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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • 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
Spring 2018 09/23/2017
Rolling Admission 01/05/2018 05/07/2018

** 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
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Program Type: U of A Rome Center
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: Yes Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: Yes Credit Hours Available: Between 12-18 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Agriculture Communications, Architectural Studies, Architecture, Art, Communication, Criminal Justice, European Studies, International Relations, Italian, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology Program Duration: Semester
Program Description:

How To Apply

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. Once 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. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today!

Program Overview

The University of Arkansas Rome Center offers a broad-ranging curriculum in Architecture, Art, Language, History, Arts & Humanities, supplemented by visiting instructors from our main campus who augment this core curriculum with courses in other areas of study.  In Spring 2018, additional courses in Journalism, Communication, Political Science and International Studies will expand the opportunities for students. 

Situated in the heart of the city, the Rome Center is just minutes from the Vatican, Piazza Navona, and other legendary sites in Rome. Students live in close proximity to the center, tracing the paths of ancient Romans and centuries of Christian pilgrims as the make their way to classes each day. 


Students who are in good academic & disciplinary standing are welcome to apply to this program. All applications are reviewed by participating faculty members & the Office of Study Abroad. All students are welcome to apply. Students may want to review the available courses with their academic advisor when considering this program. 

Academics & Courses 

A complete list of courses offered in Spring 2018 can be found here: 2018 Rome Center Course Descriptions.pdf

The Rome Center Semester curriculum offers courses that focus on the artistic and cultural contributions of the city of Rome from ancient to modern times. The ‘Roman Razorbacks’ use this ancient city as a laboratory to examine historical and contemporary Rome through numerous local site visits and museum tours. Students see the Colosseum, Vatican City and its Sistine Chapel as well as the works of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini which are scattered throughout the city.

Faculty visiting the Rome Center from our home campus will also offering the following courses

JOUR 3723 | Advertising Principles
Dr. Jan Wicks 

Introductory course to the broad field of advertising. The course includes a study of the role of advertising in modern society with emphasis being given to the extent and manner of use of advertising in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and other media.
JOUR 3723 Advertising Principles is a required course for students in the Ad/PR Sequence of the Journalism major and for Journalism/Political Science majors in the Ad/PR, Political Advertising and Promotion Track. It can count as a Journalism elective for Journalism majors in the Broadcast and News-Editorial Sequences, and as a 3/4000 general elective for students in other majors. For the Rome semester only, only non-Journalism majors would be allowed to waive the JOUR 1033 requirement and Dr. Jan Wicks would meet with other students who do not meet the other requirements to see whether they can be waived for the Rome semester only. Obviously, Journalism majors who wish to count this course must meet all prerequisites.
JOUR 4483/JOUR 3923H/EUST 4003/EUST4003H | Journalism or European Studies Seminar: Issues in Advertising & Public Relations
Dr. Jan Wicks 

This seminar course will be taught as a comparison of social, economic, ethical and political issues relating to advertising and public relations in the U.S. and Italy/Europe. Topics will include how stereotypes in advertising differ between the US and European countries, portrayals of fascist propaganda communications in Italy and Germany during World War II, the similarities and differences in regulation and self-regulation in the US, Europe and Italy, major ethical issues that occurred in Europe regarding Ad/PR over the past few years, deceptive or misleading advertising in the US versus European countries, etc. In this last example, I might use the Volkswagen emissions advertising deemed false as well as actions by the FTC and overseas regulators regarding the related advertising, deceiving both national regulators and consumers.
JOUR 405V Issues in Advertising and Public Relations can count as an upper-level Journalism elective for all Journalism majors and combined Journalism/Political Science majors. EUST 4003/4003H European Studies will be cross-listed/combined with JOUR 405V in spring 2018 only so EUST and INST majors and minors can take it for credit. EUST 4003 European Studies Colloquium is required for the second major in European Studies and INST students can take it as an elective. JOUR 405V/EUST 4003 can count as a 3/4000 general elective for students in other majors.

COMM/PLSC 4373 | Political Communication
Dr. Robert Wicks 

Study of the nature and function of the communication process as it operates in the political environment. 
This course will also count toward INST. 

COMM/INST 3983 | International Communication and Globalization
Dr. Robert Wicks

Study of mediated communication systems in an interconnected world. This course will examine how the media are used to convey information about national and international events along with the implications of this for a global society. Examples considered will include President George H. W. Bush using CNN to communicate with Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War and current President Donald Trump using Twitter to communicate with the national and global communities. Individual topics concerning globalization will be explored.

ECON 2143 | Principles of Economics
Dr. David Gay
This course surveys basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles and analytical tools needed to study contemporary economic problems such as inflation, unemployment, poverty, and pollution. In Rome, the class blends the historical, cultural, and business connections of Rome, Italy, with the basic principles of economics in a course for nonbusiness students. 

WCOB 2103(H)/4103(H) | Special Topics: Communicating Business Activity for Rome
Dr. David Gay 
This class blends the historical, cultural, and business connections of being in Rome, and Italy, with observing and communicating basic lessons of economics and business.  Prior formal training in economics is not required. Your instructor & academic guide has more than forty years of focus on Italy as an economist.  He has received fellowships from an economic think-tank in Turin and has traveled widely in Italy.  He has taught at schools and universities in Italy, Germany, and Russia and understands the special character of studying abroad.  Your instructor has also served as the International President of Phi Beta Delta, an honor society for international scholars.  

Students may also enroll in up to 3 hours online 


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Browse more photos of the Rome Center classrooms, library, studio spaces and offices on the UARC Italian Homepage:!the-studio/c747
Find the Rome Center and explore nearby landmarks on Google Maps: 

The U of A Rome Center is conveniently located in one of the most important palaces in Rome – Palazzo Taverna. Not far from Piazza Navona, Palazzo Taverna first belonged to the Orsini Family, and in 1328 the site took the name of Mount Giordano, in tribute to Giordano Orsini a Roman Senator in 1341. The palace was referred to by Dante in his literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XVIII). In 1688, after five hundred years of uninterrupted ownership, Flavio Orsini, burdened by debts, was obliged to sell the property to the Gabrielli Family, a very old and noble Roman family. Since 1888, however, the Earls Taverna of Milan have owned the palazzo. 

Today, the buildings in the Palazzo house many different activities from private residential apartments to banqueting halls, diplomatic residences and artist studios. Palazzo Taverna has a Baroque wing and an Empire wing -- each featuring frescoes from the turn of the 19th century by painter Coccetti. The U of A Rome Center is housed in the Empire wing of the Palazzo. This location is of particular significance to the architecture program at the center, as this suit of rooms was the headquarters of the INARCH (Istituto Nazionale di Architettura) for nearly 30 years, hosting many famous 20th century Italian architects.


In addition to local & regional site visits, students have the option to add additional weekend excursions. These supplemental tours will be billed the student's UA student account. 

Archaeological Campania Tour
Travel to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Paestum by bus
overnight stays included
Visit archaeological areas and critical world heritage sites in the region

Florence Tour
Travel to Florence by train
2 nights, 3 days in Florence 
Guided visits to museums & local sites


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To see photos and read more details about U of A housing in Rome, visit the Rome Center's Italian home page- click here

Students are housed in apartments which are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods either within walking distance of the U of A Rome Center or conveniently located next to public transit routes for easy access to the Center.  All apartments come fully furnished and include wifi internet access. Typical lodgings have double occupancy rooms with 4-6 students in each apartment. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

In most cases, students can apply their existing financial aid and scholarships to a U of A study abroad program- any money you have to take classes in Fayetteville in the Spring is available for you in Rome. Additional financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students- visit our funding page to review opportunities and apply. 

Honors students automatically apply for funding from the Honors College by completing their program application. The Honors College will review the student's 'statement of purpose' essay and supplemental honors questions, so be mindful of the expectations for these materials. 

Additional Information

Students interested in the Rome program should let us know by completing this form.  Once you create an application, we'll send you all notices & program updates, including scheduled information sessions and application announcements.

If you have questions about the program or application procedure, contact: 

Rome Center Program Advisor
Brian Poepsel
Office of Study Abroad

Rome Center Student Blogs

Brock Demark, Summer 2016:
Jacob Maestri, Summer 2016:
Haley Walton, Spring 2016 Architecture:


For a day-to-day look, check out the UARC Academic Calendars at

This program is currently not accepting applications.