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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer I & II 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Gary Farney
Non-Rutgers Students:
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 skills, recording techniques and conservation of materials. Visit the Rutgers University Archaeological Field School website for more information.
  • The Field School does the work of the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project, an archaeological dig site focused on the excavation and preservation of Roman villas (see below for more on the UST Project).
  • In addition to hands-on field work, students will also attend lectures and receive assignments overseen by Rutgers faculty and faculty from various universities around the world (among them University of Tennessee, University of Alberta, University of Toronto, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, University of Trieste, University of Rome—La Sapienza).
Your Host City: Vacone (Sabina Region, Lazio)
Vacone is a small medieval town (founded in the tenth century CE) located in the Sabina region of Italy. Only a 40-minute train ride from 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. 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 Roman history and archaeology. His research focuses on the  political and material culture of the Roman Republic, as well as ancient Italic ethnic identity. He has operated several other study abroad programs for Rutgers and other universities.

To view the program’s 2018 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, its content is subject to change.

The program is designed to introduce graduate students to a variety of conservation and preservation techniques while helping to significantly advance Rutgers faculty research for 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 area of Italy, focusing on the Republican and early Imperial period (third century BCE to third 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 surveys at other known villa locations. We also have seminars for students on digital recording (GIS, Photogrammetry, Digital Mapping) and osteology.

There are two options of study for graduate students for this project:
  • 6 credits for 4 weeks on site - dates listed above, OR 
  • 3 credits for 2 weeks - dates by arrangement with Prof. Farney within the 4 week program timeframe listed above.
For both options, graduate students can contact Prof. Farney ( to sculpt your experience for yourself. Some can learn excavation for the duration, and others can learn conservation of materials on site, notably our mosaics and painted wall plaster; others can do a combination of these activities. Work will be conducted 5 days a week, for approximately 6 contact hours per day. Students will have free time on the weekends. The entire project is about 4 weeks.

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

In their free time, students can hike in the forested hills around the agriturismo Le Colline, and visit the small village of Vacone. Students will have the opportunity to travel to Rome or beyond on the weekends. On Friday afternoon, students will be bused to a nearby train station (Poggio Mirteto) for a direct train into Rome (40 minutes); likewise, this bus will pick up returning students on Sunday afternoon and take them back to the agriturismo.

Accommodations and Meals
Participants will live in an agriturismo (a hotel and restaurant on an active farm), 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. All meals will be provided at the agriturismo for staff and students from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch as part of the program costs. Students will have to pay for their own meals at other times (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), from the agriturismo or elsewhere.

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet (for sessions I & II, and only session II).

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. ?our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships. The Field School website has more suggestions for scholarships on as well.