With little or no Italian language you can study for a semester in Rome, the “Eternal City.” The core curriculum taught in English provides an in-depth focus on the city of Rome and gives you an extraordinary perspective into Italian history and culture. Classes are small and the faculty instructors are all long-term residents of Rome with substantial experience teaching American students. With excursions as part of almost every course, historical sites such as the Forum, Piazza Navona, and the Coloseum become your classroom. Rome is a city of contrasts, where ancient meets modern and there is so much to see and do that every day is a new experience.
If you would like to get first-hand information from previous participants, contact a Rome returnee!
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
A three-week, lower-division Italian intensive language course begins the semester and must be taken for a letter grade. An additional lower-division Italian language course is required during the term.
Latin language instruction: Intermediate to advanced instruction is available at additional cost for classics majors and students in related majors and minors.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid- August to mid-December
mid-January to early May
You have three options for housing; you can live in a residence with UC and other international students, a shared apartment with other UC students, or a homestay with an Italian family. All housing is within 30 to 45 minutes by public transportation to your classes in the heart of Rome. Housing is arranged by ACCENT, an international education organization partnered with UCEAP.
Sporting facilities are available for a fee and you are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of activities that may be available, such as dance classes (classical, modern, hip hop, tango, and ballo liscio), basketball, soccer, yoga, and swimming; or guided walks around different neighborhoods of the city. Gyms and swimming pools are widely available in Rome, but be prepared to pay for access. The ACCENT staff is available to assist you with finding activities in which you are interested.
Activities available to you through the ACCENT center include
- Concerts of Italian music preceded by an introduction to the composer
- Indoor and outdoor film events
- Current affairs and culture lecture series
- Special visits to unique sights in Rome
- ACCENT Piazza nights – cultural and language exchange with Italian university students
- Cooking classes and One-day excursion (for an additional fee)
Service Learning/volunteer activities available include:
- Missionarie di Cristo – teaching English to refugees who are preparing for their high school diploma
- Largo Argentina Cat Sanctuary – caring for abandoned cats
- Citta delle Ragazze – helping girls learn English or computer skills at their home
- Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti – teaching English to TV and radio journalists at the National Association of Journalists in Italy
- Romeing – An English language magazine, students have written articles and conducted marketing campaigns for Romeing
- Rome Reports – students have reported for this TV news agency
- Katie Parla – A freelance journalist and local blogger in Rome, students have contributed to her blog with photos and articles
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP partners with ACCENT in Rome, and local ACCENT staff help you integrate into the culture of Italy and provide assistance with all aspects of living in Rome, such as housing, residence permits, local information, etc. A UC academic director supervises the academic program.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
UC Center Rome
The Study Center in Rome is located in the historic heart of the city, amidst one of the most beautiful urban centers in the world. The program is specially designed for UC and taught by faculty from local universities. The program is administered jointly by UCEAP and ACCENT, the International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad. Staff at the UC Center advise on academic matters and provide information on cultural and social activities.
Ten or more courses in the humanities and social sciences are designed to utilize the city of Rome to understand the history, culture, and politics of ancient and modern civilization. You can also substitute a Latin language tutorial at the intermediate to advanced level for one of the core courses (though not for Italian language).
The following courses are required for the program:
One Italian language intensive practicum course (4.5 quarter units/3 semester units)
One Italian language extensive course (6 quarter units/4 semester units)
- Italian 10, Elementary Italian Practicum
- Italian 11, Advanced Elementary Italian Practicum
- Italian 12, Pre-Intermediate Italian Practicum
- Italian 50, Intermediate Italian Practicum
Two or three upper-division core program courses (5.5 quarter units/3.7 semester units each).
- Italian 13, Elementary Italian
- Italian 14, Advanced Elementary Italian
- Italian 15, Pre-Intermediate Italian
- Italian 51, Intermediate Italian
The following core courses are offered every semester:
- Ancient Roman Art
- Urban History of Rome
- Ancient Roman Civilization
- Rome and the Medieval World
- Renaissance Art in Rome
- Rome: The Age of Baroque
- Sociology of Rome
- Culture and Identity in Modern Italy
Additional core courses may be offered depending on enrollment:
- Science and Religion in Italy
- Rome and Renaissance Literature
- Gender in 20C Italy
- History of Modern Italy
- Nation and Identity in Modern Italy
- Christianity through the Ages
- Renaissance City and Society
- Gender Wars in Early Modern Italy
- From the Grand Tour to Study Abroad: Travel in Italy since the 18th Century
Final course offerings are announced prior to the start of the program. For detailed course information, including course descriptions, refer to the MyEAP Course Catalog
You will take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21.5-27 UC quarter units (14.3-18 semester units) are required each semester.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships for academic credit are possible on this program. Past students have participated in internships in the fields of Art History, Contemporary Art, Architecture, Political Science and Leadership, Travel Writing, Marketing, TV Journalism, TV Production, Culture and Arts, New Media, Urban Planning, Teaching English, Editorial Work, and Theater Production Assistant.
There are many opportunities for internships throughout the city of Rome. If you have a specific field that you are interested in working in, contact UCEAP today to be put in touch with the UC Rome Study Center. Please do not contact any organizations directly, the UC Rome Study Center can help you get in touch with the appropriate internship supervisor.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 5 quarters / 3 semesters.
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information:
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