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When in Rome, UC Center Rome

Study Abroad Program Overview

​When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Enjoy the vibrant streetside cafes and trattorias. Walk by amazing historical sites and artistic masterpieces on your way to class. Discover the dolce vita lifestyle. Learn about old and new Rome through courses taught in English on sustainability, museums in th city, and the historical concept of vacation in Italy. Site visits and cultural activities will make the "Eternal City" your classroom and your home for the summer.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study


A beginning Italian language course is optional.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
​Mid-June to the end of July​









You will be housed in a residence hall with other UC program students. Housing is arranged by ACCENT, an international education organization partnered with UCEAP. 
More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

The program includes a series of cultural activities designed to broaden your cultural understanding and enhance your study abroad experience.​​

On-site Support

​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 local life and provide assistance with housing, safety, local information, and other issues.
​​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).

Course Opportunities

​You will take two courses in Rome. Each course is 4.5 UC quarter/3 UC semester units for an overall program total of 9 UC quarter units/6 UC semester units. You can expect to be in classess Monday through Thursday, with occacional Friday and weekend site-visits. Classes run for three hours and in morning and afternoon sessions. Your final schedule will depend on your course placement.​

The courses in history, art history, film studies and anthropology are UC designed and focus on the past and present political, social, and cultural issues shaping the country today. Site visits are a key feature in all the courses. Beginning Italian language study is optional. 
Course Descriptions
(4.5 quarter/3.0 semester UC units)
  • On Vacation with the Popes: Villeggiatura in Early Modern Rome. Explore the villegiatura–the Italian idea of vacation, transformed by Romans into a form of art in the fifteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Site visits in and around Rome are an integral part of this course. Upper Division, Subject Areas: Art History, Architecture
  • The Cultural Ecology of Italian Food. Explore food systems from multiple perspectives: ecology, agriculture, systems of distribution, trade regulations, and food consumption in contemporary Italy. Site visits are an integral part of this course. Upper Division, Subject Areas: Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Studies, Italian Studies, Anthropology 
  • Rome: The City of Museums and the Museum-City, Past, Present and Future. Explore the impact of Greek art on the life of the ancient city, to the display of art by the cardinals of papal Rome. Museum and site visits are an integral part of this course. Upper Division, Subject Areas: Art History, European Studies 
  • Ancient Romans at Work and Play: Reconstructing the Past (available pending enrollment numbers). Explore ancient Roman daily life and the many activities associated with both otium and negotium through a critical look at the central and market areas of the city, the ancient Roman Forum, the ancient river port in Rome and its associated features, and the ancient port city of Ostia. Museum and site visits in and around Rome are an integral part of this course. Upper Division, Subject Areas: History, Classics
  • Religious and Social Diversity in Rome Today (available pending enrollment numbers). Examine the key teachings and beliefs of several world religions present in Rome and consider the principles and practices of "interfaith dialogue." Grapple with the complex nature of religious and social diversity in the Eternal City, as well as the concrete steps many inhabitants of Rome are taking to bridge social divides. Site visits are an integral part of this course. Upper Division, Subject Areas: Religious Studies, Sociology
  • Python I for non-computer science majors *NEW course! Explore fundamental coding concepts through the use of the Python programming language. Practice extensively with Python through hands-on computer work using standard Python editors and programming environments. Python's simple and concise syntax makes it easy to comprehend, and is particularly suitable for first-time coders. Lower Dvision, Subject Area: Computer Science
  • Beginning Italian 1. Develop a sound basis for communicating effectively and accurately in oral and written Italian. Authentic materials (songs, videos, advertisements, and film clips) are used in a communicative-based approach, and emphasis is placed on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Participate in several sessions of language exchange with Italian university students, and field trips take you outside the classroom to engage with the city and Romans to reinforce the grammatical skills learned in class. Lower Division, Subject Area: Italian
 ​Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 9 quarter units/6 semester UC units; two courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Internship, research, and independent study are not available in this program.

UC Center Rome

UC Center, Rome & Istanbul 
The program in Rome is specially designed by UC
and administered jointly by UC and ACCENT International. 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.
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 *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. 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:
  • Pre-Departure expenses (passport, visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition
  • On-site orientation
  • Cultural activities
  • Room and board
  • Books and other incidental expenses (cell phone, laundry, etc.)
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript​ 



UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure 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 Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: