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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Suggested GPA: 3.0
Community Based Learning: No Ability to work abroad: No
Program Exception Flag: None Program Sponsorship: Holy Cross Office of Study Abroad
Visa required for U.S. passport holders: No Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:

IN ROME, 2018
Rome in History and Imagination

FACULTY: Holy Cross Professors Thomas Martin and Aaron Seider

DATES: Depart from U.S. on Sunday, May 27, 2018 and arrive in Rome on Monday, May 28, 2018 – Depart from Rome on Saturday, June 23, 2018

INFORMATION SESSION:  Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm in Smith Hall 201
If you are unable to attend the information session and would like more information about the program before applying, please feel free to contact either Prof. Martin or Seider.

Rome offers a richer and more captivating experience of ancient civilization and its afterlife than any other city in the world. During our time in Roma aeterna, we will explore ancient Roman history, art, and archaeology with a particular focus on how the Romans interacted with the environment that surrounded them. Walking on the city’s seven hills and along the course of the Tiber River, we will engage in on-site study of Rome’s buildings, sculptures, mosaics, and topography. As we explore museums, archaeological sites, and Renaissance palaces, we will see traces of history existing alongside modern buildings. Pagan temples become Catholic churches, ancient marble columns prop up new structures, and artists create masterpieces steeped in classical culture, all while the Romans engage with their city’s unique topographical challenges and advantages.
The Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the city’s fountains and walls are just some of the locations that will offer us the chance to discuss artifacts in terms of their historical, environmental, and artistic contexts. We will also consider subsequent reactions to ancient Rome by studying the stratigraphy of sites such as the Basilica of San Clemente, where a medieval basilica stands on top of a fourth-century CE church and a late Republican house. We will make longer excursions outside the city to historical sites such as Tivoli and Ostia, where we may consider questions about how the Romans engaged with the natural environment outside of their metropolis. In addition to developing an appreciation for the history, environment, and art of ancient Rome, we will reflect on our understandings of our own cultures and identities so that we may return to Holy Cross with greater personal and intellectual independence, as well as a deeper awareness of how cultures and identities evolve over time.

Students receive the equivalent of one Holy Cross course credit that can be used to satisfy the common area requirement in Arts or Historical Studies and to fulfill an academic deficiency. For Classics Majors, the course counts as a Classics course. For ENVS minors, it counts as a non-science ENVS course.  For ENVS majors, it counts as an ENVS history course (requirement 8) or as an ENVS arts/humanities/social science course (requirement 11).

Students live in housing close to the historical center in Rome.

The estimated cost of the 4-week program is approximately $5,200-$6,000. This includes tuition, housing, transportation in Rome, and tickets to all museums, archaeological sites, and cultural events.  THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE the cost of round-trip airfare and food. It also does not include passport expenses, personal expenses, health and travel insurance. Students should expect to spend a minimum of $1,300 on their flight and a minimum of $750-1,000 on their food. Very limited financial aid is available for this program.

Friday, November 17, 2017 via the online application system at

Contact Prof. Thomas Martin at, Prof. Seider at , Prof. Brit Smith at, call Study Abroad at 508-793-3082, or visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith Hall 216.



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.