Situated in the heart of the city, the University of Arkansas Rome Center is just minutes from the Vatican, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and other legendary sites in Rome. Students live in close proximity to the center, tracing the paths of ancient Romans and centuries of Christian pilgrims as the make their way to classes each day. Established in 1989, the U of A Rome Center has been a haven for architecture study.
The U of A Rome Center is conveniently located in one of the most important palaces in Rome – Palazzo Taverna. Not far from Piazza Navona, Palazzo Taverna first belonged to the Orsini Family, and in 1328 the site took the name of Mount Giordano, in tribute to Giordano Orsini a Roman Senator in 1341. The palace was referred to by Dante in his literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XVIII). In 1688, after five hundred years of uninterrupted ownership, Flavio Orsini, burdened by debts, was obliged to sell the property to the Gabrielli Family, a very old and noble Roman family. Since 1888, however, the Earls Taverna of Milan have owned the palazzo.
Today, the buildings in the Palazzo house many different activities from private residential apartments to banqueting halls, diplomatic residences and artist studios. Palazzo Taverna has a Baroque wing and an Empire wing -- each featuring frescoes from the turn of the 19th century by painter Coccetti. The U of A Rome Center is housed in the Empire wing of the Palazzo where the most important architects of the 20th century met to discuss their ideas.
Students will register for courses at The University of Arkansas and receive 12-18 transfer credit hours for the program. Students will take an Architectural Design course worth 6 credits and can choose from the following courses to take as professional electives at the University of Arkansas Rome Center:
Number of Credits
Architectual Studies: The Space Between
Art and Culture in Italy
History of Italian Design
Human Behavior and Physical Environment
Introduction to Historic Preservation
Neighbordhoods of Modern and Contemporary Rome
Rome's Heritage and Modern Times
Rome Sketchbook & Architecture of The City
Students parcipating on the University of Arkansas Rome Center program will receive a transcript from the University of Arkansas.
Students are housed in apartments which are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods either within walking distance of the U of A Rome Center or conveniently located next to public transit routes for easy access to the Center. All apartments come fully furnished and include wifi internet access. Typical lodgings have double occupancy rooms with 4-6 students in each apartment.
As a participant on the University of Arkansas Rome Center program, you will pay a program fee and tuition directly to the University of Arkansas. At UTK, you will be charged and pay a $175 study abroad administrative fee in my UTK, for the term you study abroad only.