Study Roman History for two weeks this summer in Switzerland and Rome. The first week we are based at Virginia Tech’s 200-year old Villa Maderni in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Riva is located in Italian speaking southern Switzerland, a few miles away from the Italian border. The second week we are based in Rome and we study the ancient, Renaissance, and modern city, and the in between.

This course examines the history of Rome and its influence in creating and shaping Europe. In particular, the course examines the city of Rome and its influence on one Roman province, the region of modern Switzerland. Though often at great distance from Rome, the capital of the empire, provinces regularly displayed Roman forms of architecture, art or other clear signs of Roman presence. We understand Rome better and indeed more correctly when we look at how life was lived in the Roman empire not just in the big city but in the smaller towns and provinces far away.

Class time is 24/7, almost. Students will be required to attend every class (held in the classroom, held on site, held on buses). Debriefing sessions will occur most nights during which we will recap the day's learning and preview the next day's activities. Handouts, maps, etc. will be distributed during these times. Textbooks will be posted closer to our departure date.

Course number (CRN)–name
CLA 3954 (60408 and 60409)–Rome, Past, Present, and Future

Travel dates
During Summer I Session (exact dates to be announced)


To be announced

Application deadline (Check with the program contact for possible deadline extensions)
February 15, 2017

Program fee

Payment deadline
To be announced

Program contact
Trudy Harrington Becker