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UMD-Summer: Italy: Are We Rome? (CLAS)

Rome, Italy
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Italy CLAS

Is the United States the next Rome? Will internal and external conflicts cause the fall of America? Why did the founding fathers call the US a republic? Why do American public buildings look like ancient temples? In this course exploring the similarities and differences between ancient Rome and modern America, we will pose and discuss these and many other questions about the intersections between these two mighty societies.

With support from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the Department of Classics at UMD is proud to offer a summer program to Rome, Italy,  in which you will study the influences of ancient Rome on modern American architecture, politics, and culture. Don't miss out on this opportunity for a hands-on introduction to ancient Roman architecture and material culture.

Check out this awesome video made by a 2017 participant!


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.

UMD and non-UMD Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

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

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following one (1) credit UMD course:

  • CLAS269R Special Topics in Study Abroad II: Are We Rome?

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

There will be one pre-departure orientation, to be held on campus. If possible, there will also be a pre-departure field trip to Washington DC to visit monuments in our nation's capital inspired by ancient Rome. The dates of these two components are to be determined.

You will stay in hotel rooms shared with other course participants at a venue within walking distance from the historic center of Rome. The hotel will provide breakfast each day, and has WiFi.

Costs listed are for summer 2019.

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 $984
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 $673
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $230
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course Materials  $100
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
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.

Dr. Joseph B. Scholten is Associate Director of the UMD Office of International Affairs, and Affiliate Associate Professor of Classics.  He has taught a variety of courses on the history and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean at UMD and other institutions over the past three decades, and has led the UMD Winter Term Italy Classics program on multiple occasions.

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:

  • Visits to the most important sites of ancient Rome (the Forum, Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, and much more) as well as a day-trip to ancient Ostia.
  • Lectures and assignments completed on site, in ancient Roman ruins or in major art & archaeology museums.
  • Introduction to modern Italian culture, especially food!
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/03/2019 03/11/2019 05/26/2019 06/03/2019