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UMD-Summer: Italy: Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape (ARCH)

Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
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SU 19 Italy ARCH

This program will expose you to the architectural, landscape, urbanistic, and artistic traditions of Italy, which are considered by many academics to be at the foundations of these disciplines. You will learn by direct exposure to architectural, landscape, and urban sites. Most of the coursework is conducted in situ, directly in the buildings, gardens, and piazzas being studied.
You will learn through readings, lectures, but most importantly by doing by observing, documenting, and analyzing the places you visit.

Coursework is centered about two significant approaches:
1) a representation skills course, which seeks to build proficiency in a variety of media and drawing conventions, and
2) a visual analysis course, which develops critical thinking skills by means of a series of exercises centered around the development of a daily sketchbook journal.

You will also be exposed to the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Italy through museum visits, attendance at performances, and interaction with native experts in a variety of disciplines.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 



You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

This program is only open to undergraduate Architecture majors at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels, and/or graduate students of architecture enrolled in the M.Arch program.

Undergraduates must have successfully completed ARCH 400 Studio I to be eligible.
Graduate Students must have completed ARCH405 Graduate Studio II to be eligible.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following courses for a total of six (6) UMD credits:


The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students will be expected to participate in pre-departure meetings, lectures, as well as readings in advance of the course.

Students will live in fully furnished apartments in the historic center of Rome for the month of June. On the road in Vicenza they will be staying an air conditioned hotel. Full internet access is provided in both locations. Rome apartments have washing machines, fully equipped kitchens, linens and towels are provided.

Costs listed are for summer 2019.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $43
Tuition $3,677
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,415
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $900
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,000
Optional Activities/incidental expenses and course materials $450
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Professor Brian Kelly, AIA ,Faculty Program Director, has been traveling to Italy since 1978-79 when he lived in Rome as a student. Kelly's sketchbook drawings, charcoal drawings, and watercolors have been part of a traveling exhibition. Most of these drawings were executed in conjunction with travel in Italy. In Rome, Kelly also shares his considerable knowledge of the history of Italian art and architecture with students in the program.

Emily Broxmeyer is a graduate student who lived and studied in Italy. She will assist in the administration and teaching of the program's two courses.For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director.

For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Learn about the architecture, urbanism and landscape of Italy through direct experience with expert faculty and guests.
  • Improve your skills by drawing in situ in some of the world's greatest buildings, urban spaces and gardens.
  • Improve your diagramming skills by keeping an architect's journal or sketchbook focusing on the principles of the places you'll visit.
  • Gain access to sites that are not typically accessed by tourists and/or scholars.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/17/2019 03/11/2019 05/31/2019 07/07/2019