J Term 2018: 3 weeks in Rome

January 3 week Term in Rome 2018

  • 3-week January term study abroad in Rome, Italy
  • Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required (lower GPAs will be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, a meal plan, excursions and cultural activities, and more.
  • Earn 3 semester credits
  • No previous Italian language study required
  • Courses include a choice of Art and Culture in Rome, Comparative World Religion or Culture and Style in Italy, all taught in English, or Elementary Italian.
  • The local Dean and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies

Deadlines
Application/Deposit: October 1
Final Payment: November 15

Visas

U.S. citizens receive a 90-day tourist visa on arrival.
Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for obtaining a visa as required.

Live

Spend 3 weeks exploring the unparalleled wealth of history and monuments in the “Eternal City.” With its mild climate and 3,000 years of history, it could be argued that Rome has more to offer than any other city in the world. As a contemporary European capital, it is utterly unique. Located between Italy’s North and South, once the seat of a great empire, and later home of the papacy, Rome is still a special place, somewhat apart from the rest of Italy. Rome’s atmosphere is like no other city – a monumental, busy capital and yet an appealingly relaxed place, with a center that still preserves its traditions and old world charms.

Learn

During your time abroad, attend an internationally-recognized university and earn 3 credits studying Art and Culture in Rome, Comparative World Religion or Culture and Style in Italy, all of which are taught in English or study Italian Language taught in Italian. Rome itself plays an important role in your study and site visits to key institutions/monuments will be an important part of your academic schedule.

Explore

Take in the sites in and around Rome on visits to museums, art galleries and churches or just soak up the atmosphere in the local piazzas. Visit Assisi and Trevi on an included day trip and explore more of Italy on an optional 3-day excursion to Florence where you will be given an overview of Italian traditions and history and visit the cradle of Renaissance art. Travel via fast train from Rome, stay in a centrally-located hotel, admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces at the Accademia Gallery and visit the famous Uffizi Gallery with a professional art historian.

Cultural and Social Activities

Get a true taste of Italian culture and explore its culinary traditions, learning to cook typical Italian dishes and appreciate local wine. Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum, admire Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, see the Pope in St. Peter’s Square, discover charming local neighborhoods with their traditional workshops and take part in the city’s lively cultural life attending concerts, the ballet, art exhibits, sports events or just strolling around to discover your favorite corner of the eternal city

  • Welcome Reception and Orientation to help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about living in Rome
  • Personalized Assistance by the Richmond Admissions Team in the U.S. to help you prepare for your study abroad experience
  • On-site Dean and Support Staff to help with any questions or advice you may need while in Rome.
  • Official Transcript: On completion of your program, a transcript will be sent to your home university

Day Excursion to Assisi and Trevi

Included in program fee

Travel to the Umbria Region, the “green heart of Italy” by private coach. Arrive in Assisi, situated on the hillside of Monte Subasio, overlooking the Umbria valley, a beautifully preserved example of medieval architecture as well as the birthplace of St. Francis, patron saint of Italy. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis, a masterpiece of medieval architecture decorated with beautiful frescoes by artists such as Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti. Free time for lunch and continue on to Trevi, an area known for its olive farms. We will visit the Museo della Civiltà dell’ Olivo to learn about the production of olive oil and take part in an extra virgin olive oil tasting at a traditional mill. Return to Rome in the evening.

Optional Excursion to Florence (3 days)

After class depart by fast train for Florence, where you will take a guided walking tour of the city center to see the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti. On day two, visit S. Lorenzo church and the market area, then head on to the Accademia Gallery to admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces. Take an afternoon walk through S. Croce square to admire the church, the square and the picturesque neighborhoods renowned for artisanal leather and food shops. On day three visit the world-famous Uffizi Gallery to see works by Botticelli and Leonardo. Free time to explore the heart of the city center before returning to Rome. You will stay in a centrally-located hotel with breakfast included.