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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 2017 10/15/2016 ** 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 2016: January 1-17, 2016

Printable program info sheet available:
WIN15 Visual Art in Rome_Info Sheet.pdf (Winterim 2016 info sheet to follow)
Application Deadline Friday, October 23, 2015

Course Description:

This 17-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 assimilate and employ the language commonly used in the critical analysis of art, explore various methods of art-making, entertain a broad historical overview of major trends in Western art, from the Neolithic to today, and delve into issues relating to art in the larger context of today’s global culture.

In order to do so, class participants will interact with the remarkable archaeology, architecture, and art collections found in Rome, Italy.  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. Students will explore the Roman Forum, Coliseum, Pantheon, Villa Borghese, and the Vatican.

Several Italian guest lecturers will present on subjects within their academic specialty, giving students the opportunity to interact with Romans both in the classroom and in the city at large.

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.

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 amazing view 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.

Course Structure:

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 journaling assignments will be made.
  • The second meeting will be a general orientation session on Rome. Topics covered will include an exploration of the map of Rome as well as the Italian culture, economy, and environment.  Basic language instruction and supporting materials will be provided.

After returning from Italy, participants will attend a re-entry session organized by the office of Education Abroad.

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Winterim 2016

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. 

Housing and Meals:

Students will be housed in apartments under contract with the American University of Rome.  The apartments are located on the Gianicolo Hill in Rome – a residential neighborhood with an important history and amazing view of the city!

All meals are out-of-pocket expenses.  Student apartments have fully-equipped kitchens. Meal expenses are estimated at $35/day. 


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

The estimated program cost is $3,400*.  This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, transportation (international airfare and in-country), accommodation, entrance to course related excursions and site visits, and emergency medical insurance. 

*Program cost based on 12 students enrolled

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

The payment schedule for this program is as follows: 

  • First payment of $1,200 is due on November 6, 2015 
  • Second payment of $1,200 due November 27, 2015
  • Third payment of $1,000 due December 20, 2015

UW-Platteville student applicants should apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Scholarship by visiting the Education Abroad website.  Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify for the maximum scholarship amount available. Application is due December 15, 2015.  Grant awards will be dispersed into student's PASS accounts only after students have successfully registered for the UWPSTUDY 3000 course.

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 $115 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 (January 17, 2016).  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 Co-Director:
Carole Spelic'
Visual Arts
Phone: 608-342-7301

Program Co-Director:
Richard Moninski
Visual Arts
Phone: 608-342-1910

Education Abroad Program Advisor:
Alyssa Shaff
UW-Platteville Education Abroad
Phone: 608-342-6151


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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