All students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for this program. However, Interior Design students must also show a minimum grade of B in all design studios. Any student on academic (or disciplinary) probation are not eligible to apply. For more information on academic requirements for this program, please speak with your academic advisor or director of your academic program.
PhilaU Architecture, Design and Fashion Studies Program at University of Arkansas Rome Center (UARC) is located in the heart of the historic center of Rome at Palazzo Taverna on Via di Monte Giordano. Built in the 13th century, Palazzo Taverna was once the residence of aristocratic and papal families and is located between Piazza Navona and Castel Sant'Angelo, a few minutes walk from the Pantheon. With the school located in the heart of the city, students will gain first hand experience of the architecture, fashion, culture, art, history, and heritage of Rome. Guest lectures, site visits, and student projects support Nexus Learning curriculum. Students can sign up for optional weekend excursions with Rome Center Faculty for in depth tours of important Italian destinations like Florence and Campania.
Check out the Rome Center webpage in the link above to learn more!
The program at UARC is offered during both fall and spring semesters. The school works with PhilaU faculty to offer Nexus Learning courses in architecture, interior design, graphic design, fashion, and business that will keep all students on track within their program, including studios and history/theory courses that meet Hallmarks requirements. Students will also be offered a number of program electives as well as a variety of Hallmarks courses, including Italian language, Global Diversity, Ethics, and Integrated Seminars. Many courses count towards the new Hallmarks Distinction in Global Perspectives.
See the list of approved courses here: UARC equivalencies Hallmarks 8-16.pdf
LIVING IN ROME
While studying at the Rome Center students live in single sex double occupancy apartments of 4-6 students located in the center of Rome. The apartments are in traditional, well-established neighborhoods, such as Prati and Trastevere within walking distance to campus and accessible to public transport; lively areas that are full of markets, cafes and restaurants. Students will have a "full immersion" experience as they live and shop among the local Italians. All apartments are in close proximity to public transportation allowing for an easy commute to campus. The apartments come with wifi (speeds may be a bit slower than in US) and washing machines and furnished with IKEA furniture; linens and cooking utensils are supplied. English speaking housing staff are on call 24 hours for emergency; there is an online ticket system for maintenance requests. Orientation is provided on site and at UARC orientation. Check out the housing link on the UARC website to learn more!
How much should you budget? Click here for anticipated cost sheet: UARC_cost info 17-18.pdf
Orientation and Pre-Departure Preparation
The Study Away office works with students on their visa applications and pre-departure preparations. Student have an option of a group flight that the Study Away office reserves and students pay for directly (students may also book independently but must arrive on the same day). The Study Away manager, Dr. Wilcox, meets the students on group flight at the airport in Rome with coach to transport them to their accommodations and lead them on the first few days of Orientation activities (group dinner, neighborhood and city tour, campus orientation).
Italian Visa Requirements
Students are required to obtain a Short Term Student Visa and Permit of Stay for their Semester in Rome. PhilaU's Study Away Office and the Rome Center guide students through the process and help arrangement required appointments. The Study Away manager works with the Italian Consulate to arrange group processing of student visa applications and provides notary services on campus. It is up to the students to provide the required documentation and completed forms by the deadlines provided. This may include financial documents and notarized forms from parents and guardians. To make sure that students are properly informed of the process, all participating students are REQUIRED to attend a Visa meeting in the semester prior to departure (Either September or April) and complete the visa application packet (including a valid passport, official bank statements and affadavit, USPS money order) distributed at the meeting within 3 weeks. As the packet includes explanation of financial documentation and health insurance information, we ask that students share this information with their supporting family members. While we are still able to advise students who miss the deadline or have extenuating circumstances students may be responsible for scheduling their own appointments with the consulate.
For a smooth application students should expect to:
-Bring a valid passport to campus to submit with their visa application
-Make sure not to schedule international travel during the visa processing window (April to June for Fall semester Abroad, September to November for Spring Semester Abroad)
-Attend the mandatory visa meeting (in post acceptance materials)