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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 Sponsor: USAC
Partner Institution: None Type of Instruction: Interdisciplinary, Lecture
Classes With: U.S. Student Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Archaeology, Art History, Classical Culture, Classical Languages Minimum number of credit hours: 9
Maximum number of credit hours: 9 Participant Selection: Competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
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

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Christopher Copeland Rouse, Summer 2018 Participant
Never felt unsafe in Rome

Summer 2017 Participant
The excursions were all amazing and the locations were beautiful and there was so much to learn at each one.

David Gates Sullivan, Summer 2019 Participant
Most of what I have to say was above already, but I will again repeat that Drs. Gregg & Bianchelli were phenomenal in every aspect of their roles, even coming up with instantaneous audibles when certain sites changed their hours or availability. The program was excellently managed and ran like a finely-tuned machine. I have nothing but praise.

Summer 2019 Participant
With this program you're more than tourists, you are a Roman.

James Kozol Wojtal, Summer 2017 Participant
This program taught me how to operate in another culture, to learn everywhere I go, and to trust myself even in unfamiliar environments.

Summer 2016 Participant
It was honestly a priceless experience! I cannot wait to go back to Italy!

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.

Summer 2017 Participant
Everything was really good except for the tuna pasta.

Lily O Dabbs, Summer 2018 Participant
The ercoli was very cozy :) and always clean and safe feeling!

Christopher Copeland Rouse, Summer 2018 Participant
Ercoli, Club 4 till I die

My career and educational goals have stayed constant, mostly because I was already set in this major. I always knew that I wanted to be part of this program and that it was one of my goals for my collegiate career. Personally, it just furthers my love of travel and the possibility of an international career.
     — Michael Sloman, Summer 2016
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