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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Orvieto, Italy; Ostia, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tivoli, Italy; Viterbo, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Apartment Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architecture, Arts and Sciences, City and Regional Planning, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Classics, Comparative Studies, Design, Engineering, Geography, History of Art, International Studies, Italian, Landscape Architecture
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
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Program Knowlton Architecture tab 1

The course will outline a set of strategies for the study of the city. Borrowing Rome as a case study, the course will lead students into the built environment and engage the physical friction that emerges when abstract, indeterminate systems make contact with the ground. With Rome and its environs as the laboratory, the group will cut a series of paths through the city, through its layers of material culture and time, and unearth its structure. Using drawing and observation as the primary methods of investigation, students will study the great spaces of Rome, uncoupling the image of form from its organizing structure and resulting space. Each day will produce a series of analytical studies from which field observations are transformed: layering different views and media and extracting interpretations of space, material, flow, and change over time.

Learn more about the experience at the KSA Rome Program Site.


The program will utilize the University of Arkansas Rome Center which is a fully-equipped design campus embedded in the heart of the city. The Rome Center is located in one of the oldest palaces in the city: Palazzo Taverna, constructed in 1286, with ownership passing between only three families in history. The main entrance of the studio space opens into a courtyard housing a baroque fountain by Antonio Casoni, built in 1618, and surrounded by the various buildings forming the complex. The spaces used as classrooms housed the private collections of Modigliani until 2012 and were featured in moves such as 'The Life Aquatic,' 'The Talented Mr. Ripley,' and 'La Grande Bellezza.'


As part of the program fee, students will be housed in fully furnished apartments (including wi-fi and washer/dryer) in a neighborhood of Rome, 4-6 students per apartment. All apartments will be in the same building, a short 5-minute walk from the Vatican. This Roman neighborhood is home to a daily market, several grocery stores, and countless restaurants. Apartments are about a 25-minute walk and a 15-minute bus ride from the Rome Center.

Resident Directors

Katherine Jenkins
Assistant Professor of Practice,  Knowlton School of Architecture

Parker Sutton
Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture

Ohio State Program Contact

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit Knowlton Architecture tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 credits of LARCH, ARCH, or CRP 5798 for Summer 4-Week Session 1. Please note that drawing plays a significant role in this program and students will be expected to do so as part of their grade, however no previous sketching experience is required. 



Application Requirement Knowlton Architecture tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be sophomore status in good academic standing. This program is open to students of all majors. Students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs. Interviews may be required.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Knowlton Architecture tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,439 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, program activities and excursions, all program activity entry fees, some group meals, instructional materials and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, airport transfers, public transportation in Rome, most meals, basic drawing supplies, passport or other personal expenses. More information can be found on the budget sheet.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $4,439 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change). 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions Knowlton Architecture tab 5

  • Join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday, September 4th, 2:00-6:00pm located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom 
  • Engineering and Knowlton Abroad Expo, Tuesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:30pm in E100 Scott Lab
  • Thursday, October 25th: 5:00pm location 177
  • Monday, November 19th: 12:30pm location 175
  • See Leslie Roberts in Enarson Classroom Building during walk-in advising hours every Wednesday from 1-4pm to discuss the program further.
  • Find more information here: 
Faculty-Led Programs in Italy in May Information Session
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 1:30-3:30 PM in 160 Enarson Classroom Building


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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It has given me incredible amounts of confidence and independence going forward. I know that I will be confident taking on any project that I am given because I was able to adapt in such unnatural conditions already. 
     — Summer, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019
01/09/2019 05/09/2019 06/14/2019
NOTE: Program dates include travel to and from the U.S.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.