- The Art History Summer Abroad Program offers an intensive, three-week course on ancient and baroque Rome
- Students will explore Rome's historical transformation from a modest hilltop settlement into the artistic and political capital of the Mediterranean world
- Participants will learn about the city's iconic art and architecture, including well-known landmarks as well as recent archaeological discoveries
- Approximately 4.2 million people live in the Rome metropolitan area today
- Rome is situated in the Lazio Region, one of twenty Italian regions
- Its historic center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site
- Home to some of the world’s most famous archaeological and artistic treasures, such as the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and the Trevi Fountain
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 13. The application deadline is February 14. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January. As part of the application process, Dr. Varner will hold interviews with all applicants. Phone interviews may be possible in the case of Oxford applicants.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
May 18 – June 8, 2020 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
- Students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- Visiting students from other institutions are welcome to apply
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- At least one previous course taken in Art History; waivers will be considered if students have AP credit in Art history, a Visual Arts course, or courses in Classics
Courses: All program participants take one course worth 4 Emory credit hours.
ARTHIST 290: Urbs Aeterna: Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome (the course fulfills the HAP portion of the GER)
The course examines the extraordinary embellishment of the city carried out by Rome's emperors, from Augustus to Constantine. Taught by a specialist in the city of Rome, Prof. Eric Varner, the course is conducted entirely on site at Rome's archaeological monuments, museums, churches, palaces, and museums. The course documents the city's extraordinary transformation from a modest hilltop settlement into the artistic and political capital of the Mediterranean world and will examine major monuments including the Roman Forum, Colosseum, the Pantheon, Imperial Fora, Markets of Trajan, the Palatine, the Mausolea of Augustus and Hadrian, the Vatican, Piazza Navona and the Villa Borghese. Recent archaeological discoveries will also be considered. In addition, the course will address the impact of ancient art and architecture on later innovations and developments at the capital during the early modern and modern periods, especially the Baroque. Two extra-urban field trips are planned to Tivoli and Ostia, as well as an optional field trip to Pompeii. Visits to special exhibitions in Rome’s museums are also planned.
Students live in a hotel in double or triple occupancy rooms. Note that room sizes will vary, and students should not expect that they all have the exact same room layout.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details. Emory College Study Abroad will also require all students to complete a mandatory online pre-departure orientation by April 15. This assignment will be deployed through Canvas in early April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students