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UMD-Summer: Italy: Archaeology and Architecture in the Shadow of Vesuvius (ARCH)

Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
Ercolano, Italy
Naples, Italy
Pompeii, Italy
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
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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.

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

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

  • ARCH 483: The Architect in Field Archaeology
  • ARCH 428V: Architectural Recording for Archaeology
  • ARCH 628V: Architectural Recording for Archaeology

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.

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 $1,387
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 $1,170
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $50
Course Materials $25
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,000
Course Materials  $25
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will be required to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school.

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 Joseph Williams, Faculty Program Director, 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.

Professor Shorieh Talaat (AIA, LEEDS AP) is a registered architect and Professor of Architecture at Montgomery College. His firm, Talaat Architects, specializes in "creative, integrated strategies that synthesize functional requirements with the application of modern materials, systems and assemblies[to] produce unique projects that employ a modern vocabulary while acknowledging timeless principles of design."

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 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:

  • 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 2019 03/17/2019 03/11/2019 05/25/2019 06/15/2019