Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Classics Rome Program?
Five to six weeks of summer study in the heart of Rome, Italy, with all courses taught in English. Most participants take three upper level courses in ancient Roman civilization, all of which center around regular group field trips and explorations in the city. Some coverage of later periods (medieval, renaissance, baroque) will be included. Day trips outside the city include visits to the Etruscan sites of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, Hadrian’s villa and the Villa d’Este at Tivoli, and other venues. If finances permit, the group takes a three-day trip to the Bay of Naples to see Pompeii and other ancient sites buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Greek temples at Paestum and other ancient remains in Campania.
The Program is not affiliated with any host institution in Italy. Students enrolled at UGA or any other Georgia System school receive on-campus credit just as if the courses had been taken in Athens.
Who is eligible?
Any student with a 3.0 GPA or above (exceptions may be made through an interview with the Director). No knowledge of Italian or previous acquaintance with ancient Classical culture or languages is required (except for students who enroll in LATN 4405), but some familiarity with ancient Rome and classical culture is strongly recommended, the courses are designed with a minimal background in ancient studies assumed, and priority for admission is given to students with such background. Non-UGA students will be informed of how to apply for temporary admission with transient status in order to receive credit for the Program.
How many people participate?
Twenty to twenty-five students. Classes are small, and faculty readily available to the students. PLEASE NOTE: the Program is entirely dependent on sufficient student enrollment, and can be cancelled at any time if there are not enough students signed up. In case of cancellation of the Program, all fees that have been paid will be refunded in full.
Where do the participants and staff live?
In the Hotel Ercoli at the northeast end of the Quirinal hill (via Collina, 48), just inside the ancient Aurelianic Wall, where the group has stayed each summer since 1975. The Biasotti family who own and run the hotel and their staff provide a continental breakfast and light supper (pasta/soup course plus a main course) every day we are in Rome. Students live two or three to a room; all rooms have private baths; bedding, towels and room cleaning are provided.