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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 to understand Italian history, culture, and society. All courses include site visits in Rome and beyond that bring each subject to life. Expert local professors teach in the city’s piazzas, churches, and museums, exploring many of Rome’s most interesting neighborhoods. Past classes have visited some of Rome’s most popular destinations including the Vatican Museum and the Borghese Gallery, not to mention private, behind-the-scenes tours of lesser-visited sites like the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica and the tomb of St. Peter. 

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore the culture and ecology of pasta and the historical evolution of spices.
  • Score some extra credit in weekly conversation classes led by Italian university students.
  • Celebrate the artifacts and rivalries of Baroque and Renaissance artistic geniuses.
  • Get to know fellow UC students from across California in small classes.
  • Discover ancient Roman civilization through history, religious studies, and architecture.


Language of Instruction: English

Italian Language Study: Required 

You will take one lower-division Italian course. All other coursework is in English.

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

Winter Quarter

​To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 15 quarter UC units.
  • During the quarter, take a lower-division Italian language course and two upper-division elective courses taught in English.
  • You may take one course for pass/no pass credit.
  • Adhere to the program’s attendance policy.
Spring Semester

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 20 quarter/13.2 semester UC units.
  • During the semester, take an Italian language course and three elective courses taught in English: During the first 10 weeks, take one lower-division Italian language course; two upper-division elective courses taught in English; and one intensive upper-division elective course taught in English during the last five weeks of the semester.
  • You may take one course for pass/no pass credit.
  • If you decide to take one of your courses for pass/no pass credit in the first 10 weeks of the program, you cannot use the pass/no pass option for the last five-week course.
  • Adhere to the program’s attendance policy.

Current Program Courses

The curriculum combines one Italian language course with specially designed elective courses taught in English in history, communication, social psychology, anthropology, sociology, and art. 

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Current courses may include:

  • Sociology of Rome
  • Italian Media: From Bread and Circuses to the Digital Age
  • Territory, Food, and Anthropology
  • Rome and the Medieval World
  • Love and Sexuality in Early Modern Italy
  • Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection
  • Politics and History of Modern Italy
  • Art and the Psychology of Perception

Upper-division elective courses available to spring semester students only. Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Current courses may include:

  • Baroque Rome Art History
  • Sport and Society in Modern Italy
  • Religious and Social Diversity in Rome Today

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

This program is designed for UC students and taught by faculty from local universities who are long-term residents of Rome. You will be in classes with other UC students and a small number of non-UC college students from the US. Classes are relatively small, and there is a strict attendance policy, which will be outlined during orientation.

Papers, reports, 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. 

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 winter quarter are typically available in May. Grades for the spring semester are typically available in June.