University of Oregon

Architecture and Art History in Rome

Program Overview

Experience studying and living in Rome, Italy, and engage in the vibrant artistic, architectural, and design culture of Rome as an “open-air museum.” This program offers two academic tracks: Architecture and Art History. Students in the Architecture track will study past and present architectural and urban designs and extract lessons to be applied in the design studio. The Architecture Track is open to Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Product Design majors.  Art History students will study Ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque time periods, and practice studio art. The Art History Track is open to students in all disciplines, with preference given to Art History majors and minors. All courses will include excursions to sites of historical, artistic, and architectural importance around Rome, as well as the cities of Vicenza and Venice.

Academic Details

This is a joint program in UO Architecture & Allied Arts 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 both Architecture and Interior Architecture academic degree options.  ARH 4/507: City of Rome satisfies Architectural History – Renaissance requirement or ARCH 4/530 Architectural Context or Subject Area Elective.  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 dei 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.

Please click here to view the 2017 class schedule.

Faculty and Staff

Architecture Professor Kyuho Ahn and Art History Professor Derek Burdette are the co-leaders of the Rome program. Local faculty in Rome will also contribute to the academic program through teaching, critiquing, and leading tours and excursions.


Housing Description

Students are housed in apartments within easy walking distance of the studio. The apartments are shared by two to six students: with one to three 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. The program director coordinates available housing with the needs of the program. Details about housing arrangements will be announced as they become available.


Additional Requirements

Students in the Architecture Track should:

  • have a declared major 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

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival 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.