Architecture in Rome

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or Above
Location: Europe, Italy
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview
Experience layers of history and space surrounded by a vibrant design culture through the architecture, interior architecture, and urban design of Rome. Walk through the ancient forums, sketch masterpieces of art and architecture from Ancient to Renaissance and Modern eras and learn from local and international experts about the design process and rivalries between the patrons, artists, and architects who shaped the city. See how buildings, interiors, streets, and plazas continue to sustain lively interaction in one of the world's most dynamic and eternal cities.

Architecture and interior architecture students will focus on how architecture and micro-urbanism have contributed to resiliency and sustainability of the city. Using drawing, watercolor, and multi-media approach to space analysis and documentation they will study how spatial form, light, details, materials, and colors affect micro-climates, spatial comfort, and human experience in the historic fabric of the city. Then, in studio, they will design a transformative institute that provides continuing education and inspiration for future generations of designers and migrants to learn from the past in their quest to concur climate change and provide environmental justice.


There are specific scholarships available for this program. To be eligible, students must meet the eligibility criteria for the program, and submit a completed program application as well as the scholarship questionnaire within the application by the final application deadline listed below. The scholarship application for this program is a questionnaire located within the GEO application for this program (the questionnaire is a part of the online application). Awards range from $500-$1,500. Students will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application after the final application deadline and after scholarship essays have been reviewed. Review of scholarship essays and program applications generally takes up to two weeks after the deadline, but in some cases can take longer.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2022 1/15/2022 2/15/2022 6/18/2022 8/14/2022

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.

Academic Details

Courses 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.

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

Additional requirements

This program is suitable for Architecture majors. For all other College of Design majors, please consult with your academic advisor before applying for this program.

  • Students need to be eligible for the 400-level studio sequence

Graduate Students:

  • 3.0 GPA or above
Application process
This program is less than 90 days. Students with a US passport will be traveling to Italy under the Schengen Visa waiver program and do not require a travel visa for this program, and GEO is unable to assist U.S. citizens in obtaining a visa. If you are not a U.S. Citizen: Notify your GEO Advisor. Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Italian consulate in their country of residence about visa requirements, no matter the duration of the program of study.
Faculty and Staff

Ihab Elzeyadi, Ph.D., FEIA, LEED will lead the 2022 Rome program. Dr. Elzeyadi is a Professor of Architecture and Building Science at the University of Oregon, and Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Director of the High Performance Environments Laboratory (HiPE), College of Design, University of Oregon. Professor Elzeyadi teaches architecture design and architecture theory as well as advanced seminars in sustainable and resilient building design. As an award winning architect and design educator he has lectured nationally and internationally on the relationship between people and buildings to produce human-centered design. His main interest in environmental quality in architecture and urban design directs his research and practice in high performance buildings, WELL building standards, biophilic design, and architecture for well-being. He engages students in hands-on design explorations of real sites and clients. For the Rome program, Elzeyadi will be working with multiple organizations in Italy including the Architecture Biennale in Venice in engaging projects with students. As a practicing designer and consultant for over 27 years, Prof. Elzeyadi has completed more than 5M sq. ft. of architecture projects and design competitions. He has conducted post-occupancy evaluations and building performance assessments of more than 150 buildings, 50% of them are LEED™ and LBC rated. He is the author of more than 100 papers, six book chapters, and monographs. Prof. Elzeyadi has taught the Rome program previously and has traveled the eternal city of Rome extensively for consulting, research, and teaching. He is an experienced traveler and architectural photographer and enjoy travelling with students to engage them in design and design education in all its forms.

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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. 

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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