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January Term: UVA in Italy: Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Rome, Italy (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 02-JAN-2018 13-JAN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Depart the U.S. on January 1 to arrive in Rome on January 2.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Architectural History, Architecture, Art - Art History
Program Description:

This course provides firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Rome. The course complements the extensive on-grounds teaching in Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture at the University.

The goal of this course is twofold. First, it gives students a deeper understanding of the specificity of objects and sites, that is, their materials, texture, scale, size, proportions, colors, and volumes, all elements that are almost completely lost in classroom teaching, which is entirely based on digital images. Second, it provides students with a full understanding of the importance of original location for the interpretation of Renaissance art. Unlike modern art, Renaissance & Baroque art was originally tied to a defined location and made to serve a specific purpose, be it devotional, civic, or celebratory. Guided by these two notions, the course is based on extensive walks through the urban fabric of Rome and in-depth visits to works of art and architecture.


St. Peter's Square, Vatican

On-site visits combine lectures with active student participation, so that students practice on-site strategies to analyze, decode, and interpret Renaissance art and architecture through the visual and material clues contained in the works of art themselves.

The course meets daily for approximately 5 hours (excluding breaks and meals). A Graduate Teaching Assistant assists with the teaching schedule and follows daily the work and progress of students, including checking their writing, assisting in the individual visits and in the preparation of the final project.


Aerial view of Colosseum

Students will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in a hotel located in the heart of Rome, in a neighborhood with many restaurants and cafes, a short walk to sights including the Pantheon, the Vatican, and the Spanish Steps. A recently renovated building that was once a palace for a Roman noble family, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Accommodation is provided from the night of January 2nd 2018 through the night of January 12th, 2018.


Study Break!


Renaissance & Baroque Rome
(ARTH 3255 or ARH 3500; 3 credits

Rome Course Description 2018

Program Information Session
Thursday, September 7 at 6pm
Campbell 158


Ponte Sant'Angelo with
St. Peter's Basilica in background

Course Information

This three-credit course, ARTH 3255 ("Renaissance Art on Site") or ARH 3500 ("Special Topics in Architectural History: Renaissance and Baroque Rome"), provides firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Rome.

This course fulfills the Renaissance requirement for art history students and the Mediterranean requirement for architectural history students as well as the Fine Arts requirement for College of Arts & Sciences students.

This program is open to undergraduate students with a strong interest in the history of art and architecture.

Cost & Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. In particular, School of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for School of Architecture funding. Review the Scholarships page for additional opportunities.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program in Italy typically involves walking significant distances each day, extensive time spent standing, visits to non-wheel chair accessible areas, and utilizing public transportation and buses that do not offer assistance. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Ponte Sisto

Program Director Lisa Reilly,, Associate Professor of Architectural History, received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and joined the University of Virginia in 1990. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France and Italy. She published a monograph on Peterborough Cathedral and is the co-editor of Skyscraper Gothic (UVA Press, 2017). She is currently completing a book on the Norman visual culture in England, France and Sicily and was the Fulbright fellow in the History of Art at the University of York, England in 2015. She has taught on site for a wide variety of UVA abroad programs including 9 previous January terms in Italy.

Teaching Assistant Eric Hupe,, is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Virginia focusing on Italian Renaissance art, specifically the meaning of light in Franciscan art of the Veneto. He held several research internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Frick Collection, New York. From 2012 – 2013, he worked as an adjunct lecturer in art history at City College, The City University of New York and has been a frequent lecturer at the Cloisters Museum, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is Eric’s third time assisting the UVA Rome J-Term, and he looks forward to sharing one of his favorite cities with this year's students.

This program is currently not accepting applications.