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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early App Spring, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Jefferson - East Falls Campus applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 05/01/2020
05/15/2020 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Housing Options: Apartment (shared)
Internship Opportunities: No Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits: 12-18
Program Type: Study Abroad (semester or summer programs) Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Architecture, Business (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, etc.), Construction Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Industry Management, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design Communication, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Languages, Liberal Arts courses
Portfolio Required: No Class Status: 4th Year, Junior
Program Description:

The Jefferson Rome Semester at University of Arkansas Rome Center (UARC) With a school located in the heart of the city and a program focused on the tradition of European Design, Jefferson Rome Semester students will gain first hand experience of the architecture, fashion, culture, art, history, and heritage of Rome. Guest lectures, site visits throughout Rome and the region, and student projects based on local issues and trends support Nexus Learning curriculum. Students can sign up for optional weekend excursions with Rome Center Faculty for in depth tours of important Italian destinations.

Check out the Rome Semester in the video below and learn more about our host the Rome Center in the link above!

Nexus Learning in Rome
The Jefferson Rome Semester is offered during both fall and spring semesters at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. The program offers a Jefferson East Falls curriculum of 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. Students study with International Faculty active in their professional fields, gaining international experience and knowledge of their profession.

See the list of approved courses here: Rome Semester Course List July 19.pdf

The Rome Center at Palazzo Taverna
rome courtyard
The school 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. The center has dedicated design studios, student study space, printing resources, and a library. The Rome Center hosts events throughout the semester designed to expose the students to the larger design community as well as Italian culture. In addition to the studio and classrooms at the Rome Center, students will have classes at sites throughout the city. At the end of the semester, the students' work is displayed in exhibits, fashion show in the main hall.


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The Jefferson Rome Semester has a simplified application process through the Study Away Office's online application; no additional external applications are required! All students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for this program and have completed 60 credits before departure. This program is a good fit for transfer students! Interior Design students must also show a minimum grade of B in all design studios and a 2.75 GPA overall.  Any student on academic (or disciplinary) probation are not eligible to apply.  The courses available are designed for students in the majors of Architecture, Arch studies, Interior Design (Fall), Fall Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Graphic Design (Spring), students in other majors (such as construction management and other business fields) are welcome to apply as long as they can put together a full semester of courses with alternates.
Students must complete their online application, meet with the Study Away Office, get courses approved by advisor, and provide an unofficial transcript by their term's application deadline. C_ABE students must apply by the Fall/Early Spring Deadlines.
There are no application fees or deposits. However, once a student signs their decision statement, the Study Away Fee becomes non-refundable.


While participating in the Rome Semester 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: Rome Semester Cost Info 20-21.pdf

There's a lot to do around Rome, so while some weekend travel is encouraged, participating in Rome Center programs and exploring the city is a great way to make the most of your time in Rome.
  This semester the following "Rome Center Groups" are active in Rome:
    * Horse Riding
    * Yoga
    * Culture Club
    * Photography
    * Ultimate Frisbee
    Clubs that do not  get made, due to insufficient numbers, can still be pursued by students as "Student Run Clubs". This semester there are two SRC's:
    *Rock Climbing
    These clubs are run by the students themselves. The Rome Center provides the students with a platform to find people wanting to join the activity.
    Many students also join up to the local gyms.
There is also a club called the "Weekend Warrior Club", which proposes activities for the students staying in Rome on each given weekend. Participants and Activities change each week depending on the things going on in the city of Rome and who is around.
    Finally the Rome Center Run Activities that are scattered throughout the semester and range from; Cooking, Bike Riding to Shopping at the Outlet Stores. These activities change each semester dependent on the availability of Faculty and Staff to supervise the activities and what they want to do.
    There are no limits to the amount and type of activities available for students arriving in Rome, and our job is to facilitate student participation in extracurricular activities as much as possible.

Orientation and Pre-Departure Preparation
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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 the optional 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. Jefferson - East Falls 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 affidavit, 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)

Withdrawal Policy
Students who withdraw from a Study Away program or from the University either before or after a Study Away semester commences are responsible for the non-refundable University fees, e.g. Study Away fee of $800, as well as for the full amount of any cancellation fees charged by the Study Away institution or provider.  (Fees are posted and updated on the individual programs' website and accessible through the website link on the program page). 

The withdrawal fees for the Rome semester as as follows:
50-70 days prior to start of program $1,000
30-49 days prior to start of program $2,000
8-29 days prior to start of program  $4000
0-7 days prior to start of program 100% of host institution charges



This program is currently not accepting applications.