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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Benjamin Paul
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • The Art History in Rome summer program is a five-week, intensive course led by faculty from the Rutgers Art History Department
  • Classes are taught almost entirely onsite, making Rome your open-air textbook of art and architecture across centuries of Roman history
  • A background in Survey to Art History (01:082:106) is strongly recommended, though all applicants will be considered
Your Host City: Rome
Rome, “the Eternal City,” has long been a crossroads of peoples, cultures, and civilizations.  Today, it is the thriving capital of a modern and increasingly multicultural Italian state, and displays evidence of its ancient, medieval, and modern faces, often in stark juxtaposition.  It is not uncommon to find classical monuments, Renaissance art, and twentieth century architecture seemingly jumbled together at every turn of its cobblestone streets.  For this program, the city and its many monuments, fountains, churches, museums, and galleries will be your classroom, bringing you into direct contact with the works of some of Western civilization’s most influential artists.

Faculty Director Profile:
Benjamin Paul

Benjamin Paul is Associate Professor of History of Art at Rutgers, specializing in Italian Renaissance art and architecture. His research focuses on the reform of art in the late sixteenth century. He is also a critic and curator and has been the Rome program director since 2009.
The Art History in Rome course is an intensive five-week summer program led by local scholars and faculty from the Rutgers Art History Department. It studies art and architecture in Rome from antiquity to the late Baroque period.  Classes will be held on-site, including some of the most famous monuments in the history of western civilization such as the Coliseum, Pantheon, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. There will be a strong emphasis on individual artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini as well as on the changing role of art in the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, and Renaissance Rome.  Class discussion thus will focus on visual analysis and the contextualization of art in the larger history of the city.  There will be multiple day-long field trips to Assisi, Tivoli, and Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden.

To view the program’s 2014 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

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

Program Dates
Summer 2019
Start Date: May 27
End Date: June 29
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in a student residence with other students from the program. The student residence offers common areas for living, dining, and studying.  Students will also share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other building residents.  Linens, kitchen appliances and supplies, and basic furniture will be provided.  Toiletries are not provided.  A cleaning service comes once a week, but students are responsible for throwing out trash and keeping the apartment orderly.  There is no air conditioning in the apartments, which is quite typical of Roman homes.  There is a washer and a drying rack for clothes.  Internet access is available but not always at high speeds. 

Meals are not included in the cost of the program.  Students will have access to a furnished kitchen in the residence, and are encouraged to supply their own groceries and provide their own meals.  In addition, there are many restaurants in the area of your residence, but cooking meals will lower the cost of your stay in Rome.

Financial Information
For more information about finances, including the additional non-billable expenses, please view the program budget sheet links near the top of this page.

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 also 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. 

You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program:

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Rutgers Art History Scholarships- There is the possibility of up to two scholarships with priority given to Art History majors.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and national scholarships.