Summer Travel Study

Classics and History: Exploring Ancient Rome

  • Dates

    Summer 2018 Dates TBA

  • Location


  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: TBA

    UC Grad Students: TBA

    Visiting Students: TBA

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Explore the city of Rome and learn about its ancient history and monuments this summer.

Study the politics and culture of Rome from its earliest foundations on the Palatine hill to the triumph of the new religion of Christianity and the subsequent collapse of an empire almost 1200 years later.

Daily walking excursions to the major archaeological and cultural sites of the Eternal City, include ancient ruins, museums, churches, piazzas, columns, and Egyptian obelisks. A trip to Pompeii is also planned.

The program is intended for mature and serious-minded students, who are eager to work hard, have fun, and are capable of long walks in a hot and humid climate.


All courses are 4 quarter units each.

Prerequisites: none

Required Courses

Classics M114A (History 112C): The Ancient Mediterranean World – Rome

Classics M114B (History 112E): The Monuments of Rome in Historical Context

These courses are integrated and focus primarily on the history and monuments of ancient Rome; they will also consider the monuments of the medieval and Renaissance city in their historical context.


Grades in both courses are based on attendance, class participation, journals, quizzes, a final examination and a paper.  The instructor reserves the right to vary this format.


You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. All textbooks and other reading assignments will be available for purchase in Los Angeles. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  TBA  TBA  TBA
Textbooks  TBA  TBA  TBA
Airfare  TBA  TBA  TBA
Meals  TBA  TBA  TBA
Spending Money  TBA  TBA  TBA

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee.  This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information.  Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. 


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Teo Ruiz Undergraduate Travel Study Fellowship

The UCLA History Department is pleased to announce that they will award a $1,500 fellowship to a UCLA History major participating in one of this summer’s History Travel Study programs. Eligible students must be UCLA History majors going on their first summer Travel Study program with a 3.5 GPA or better in History and a 3.0 GPA overall. Students must be financial aid recipients who have applied for aid for Summer Travel Study Financial Aid. See the Scholarships page.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Participants will reside in centrally-located student apartments in Rome. Each apartment will house 4-8 students with a shared kitchen and bathrooms.

Please note that apartments may be co-ed, although roommates in each bedroom are of the same gender.

UCLA Summer Sessions reserves the right to change the housing location. Should this become necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Students are responsible for all meals during the program.

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.

Tentative schedule

Weekdays and two Saturdays are devoted to formal program activities (four to seven hours each class day):

  • lectures
  • student presentations
  • group discussions
  • assessments
  • field trips

All lectures are conducted at museums and various cultural or archaeological sites. Lectures and assigned readings provide the historical context for both field trips and written assessments.

Class trips include visits to the:

  • Colosseum
  • The Arches
  • Temples
  • Other monuments of the Roman and Imperial Fora
  • Seven Hills of Rome
  • Tiber Island
  • Pantheon
  • Augustan Altar of Peace
  • Baths of Caracalla and Diocletian
  • Pyramid of Cestius
  • Column of Marcus Aurelius
  • Villa Giulia Museum of Etruscan Art
  • Palazzo Massimo
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Museums
  • Important Medieval/Renaissance/ Baroque/Modern palaces, churches, gardens, and other edifices.

Two Excursions outside of Rome complement activities in the City itself:

(a) one-day trip to picturesque Tivoli to see Hadrian’s legendary villa and the sumptuous Villa d’Este/

(b) weekend (one night, optional two or three nights) stay to the well-preserved archaeological site of Roman Pompeii, an ancient city whose material culture was frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the very height of the Pax Romana. Students will be afforded guidance in planning

(c) additional short independent excursions during their free time, including one free Saturday and two free Sundays (e.g., walks and quick trips to other points of interest in and around Rome – inter alia, her many fountains and obelisks and the ancient port city of Ostia) and/or, if students so choose

(d) an optional out-of-pocket weekend or day trip to a more distant destination of interest in Italy (e.g., Orvieto, Florence, Assisi, Sienna, or Venice).

Registration opens November 15, 2017 at midnight! Sign-up to add your name to the interest list.

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