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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
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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 29-July 1, 2021
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

Thomas Biggs
UGA, Classics


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 2021
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 $4,600, 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
This program surpassed my expectations

Summer 2017 Participant
Absolutely blown away by the quality of instruction given to the class by Chris Gregg. He is a man who is beyond passionate about the subject he teaches, and he wants everyone to walk away from this trip as a better, smarter, more mature individual.

Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, comfy shoes and plenty of stuff to deal with blisters. Also recommend buying your own wifi hot spot so you don't have to deal with slow wifi at the hotel because it gets spotty when everyone gets on at the same time. Remember to pack lightly but efficiently because you will buy a lot of stuff, pack a water bottle and make sure it clips onto something because its annoying to carry it all day. Small notebooks for note taking or just use your phone and also be prepared to visit churches that require you to cover up.

Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
I was worried about not getting enough to eat because I'm a vegetarian, but I was pleasantly surprised to find food for me everywhere we went. The Ercoli staff even made vegetarian meals for me! It was all delicious!

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.

Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Love the Ercoli so much but it is old so the elevator is tricky and the AC and wifi also have some problems. We attributed that to the fact that there were more students this year than previous years and we kept overloading the wifi and AC unit. But the staff is fantastic and so is the food and neighborhood so it was worth it.

Mckenzie Hope Peterson, Summer 2018 Participant

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

David Gates Sullivan, Summer 2019 Participant
I had no strong pre-conceived notions before the program, though even the most fanciful of dreams would have been met by this experience. Again I say, it was a superb time.

Lily O Dabbs, Summer 2018 Participant
The program was intense, however, Dr. Greg was excellent (!!!) and gave us all the information (and more) we needed. He was a fair grader and his tests were fair.

This is a wonderful program if you are persuing a study in the classics. In order to truely understand a civilivation, one has to live it, and Rome is one of he best places to understand the Classical world.
     — Andy Li, Summer 2019
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