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Summer: Rutgers- Art History in Rome

Rome, Italy

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2019
May 27, 2019
Jun 29, 2019
Mar 15, 2019
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Experience a mix of haunting ruins and awe-inspiring art in Rome this summer!

Classes are taught almost entirely onsite, making Rome your open-air textbook of art and architecture across centuries of Roman history. A background in Survey to Art History (01:082:106) is strongly recommended, though all applicants will be considered.

This program runs on alternate years. It will not run for summer 2020. 


Program Location

Summer Art History in Rome



Rome, “the Eternal City,” has long been a crossroads of peoples, cultures, and civilizations.  Today, it is the thriving capital of a modern and increasingly multicultural Italian state, and displays evidence of its ancient, medieval, and modern faces, often in stark juxtaposition.  It is not uncommon to find classical monuments, Renaissance art, and twentieth century architecture seemingly jumbled together at every turn of its cobblestone streets. For this program, the city and its many monuments, fountains, churches, museums, and galleries will be your classroom, bringing you into direct contact with the works of some of Western civilization’s most influential artists.


The Art History in Rome course is an intensive five-week summer program led by local scholars and faculty from the Rutgers Art History Department. It studies art and architecture in Rome from antiquity to the late Baroque period.  Classes will be held on-site, including some of the most famous monuments in the history of western civilization such as the Coliseum, Pantheon, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. There will be a strong emphasis on individual artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini as well as on the changing role of art in the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, and Renaissance Rome.  Class discussion thus will focus on visual analysis and the contextualization of art in the larger history of the city. There will be multiple day-long field trips to Assisi, Tivoli, and Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden.

To view the program’s 2014 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Summer 2019

May 27, 2019

June 29, 2019

Housing and Meals

Students will live in a student residence with other students from the program. The student residence offers common areas for living, dining, and studying.  Students will also share a bathroom and kitchen facilities with other building residents. Linens, kitchen appliances and supplies, and basic furniture will be provided.  Toiletries are not provided. A cleaning service comes once a week, but students are responsible for throwing out trash and keeping the apartment orderly. There is no air conditioning in the apartments, which is quite typical of Roman homes.  There is a washer and a drying rack for clothes. Internet access is available but not always at high speeds. 

Meals are not included in the cost of the program.  Students will have access to a furnished kitchen in the residence, and are encouraged to supply their own groceries and provide their own meals.  In addition, there are many restaurants in the area of your residence, but cooking meals will lower the cost of your stay in Rome.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $5,300 $5,650
Graduate $5,860 $6,180
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,300
Meals $1,500
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $120
Personal Expenses $950
Total $3,920.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.



Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.


Art History group

Benjamin Paul is Associate Professor of History of Art at Rutgers, specializing in Italian Renaissance art and architecture. His research focuses on the reform of art in the late sixteenth century. He is also a critic and curator and has been the Rome program director since 2009.

Eunice Kyereme

"Traveling abroad has affected the way I think about life and my role in a global world within the 21st century. Being that I am an American, I became very aware of certain privileges granted to me because of my nationality. Americans have a certain privilege other nationalities do not have. I was also more aware of my African heritage being that Italy is currently dealing with a huge African migrant crisis. Because of that, I became more aware of who I was as an American Ghanaian traveling throughout Italy."