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  • Locations: Vacone, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Daniel Loughrey
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Gary Farney
Non-Rutgers Students:
Areas of Study:
iSOS: Accommodation IATA:
Program Description:
The Program
  • The Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy, in operation since 2012, is an experiential program that endeavors to teach undergraduate and graduate students methods in field-based archaeology, including excavation techniques, site management, and field surveying techniques
  • Participate in the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project, an archaeological dig site focused on the excavation and preservation of Republican-era Roman villas
  • In addition to hands-on field work, students will also lectures and assignments overseen by Rutgers faculty and graduate assistants from a wide array of departments on both the Newark and New Brunswick campuses.
Your Host City: Vacone (Sabina Region, Lazio)
Vacone is a small medieval town located in the Sabina region of Italy.  Only a 40 minute train ride from center-city Rome, the town is rarely visited by tourists; however, those who do make the trip are often stunned by its natural beauty and simple charm.  Vacone and several of the neighboring hilltop towns have summer festivals that students can participate in, including a pasta festival in nearby Casperia, and a medieval festival in Roccantica.  The surrounding is comprised of rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves.

Faculty Director Profile:
Gary Farney

Dr. Farney is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, specializing in ancient Greek and Roman history. He is also a trained numismatist (the study of the collection of coins and other currencies).  His research focuses on political and material culture of the Roman Republic, as well as ancient Italic ethnic identity.  He is the founding director of the Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy.

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy conducts work to further the research goals of the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project. Our team’s ultimate aim is to assess archaeologically a select cluster of Roman villa sites in the Upper Sabina Tiberina, focusing on the Republican and early Imperial period (third century BCE to first century CE) in order to investigate regional patterns of rural habitation and agricultural exploitation. The villa sites are situated in an area defined by the Tiber on the east, mountains separating the region from Umbria to the north and the Reatine valley to the East, and the edge of the Farfa river valley to the south (ca. 250 sq. miles). The project seeks to substantiate archaeologically the point at which the historical characterization of the Sabina in the late Republic and early Empire is perceptible, providing evidence of agricultural intensification and subsequent economic development. To this end, we are excavating one villa site in the area (Vacone), while conducting geophysical survey at other known villa locations.

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

Students are able to walk to the village of Vacone, which is less than 2 miles away. On one Saturday, as part of the program costs, we will go to a nearby city, Rieti, where students can shop, dine and visit the local museum and sites. Transportation is provided on the weekends to a local train station that goes to Rome (45 minutes).

Accommodations and Meals
Participants will live in an agriturismo (a kind of country hotel and restaurant), called Le Colline, located very close to the Vacone villa site. Le Colline has rooms of two to four people, each with a separate bathroom.  The agriturismo has internet access and will provide us with a means to do laundry. 

All meals will be provided at the hotel for staff and students Sunday dinner through Friday lunch as part of the program costs. For the weekends students are encouraged to go to Rome or elsewhere in Italy, and transportation to a local train station for this purpose is provided by the program as part of the costs. Students will have to pay for their own meals at other times (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), from the hotel or while traveling on the weekends.

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.