7 Reasons U of A Students Should Spend a Semester in Rome
The University of Arkansas Rome Center is just minutes from some of the most important architectural and cultural sites in the Western world.
More and more students are choosing to studying abroad at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. A record 107 students plan to spend part of the summer term studying at the center. However, interest is growing in spending a full semester at the Italian campus.
The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange will host a Rome Center information session from 4-6 p.m. today in the Gearhart Hall Honors Lounge (GEAR 130).
The reasons to study in Rome are many, but here are seven favorites:
1. Credit for Coursework
The Rome Center semester program is the only semester-long study abroad program in which students earn direct U of A credit for their coursework.
2. Room with a View
Courses in the semester program are cross-listed and suitable for many majors.
3. Cultural Transition
Students at the Rome Center are supported by U of A faculty and staff, who help students transition to a new city, culture and language.
4. World-Class Examples
The courses offered at the Rome Center are tailored to the city, maximizing the advantages of living in a world-class city to expose students to new ideas and places.
5. In the Thick of Things
The Rome Center is housed in the historic Palazzo Taverna and is just minutes from the Vatican, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
6. Ancient Paths
Students live close to the school and trace the paths of ancient Romans and centuries of Christian pilgrims as they walk to class each day.
7. A Fount of Experience
The broad curriculum focuses on the life of the city itself, extending learning beyond the classroom.
Lisa M. Corrigan, professor of communication, will give the first of four lectures focusing on racism, social justice, and policing hosted by the Pryor Center. It will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Douglas Terrier, chief technologist for NASA, will discuss space technologies at 11:30 a.m. CDT Sept. 23. U of A students will have access to hear the discussion through the university's Rome Center.
Mary Gentile, author of Giving Voice to Values, will speak via Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, as part of the Let's Talk About Integrity and Race program.
Carl Smith will be a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. He was also awarded the 2020 Green Medal Sustainability Award by Garden Communicators International.
University of Arkansas Greek Life will offer a variety of programs and activities to inform the Greek community on the dangers of hazing.