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UGA Classics in Rome

 Rome, the Eternal City, is a city of living history.  To walk among the city's storied ruins, winding streets, fountains, palaces, and churches is to walk through the pages of history and encounter famous emperors, saints, and artists, but also the ancient Romans unknown to us who filled the seats of the Colosseum, walked the Sacred Way in the Roman Forum, enjoyed the Roman Baths, and witnessed history in the making since its founding in 753 BCE. Join UGA faculty to experience unique tours and visits to Rome's most iconic sites and monuments.

The Department of Classics encourages its majors and minors to study abroad to enhance their understanding of the classical world. The Department operates its own Study Abroad program in Rome (UGA Classics in Rome) which offers undergraduate students nine hours of course credit during the summer. 

During this trip, students will be staying in Rome, but they will take two multi-day trips. The first, to the Bay of Naples area to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, various villas buried by the eruption of Vesuvius, Paestum, and the Archaeological Museum of Naples. The second multi-day trip contextualizes the reception of ancient Rome in the Renaissance with visits to Pienza and Florence, Tuscany. Other day-long excursions include the Etruscan sites of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, to Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, and to the ancient Roman port town of Ostia Antica.

Watch now!

Watch the full video, Roma Amor by Alan Flurry, about UGA Classics Study Abroad in Rome HERE!

Watch the full video, Filmed by Anna Conti, Summer 2016 HERE!

Watch the full video, Filmed by Alan Flurry, Summer 2014 HERE

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Additional Information

  • Location: Rome, Italy, founded in 753 B.C.
  • Institution: The University of Georgia Department of Classics. The department founded the UGA Classics in Rome program in 1970.
  • Student Body: Approximately 20 students per summer.
  • Housing: The Caelian Hill (Celio) steps away from the Colosseum.
  • Orientation at UGA in March.
  • Courses: CLAS 4350 (Ancient Rome), CLAS 4400 (The Art of Rome), and CLAS 4305 (The Urban Tradition of Rome) or LATN 4405 (The Latin Tradition of Rome).
  • Activities:  Participants take three upper level courses focused on the city of Rome, all of which include regular group field trips and explorations in the city. The focus is on the various periods in Rome's history and its reception in later periods (medieval, renaissance, baroque, fascist). 
  • Day trips outside the city include visits to the Etruscan sites of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, Hadrian’s villa and the Villa d’Este at Tivoli, and other venues. The group takes two multi-day trips to: the Bay of Naples to visit Pompeii and other ancient sites buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Naples National Archaeological Museum, the Greek temples at Paestum, and other ancient remains in Campania. Florence, Tuscany with a visit to Pienza to study Renaissance humanism.
  • Faculty: Dr. Elena Bianchelli (UGA) is the Program Director who will lead daily activities and excursions with UGA faculty.
  • Program Fees: See the fees HERE. PROGRAM COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE OR TUITION. Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia school will pay an additional $250 out of state fee. UGA tuition and fees will be charged to the student account, just as if the student were taking classes on campus, and must be paid before the departure for Rome.
  • **PLEASE NOTE: This program is physically strenuous. Participants must be able to climb hills and walk several miles a day over uneven terrain.**

Undergraduate Programs

UGA Classics explores Greek and Roman culture (material; intellectual; religious) from Troy to Augustine; Classical languages and literatures (Greek, Latin, and in English translation); and the reception of Classical Antiquity with A.B. and M.A. degrees in Classics with multiple areas of emphasis. The Minor in Classical Culture complements degree programs across campus. New to Classics? Take a course with us on campus or in Europe and acquire future-ready skills.

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