Duke in Rome
4-WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM IN ROMAN HISTORY & CULTURE
Duke in Rome runs every other summer and will not run in Summer 2024. Duke in Rome is planning to return in Summer 2025. Program details will be updated before applications open in November 2024.
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Taught in English
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.
A signature of this program is the hands-on daily immersive experience of Roman antiquity. Instruction is conducted on site, not in a classroom; students participate at all levels by researching and analyzing their surroundings and presenting to their peers their own research of sites, monuments, and cultural artifacts in their relevant contexts; non-presenters in turn respond with questions and suitable amplification. The resulting dynamic is one of close collaborative learning. Carefully selected targets are assigned to participants in advance of travel and their research begins at Duke. The experience of “recognition” at the eventual encounter with research targets is one of the profound pleasures of this on-site high impact “flipped classroom” learning approach.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Rome, Italy
Term: Summer I
Application Deadline: February 1
Academic Theme(s): Roman History and Culture
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: No prerequisite. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Housing: Villas, Residence Hall, Hotels
Primary Contact: Kayla Soltis-Katella
Study history through guided tours of major sites, monuments, and museums.
Caryatids at Hadrian's Villa
Group at Villa d'Este
Castel Sant Angelo
All students enroll in the program's signature course offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted.
- SITE VISITS
CLST 340A / ARTHIST 209A / HISTORY 238A
Rome: History of the City
(ALP,CCI,CZ) 1.0 Duke Credit
Instructor: Prof. Cassandra Casias, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies
This course studies the history and culture of ancient Rome and its capital through an archaeological lens, from the earliest times to the late empire. The city of Rome is one of the most important centers of urban culture in the western world. Here, as nowhere else, one can read a continuous record of the successive rises, declines, and re-emergences of the city in its Italian context. Rome is also a chief contributor to our modern civilization.
In this course students will have direct personal experience of the ancient city through walking lectures, presentations, and guided tours of major sites, monuments, and museums. Visits to other ancient sites in Italy will help them visualize Roman urban realities and ideals in a broader context. These sites and their material record function as the main "course text"; we learn to read this "text" firsthand, through high-impact immersive encounters that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. This hands-on approach allows us to think about the lives of non-elite Romans, as we not only view the monuments built by and for the wealthy but also walk among the markets, temples, taverns, shops, and public toilets that were part of the everyday lives and routines of the less privileged.
We begin our trip in southern Italy in order to survey the contributionof Greek culture to Roman civilization. In Campania we visit the Greek sites of Cumae and Paestum. We also walk the streets of Herculaneum, Pompeii, and other cities whose catastrophic burial by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 preserved striking material evidence of Roman daily life.
Proceeding to Rome, we explore the city itself and its environs, including the Etruscan sites of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, the Latin hills, and Roman dependencies like Ostia and Tivoli. These locations further illustrate the central theme of the course: the emergence and development of Roman civilization, the impact of other cultures upon it, and the endless fascination this “head of the world” (caput mundi) has evoked in visitors through the centuries. Attention will be given to the "idea of Rome" as it emerges in the literature, art, and architecture of various periods. We will also study the voluntary associations, economic life, and religious practices of the Roman city, including the emergence of Christianity.
Instruction will take place at archaeological sites, museums, re-purposed ancient buildings (including churches), and “restored” classical monuments. A chief goal of the program is the integrated study of the archaeology, history, and culture reflected in monuments that span multiple eras, from antiquity to the present.
Our visits begin in the Bay of Naples and include Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites buried by the eruption of Vesuvius.
The second part of the course is based in Rome itself. Day trips may include Capri, Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Orvieto, Palestrina, and Tivoli.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students will stay at the Villa Vergiliana, Via Cuma, 580, 80070 Bacoli, Naples, Tel. and Fax: 011-39-081-854-3102. In Campania, students have all meals included in the program fee.
Students will be housed at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri Via Villa dei Misteri, 11, 80045 Pompeii, Naples. Tel.: 011-39-081-861-3593, Fax: 011-39-081-862-2983. In Pompeii, breakfast and one other meal will be provided. For other meals, students will be aided in finding good, inexpensive restaurants.
Students stay at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Centro), Via A. Algardi 19, 00152 Roma, Tel. 011-39-06-581-7036; Fax: 011-39-06-580-9306. The Center includes classrooms, an excellent library and slide collection, email, and other facilities. It is located in the relative cool and quiet of the Janiculum Hill, but frequent bus service connects it with every corner of the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included, Monday-Friday.
Explanation of Costs
Included in Program Fee
The program fee for this program includes:
- Some meals
- Program transportation
- International SOS coverage
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
Not Included in Program Fee
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
The program fee does not include:
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Visa and/or residency permit
- Textbooks and class materials
- Internet usage
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need a visa. Please be sure to research the cost of obtaining a visa, including any required travel to a consulate or embassy.
If you receive financial aid, and need assistance with travel costs, please contact your financial aid counselor.
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyExperientialEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
- Arrival (in Naples): TBD
- Departure (from Rome): TBD
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. The program starts in Naples, Italy and ends in Rome, Italy. You are expected to arrive in Naples on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.
VISA & PASSPORT
No visas are required of U.S. citizens. Non U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visas are required for participation.
All participants must have a valid passport. For instructions on how to get a passport, you can go to the U.S. State Department website. The U.S. Department of State recommends that those traveling ensure that their passport has at least six months of validity beyond their dates of international travel to avoid unintended disruptions.
International Student Identity Card
An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional for this program. Students may purchase this card for $25 through the ISIC website. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. Please order your card well in advance of your departure.
Program Faculty & Staff
Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.
Deadline: Extended to February 15th
This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early.
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:
- Online application
- Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program