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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Student Type: Open to all Qualified Applicants Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: Faculty-Led Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight
Program Advisor: Callie Frost: Housing Options: Program Arranges Flat/Apartment
Program Description:

Ancient Italy in Context

Roman Architecture

Academic Features  Student Life  Estimate of Costs  Application Process  Faculty Leader Information  More Information 

Based in Rome, students will explore the growth of the city and her famous empire from the humblest of beginnings to a vibrant capital and the world’s first super power. Topics are structured chronologically and thematically. Students will visit archaeological sites and museums in and around Rome, in order to study the chronological arc of the city’s development and will also become familiar with modern Rome as well. Excursions beyond the city will take students to the Bay of Naples (to visit the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites) as well as to Etruscan and Latin sites.

Academic Features

Students will earn 6 credit for CLAS 480S for this summer program. The course fulfills the N -- Social Science general education requirement. The goals of the course include:

• Learn the topography of Rome and other Roman sites
• Evaluate material culture in context and learn to debate or even reconcile artifacts and the historical record.
• Understand Roman material culture in context
• Discover Etruscan culture, art, and epigraphy
• Learn the chronology of ancient Rome tied to its monuments and leading figures
• Research and deliver oral reports on site
• Learn how archaeologists interpret materials

Grading will be based on participation on-site, a quiz and exams, and oral reports presentations on an assigned monument, work of art, or topic on site. Please contact faculty director, Prof. Hilary Becker, for more information about the course syllabus. 

Rome Site Visits

Student Life

Students will arrive in Rome on May 28, 2018. On arrival day, students will check into their housing, receive an orientation, and attend the welcome group dinner. The program ends on June 24, 2018.

Throughout the 4-week program, the city of Rome and other sites will be your classroom. Most days will include archaeological sites and/or museum visits with Professor Becker teaching on-site. Included in the program costs is ATAC metro bus pass for public transportation in Rome. Free days are also built into the schedule.

A tentative program itinerary can be found here: 
Ancient Italy Program Schedule.pdf 
*Please note that the itinerary is a draft and may change without notice. The itinerary can shift during the program as well in order to better accommodate the needs of each particular day.

Housing arrangements will be facilitated through Lorenzo de Medici (LdM), the on-site partner in Rome, and is included in the program costs. Students will live in apartments with shared bedrooms and a common bathroom, kitchen, and living space. Students will be expected to pay a $300 housing security deposit to LdM when committing to the program - this deposit is refundable following the completion of the program provided that there is no damage to the apartment. 

A welcome dinner on the first night of the program and a farewell dinner on the final night in Rome will be included in the program costs. Additional meals will be paid for by the student and an estimated amount of what to budget for will be provided. Students' apartments will have fully-equipped kitchens and students are encouraged to purchase groceries and cook for themselves to save. 

Students will have access to wifi in their apartments and when in the LdM classrooms. The program cost also includes an Italian SIM card rental provided by LdM after arrival in Rome. 

Rome Housing

Estimate of Costs

To learn about the program costs and related expenses, click to open the estimate of costs sheet: Summer 2018 in Rome Faculty-led Program Costs.pdf

Financial Aid
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.

Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible ($1,500). Other scholarships may be applicable to you. To search through scholarships for education abroad click here.

Withdrawal Policy
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

This course is open to students in any field of study. No previous knowledge of Classics, ancient archeology, or Italian is required. Students from other SUNY campuses and other universities are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must complete an application form, obtain a recommendation through the online application, write a brief essay about their reasons for wanting to participate in the program, and submit transcripts from the school(s) they have attended if they are not a Binghamton University student. The minimum GPA required is 2.5. 

The deadline for the application is March 1.

Faculty Leader Information

Professor Becker will lead the “Ancient Italy in Context” course. Hilary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, is a Mediterranean archaeologist with an extensive record of teaching and fieldwork in Italy. For multiple summers she has conducted on site research with students and has led intensive study courses in Italy such as this one. Her current scholarly agenda includes research into the ancient Roman ancient economy, and epigraphy. She enjoys working with students in the context of study abroad. If you have questions about course content, activities on site, you can contact her at

More Information 

 For questions related to the program application process, contact the program advisor, Callie Frost at 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.