Summer in Italy 2014:

                    Ancient Rome & Its Legacy

Program Highlights:Colosseum

The city of Rome is a living museum.  As the center of the powerful and long-lived Roman Empire, the city's ancient past has served as the foundation for an uninterrupted history spanning the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, all of which live on as integral parts of the lives of modern Romans today.  And so this city of the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and the Vatican is not just about the past, it is a lively city filled with energetic people, incredible food, and an active nightlife.  Rome is the perfect place to study abroad, combining an unparalleled history, art, and architecture to study while you experience a fascinating modern culture and people.

The CSUSM program in Rome will focus on the ancient history of the city and its empire over the course of twenty-five days under the guidance of Dr. Darel Engen.  Most days there will be a two-hour class meeting in the morning followed in the afternoon by a two to three hour visit to an important site or museum.  Although most of the program will take place in the city of Rome, an excursion is planned to the ruins of Pompeii and an optional weekend trip to Fiesole/Florence are built into our schedule to allow students to make short excursions to other parts of Italy if they wish.

Academic Calendar:

June 3-27

Academic Focus:

Ancient Roman history and its legacy in the modern city


Courses Available:

Undergraduate:  History 304A and History 304B (topics in history); may satisfy upper-divsion GE (CC & DD)

Graduate:  Two History 699s (independent study)

Requirements:Piazza Navona

  • Class level:  Open to all class levels
  • Satisfactory Academic Performance to departure


Six units will be awarded as detailed above, History 304A and History 304B or two History 699s.


All students will stay in shared apartments in the Prati region of Rome. Four to seven students will share a large apartment furnished with beds, desks, chairs, closets, and bookshelves.  Bathrooms will be shared.  Students will be accommodated in double, and triple-occupancy rooms and may request a particular roommate. 

Anticipated Site Visits & Program Highlights:

  • Day trips to Pompeii and Florence
  • City tour
  • Capitoline Hill & Conservator's Palace
  • Roman Forum
  • Boca di Verita, Arch of Moneychangers and various temples
  • Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, Theater of Marcellus
  • Piazza tour
  • Colosseum
  • St. Peter's & Vatican Museums
  • Baths of Diocletian
  • Villa Borghese
  • Pizza & Gelato Crawl
  • And many more!

Estimated Total Cost:

Deposit due to Global Education by March 30, 2014:  $150

Application & fees due to CEA (covers housing, site visits, welcome dinner, transportation pass, airport pick-up, cell phone) by April 15, 2014:  $3,000

Fees for instruction due to Extended Learning in late May 2014:  $1,752 for undergraduate, estimated $2,028 for graduates.

Additional Expenses to Budget: 
  • Airfare:  $1,500 (estimate only; better deals are out there)
  • Meals:  $1,000 (estimated at $35-50/day; you may spend more or less)
  • Transportation in and around Rome outside of site visits (departing airport transfer, public transportation):  $150
  • Spending money:  $500 (depends on the individual, could spend more or less)

To Apply: 

  1. Attend an information session led by Faculty Leader Darel Engen. 
  2. Register and fill out the application packet on CEA's program page:  Make your non-refundable $150 deposit to Global Education, Craven 3200.  Only cash, checks or money orders will be accepted.  Please make checks payable to CSUSM.
  3. Final payment of $3,000 program fees is due to CEA by April 15, 2014 on CEA's program page,  Tuition expenses are paid directly through Extended Learning and will come due in late May.

Travel-Study Italy 2014 Application:

All application materials will be placed on CEA's website,

Attend an Upcoming Information Session!

Tuesday, March 25, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Mark 301

Wednesday, March 26, 2:00-2:50 p.m., Mark 301

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