Rome Center

 U of A Rome Center

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.


Semester Programs

Open Campus Program (Communication, Journalism, Arts & Humanities)

Architecture Program


Summer Programs

Summer Session I: Open Campus Program (Arts, Business, Engineering, Language & Humanities)

May Intersession: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education

May Intersession: Engineering Economics in Rome

Mid-May to Mid-June: Classics in Italy

Summer Session II: Marketing in Rome

Summer Session II: Textiles in Rome 

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

Summer 2016- Jacob Maestri

Spring 2016 Architecture- Haley Walton

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

Brian Poepsel
Rome Center Coordinator