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Fact Sheet:
Class Status: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Students, 6. Non-Degree-Seeking, 7. Other Minimum GPA: 2.25
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Art, History
Program Description:

APSU in Rome


Summer • Open to all Majors • 2.5 Weeks

Program Overview

The Art in Rome program will allow students to fully experience the vibrant historic and artistic culture of the city of Rome, nicknamed the “Eternal City” due to its rich 3,000-year-long history. Rome is a walking museum; class meetings will be held onsite, providing first-hand experience of artworks and monuments. Stroll through the ruins where Julius Caesar and Cleopatra walked; stand where crowds cheered gladiators in the Colosseum; walk the path of medieval pilgrims on their way to St. Peter’s; behold Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling; experience the vibrant contemporary art scene. Additionally, ample free time will allow you to explore churches, archaeological sites, fountains, gardens, parks, markets, outdoor cafes, restaurants, museums, galleries, and street art on your own. The city’s rich history and culture will come alive—you’ll surely be amazed. Creative inspiration, intellectual stimulation, and wonderful memories will last a lifetime.

Special Consideration

Participants must be able to walk 2-5 miles per day on possible hilly and uneven surfaces during site visits.

Credit Hours and Courses

Art 324B Art History of RomeThe art history course will explore art, culture, and history in Rome from the rise of the Empire through the Christian Middle Ages to the classical rebirth of the Renaissance through the decadent papal revival of the Baroque period to modern and contemporary times. The context, meaning, and style of the major works of art, architecture, and archaeological sites from antiquity to the present day will be studied through first-hand experience, readings, discussion, and research.

Art 410K Rome SketchbookThe studio art component will offer students immersive access to the world-renowned art of Italy from antiquity through today’s cutting edge contemporary visual arts.  This course will allow students first-hand experience in examining Italy’s important archaeological sites, invaluable art collections in museums, churches, and contemporary art galleries and urban art through discussion and visual documentation (drawing, painting, digital photography, etc.).

The program is open to anyone interested in learning more about the context and style of art and architecture in Italy from antiquity to the present day. No prior art or art history background or prerequisite is necessary. Speaking Italian is not required.

Studio Art majors should enroll in both courses (6 credits total). 
Non-art majors can enroll in Art 1030 Art Appreciation (3 credits) plus elect to take the studio art course for an elective (3 credits).

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in the heart of the city of Rome, typically in 2-bedroom apartments with two students sharing a bedroom with one full bath, one full kitchen and one common area. An Italian-style breakfast of a brioche (pastry) and café (coffee) will be provided at a local coffee shop each morning.


Dr. Tamara Smithers at 931-221-7789 or at


Program Costs

Financial Aid 

Your current scholarships and financial aid may apply toward the cost of the program. If you plan on using financial aid you need to call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment with a study abroad counselor. 

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Application Fee


This nonrefundable application fee will be charged to the student's account once the student authorizes the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange during the application process.


Payment Amount Due Dates
1st Payment  TBA* March 1
2nd Payment TBA* March 30
Final payment needs to be paid at APSU Cashier's Window
to the Italy's account.


*Cost will vary depending on the number of students participating in this program. 
 20 – 24 participants: TBA; 15 – 19 participants: TBA; 10 – 14 participants: TBA


TBA (undergraduate)
This tuition is based on 6 credit hours* Tuition is due prior to departure and will be billed to the student's account after registration.
* If you are planning on taking only one course, you need to deduct TBA to the total.

Total Application, Program, and Tuition Costs

Undergraduate: TBA 

Included in the Program Cost

  • accommodation
  • Italian-style breakfast
  • individual Rome Metro transit pass for duration of stay 
  • full use of ACCENT Rome Study Center with local staff, computer access, lending library, study area.
  • all group museum and site entrance fees in Rome
  • day trips to Florence and Pompeii/ Naples
  • first-day orientation & welcome pizza lunch
  • farewell group dinner

Additional Expenses

  • group airfare estimate: $1,400 (estimate from Nashville to Rome, and return including ground transportation in Italy)
  • passport: $150 (including photo)
  • meals: $500 (Lunch and dinner)
  • spending Misc. $300
  • books $50 (Art History class)
  • art supplies: $75 (Studio class)
  • STA Health Insurance: $25 Mandatory Expense

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.