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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2021 07/01/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Sponsor: USAC Partner Institution: None
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills Participant Selection: Competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Instruction: Interdisciplinary, Lecture
Classes With: U.S. Student Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
College/School: Franklin Academic Area: Archaeology, Art History, Classical Culture, Classical Languages
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 9
Maximum number of credit hours: 9 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.


UGA- Franklin- UGA Classics in Rome

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. 

Program Location

Roman Forum

May 24-July 2, 202
Rome will be our home, but  we will take one multi-day trip to the Bay of Naples to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, various villas buried by the eruption of Vesuvius, Paestum, and the Archaeological Museum of Naples. We will also take day trips to the Etruscan sites of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, to Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, and to Ostia Antica.

Contact Information

Elena Bianchelli, Program Director
UGA, Classics

Christopher Gregg
George Mason University, History and Art History


Academic Program

--The program deals with the archaeology, the art, and the history of Rome from its origins to modern times.
--Students sign up for three courses (9 credit hours). This is equivalent to more than half a Minor in Classical Studies

CLAS 4350 (Ancient Rome)
CLAS 4400 (The Art of Rome)
CLAS 4305 (The Urban Tradition of Rome)
LATN 4405 (The Latin Tradition of Rome).

Rome is your classroom: on a typical day the professors take the students to visit various sites in Rome and lecture right in front of the monuments and inside the museums. The guided tours are usually over by lunch time. Afternoons and weekends are for personal exploration of the city. 
N.B. Because of the nature of the program, students need to be fit and able to walk at a good speed, climb stairs, and feel comfortable on uneven paths.

Program Itinerary for Summer 2020
Su May 24 -Morning (AM): Arrival
-Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll
M May 25 -AM: Orientation 
-The centro storico and the layers of Rome (San Clemente)
Tu May 26 -AM: Myth & History of Rome 
-Foundation myths, geographical orientation, settlement and burial patterns for the early city
W May 27 -AM: A Walk through the Borghese Gardens and Visit to the 
-Villa Giulia Museum
Th May 28 -EXCURSION: Etruscans
-Tarquinia and Cerveteri (all day)
F May
-AM: Roman Republic
-Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Tiber Island, Forum Boarium area
M June
-AM: Roman Republic
-Forum & Palatine, visit 1  
Tu June 2 Festa della Repubblica
-AM: End of the Republic
-Palazzo Massimo Museum
W June 3 -AM: Augustus and the Eternal City
-Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia;
-Trastevere (Sta. Cecilia and Sta. Maria in Trastevere) and the 
-Gianicolo (Il Tempietto, Aqua Paola and Parco Garibaldi)
Th June 4 -AM: The Age of Augustus and the Pax Augusta
-Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus 
-Palazzo Altemps Museum
F June 
-AM Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome
Tentative: Domus Aurea
M June
CAMPANIA EXCURSION: Early morning departure.
-Chartered bus from Rome to Pompeii. Stop in Caserta to visit the Royal Palace
-Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri in Pompeii
Tu June 9  
-AM: Pompeii, early morning to mid-afternoon
-overnight at the Hotel Villa dei misteri in Pompeii
-Early depart from Pompeii
-AM visit of Herculaneum.
-Lunch at a pizzeria
-PM visit of the Roman villas at Oplontis and Boscoreale
-Overnight at the Hotel Posedonia Mare in Paestum
-AM: Visit to the Vannulo mozzarella factory
-Archaeological museum in Paestum
-PM: Archaeological site in Paestum
-Overnight in Paestum
-AM: Departure from Paestum after breakfast
-National Archaeological museum in Naples
Lunch in Naples at the Re Lazzarone restaurant
-PM: Return by bus to Rome
-Mid-afternoon arrival in Rome
M June 15 AM: Trajan and the High Empire
The Imperial Fora Museum and Markets of Trajan; The Column of Trajan
Tu June 16 EXCURSION: Ostia (all day)
W June 17 AM: Optional trip to the Papal Audience at the Vatican
The Capitoline from Roman to Christian urban center
-Michelangelo's Campidoglio
Capitoline Museum
Th June 18 -AM: Hadrianic and Antonine Campus Martius
-Pantheon, Mausoleum (Castel Santangelo), Temple of the Deified Hadrian, Column of Marcus Aurelius, Sant'Ignazio
F June 19 Long weekend: no class
M June 22 AM: Severan Rome
-Arch of Severus, Arch of the Argentarii, and Baths of Caracalla
-San Giorgio in Velabro
Tu June 23 EXCURSION: Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli and Villa d'Este (all day)
W June 24 Vatican Museum (all day)
PM: Late Imperial Rome
-Aventine hill: Santa Sabina and the Piazza of the Knights of Malta
Monte Testaccio; Pyramid of Caestius; Aurelian Wall
Th June 25 Late Antiquity and Post Classical Rome
-Baths of Diocletian and Santa maria degli Angeli
-Santa Prudenziana;arch of Constantine; San Giovanni in Laterano
F June 26 AM: Late Antique and post Classical Rome
-Piazza Santa Susanna, Quattro Fontane, Sant'Andrea e San Carlino.  
-Pizza Barberini, Palazzo Zuccari; Campo Marzio: Piazza Navona, Piazza Imperatore, Stadium of Domitian, Sant'Ivo, Piazza del Popolo
Saturday June 27  Make-up day (in case we fall behind)
M June 29 -CLAS 4305 and LATN 4405 Exam
Tu June 30 -CLAS 4400 Exam
W July 1 -CLAS 4350 Exam
Th July 2 -Early departure from the Hotel Ercoli by chartered bus/end of program

Rome, for the entire length of the program: Hotel Ercoli at the northeast end of the Quirinal hill (via Collina, 48), just inside the ancient Aurelianic Wall, where the group has stayed each summer since 1975.
During the multi-day trip to the Bay of Naples: In Pompeii, Hotel Villa dei Misteri, within walking distance from the archaeological site. In Paestum, Hotel Poseidonia, within walking distance of the archaeological site. In Paestum, Hotel Posedonia Mare, near the archaeologica site and the beach.
Lodging, breakfast, and light supper seven days a week while with the group are included in the program fee.

Program Costs

The estimated program fee for the 2020 Rome Program is $3,995, plus a non-refundable program fee of $300. In addition, students will be responsible for paying UGA tuition and some UGA student fees. 

Hope Scholarship recipients may not have to pay full tuition, but there will be other fees depending on the current rules of the Hope. Some, but not all, fees are waived since classes are off-campus; please note that the Institutional Fee can NOT be waived. HOPE scholarship students need to notify the Financial Aid department of their intent to attend summer classes.

Students NOT enrolled in a Univ. System of Georgia school qualify for the SAME (IN-STATE) TUITION FEE plus a modest out-of-state surcharge, though they too will have to pay all UGA enrolled student fees that cannot be waived; students enrolled at any System school are classified as in-state for purposes of this program and pay no surcharge, regardless of place of residence.

The program fee covers lodging, breakfast and light supper seven days a week while with the group, entrance fees for all group visits to sites, museums, and collections, chartered bus for airport transfer in Rome and day trips, transportation within the city (bus passes) for the majority of the days in Rome, and supplemental medical insurance.

Not included are international airline travel to and from Rome, lunches, beverages in general, the cost of a passport, books required for the courses, laundry, and any excursions taken apart from the group (including your meals when away from the group). REMEMBER:  All students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own airline transportation; no group air travel will be arranged.

There are several scholarships reserved to students in this program:
The Thompson scholarships are for Latin, Greek, and/or Classical Studies majors.
History students may apply to the Linda Piper Award.

Grants from the UGA Classics in Rome Fund are open to all participants, including out-of state students. In 2019 seven grants were awarded:
In Memory of Dr. Timothy Gantz
In Memory of Dr. Linda Piper
In Memory of Dr. Tom Poss
In Honor of Dr. Jim Anderson
In Honor of Dr. Ed Best
In Honor of Dr. Bob Curtis
In Honor of Dr. Ingrid Edlund-Berry

For information on other scholarships go to

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2017 Participant
The orientation details were helpful

James Kozol Wojtal, Summer 2017 Participant
It is totally doable to be vegetarian, but it takes some planning, and willingness to talk to Prof. Bianchelli and Flavio.

Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
Beyond making sure that we knew where the pharmacies were in each of our locations, Dr. Greg and Bianchelli were incredibly helpful and showed great concern for our health and safety.

Summer 2016 Participant

Mckenzie Hope Peterson, Summer 2018 Participant
Dr. Gregg and Dr. Biancelli have been doing this program for a long time together. They understand that each students have unique needs and they have learned what problems to expect too.

Lily O Dabbs, Summer 2018 Participant
how can you learn any other way?

Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
For every college student, it boils down to this: What do you want to get out of your college experience? There's a lot of really great opportunities in a lot of different places. Studying abroad can be really exciting and insightful, and programs like the UGA Classics Study Abroad Program are set up to help you make the most of your time at college. Consider it if you can. Adventure and academics make for a fantastic pair.

Summer 2017 Participant
I don't know why anyone would go on a different program. This was the best 6 weeks of my college career.

Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
This was worth every penny, and was a life-changing experience! This is the best way to learn and I wish every student could have the study abroad experience.

Summer 2016 Participant
The food was always wonderful!

If you're considering studying abroad, stop.
   Sign up. You're not too old. You don't have to know the language - you'll learn. We're all people; we are born with certain universal communication skills. You have the freedom to do exactly this, exactly now. There truly is no better time in your life than now - without a permanent career, raising a family, or owning a home - to go see the world. The professors who lead these programs volunteer to take students abroad because they have found something themselves in studying abroad; they want to share the freedom, the joy, the food, and the passion of places around the world with students. Apply for the scholarships and let go of that fear of leaving the Southern comfort zone – get on a plane and literally get lost.
     — Ellen Dunavan, Summer 2018
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