Italy Transformare! Transform!

The Rome Alliance offers a substantive alternative to the more normative cultural tourism all too common with most design-based study abroad programs.

By moving beyond the classroom, you are exposed not only to buildings, landscapes, gardens and urban contexts, but also no less importantly, the historical and cultural forces out of which they emerged over three millennia.

  • Location: The Rome Center, managed by the University of Arkansas, Rome, Italy
  • Length: Semester (fall, spring, summer)
  • When: Usually after your third year
  • Language: Courses taught in English
  • Credits: 15 credit hours; credits vary but include design studios accepted by UT; details below
  • Classes: Design-based disciplines: Architecture, landscape architecture, interior design; historic preservation, fashion and textile design; course work in cultural and architectural history, sustainable technologies, travel writing and Italian
  • Accommodations: Double occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom and general living area; details below
  • Estimated Cost: Please see the UT Center for International Education for current costs

Commencing with the Grand Tour in the 18th century, travel studies long have been an integral component of an architect’s education.

Through exercises that include on-site measured drawings, sketching, photography and writing, you’ll learn to observe, analyze and synthesize, developing your ability to think critically about design in relation to its physical, cultural context and geo-political contexts. Italian urban centers offer the unique opportunity to explore 20th-century modernism as it confronted the weight of history. Designing for contemporary programs in complexly layered historically significant environments is at the core of the Rome Alliance experience

A water feature and plaza leading up to a historical ruin.


You will register for courses at UT and receive 15 resident credit hours for the program. The courses available to UT students at the Rome Center are as follows:

  • Architectural Design: 6
  • Historic Preservation: A Theoretical and Methodological Overview: 3
  • History of Italian Design: 3
  • Modern & Contemporary Rome: 3
  • Art and Culture in Italy: 3
  • Architecture of the City: 3
  • Italian Elementary: 3
  • Italian Intermediate: 3



You will be hosted in double occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom, and general living area. There will be 4-6 students per apartment. All apartments come equipped with 24-hour internet access and/or wi-fi and a washing machine. They are located in the Trastevere or Prati areas and require 20-30 minutes commuting on public transport. Exact housing placements will be given to you upon arrival.


The Rome Alliance

Situated in the heart of the city, the Rome Center is just minutes from the Vatican, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and other legendary sites in Rome. The SEC Rome Alliance Program is located and managed by the University of Arkansas’s Rome Center. The alliance, a developing consortium of Southeastern Conference universities with architecture and design colleges, includes the University of Arkansas, University of Tennessee, Auburn University and LSU. Other associated universities include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Philadelphia University and the University of Rome (La Sapienza).