Rome, Antiquity to the Baroque

Photo of Rome
Final App Deadline: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Elana Kranz
Quarter(s): 
Autumn

The Bernard J. DelGiorno Civilization Program in Rome

Participants in the University of Chicago’s Autumn quarter Program in Rome study the history of a city central to the ancient and early-modern eras of western civilization. The centerpiece of the program is the three-course sequence studying Rome from antiquity to the baroque, taught in compressed form during the ten-week quarter. The first course in the sequence focuses on ancient Rome during the eras of the Republic and early Empire, the second on early Christian Rome and the waning Empire, the third on renaissance and baroque Rome, now the resplendent center of the Christian world. Students also take a course in Italian language designed to facilitate their connection with their surroundings. Apart from classroom work the program features a series of excursions to sites of historic or artistic importance. Chief among these is the weekend excursion to the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Headquarters for the program are in a large palazzo in the vicinity of Castel Sant’Angelo along the Tiber River.

Housing

Rome program students live together in shared, furnished apartments with full kitchens located in the hilltop community of Monteverde, a lively and authentic Roman neighborhood accessible to and from the city center by foot, bus or tram. Supermarkets, clothing stores, restaurants and cafes are all within close proximity, and the nearby outdoor market in Piazza San Giovanni di Dio offers a wide variety of items from salami to scarves. Two blocks away is a large park, Villa Doria Pamphili, perfect for jogging, a game of Frisbee, or just relaxing, and the nearby Gianicolo is a favorite for a stroll.

Credits and Registration

Participants in the Rome program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They take and receive credit for four courses: the three-course civilization sequence and the Italian in Rome course. The civilization sequence meets the College’s civilization requirement. Students who have already met this requirement may use these courses as electives. Their use, partial or total, in a program of study (major) must be approved by the undergraduate chair of the student’s respective major. The language course will normally count as an elective. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript.

Finances

Study abroad students pay regular College tuition, a program fee and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the Rome program during the 2017-18 year are listed below:

Autumn tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

Rome program fee: $4,600

 

Program fee includes: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
accommodation round-trip airfare to and from the program site
instruction transportation on site
student support meals
program excursions course materials
cell phone (device only) personal entertainment and travel
  communications (including cell phone usage)
emergency travel insurance (ISOS) health insurance and upfront payments for care
  other miscellaneous expenses

Previous program participants report spending in the range of $200 to $275 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Rome is relatively high and that, while it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section. 

Eligibility and Application

The Rome program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

The program is designed for undergraduates in good standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the civilization sequence is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite, although students are encouraged to take Italian on campus before the program begins.

Because of the considerable demand for the Chicago civilization programs abroad, no student may participate in more than one of these programs. Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record, personal statement and academic recommendation. If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the online application.

Further Information

To discuss the Bernard J. DelGiorno Civilization Program in Rome and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Elana Kranz.

What you’ll see: 

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