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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - Visual Art in Rome
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winterim
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winterim 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study:
Architecture, Art, Art History, Arts, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Fine Arts, International Studies, Italian, Painting, Studio Art, Visual Arts
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Program Model:
Short-Term Faculty-Led
Language(s) of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
Apartment (Shared)
Years of Eligibility:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

UWPStudy 3000 – Visual Art in Rome
Winterim 2017: January 3-21, 2017
Printable program info sheet available: 
Visual Art in Rome Info Sheet.pdf
Application Deadline: Saturday, October 15

Course Description:

This 19-day international short-term study abroad course will guide students through a high-level examination of the concepts and production of visual art. Students will learn vocabulary commonly used when discussing art, explore major trends in Western art from the Ancient Rome to today, participate in artmaking sessions, and delve into issues relating to art in the larger context of today’s global culture. Students will interact firsthand with the remarkable archaeology, architecture, and art collections found in Rome, Italy such as the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Villa Borghese, and the Vatican. 

Through these first-hand visual experiences, students will be prepared to reflect on the evolution of culture as revealed in art through time, as well as the similarities and differences between the culture of their contemporary homes in the U.S. and that of modern-day Rome. In addition to lectures and visits to relevant artworks, students will participate in hands-on studio projects that relate to the given topic.  This will promote the development of a deeper understanding of how materials and processes can enable or limit artistic production. No prior experience in art is necessary. All areas of study are welcome. 

Who This Course is for:

This is an ideal course for students interested in art history, studio art, architecture, archaeology, history, museum studies, art conservation, languages, and those who enjoy an urban setting. The course content will provide a wide-ranging sequence of art-related topics so that undergraduate students can discover how art exists in their everyday lives, and how it may be incorporated into future studies and research in their given discipline.

Course Highlights:

  • Live in an apartment in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood – a residential neighborhood with an important history and easy access to the historic center of the city!
  • Experience the vibrant, cosmopolitan life of a major European city with excellent public transportation, outdoor sculpture, major art collections, and epicurean examples reflecting its international population.
  • Explore the ruins of ancient Rome to understand what factors of that society led – directly and indirectly – to many aspects of the U.S. today, including science, mathematics, history, education, government, and the economy.
  • Three "free" days - students choose what they want to see and do in Rome or elsewhere in Italy!


Course Structure:

ORIENTATION: In advance of leaving for Italy, all participating students must attend two mandatory traveler meetings. (Dates TBA)

  • The first meeting will afford the students a chance to meet each other and exchange contact information. An overview of the course will be delivered, as well as a big-picture discussion of the logistics of travelling abroad. First reading and journal assignments will be made.
  • The second meeting will be a general orientation session on Rome and will include a session on Health & Safety facilitated by the Education Abroad Office. Topics covered will include an exploration of the map of Rome; Italian culture, economy, and environment; health insurance and how to stay safe abroad. Basic language instruction and supporting materials will be provided.
Students will also read selections from a textbook on the elements and principles of design and take an online quiz via D2L prior to departure. 

WHILE IN ROME: A typical day in Rome will include an interactive lecture/discussion (readings to prepare for this topic will have been assigned) and a site visit to experience firsthand examples of the time period in question. Several studio sessions will allow students to make artworks related to the style being explored. Three tests will be given, each covering the materials of the previous few days. Daily journaling and a final essay are also required. 

POST-PROGRAM: After returning from Italy, participants must attend a re-entry session organized by the Education Abroad Office in early February 2017.

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Winterim 2017

Prerequisites: Freshman and above
                           2.5 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, interview with faculty-leader

Couse load: One 3-credit course

Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit

Students will receive credit for UWPStudy 3000. 
This course satisfies the Fine Arts and International Education General Education requirements.

  Program Co-Leaders:

Carole Spelic' and Richard Moninski both teach in the Visual Arts Department at UW-Platteville. This will be their third time leading the course. 

  Housing and Meals:

Students will be housed in apartments under contract with the American University of Rome. The apartments are located in the Trastevere neighborhood – a residential neighborhood with an important history and easy access to the historic center of the city!

All meals are out-of-pocket expenses.  Student apartments have fully-equipped kitchens. Meal expenses are estimated at $50/day. 


A $50 application fee is due before your application can be reviewed. 

The estimated program cost is $3,250*+ for degree-seeking UW-Platteville students. The price is $3,850* for Non-UW-Platteville students and special students. This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, transportation (international airfare and in-country), accommodation, entrances to course related excursions and site visits, in-country transportation, and emergency medical insurance. 

*Program cost based on 14 students enrolled
+Program cost is based on receiving a PACCE grant

Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), meals (estimated at $50/day), and personal spending.

  • Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
  • Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
  • Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Post-911 GI Bill or the Wisconsin GI Bill

Payment Schedule:
The program fee must be paid in full prior to departure on January 3. The payment schedule for this program is as follows:

  • First payment of $1,350 is due on November 7, 2016 
  • Second payment of $950 due November 28, 2016
  • Third payment of $950 due December 19, 2016

Cancellation Policy:

Students who withdraw prior to the first deposit will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable $50 application fee). Students who withdraw on or after the date of the first deposit will be financially responsible for a $165 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor. Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.

 Applying for a Passport:

Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date (July 21, 2017).  To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Visa Requirements:

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter Italy. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship. 


For more information:

Program Instructor:
Carole Spelic'
Visual Arts
Phone: 608-342-7301
Office: 115 Art Building

Program Instructor:
Richard Moninski
Visual Arts
Phone: 608-342-1910

Program Coordinator:
Alyssa Shaff
Education Abroad
Phone: 608-342-6151
Office: 102 Royce Hall 


Program Ratings:
Academic Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Value: 1 2 3 4 5
Accommodation: 1 2 3 4 5
Food: 1 2 3 4 5
Safety: 1 2 3 4
Program Provider Administration: 1 2 3 4
Host Country Program Administration: 1 2 3 4
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
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