Program Overview

Experience layers of history and a vibrant design culture through the art, architecture and urban design of Rome.  Walk through the ancient forums, sketch masterpieces from the Renaissance, and learn from experts about the rivalries between the patrons, artists and architects who shaped the city. See how historic buildings, streets and plazas continue to sustain lively interaction in one of the world's most dynamic cities.

Students can choose an Architecture or Art History track.  There are no language requirements for applicants to either track.

Architecture students will focus on how daylighting and shading contribute to beautiful and comfortable environments.  Using drawing and watercolor, they will study how spatial form, details, materials and colors affect light and heat in historic monuments. Then, in studio, they will design a lightweight performance structure that shelters from heat and controls natural light.

The Art History track, open to students in all disciplines, includes courses in Ancient Roman art & architecture and the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  Learning centers around the direct, on-site study of monuments and artworks.  Students can also engage the studio arts through a drawing course.

Together, students in both tracks will visit sites of historical, artistic, and architectural importance in Rome and on excursions elsewhere in Italy

Additional requirements

Students in the Architecture Track should:

  • have a declared major in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Product Design
  • be eligible for the 4/584 studio sequence. Landscape Architecture and Product Design majors are eligible to take the studio after completing the introductory design studio sequence in their majors

Graduate Students:

  • 3.0 GPA or above

Academic Details

This is a joint program in the UO College of Design between the Department of Architecture and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. You will earn 12 credits for the 8-week program in either academic track as outlined in this chart

Courses in the Architecture track will satisfy requirements in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Product Design.  ARH 4/507: City of Rome satisfies Architectural History.  For Interior Architecture majors this course satisfies Western Architecture History or Subject Area Elective.

All of the Art History courses will count toward an Art History major or minor. Three of the courses fulfill upper-division Renaissance and Baroque, ancient Mediterranean, and elective requirements. These courses will fulfill 3 out of 4 upper-division requirements for the Art History minor. ARCH 4/523: Media for Design Development satisfies the Studio Art requirement for Art History undergraduate majors and an elective for graduate students. Graduate students in Art History will also fulfill early modern and ancient requirements.

Studio Facilities

The studio, classrooms, library and student lounge are located in the Palazzo Pio, a beautifully restored palazzo in one of the city's most popular areas. The palazzo is near the historic and bustling marketplace of the Campo de’ Fiori, where you can easily buy food and personal supplies. The facility is located within easy walking distance of student apartments and Rome's most famous landmarks.


Faculty and Staff

Architecture Professor Nancy Cheng and Art History Professor James Harper are the co-leaders of the Rome 2018 program. Local faculty in Rome will also contribute to the academic program through teaching, critiquing, and leading tours and excursions. 

Housing Description

Students will live in shared apartments with other program participants within easy walking distance of the studio and class building. Most apartments have two to three double or triple bedrooms, a small common living and dining space, a kitchen and one or two bathrooms. The apartments are chosen for proximity to the studio and location rather than spaciousness. They are close to markets, neighborhood stores, pizzerias and restaurants. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.