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

Rome, Italy
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Italy CLAS
Is America the new Rome? Why did the founding fathers call the US a republic, while recent generations fear it has become an empire? 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 global colossi.

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 that will introduce you to 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 Rome and its legacy to America.

*Additional departmental scholarships are available for this program.

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 undergraduates 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 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 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.

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.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*Costs are current for Summer 2020.

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.
Meals (estimate)
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.

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 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 05/24/2020 06/01/2020