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Rome has been occupied by numerous different populations in its nearly three thousand year history. The Etruscans, Sabines, Romans, and Italians who have called this city home have left an unbelievable treasury of art, architecture, and ancient artifacts that make Rome a wonderful place to visit and study. Now one of the most populous cities in Europe, Rome is host to millions of tourists every year who flock to the Vatican city, ancient Roman ruins, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, the catacombs, and numerous other sites that give the capital of Italy the name "Roma Aeterna" or Eternal City.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman town located near present day Naples, that was mostly destroyed and buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of volcanic ash. The site was lost for about 1500 years until it was rediscovered in 1599. The artifacts have been preserved for more than a millennium because of the long lack of air and moisture and give an extraordinary glimpse of life during Roman times. Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years. Today it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with almost 2.5 million visitors every year.
Run by W&M's Department of Classical Studies, this intensive three-week summer program in Ancient Roman Studies, focuses on Rome and Pompeii. Students visit archaeological sites, and study monuments and works of art of classical antiquity in their original setting.
During the program two weeks are devoted to excursions to sites within Rome and the surrounding area. The additional week is spent in the Bay of Naples area, visiting sites and museums. Housing and excursion logistics are provided by institutional partners. Most meals are included in the program fee, including bag lunches on days of site visits.
Please note that this program runs alternately with the Athens/Nafplio program on even numbered years. The program will run next in Summer 2018.
All students will earn 4 credits in CLCV 489: The Ancient City, an on-site course in Italy. Course requirements will include the completion of assigned readings, site reports, a journal and a final exam or essay.
Students may choose to add on a research component to the course and receive 1-3 additional credits by enrolling in CLCV 494: Undergraduate Research Abroad in Classical Studies and writing a research paper.
If selected for participation by faculty, students may also add the research symposium in the following fall for an additional 1 credit.
The total number of credits that can be earned in this program is 4 without the research component. If the research component is undertaken, then students may also earn 1-3 credits for the summer research.
Please note that the research credits (CLCV 494) are not included in the cost of the program. Participation in CLCV 494: Undergraduate Research Abroad in Classical Studies is an additional cost at the following rate:
$400 per credit
Following the Program:
By faculty selection, students can participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium in Classical Studies (CLCV 493, 1 credit) to present the results of their research.
Courses are tuaght by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
*Please note that students intending to use Financial Aid to cover some of the cost for the program must be enrolled in at least 6 credits over the summer term in order to be considered full time.
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Rome and Pompeii and to cover a variety of pre-departure questions. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Associate Professor, Classical Studies
Arrival date: June 1, 2018
Departure date: June 22, 2018
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 2
Final payment: April 2
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2016 program fee: $5,375
2018 program fee: TBA
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
All College students in good academic standing.
Click to view the 2016 Summer Abroad Handbook.