The University of Arkansas Rome Center is housed in the historic Palazzo Taverna, just minutes from the Vatican, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon- some of the most important architectural and cultural sites in the Western World. Students live close to the school, tracing the paths of ancient Romans and centuries of Christian pilgrims as they make their way to classes each day. Life in Rome offers constant opportunities for discovery and wonder, as captured by summer 2016 student Brock DeMark:
After being here for a month, I feel that I’ve had the chance to thoroughly explore the cityscape of Rome and the local Italian culture, and yet I still haven’t lost my sense of wonderment at it all. I still have to stop on my walk to class every morning to admire the dome of St. Peter’s as I walk across the Ponte Sisto; I still look up in amazement at Michelangelo’s bridge over the Via Giulia; and I still stop in Campo de Fiori to look up at the dark, brooding figure of Giordano Bruno.
Coursework at the Rome Center engages the city as a classroom- with regular visits to local museums and landmarks complementing lectures and studio work. Every student studying in Rome also has the opportunity to visit Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, as well as magnificent Imperial and Renaissance villas closer to the city.
Founded as a center for architectural studies in 1989, the Rome Center now serves the full University of Arkansas community, offering a varied curriculum in U of A core classes, Italian culture, language, art, and history.
Follow the links below to explore semester and summer offerings, and start an application. Each program page lists faculty advisors, course offerings, and budget information.
Renaissance in Rome Semester Program (Medieval & Renaissance Studies, History, & English)
If you still have questions, you can schedule a meeting with Brian Poepsel, study abroad advisor for the Rome Center, to learn more about the program. Also, lookout for information meetings with faculty members and the study abroad office to learn more about the program’s curriculum and your life in the ‘caput mundi’- the Capital of the World.
Want more? Hear from some recent Rome Center Students:
Summer 2016- Brock Demark: http://brockdemarkrome.blogspot.com/
Summer 2016- Jacob Maestri: http://ablogaboutrome.blogspot.com/
Spring 2016 Architecture- Haley Walton: https://haleywalton.wordpress.com/
At A Glance
Term: summer, semester
On Site Support: U of A faculty and staff
Academic Focus: U of A core credits available
Cost: U of A tuition and fees, study abroad fee, program fee, living costs
Level: Freshman to Senior
Language: coursework in English, Italian language offered
Credit: direct U of A credit
Study Abroad Office Contact
Rome Center Coordinator