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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Sumr
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: Creative Writing, Literature
Program Type: Study Abroad Internship: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Number of Credits: 10
Service Learning: No
Program Description:

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Reading and Writing in Rome, Italy

Summer Global Seminar 2019

Program Overview

Reading and Writing Rome is an exclusive, interdisciplinary study abroad program designed for SPU students passionate about art, literature, and creative writing.  Students spend nearly a month living and studying in Rome, while earning 10 SPU credits in English and creative writing. Participants share daily field trips to places of artistic, literary, or historic interest (e.g. early Christian house churches, museums, villas, the Roman Forum and Coliseum, catacombs, etc.) guided by SPU faculty, then gather for afternoon seminars tailored to each academic discipline. Evenings and weekends are free to explore the city independently, travel to nearby cities, or accompany professors on guided city walks to destinations off the beaten track (the Roman flea market! the beach! Gelato crawls!).


Course Description:

Students enrolled in the literature and creative writing program will earn ten credits toward their English major or minor in creative writing and/or literature. Classes may be adapted to satisfy or substitute for requirements of other disciplines (Consult your professor or faculty advisor).  Program participants will register for the following 3 courses:
ENG 3302:  Writing Rome (3 credits) No Prerequisites
In this class students explore techniques of fiction, poetry, and/or creative non-fiction inspired by the city of Rome itself.  Daily writing assignments, tailored group excursions, along with the study of literary works set in Rome, provide a multi-genre, workshop approach to the craft of writing.  In afternoon peer review seminars, students share their creative reflections on the Eternal City, critiquing their own work and that of other "colleague apprentices" by providing targeted feedback and suggestions for revision toward a final writing portfolio, due later in the summer.   Attributes:  W/CUE credit.  This course may substitute for Imaginative Writing (English 2215), or for ANY of the 3000-4000 level genre workshops for fiction, poetry, or creative non -fiction in the creative writing track.
ENG 3386:  The Eternal City in Art and Literature (5 credits) No Prerequisites
In this course students explore The Eternal City city through the intensive study of literary works set in Rome and produced by writers from the classic to contemporary age.  In addition to daily onsite excursions held in conjunction with art history scholars, students will analyze how Rome functions as both a character and a catalyst in works by a variety of authors, including Ovid, Keats, James, Wharton, Auden, Jane Allyson, and Tennessee Williams, and explore how knowledge of Rome's vital place in literary history may, in turn, inform their own critical, creative, and spiritual reflections on the Eternal City.  Attributes:  W/Upper Division Lit. Credit.  WK credit pending. 
ENGL 4900:  Independent Study:  Thinking Like a Writer (2 credits) No Prerequisites

What does it mean to think like a writer?  How does the artist move from an initial impression to a completed work of art? And how does creative reflection differ from other modes of inquiry? In this course, students explore these questions through daily visits to places in and around Rome that inspired writers such as Ovid, Hawthorne, Keats, Wharton and Passolini to produce their greatest literary works.  Attribute: Upper Div. credit.

Tentative 2019 Program Dates: 

Program Start:  June 22
Program End:   July 15

Housing and meals:

Students will be housed in centrally located apartments with other SPU students. While students will find some aspects of these buildings comparable to what they have experienced in the USA, it is important to keep in mind that buildings and apartments in Rome are older, smaller and will have some "character."

Apartments are typically equipped with Wi-fi, but is not guaranteed in all bedrooms. Apartments are in close proximity to convenient metro and bus lines. Students should expect to commute to their classes and typically they will be located within 20-30 minutes walking distance or by public transportation to the classroom facilities.

Two group meals are included, and students should plan for the majority of their own meal expenses. We estimate that you should budget for approximately $200 per week for meals. There are plenty of affordable restaurant options in Rome, as well as local markets to purchase fresh produce and groceries to prepare your own meals. Apartments will have fully equipped kitchens.


 Estimated Program Fee*:   Credits:
 $6,200 + $300 Confirmation Payment (Administrative Fee)  10

Included in Program Fee:
Tuition (10 summer credits)
Lodging in student apartments
Two group meals
Ground transportation including airport transfers
Entrance fees to group cultural and sightseeing activities
Excursions and group activities
Medical insurance for the duration of the program

Not Included in program fee:
Airfare to Rome - approximately $1,000 - $1,400
Most meals. Students should budget for approximately $200 per week for meals and snacks. (Student housing is equipped with kitchens)
Personal spending money (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
Trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Not required, but highly recommended - costs vary

Students on the Rome, Italy study abroad program may be eligible for financial aid, including state and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying.

*Please note that program fees are estimated until the number of student participants is confirmed
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.

Booking Flights:

To give students the flexibility to travel before or after the program, shop for cheap airfares, or use frequent flier miles, we do not include flights in the program fee. It will be each student's responsibility to book their own flights.

Please do not book your flights to Rome until you have been instructed by the study abroad office to do so. We will give you the exact dates and pre-arranged arrival time so that we can coordinate airport transportation. You will be notified after all students have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed. As a courtesy, we will identify a 'preferred' flight that students may book through SPU's travel agent or on their own. Specific information about flights will be provided in your study abroad account. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive in Rome and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing.

If you choose to arrive early and not meet at the airport at the designated time, you will be responsible for your own transportation into the city to meet the group. We will give you instructions on how to get to the meeting point. 

After the program is over, many students choose to stay in Rome or travel independently in Europe. Return airport transportation is not included in the program fees, so you will need to plan accordingly. There are inexpensive options to get to the aiport, and during the program you will be advised on the best options.

Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, 

Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.

Student Universe

Faculty Leader:
Dr. Jennifer Maier
Professor of English  
Assistant Editor of Image Journal
English Department                                                           
Email: / Phone: 206-281-2976

Office: Marston 235
Dr. Jennifer Maier is the co-creator of the SPU Rome Study Abroad program, which began in 2009.  She is a professor of literature and creative writing at Seattle Pacific University, where she also serves as SPU Writer in Residence and Associate Editor of the arts quarterly Image. Her work has appeared in widely in print and broadcast media, including Poetry, American Poet, The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, and The Writer’s Almanac. Her debut poetry collection, Dark Alphabet (Southern Illinois UP) was named one of "Ten Remarkable Books of 2006" by the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the 2006 Poets Prize. Her second collection, Now, Now, was published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013.  A third, These Bodies Are Not Our Own, is forthcoming.
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This program is currently not accepting applications.