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UMD-Summer: Italy: In the Shadow of Vesuvius: Architectural Recording for Archaeology (ARCH)

Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
Ercolano, Italy
Naples, Italy
Pompeii, Italy
Sorrento, Italy
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students using surveying equipment

As a participant in this program, you will learn the full range of responsibilities of architects, surveyors, and artists who work on archaeological projects from the early stages of organizing the site to final publishing of results. This program is an exciting opportunity for those interested in working in archaeological sites to experience field work in one of the most important archaeological zones of the world. The class will be taught primarily at the Vesuvian Institute and on the Roman archaeological site of Stabiae, both in the modern city of Castellammare di Stabia (Italy). There will be field trips during the three-week period to neighboring sites including Pompeii, Naples, Herculaneum, and the Villa Oplontis.

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 open to all UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • ARCH483: Field Archaeology
  • ARCH428V: Selected Topics in Architectural History: In the Shadow of Vesuvius: Architectural Recording for Archaeology: Italy
  • ARCH628V: Selected Topics in Architectural History: In the Shadow of Vesuvius: Architectural Recording for Archaeology: Italy

The course you complete during this program will count as resident credit.

You will stay at the Vesuvian Institute for the duration of the course in double and triple rooms with private baths. There is a dining room on site and all meals are included except for Sunday lunch.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
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Costs are current for Summer 2020.
**Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. The application deadline is March 3, 2020, 11:59 pm PT.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
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Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


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

Professor Joseph Williams, Program Leader, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the University of Maryland Architecture Program, and holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University. His research focuses on church architecture in medieval South Italy and the Mediterranean, and applies methods from archaeology and the history of technology. You can contact Professor Williams at his university email address:

Professor Robert L. Vann (School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland) is the Program Director. Professor Vann was trained in Architecture, Art History, and Architectural History at the University of Texas and Cornell University and has more than 40 years of field experience in Turkey, Tunisia, Jordan, Israel, Italy, and Sri Lanka.

Professor Ian Sutherland (Dean, Cook Commons, Middlebury College) was trained in Classics and Classical Archaeology at the Johns Hopkins University and Duke University and has more than 15 years of field experience in Italy at both Pompeii and Stabiae.

Thomas Howe (Department of Art History, Southwestern University) was trained in Architecture and Art History at Harvard University and has more than 20 years of field experience in Italy, Turkey, and England

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. 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:

  • Working in the Bay of Naples region in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, one of the most important archaeological zones in the world.
  • Training on Lidar, the most sophisticated surveying equipment on the market today.
  • Studying with three faculty with more than 75 years of combined experience in archaeological fieldwork and three teaching assistants with a combination of 12 years of experience.
  • Opportunities to visit a wide range of exciting historical and cultural sites in the Bay of Naples region on your days off.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 05/30/2020 06/20/2020