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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: No Language(s): English
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies, GU Faculty-Led Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes
Housing Options: Off-Campus Level of Support: Medium (Moderate onsite support)
Application Deadlines: December, February Fields of Study: Art/Art History, Classics, History
OGE Advisor: Mia Pezzanite
Program Description:

Georgetown in Rome

The Ancient City of Rome

Faculty talking to students in front of Colosseum in Rome

At a Glance

Location: Rome, Italy

Program Length: 2 weeks
Arrive on: May 21, 2019
Depart on: June 3, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.

Number of credits: 3 credits

Program Description

Join us on an exciting journey through the ancient city of Rome. On this two-week program, you will delve into the classical history of the Eternal City, exploring up close how architecture, art, and urban space shaped daily life in the ancient world. By the end of the course, you will have a thorough knowledge of the topography of ancient Rome and the major monuments and edifices that have survived from it. You’ll also gain an understanding of how Imperial Roman rulers made use of art and architecture to hold onto power, and how from the fourth century AD onwards Christianity gradually gained control of the city of Rome and reshaped its destiny as seat of the Roman Catholic Church.

Georgetown Faculty Directors: Dr. Tommaso Astarita (Professor, Department of History) and Dr. Josiah Osgood (Professor & Chair, Department of Classics)


The course is designed to expose students to realities of life in the ancient city using Rome as a classroom. Lectures and discussions will take place on-site, utilizing public monuments, museums, buildings, bridges, and many other sites of historical preservation.

Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive three GU undergraduate credits for the following course: CLSS-225-62: The Ancient City of Rome, or three GU graduate credits for the following course: HIST-533-62: The Ancient City of Rome. The undergraduate course is also cross-listed with History and Art History and can count for the History and Art History major or minor. The course also fulfills the undergraduate HALC core requirement.

Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:

  • Historical sites of Rome (including: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill, Imperial Baths, and the Forums)
  • St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum
  • Day trip to Ostia Antica
  • Day trip to Pompeii


While in Rome, students will be housed in a small hotel conveniently located in the residential neighborhood of Trastevere. Rooms are double or triple occupancy.


Breakfast is provided daily at the hotel as well as special welcome and farewell dinners with the group. Students will be responsible for all other meals on the program.

Program Cost

The program fee for Summer 2019 is $4,395. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, local public transportation, and supplemental insurance.  The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.

For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.  Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.


Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Tommaso Astarita
Rome Program Director
Georgetown University, 621 ICC
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5860
Dr. Josiah Osgood
Rome Program Director
Georgetown University, 322 Healy Hall
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-7102

Student Voices

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