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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Take courses in the humanities and social sciences that are specially designed to use the city of Rome as an extended classroom. You’ll gain a deep understanding of Italy’s history, culture, and politics—both ancient and modern. An introductory Italian language practicum introduces you to the practical use of Italian. During the semester, you continue to study Italian and enroll in two or three upper-division core courses taught in English.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore the city’s piazzas, churches, neighborhoods, and museums with local professors.
  • Take behind-the-scenes tours of lesser known sites like excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Challenge your Italian language skills with weekly conversation sessions led by Italian university students.
  • Study the changes in social and religious diversity in Rome today.
  • Celebrate the artifacts and rivalries of Renaissance and Baroque artistic geniuses.


Language of Instruction: English

Italian Language Study: Required

After an Intensive Italian practicum, you’ll be placed in an Italian language course at your language level.

In addition to learning Italian, you can also take a Latin language tutorial as a substitute to one of the core courses in English, though it cannot replace Italian language study.

Language with Locals

Throughout the semester in Rome, you have the opportunity to engage in language tandems with students from the University of Rome La Sapienza, with which UCEAP has a long-standing relationship. Tandems provide an excellent opportunity to challenge your language skills and expand your local network in the city. Each semester the study center hosts a group of interns from La Sapienza that lead a weekly series of optional conversation classes that count towards extra credit for the Italian classes. These students also lead a series of orientation activities, attend cultural events with UC students, and are generally an excellent source of information on student life in Rome.​​

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four to five courses for a total of 21.5-27 quarter/14.3-18 semester UC units .
  • With four courses, you may take one course for pass/no pass credit. With five courses, you may take two courses for pass/no pass credit.
  • If you choose to take the practicum for pass/no pass credit, you must notify the Academic Director in writing before the last day of class.
  • Adhere to the program’s attendance policy.

Current Program Courses

In this program you have some flexibility to choose the focus of your studies. All of the core courses have associated site visits in the city of Rome and beyond, bringing each subject to life. Expert local professors teach in the city​’s piazza, churches, and museums, exploring many of Rome’s most interesting neighborhoods. You’ll visit some of Rome’s most popular destinations such as the Vatican Museum and the Borghese Gallery, or get a private tour of excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica and the tomb of St. Peter. Course visits outside of Rome may also include day trips to Florence, Milan, and Pompeii. 

Required Curriculum:

  • One lower-division intensive Italian practicum
  • One lower-division Italian language course
  • Two or three upper-division core courses taught in English. Exact offerings vary each year and are announced before the program start date. 

Current core course offerings include:

  • Italy: Territory, Food, and Anthropology
  • Ancient Roman Civilization
  • Social Psychology and the Acculturation of Migrants
  • Italian Family from Early Modern to Contemporary Times
  • The Age of Giants: Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo in Renaissance Rome
  • A Celebrated Rivalry: Bernini and Borromini in the Making of Baroque Rome
  • Rome and the Medieval World
  • Politics of Migration in Contemporary Italy
  • Ancient Roman Art
  • Religious and Social Diversity in Rome Today
  • Women and Art
  • Latin Tutorial (additional lab fee required)

Catalogs and resources

  • Core Courses: Review current course descriptions, objectives, and readings.
  • Latin Tutorial: This syllabus is a sample of what the Latin course at UC Center Rome may look like. Intermediate and advanced Latin is available if you’re majoring in classics or other related fields. The actual content of the course will be determined upon consultation with you.
  • UC Center Rome Website: View expanded information from staff onsite in Rome.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.


Academic culture

You’ll be in the classroom with other UC students and a small number of non-UC college students from the US. Classes are relatively small and designed for UC students. Papers, report, exams, and projects are all part of the curriculum. Professors are local Romans with experience teaching UC students. They will bring some of the Italian style to the classroom, including vibrant discussions, expectations of student professionalism, and a fondness for student independence. 

The beginning three-week intensive Italian practicum meets for three hours per day, Monday through Friday. After the practicum, classes are held Monday through Thursday with some required activities on Friday and weekends. This program has a strict attendance policy, which will be outlined during orientation.

Most campus departments prohibit the pass/no pass grading option for any course in the major. Be sure to ask your UC campus department about pass/no pass credit regulations, restrictions, and limitations as you’re planning your coursework abroad. 


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall semester are usually available in February.