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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Take two sociology courses that cover current social and political issues in Rome and a comparative study of crime and deviance in Italy. Add a Rome-focused elective and challenge your left brain with a beginner's course in Italian to round out your schedule. The language course on this program offers plenty of engagement with international students in conversational and cultural activities. Interactive guest lectures and site visits around the Eternal City are embedded in each course.

Unique study opportunities

  • Meet with local public officials and activists for nonprofit organizations such as the International Women's House and the Libera Anti-Mafia Organization.
  • Visit residential neighborhoods off the tourist track to learn about urban and social development beyond the city's center.
  • Develop a writing portfolio through group and individual projects.
  • Take guided visits to Rome's most popular destinations like the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Borghese Gallery.


Language of Instruction: English

Italian Language Study: Required

You will take one beginning Italian language course. If you have previously completed an Italian language course, then you can take an additional elective in place of the beginning Italian language course.

The Italian language course focuses on practical use and oral expression. Italian instructors use Rome as a laboratory, enabling you to engage immediately in the community around the Study Center. You will also participate in conversation groups and weekly "get to know Rome" outings led by Italian student interns.

All sociology and elective courses are taught in English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad​

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.
  • Two sociology courses: 5 quarter/3.3 semester units each.
  • One upper-division elective course: 5 quarter/3.3 semester units.
  • One lower-division beginning Italian language course: 5 quarter/3.3 semester units. (If you have previous Italian language study experience you will take an additional elective course in place of the beginning Italian course.)
  • You may take one course for pass/no pass credit.

Current Program Courses

Sociology courses:
Italian course:
  • Beginning Italian
Elective courses:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and Resources

  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic Culture

Classes are typically held Monday through Thursday with some activities on Fridays and weekends. The program has a strict attendance policy which will be outlined during orientation.

You’ll be in the classroom with other UC students and potentially a small number of non-UC college students from the US. Since courses are designed for UC students, regular papers, reports, exams, and projects are all part of the curriculum.

Classes are relatively small and the professors are local Romans with experience teaching UC students.


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