Michael Thomas
Associate Dean of International Programs
Office: (417) 873-7503

Tom Russo
Director, Study Abroad Programs
Office: (417) 873-7413

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The Eternal City: Rome 2013

This four week program explores ancient, medieval and modern Rome, one of the most beautiful and culturally important cities in the world. Students take six hours of credit. Classes meet four days a week, with long weekends open for exploring Italy and beyond. Students live in apartments in the city, experiencing Rome as a resident not a tourist.
The courses incorporate experiential learning and take advantage of the many educational and cultural opportunities that Rome offers (Vatican City, Colosseum, Italian Parliament, etc.). The program is open to students of all majors and minors.

Tours and visits include:

  • Michelangelo's Campidoglio
  • Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
  • Colosseum and Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum and Capitoline Museum
  • The ruins of Ostia Antica, ancient Rome's port city (short train ride)
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Medieval Trastevere, Aventine Hill and Jewish Ghetto
  • The beautiful and still-working fountains—over 50—in Rome
  • The Necropolis and Tomb of St. Peter (contingent upon special permission from Vatican)
  • The Vatican: St. Peter's Basilica, The Papal Apartments, the Sistine Chapel/Last Judgment
  • Castel San Angelo and Villa Borghese
  • The most important churches throughout Rome
  • Papal Audience (weather permitting)
  • Piazza Navona (Europe's most beautiful piazza)
  • Islamic Cultural Center of Rome
  • Parliament

Date of Travel: May 22 - June 23, 2013
Program Fee*: $2576
Tuition for 3 credit hours: approx. $1,377
Personal Expenses**:  approx. $2860

Total Approximate Cost: $6,813

First Non-Refundable Deposit/Non-Transferable: $500 due October 15, 2012
Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $500 due December 1, 2012
Remaining balance due by: February 20, 2013

* Program fee includes: includes apartment housing in the historic center of Rome; group tours including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Cathedral, Ostia Antica and the Italian Parliament; five group meals; one cell phone per apartment; health insurance; tickets to the Borghese Villa art museum and the Vatican necropolis; and administrative fees.

**Personal expenses include: students are responsible forairfare, food, phone cards, transportation in Rome, museum and entry fees, and entertainment expenses while in Rome.  Additional personal expenses if the student decides to travel outside of Rome are not included in this figure. These expenses vary depending on individual student preferences.

HIST 273: Rome, the City: Ancient to Renaissance (3 cr.)
Meets Ideas & Events of Western History requirement
HIST/ PLSC 312: Islam and the West (3 cr.)
Meets Minorities and Indigenous Cultures requirement

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Shelley Wolbrink
Professor of History
(417) 873-7387
Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg
Professor of Political Science
(417) 873-6947