Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Duke in Rome

2017  Program dates

Students depart the US for Rome: Monday,  May 15

Program starts May 16

Students depart Rome June 16

* See the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.

Duke University’s Departments of Classical Studies, Art and Art History, and History, together with Duke University’s Global Education for Undergraduates (GEO-U), offer a four-week, one-course summer program in the city of Rome and on the Bay of Naples in Italy.

The program invites participants of all backgrounds to discover and explore monuments and other material remains that embody ancient Roman history and culture, and to reflect on the influence of the ancient Roman world on later periods of European history, literature, art, and architecture. Although some background in Latin, Roman history, and/or Italian art and archaeology is a plus, the course is designed to give any student a firm understanding of Roman civilization and its role in shaping fundamental aspects of Western culture.

Most teaching and learning will take place at archaeological sites, museums, re-purposed ancient buildings, such as churches, and “restored” classical monuments. We begin in the Bay of Naples, so as to investigate Pompeii, Herculaneum and other cities famously “buried” in the eruption of Vesuvius . The second part of the course is based in Rome itself. Day trips may include Naples, Cuma, Paestum, Tarquinia, and Tivoli. A main goal of the program is the joint study of the multiple layers of history and culture reflected in major monuments from overlapping eras and cultures, from antiquity to the present.


    • Villa D'Este
    • Villa D'Este

  • Colosseum