Since this program is offered every other year, applications will open late-September 2017 for the Summer 2018 term.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin.When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.
If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program.
The Classics in Italy study abroad program takes place every other year (in even years). It will be offered again for the Summer 2018 term.
*Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline: February 1, 2018
*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
The Classics in Italy
program serves as an introduction to the history, society, and culture of ancient Rome on the one hand and the art, archaeology, and topography of the ancient city from the 8th c BCE to the 4th c CE on the other, although these twin goals are in many respects inseparable. Few cities can rival Rome's astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. Walk around the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the giants of the artistic pantheon – sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini.
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
Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
TBD for Summer 2018
Six (6) credit hours
Credit Issued By:
University of Arkansas
: Offered at the Undergraduate level
1. Students taking this course will describe how social, political, and economic factors impacted the evolution of urban topography and urban culture in the city of Rome from the Archaic to Late Antique periods. In addition, they will be able to discuss how the urban image of Rome compared, contrasted, and interrelated to other urban centers in Italy.
2. Students will identify and analyze the impact of cultural and historical factors on the creation and reception of Roman literary texts and material culture.
3. Student will analyze primary texts and “read” material culture within the socio-historical context in which they were produced.
4. Students will gain practical skills in interpreting archaeological sites both in plans and in the field, identifying the function of a building of site based on its layout, architectural remains, and material culture.
5. Students will compare and contrast their worldview with other worldviews and develop an appreciation for ancient Roman and modern Italian culture.
During our three-week stay in Rome, the Rome Center will house students in apartments in Trastevere, an area located on the opposite bank of the Tiber River from the city's center. Trastevere, a largely residential neighborhood known for its bohemian charm, consists of a labyrinth of narrow and winding cobblestone streets and piazzas lined with medieval buildings and historic churches. Students will have access to a variety of boutiques and shops, artisanal bakeries, cafes, grocery stores, eclectic bars, and eateries serving up traditional Roman cuisine. Due to the presence of two American universities and several American institutions and programs, a visible number of American students and expats live in Trastevere. While this American presence may offer some familiarity in a foreign environment, students will nevertheless interact with their local Italian community on a daily basis as they learn how to live in and navigate the city. For instance, students, who will cook the majority of their own meals in their apartments, will be encouraged to shop at neighborhood grocery stores and open-air markets. While the majority of our class days will be devoted to exploring and discussing the ancient city, built-in free days during the program will offer the students opportunities to experience the multi-layered culture of modern Rome and its inhabitants.
During our week-long trip to Campania, we will be staying one night in a hotel at Paestum and the reminder of the time in a hotel at Pompeii, using this as a base from which we will take day-long field trips to towns and sites around the Bay of Naples. Upon returning to Rome, we will spend the final night of the program at a hotel near the Fiumicino airport for the convenience of departing students.
With our emphasis on experiential learning, our program is largely built around field trips to archaeological sites and museums. While we will often have classroom lectures in the morning, afternoons are generally reserved for excursions in and around Rome. A few examples of the types of on-site activities and assignments that we will be offering are below:
Obelisk Scavenger Hunt:
Scattered across the city, Rome has at least eight obelisks transported from Egypt in antiquity. Today these monuments represent the rich layering of Rome's urban history and culture, as the obelisks were moved, repurposed, and incorporated into new monuments over the centuries, which altered their visual messages. As part of our orientation, students will be divided into groups of 3 and each group assigned an obelisk. After consulting their Borsch maps and plotting their course, students will be sent out into the city to find their obelisk. We will reconvene at the Rome Center in the afternoon, where each group will give a short 5-minute PowerPoint presentation on their obelisk, its historical journey, and their journey through the city to find it. In this way, students will familiarize themselves early on and in the safety of a group with how to navigate Rome and its public transportation. Simultaneously, students will be exposed through the obelisks to some of Rome's complex multi-layered history.
When we discuss Republican Rome, we will visit Alba Fucens, a Roman colony located in the Apennines in the region of Abruzzo. Excavated by a Belgian team in the mid 20th century, we have access to a large section of the ancient town, its amphitheatre, and the remains of one of its temples now converted into a catholic church. The long history of the site will allow us to introduce and discuss important historical themes concerning Rome's imperial expansion during the mid-Republic, but the preservation of the archaeological ruins will give students practical experience in reading an archaeological site. In groups of two and three, students will attempt to identify the function of five structures based on its plan on the site map and its architectural remains on the ground. After reconvening as a group, we will discuss the students' interpretations and offer them the "official" scholarly interpretation.
Self-directed Museum Tours:
In general, our approach to museums will be minimal lecturing so that students can explore the museum at their own pace and per their unique interests. However, we will often assign a worksheet with a list of "must-see" objects accompanied by critical thinking questions in order to help focus their learning and ensure that they are spending their time wisely.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, 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
This list is not comprehensive.
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:
Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures