APSU in Rome
Summer • Open to all Majors • 2.5 Weeks
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.
At times, this Program will be physically demanding, as class meetings will be on-site throughout the city during summer months. A large portion of class time will be spent outdoors. Archaeological sites can be especially hot, as there is limited shade from the sun. Proper sun protection is highly suggested. Most public interior space and metro buses are not air-conditioned.
Participants must be able to walk at least 5 miles per day on possibly hilly and uneven surfaces. Good, broken-in walking shoes are mandatory. In order to access many locations, steep hills and stairs must be climbed; elevator access in most buildings is limited or non-existent. There will also be long periods of waiting in entrance lines, and participants will be on their feet for the duration of the site visit; seating is often sparse. Summer is tourist season; expect large crowds at major sites and museums.
Credit Hours and Courses
ART 3910--Art + Design History Study Abroad. Topic: Art History of Rome
The 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 3900--Studio Study Abroad. Topic: Rome Sketchbook
The 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 6-credit 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). They will both count towards your major (an upper-level studio course and an upper-level art history course).
Art History or Studio Art Minors should enroll in both courses (6 credits total). Both courses can be arranges to count towards your minor.
Non-art majors can choose to enroll in Art 1035 Introduction to Art (3 credits) and can take the studio art course for an elective (3 credits) (6 credits total).
Lodging and Meals
Students will live in the city of Rome, typically in 2-3 bedroom apartments with two students sharing a bedroom with two full baths, one full kitchen, a washing machine, and one common area. Apartments may be mixed gender where room configurations and participant gender breakdown require it. Bedrooms, however, can be guaranteed single-gender, if requested. Participants may request to share a room with another participant, but this cannot be guaranteed.
One meal will be provided a day, depending in the Schedule: breakfast will entail a set menu of an Italian-style breakfast of a brioche (pastry), café (coffee) or tea, and orange juice. On early-start days, lunch or dinner will be provided instead, where students will typically be able to choose a menu item/s).
Dr. Tamara Smithers at 931-221-7789 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This non-refundable 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.
|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.
10 – 14 participants: $3755; 15 – 16 participants: $3230, second payment will be adjusted to $1352.50
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
Included in the Program Cost
- One meal per day, depending on the Schedule (see above)
- Ground transportation to and from airport in Rome
- Individual Rome Metro transit pass for duration of stay
- Full use of ACCENT Rome Study Center with local staff, counseling, computer access, lending library, study area, and classroom use for class.
- All group museum and site entrance fees in Rome
- Two evening events
- Day trips to Florence and Pompeii/ Naples
- First-day orientation, Italian language survival class, & welcome pizza lunch
- Open-top bus tour of Rome
- DUE Feb. 15: optional group airfare: $1245.50 (Nashville to Rome, and return), pay to Italy account at Cashier’s Window by due date
- Passport: $150 (including photo)
- Museum entrance fees for HW (outside group entrances)
- 2 meals per day: $450 (one meal per day included)
- Good walking shoes: $100
- STA Health Insurance: $25 Mandatory Expense
- Spending Misc. $300
***Due to safety, this walking program will only accept 16 students. Preference will be given to the 16 applicants who have a track record of positive engagement and strong academics, who plan to enroll in both courses, and will have completed Art 2010 Art History Survey 1 and/or Art 2020 Art History Survey II by the end of the semester before departure. If more than 16 apply, some students will be placed on the waiting list. Students will be contacted via email regarding their status a few days after the February 1 deadline, in time to meet the February 15 airfare payment due date if selected for the Program.