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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Open To: All Majors
Minimum Class Standing: Open to All Class Levels Credit Type: LAS
Course Name/ CRN: ROME: REAL AND IMAGINED / 10272 / AHCS 220 E # of Units Offered: 3
Non-Refundable Fee $150.00: *Is charged only when one "Commits" to a travel program
Program Description:


See breathtaking works of art!
Eat the best Italian food of your life!
Make new friends!
Walk in the footsteps of Emperors!
Visit the heart of Italian design!
Say, "Hello!" to The Pope!
Learn more about history, art, & yourself than you could ever imagine!

Rome: Real & Imagined May 16-27, 2019

Course Description
Get LAS credits for studying in Rome, Italy! See breathtaking art. Eat amazing food. Make new friends while experiencing one of the oldest and most amazing cities on Earth. 

During our time in Rome we will examine famous sites like St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, The Pantheon, The Forum, The Colosseum, The Villa Borghese, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, Hadrian’s Villa, and so much more. 
We will also adventure to lesser-known destinations and get a feel for real Roman life.

Rome: Real & Imagined is NOT a series of boring tours.

The trip itinerary is generated directly from student interest, with site visits chosen based on where you want to go and what you want to see. This trip is designed to reflect the passions and interests of all students from all departments. 

This course asks students to question their pre-conceived ideas about Rome and contrast this vision with what it’s actually like to experience the city in person. Before departure you will select three or more sites in Rome to study. You will reflect on why you are drawn to these sites and research their history and how they might appear to first-time tourists. After this you will plan three or more tours you will give while in Rome. But these won’t be boring, traditional tours. Instead, you will create imaginative and surprising experiences that will allow you and your classmates to have fun while learning first-hand about the many wonders of The Eternal City. 

While we will have guided tours of the must-see highlights like the Colosseum, The Vatican, etc., it’s these student-led tours that will really make this trip unique. This is a truly memorable way to experience study abroad. 

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors from all Otis disciplines are free to enroll in this course. This is a blended class consisting of five lunchtime on-campus meetings, online assignments and discussions, intensive course engagement while in Rome, and a final reflection due one month after the conclusion of the class. The nature of this class allows students to take more studio classes to better serve their major. 

Students arrange their own air travel to and from Rome, which cuts down on the cost of the trip and allows students the opportunity to stay in Rome, Italy, and Europe after the conclusion of the class. 

This is a once-in-a-ilfetime experience not to be missed!


Apply today. Enrollment is limited to 14 students and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 



May 16, 2019: Arrive in Rome
May 27, 2019: Course ends in Rome (students are free to travel around Italy/Europe if they desire once the course is complete)

NOTE: Several course meetings will be held prior to departure throughout the Spring Semester. These meetings will cover a range of topics from travel preparation to the academic components of this course.

1. Click “Apply Now” at the top right corner of this page. This will lead you to create a travel account and apply for this course.
2. Once you receive the acceptance letter, you will need to enroll with the Registration office. The CRN and course code are provided at the top of the page.
3. Once you register, change your status to “Committed” in your travel account. 

Please contact the faculty leader, Tucker Neel (, for specific details about this travel study course.
With general questions regarding topics like the application process, cost, flight information, etc. please contact

(based on 14 paying participants, price subject to change based on enrollment)

Eleven nights in a hotel (2-3 students per room).
Continental breakfast each morning at the hotel
Roundtrip transportation from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
One welcome dinner
One farewell dinner
One group lunch in Rome
One group lunch in Tivoli
Hop On/ Hop Off bus orientation to most major city sights
Professional tour manager at each site visit.
Day Trip to Tivoli with private motor coach
Two week Rome metro pass
Headsets throughout trip
Trip delay, travel accident & medical insurance coverage

In addition to dozens of free sites (Pantheon, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain, etc.), admission is included for:
Capitoline Museums
Colosseum and the Roman Forum
Borghese Gallery
MAXXI Museum
Vatican Museums
Capuchin Crypt
Villa Adriana
Villa d’Este
Villa Giulia (Etruscan Museum)
Antica Farmacia Santa Maria della Scala

Students will also contribute to the final itinerary, determining additional site visits based on a set admission budget.

Airfare to/from Rome
Passport or Visa fees (if applicable)
Some Meals & Entertainment (approx. $20-50/day)
Personal Expenses


Students arrange their own air travel to and from Rome. This cuts down on the cost of the trip significantly. If you book your own flight and look early enough, you can find flights for as low as $900 round trip. Also handling your own travel allows you the opportunity to stay in Rome, Italy, and Europe after the conclusion of the class.

U.S. Department of State: Italy
Consulate and Tourist Visa Information
Emergency Protocols (Travel Emergency Action Plan)
How to Apply to a Travel Study Course

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/16/2019 03/27/2019

** 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.