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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Liberal Arts Department/School: Art
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): Wendy Deschene,
Majors: 1. Art Majors, 2. Art History Majors, 3. Education Majors, 4. Graphic Design Majors, 5. Architecture, Other Majors upon approval Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Course Prerequisite: Art History, Studio Art
Program Description:
Art in Rome, Italy


Art in Rome is an intensive study abroad summer mini-semester program led by AU Art Department faculty. The program is a collaboration of AU Art department with the University of Arkansas Rome Center that also hosts several other American universities. This partnership proves beneficial to our students, offering them a chance to meet students from other universities and to help control the cost of the program.

Students will earn 6 credit hours while producing artwork and studying Roman art and architecture on location. Coursework focuses on both, hands-on art making, as well as experiencing and learning about Italian culture and history.

The UARK Rome Center building Palazzo Taverna is located in a very center of town, near Piazza Navona (centro storico). Auburn students will be provided access (via swipe cards) to the Center’s art/design studios, lecture halls, computer lab and library. Additionally, the Center’s administrative staff (Janice, Viviana, and Emilio) will be providing all necessary assistance to our students. Included in this year’s program are two day-trips Orvieto, and to Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Gardnes and one overnight stay in Florence. Previous knowledge of Italian language is not necessary and the program offers 16 hours of beginning Italian language instruction (Instructor Barbara Spacinni).



The program is designed primarily for visual art and design majors as well as art history majors and minors.  However, interested undergraduates from all disciplines are welcome to apply as long as they meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.25.

Application Procedure:

  • Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating.
  • Complete the Auburn Abroad Application online and wait for confirmation from the Program Director. 
  • Non-Auburn University students must be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional application fee).

Formal Program Admission:

  • Upon admission to the program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by the deadlines indicated.
  • Students will complete additional application requirements once accepted into the program.

Refund Policy:

  • Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.
  • There will be no refunds made when written notice to withdraw is filed with the Director of the program less than 30 days prior to departure.
  • Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.



Summer 2018:

  • 15 Feb 2018: Deadline for applying to program.
  • 14 May 2018: Latest date to leave USA to make the start date.
  • 15 May 2018: Start date on location – date students must be in Rome.
  • 16 May 2018: Orientation and classes begin.
  • 14 June 2018: Classes and examinations end.
  • 15 June 2018: Date students depart from Rome. Program is officially over.
All students will purchase their own plane ticket to Rome. Plan to arrive on May 15 and depart on June 15 or later.


Students take two classes, earning 6 credit hours, while studying Roman culture, history, art and architecture through hands-on study approach. In addition to in-class and studio research Art in Rome offers rich experiences consisting of site visits, gallery and museum tours, day trips and overnight trips within central Italy.
  • Arts 2970 - Special Topics in Studio (3 credits) / Alternative to Arts 4970 Studio 
  • Arts 2970 - Special Topics in Art History (3 credits) / Alternative to Arts 4970 Art History
  • Arts 4970 - Special Topics in Studio (3 credits)
  • Arts 4970 - Special Topics in Art History (3 credits)
  • Elementary Italian course (Non-Credit)

Coursework focuses on both hands-on art making experiences (Drawing – Rome Sketchbook studio course), and experiencing and learning about culture and history (Italian Art and Culture art history course).


Program cost is estimated at $5,400. All costs are approximate and subject to change.

Art.Rome7Included: Tuition (instruction, use of classrooms and labs), orientation, guided bus tour of city, welcome & farewell dinners, some meals, educational materials, tickets to most major museums and palazzos, student card, cell phone for Italy, internet access, emergency travel/health insurance, housing (two & three bedroom apartments), field trips and excursions inside and outside of Rome (including overnight stay in Florence).

Not included: Airfare, transfers, some meals, Auburn Abroad Fee both for AU and non-AU students ($657), passport cost (approximately $135), art supplies, personal expenses. For non-AU students, there is a non-included transient student application fee of $50.

Refund Policy: Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.

Payment Schedule:
  • 09 March 2018: First payment installment of $2,700 billed to eBill.
  • 23 March 2018: Due date for first payment installment. There will be no refund after this date.
  • 06 April 2018: Second payment installment of $2,700 billed to eBill.
  • 27 April 2018: Due date for second payment installment. There will be no refund after this date.

Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.



Multiple occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom, and general living area will be provided within individual apartments in Rome for the duration of the program. Accommodation will be provided with four to six students per apartment. All apartments come equipped with 24-internet access and/or wi-fi and washing machine.

Student housing is arranged with Your Place in Rome agency and provides affordable apartments in Rome’s residential districts like historic Trastevere,a vibrant neighborhood within city center. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transport routes to the university.


Students have full access to art studio and lecture room in the very center of the city (centro storico) in Palazzo Taverna - one of the oldest palazzos in Rome. This 13th-century palace is located within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, Vatican, the Pantheon, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Dante referred to the palace in his literary masterpiece "The Divine Comedy"!


Rome, Italy


A living museum, Rome in its 2500 years long history contains some of the most significant cultural artifacts of Western civilization. From ancient, medieval, baroque to modern eras, its art and architecture are unmatched in its diversity and richness. Late spring /early summer makes it ideal time for exploring the eternal city and its surrounding (including numerous ancient ruins, hill top towns and historic gardens). The program’s educational and cultural activities include visits to Pantheon, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, the Uffizi, and Academia. In addition, daily visits to many significant historic churches, museums, and piazzas containing significant works by Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini and other great Italian artists and architects are planned. Students will also have many opportunities to study contemporary art through visits to art galleries and long awaited and just recently opened Centre for Contemporary Art - MAXII.


  • Orvieto, Umbria day trip
  • Florence, Toscana, overnight stay in hotel
  • Tarot Gardens, Pascia Fiorentina day trip
  • Additional excursions under consideration:
    • NATO
    • Italian Parliament, Media Centers
  • Opportunities for independent travel on non-excursion weekends


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page.

Visit the Department of Art & Art History website.

This program is currently not accepting applications.