University of California, Riverside

UCR Study Abroad - UCR Summer Abroad Program

2017 Rome, Italy

Rome: The Eternal City

Rome offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study ancient history, literature , archaeology and art at first hand. By studying and visiting archaeological sites and museums, students can see the complexity, originality and contribution of the Romans through the physical remains of its culture. The city of Rome, the largest in the ancient Mediterranean world, was a multifaceted urban setting, the remains of which have influenced writers. thinkers, artists, architects and historians for centuries. The coursework will take advantage of the city to excite UCR students as they engage with the Roman past.

  • General Program Information


    Michele Salzman

    Michele Salzman, History (

    Program Locations:
    American University in Rome, Italy

    History 190 Rome (4 units)
    History 110 Ancient Historians (4 units)

    Tentative Dates:

    Summer Session A: June 26 - July 29, 2017

  • Accommodations

    Apartments in Rome

    The American University of Rome will arrange pick up at Fiumicino Airport. Students will meet AUR staff before 3:00 PM in Terminal 3; the staff member will be holding a sign marked The American University of Rome. We will transport the students as a group, and any student arriving after 3:00 PM will have to arrange their own transport to the campus.  They must make it to campus by 5:00 PM.

  • Detailed Program Fees

    Please note that Program-Related Fees will be paid to UCR (see payment instructions). Airfare and most meals are included in the "Estimated Additional Costs" section in the bottom half of the table; each program is designed individually and may or may not include the same amenities or cover the same expenses as other UCR Summer Study Abroad programs. Students are responsible for understanding program-related fees for their program.

    Accommodations and Service Abroad Fees included in “Remaining Program Fees” is subject to change based on fluctuating exchange rates, unexpected changes in activities and local prices. Fees estimated below do not include personal travel, entertainment, out-of-pocket medical expenses, special medical needs, and other emergencies, as well as other personal needs items not required by the program.

    Program Fees

    Program-Related FeesUndergraduates Graduates 
    Course Fees – 8 Units of UC credit $2446.54* $2918.08*
    Course Materials and Services Fees (CMSF) $719.21 Same as undergraduate
    Programming Fees (Lodging, Excursions & Misc Fees) $2876.85* Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Round-Trip Airfare $900.00 - $1500.00* Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Total Cost*$6942.60 - $7542.60*$7414.14 - $8014.14*

    *UC Riverside’s Per Unit Course Fee is subject to Regental, legislative, and gubernatorial action and may change without notice.

    The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. The amounts shown here represent, for planning purposes, estimates of the Per Unit rate for Summer 2017. Actual charges for 2016-17 have yet to be determined by The Regents of the University of California and are not yet available at this time. Final figures are subject to change and may differ from the amount shown.

  • Courses & Syllabus

    Two History courses are offered: Both courses fulfill upper division requirements for History majors and general education requirements. No prerequisites are needed. The courses are: 

    HIST. 190.  Rome:  The Eternal City. (4 credits). The course traces the growth of the city of Rome through its monuments, art, architecture, and literary remains. Teaching this course in Rome is ideal, for we have direct access to the monuments and topography of the city, as well as its material culture. The course is organized chronologically, beginning in the archaic period in the Roman Forum and on the Palatine Hill. It proceeds in week two to visit the victory temples and houses of the late Republic and early Augustan Age. In week three we study imperial Rome, with planned visits to the Forums of Augustus and Trajan, and the Pantheon. We also consider the entertainment venues that were part of imperial Rome, notably the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. We conclude in the fourth century with the monuments, Christian basilicas, and urban redevelopment of the city completed by the now Christian emperor Constantine. By studying the changing topography of Rome, students can appreciate the historical as well as material contribution made by Roman civilization. Guest lecturers by archaeologists will allow us to see the most recent discoveries that have come to light in Rome this year.  Visits to sites will offer students the chance to see archaeologists at work and to get behind the scenes of on-going excavations.  

    HISE 110.  Ancient Historians. (4 credits). This course considers ancient historical writings that have shaped the modern view of the Romans. We will focus on the writers of the Roman world, with special attention to the Histories of Livy and Tacitus, the Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, and the Letters and Orations among others. The class will meet in a seminar setting to discuss these texts and their relationship to modern historical thought. Our visits to relevant museums and archives will consider the material evidence – inscriptions, coins, calendars, documents – that ancient historians used to write their histories. 

  • Tentative Program Itinerary

  • Faculty Letter

  • Information Sessions and Orientation

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    HMNSS 1303

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Education Abroad
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113