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Italy: Eternal Rome - Piety & Power

Italy- eternal rome

Discover the rich religious and political history of medieval Rome over spring break and complete your Tier III!   

During this 1 week intensive travel program, students will focus on the physical transformation of the city of Rome and the impact of political and religious leaders, visiting sites and museums reflecting Rome's ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras. Participants will keep a journal which they use to prepare a final project after returning to campus. The class will meet on a weekly basis before Spring Break to discuss readings and prepare for the trip. This course fulfills Ohio University's Tier III General Education requirement.

Students will be housed in centrally located hotels and explore dozens of archeological sites, museums, and churches in Rome and its vicinity, all with the guidance of an OU professor with expert knowledge and extensive familiarity of Rome. 

Planned excursions include the Roman Forum, Colosseum, the Castel Sant' Angelo (the emperor Hadrian's mausoleum), the Pantheon, the ancient Roman port city of Ostia Antica, ancient Christian catacombs, the Vatican Museums and Necropolis, St. Peter's Basilica and many other historic churches.

Program Dates

Spring Break 2020: March 7 - 14, 2020

This program is offered every other year (even years). The upcoming offerings of this program will be Spring Break 2020, 2022, etc.

Eligibility and selection process

To ensure program quality, the number of students able to participate in this program is limited. Nomination will be assessed based on a combination of GPA, personal statement, and references. 

Nomination to this program is by a rolling admission prodecure, meaning applications are reviewed by the program director as they are received. With enrollment limited, we recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.

This program is open to all OHIO undergraduate students in good academic standing.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.


Upcoming Info Sessions

Join Program Director, Dr. Jaclyn Maxwell to learn more about this program at an upcoming info session:

Wednesday, Sept. 11 3:00-4:00pm 

Bentley Annex 402


Application Deadline - final deadline October 1, 2019. Early application is recommended.

Courses and credits

Students will be enrolled in a total of 4 credit hours comprised of the courses below:

HIST 4536 - Eternal Rome
This 3-credit interdisciplinary course will use the topography, architecture, and iconography of Rome to teach about ideology and representations of power throughout history. By focusing on three discrete themes (Piety, Power, & Urban Remains) and taking full advantage of an intensive week of site visits, students will see how political authority and religious beliefs were given physical shape.

HIST 4930 – Independent Study
Students will be required to enroll in HIST 4930 – Independent Study. This is a 1 credit orientation course to prepare for studying in a different culture and for background knowledge about the course.


Undergraduate 2020 Student Budget Worksheet

*Program fee includes roundtrip airfare from Columbus to Rome, housing, daily breakfast, some additional meals, and transportation/entrance fees to all program-related activities. 

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on the Italy

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.   Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.

For more information on this program contact:

Dr. Jaclyn Maxwell 
Program Director
453 Bentley Annex 

Ellie Koewler 
Program Coordinator







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