catacombs; etc.); Pompeii; Ostia; Assisi and/or Sienna; Florence; Pisa; and Venice.  The itinerary is intended to provide a broad overview of engineering and cultural sites spanning the antique/late antique, medieval, renaissance, and modern periods. 


Students must:
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad

Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or better at the time of application

This program is targeted towards upper-level civil engineering undergraduates who have a working knowledge of primary civil engineering principles, and will be able to use the experiences from this program in subsequent engineering design courses.


CVEG 4Applications open on September 20, 2016. 

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin.


Program Fee: $3100* 
*to be confirmed by February 2017

Program Fee Includes:
Most dinners and complimentary breakfast at many of the hotels
Administrative fees
International Health Insurance
Additional expenses not included in program fee: 
Round trip airfare* (est. $1,800)
Optional field trips and cultural expenses
Local transportation
Passport fees
Some meals (most lunches and some breakfasts)
Books and supplies
Personal travel and incidentals

Costs are estimated based on summer 2015; prices and dates confirmed by February 2016. 


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many case, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 

U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website, including: 

This list is not comprehensive. Check out other funding opportunities on our website. 


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad:

Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange
University of Arkansas
722 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 575-7582
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders: 

Kevin Hall
Department of Civil Engineering
4190 Bell Engr


"It made my major seem more tangible, and it was very nice to see foreign and historical applications that one does not hear or see anything about in class."
"It's a good way to learn cultures and engineering at the same time."
"Just be open-minded!"
"I enjoyed seeing what civil engineering has accomplished even without all of the principles and math associated with it today."
"I have never had the opportunity to travel abroad, and this program was specific to my major. It seemed like my best and only opportunity to study abroad, as well as give me a real world perspective on my major."
"I've always wanted to study abroad and this program allowed me to remain on track for graduation."

This program is currently not accepting applications.