Exploration Seminar Rome 2021–Cancelled

Exploration Seminar Rome 2021–Cancelled

Tempio del Divo Claudio, Roma, Italy2021 Honors in Rome


Staging the City: Performance, Power, and Identity in Rome from Empire to Mussolini

Location: Rome

Dates: Early Fall Start: August 23 – September 17, 2021 (Note: credits apply to autumn quarter).

Course Credits Credit Type
Honors 213/Drama 494 5 Honors Arts, VLPA Humanities “W”

Information Sessions

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About the Program

About the Program

Honors 213/Drama 494 (5 credits) VLPA, “W”

Using the city of Rome and 2000 years of performance traditions, literature, painting, and architecture, this inter-active, inter-disciplinary humanities course considers a single site:  Rome, and how Rome fashioned and re-fashioned its own charismatic image of imperial and cultural power first as the heart of the Roman Empire, then as the capital of Christiandom, later as a city of Papal Princes, the epicenter of high culture on any European tour, and finally Mussolini’s restoration of Empire.   How Rome created its unique, charismatic position in European history is largely a product of its own self-promotion.  Rome the city invented Rome the idea, and those acts of invention can be read as a powerful performance of civic identity.

Combining tours of the city’s own treasury of art and architecture with readings about its past, we explore Rome as the center of power and culture across the ages.   To study the city, we stand at the sites of power, feet in the present, the past at our reach.

Infrastructure is provided through the UW Rome Center, which is located in central room in the beautiful 15th century Palazzo Pio building, which includes UW administrative offices, classrooms, student lounge and computer lab. Read more about our Rome Center here.

Program Leadership

Director, Odai Johnson is a Professor of Drama at the University of Washington.  Odai has traveled extensively in and around Rome and has written about many of Rome’s major periods:  classical Rome, Renaissance, 18th century, and early 20th

Program Expenses

Program Expenses

Anticipated Student Program Fee: $4,400 (approx) (students do not pay tuition; program fee and concurrent enrollment fee only)
Average Airplane Ticket: $1,700
Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Note: $4,400 program fee. Students do not pay tuition, instead they will pay a concurrent enrollment fee of $450. Total cost of program is $4,300 due in October (autumn tuition due date). Students are expected to pay for roundtrip airfare and most food (although some dinners and lunches are included).  All excursions are covered as part of the program fee.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $460 TBA
Program Fee Balance $4,400 TBA

Making the program affordable

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life.  Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. Here are resources to help you get started on your global adventures!

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarships for current Honors Program students. These scholarship funds may be used for UW approved study abroad programs or exchanges. Students may apply beginning in late January (deadline is March 30).

Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

Every student who applies and is accepted to a study abroad program is considered for a scholarship. Scholarship awards are dependent on need and students  may be awarded up to $4,000. Visit the study abroad office in 459 Schmitz Hall to learn more or click here.  Students may also email goglobal@uw.edu for an advising appointment.

There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage.  In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file.  Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Summer quarter financial aid and for information about Exploration Seminar financial aid timeline (different than A or B term financial aid disbursement timeline).

Application Process

Application Process

This program is open to students in the Honors Program and also students across campus. The program is focused on recruiting a diverse group of students. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply and the program encourages freshmen-seniors with a special recruitment effort to incoming Honors freshmen. We anticipate a mix of incoming freshmen-Seniors.

No prereqs or language requirements, although the program director will encourage students to learn basic words and phrases in Italian to facilitate open and humble learning.


Deadline to apply : Feb. 15, 2021  (the application link will be posted once UW has made a decision on whether running study abroad programs can be done safely this coming summer. More updates coming midJanuary)