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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring (FL)
  • Budget Sheets: Spring (FL)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring (FL) 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/04/2018 04/28/2018
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Do not book flights until program dates have been confirmed and you have been instructed to do so by OEA and your Faculty Director. Start date indicates date of departure from the U.S.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Semester Programs Faculty Director(s): Jeffrey Balmer
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Eligibility: Graduate, Senior
Non-UNC Charlotte Students May Apply?: Yes Areas of Study: Architecture
Courses Offered: Architecture Language of Instruction: English
Prior Language Study Required: None Term: Spring
Confirmation Deadline (Refer to "Applying" Tab): October 1, 2017 Housing Options: Student responsibility
Program Description:

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Why Study in Rome?

Rome is a Global City, a complex and diverse urban environment that shares a set of socio-economic challenges and opportunities common to metropolitan centers across the globe. A prosperous federal capital in a thriving, innovative Europe, it is simultaneously affected by influences and crises felt throughout the world.

Rome is a Living City, one in which millions of people live, work, and plan for the future. Although endowed with an incomparable historic center embodying three millennia of continuous evolution, its vast scale and complexity provides an urban workshop that is far more than a museum.
Beyond these general and broadly understood aspects, the contemporary city of Rome, and our particular relationship to this place, offers a further range of advantages and attributes shared by no other city in the world:
  • The breadth and depth of scholars in Rome available to a study abroad program is unmatched. This substantial pool of academic expertise provides for a rich source of locally-based instruction, and offers a wealth of potential collaborative research partnerships.
  • Conditions in Rome permit our students to live independently in apartments situated in a range of diverse and compact neighborhoods. We see this as an opportunity to extend their understanding to the everyday life of the city and to feel confidently immersed in the life of the city.
  • Rome’s incomparably long urban history, with its non-linear, recursive periods of fragmentation, erasure and palimpsest, combined with the pressing urgency of its contemporary metropolitan condition makes this city the ideal locus for a semester abroad experience.

Program Pre-Requisites

Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.This program is only open to architecture majors.
  • Undergraduates in spring of their final year (i.e. 4th year)
  • M.Arch 1 students in the second spring semester of the 3-plus-year program (96 credit M.Arch program)
  • M.Arch 2 students in the first spring semester of their 2-year program (60 credit M.Arch program)
Please see the “Fact Sheet” at the top of the page for GPA, class standing, and other eligibility requirements for this program.

Special Considerations

Students must be ready to exercise flexibility regarding the planned activities and have physical/mental endurance and enthusiasm to maintain an active schedule, including long days with a lot of walking, as part of their participation in this program.

Participants are individually responsible for working with their faculty members to gain approval of and manage any absences from class/field placement during the program dates.

Additional Information

Please keep in mind that because this program operates on a rolling admissions basis, it may fill up before the final application or confirmation deadlines. Interested students are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible.
Students are expected to review and continue to reference all the information provided in this brochure carefully. If you have specific questions about the class meetings, itinerary, accommodations, course structure, requirements, or expectations, please contact the Faculty Director.

The OEA will communicate with you regarding your application and next steps via your UNC Charlotte email, so be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder!) frequently for updates.

Students interested in participating in a UNC Charlotte a faculty-led study abroad program are not required to complete Study Abroad 101 before beginning an application for the program, but are strongly encouraged to do so to gain an in-depth introduction to the study abroad process and resources.

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General Information

Credit will be granted for coursework and travel and will be issued by UNC Charlotte
  • All students will receive UNC Charlotte credit and A-F grades for this program
  • All grades from abroad will count towards your cumulative GPA
  • Students must be present for all program activities including any class sessions held before or after the travel component.

Registration and Grading

The OEA will register confirmed participants in a placeholder course (FRST) for the applicable term when registration opens. The UNC Charlotte course credit to be received will not appear on participants’ registration history or transcript until grades are processed after the end of the program. 

Tuition for Study Abroad Courses

Instructional costs for the course(s) tied to the study abroad program are included in the program fee paid to the OEA for this faculty-led program. This means:
  • Confirmed participants will not register for the UNC Charlotte courses tied to the study abroad program when registration opens
  • The OEA will register confirmed participants in the FRST placeholder course
  • Grading processes differ from a regular course
Additional information on registration and grading will be communicated to confirmed participants in greater detail in the weeks following the confirmation deadline.

Academic Facilities

Our semester program will be housed at the Iowa State University Rome Center, situated in the very heart of the historic center. Housed in the piano nobile of the Palazzo Cenci-Bolognetti, ample studio and lecture facilities in addition to a library, computer lab, and large outdoor terrace. Our partnership with the ISU Rome program assures our program with first-rate administrative support, provided under the long-term leadership of Director Pia Schneider and an experienced staff. As spring semester coincides with ISU’s architecture semester program, opportunities abound for collaboration, including a joint design charrette between Italian architecture students at Roma Tre University, ISU and UNC Charlotte students.

Spring Semester Curriculum

Students will be registered for 12-15 credits in the following complement of courses, specifically created for the urban context of Rome, while also fulfilling the degree requirements for the semester. 

ARCH 4105 (5 credits)/ ARCH 7102 (6 credits) Design Studio
Instructor: Jeffrey Balmer

The focus of the studio will address urban and socio-economic issues specific to the city of Rome, issues that simultaneously resonate with global challenges. As such, project sites will be located primarily beyond the historic center, amongst the Postwar urban hinterland known locally as la Periferia Romana - the Roman periphery. Studio projects will also align with research interests, identified by both studio instructors, and broader, ongoing research collaborations involving Charlotte and Rome-based faculty.

AARCH 4205/5205 Architectural and Urban History of Rome (3 credits) (Architectural History Topical - W)
Instructor: Rome Center Faculty (TBD)
Survey course on the architectural and urban history of the city of Rome, from its Iron Age origins to the Contemporary metropolis.

ARCH 4050/6050 Urban Analysis (3 credits) (Architectural History Topical - W) 
Instructor: Jeffrey Balmer
Urban analysis course, aligned with the themes and study areas of the Design Studio. Offered as a general architecture elective, it is cross-listed as an architecture history topical, with the addition of a writing-intensive assignment component, to satisfy requirements of W course designation.

ARCH 4050/6050 Language and Cultural Immersion (1 credit)
Instructor: Jeffrey Balmer

A focused, immersive introductory course offered during the first two weeks of the semester to provide basic Italian language and cultural instruction.

Optional: ARCH 4050/6050 Independent Field Study (3 credits)
Instructor: Jeffrey Balmer

This independent field study a faculty-directed, independent travel-based field studies undertaken by our Rome-based students. Choosing from a roster of European cities selected by faculty to complement the Rome experience, students will visit and document contemporary architecture and urban environments towards completion of a case-study research project.The independent field study is an additional cost at the student's expense and is not required for a student to maintain full-time enrollment on the program. 

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This program runs on a fall or spring basis only. A schedule for the program will be provided to students closer to program departure. 

In addition to any class meetings required by the Faculty Director, confirmed participants will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation prior to travel. The orientation is hosted by the Office of Education Abroad and will cover academics, culture and adjustment, health and safety, and more.

Participants must be ready to exercise flexibility regarding the planned activities and have physical/mental endurance and enthusiasm to maintain an active schedule, including long days. Students must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities

Flights and Travel

Please do not make any binding travel arrangements until your participation in the program is confirmed AND you receive clearance from both the Office of Education Abroad and your Faculty Director to do so. 

Confirmed participants will consult with the Faculty Director for information on recommended flights and meeting times, but will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. Participants must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities. 

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Housing Options

We offer students two primary choices for accommodations in Rome:
  • Assisted housing: available through the ISU Rome Center.
  • Independent housing: As a second option, we offer to assist students in making their own arrangements for housing, by means of the various online websites for short-term apartment rental. Students are responsible for coordinating their housing search with Program Director, will provide advice on selection process.
    • The ability to choose one's own living arrangements - roommates, location, cost - provides a greater sense of personal involvement in the abroad experience. Most importantly, because conditions in Rome allow students to integrate their daily living into vibrant, walkable urban neighborhoods, we see this as an opportunity to extend an understanding to the everyday life of the city and for students to feel confident in inhabiting it fully and independently.
Students are responsible for cost of housing for both options.


Students are responsible for purchasing their own food while in Rome.

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Program Costs and Payment Schedule

Please review the program Budget Sheet for the total program fee, payment schedule, payment policies, cost inclusions, and other cost considerations. It is extremely important that you research and understand all costs and payment deadlines associated with this program before confirming your intent to participate.

Note that while it may be possible to defer other program payments for financial aid or scholarships, the application fee and deposit is non-deferrable and cannot be broken up into smaller payments over time. The deposit must be paid by the confirmation deadline to hold your spot in the program. Students are responsible for ensuring they are able to meet the financial responsibilities of this program before confirming their intent to participate. 

Making Payments

All payments should be made online via the study abroad portal per the schedule in the Budget Sheet. Please refer to the application portal for instructions on making payments. If you need assistance in submitting a payment, please contact the Office of Education Abroad.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for which you qualify may be applied towards the cost of this program!
While we provide some related resources on the Financial Aid section of the Education Abroad website, please consult with the Office of Financial Aid for information on and questions related to eligibility, disbursement, and applying for aid. 


There are many scholarships available to students that can be applied towards studying abroad. Any scholarships listed in the “Potential Scholarship Opportunities” in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure are suggestions and do not necessarily represent the full extent of funding opportunities for this program, nor applicants’ individual eligibility for those scholarships.
Please visit the scholarships section of the OEA website for information on scholarship types, eligibility requirements, due dates, the application process, and disbursement. Students are also encouraged to reach out to their academic department on campus and any community organizations with which you may be associated to see if they offer any financial assistance to support students seeking an international education experience.

Office of Education Abroad Scholarships

Please visit our website to explore potential scholarship opportunities for this program.  

Financial Aid and Scholarship Considerations

Students may be able to defer the program payments, with the exception of the deposit (refer to the payment schedule in the program Budget Sheet), until aid is received. However, many costs associated with the program, such as airfare and program deposits, may need to be paid before the semester of the study abroad and thus before receipt of financial aid funds. Students are responsible for researching when aid will be disbursed, for how much aid they are eligible, and when payments for the program, flights, and on-site expenses will be incurred. You need to feel comfortable paying for the program given ALL of your financial resources, not just financial aid and scholarships.
  • Financial aid eligibility and disbursement timelines are determined by Federal law and controlled by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Applying for financial aid/scholarships or requesting a deferment for financial aid does not guarantee eligibility or receipt of such financial assistance.
  • If you are eligible for financial aid or receive a scholarship to help with the cost of this program, the funds you receive may NOT be sufficient to cover the full extent of all costs associated with your program.
  • While financial aid and scholarship awards are typically disbursed at the start of the semester of the study abroad program, disbursement dates should be confirmed on an individual basis with Financial Aid, Student Accounts, NinerScholars and/or the scholarship organizer.
  • Your funds will typically first be diverted to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte to cover the cost of any applicable tuition & fees or balances owed to other departments.
  • Any remaining funds you have available will then be disbursed directly to you.
  • It will be your responsibility to keep track of and use any financial assistance funds disbursed to you to make remaining program payments.
    • When you participate in a faculty-led program, these funds will NOT be sent directly to the OEA to cover your study abroad balance.

Tips for Budgeting Your Money

All students should thoroughly research the cost of living and the exchange rate of the destination(s) in relation to their financial resources in order to develop a personal budget and make an informed financial decision on moving forward with the program.
  1. Go Overseas - How to Budget guide:*
    1. Banks & Credit Cards: Where & how to get cash while abroad
    2. Money Fears: How to handle financial emergencies while abroad, money scams & what to do
    3. Saving money: Savings, how to make saving easier, how to find discounts while abroad, money saving tips
    4. Cell Phone Plan while abroad: The best one for you
  2. UNC Charlotte's online guide to managing money:**
    1. How to earn money
    2. How to save money
    3. How to borrow money
    4. How to spend money
    5. Resources & tips
* Not all information in the guide above may be applicable or relevant and was not created by UNC Charlotte
**Some information may only be applicable to UNC Charlotte students

Withdrawal Policy

The Office of Education Abroad makes every attempt to create meaningful and affordable study abroad programs for students. When you confirm your intent to participate in a program by submitting an application fee and deposit, the Education Abroad office begins to make financial commitments on your behalf, both administratively on campus and also to our international partners.  Therefore, it is our policy that if a student withdraws from a study abroad program, the application fee and initial deposit are non-refundable. With this in mind, please review the full program description and costs thoroughly, and consider carefully whether you are prepared to commit to an Education Abroad program before submitting your application fee and deposit.
If you withdraw after making subsequent program payments, UNC Charlotte may consider a partial or full refund of such payments for committed expenditures (not including non-refundable application fee and deposit) made on your behalf, to the extent such funds are recoverable from our partners/providers.  Partial or full refunds of subsequent payments are not guaranteed upon withdrawal. Requests for such refunds must be made in writing to the Office of Education Abroad no later than 30 days prior to program start date (the day the program leaves Charlotte). For emergency withdrawals within 30 days prior to the program start date or during the program, refunds in any amount are highly unlikely. Please note that in some cases, refund amounts may not be known until sometime after the program’s end date.  
Students who participate in a program but who choose not to participate in a particular activity for which they have paid in advance, whether that activity is mandatory or non-mandatory to the program (e.g. field trip, excursions, cultural event, etc.), will not be refunded any portion of that activity cost. 

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Application Process

Students applying for UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led programs are not required to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in order to open an application. Students may only participate in one Spring program per year.
Please keep in mind that because this program operates on a rolling admissions basis and has limited spots available, the program may fill up before the application deadline or the final confirmation deadline. Interested students are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible: 
  1. Complete Study Abroad 101 (strongly recommended)
  2. Review the Steps to Study Abroadfaculty-led program informationscholarship resources, and other resources on the OEA website
  3. Review all tabs of this brochure thoroughly
  4. Reference the UNC Charlotte catalog or discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor to ensure you understand how the credit you will receive will fit into your curriculum requirements
  5. Contact the Faculty Director leading the program of interest with program-specific questions
  6. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the program brochure page to begin your application
    • If this button does not appear, the program is not currently accepting applications
  7. Follow all application instructions and review all application resources carefully to complete your application and click “Submit” as soon as possible before the final application deadline

Application Review and Decision

  1. Once complete, the OEA will review your application to confirm that you meet the basic academic and disciplinary eligibility requirements of the program
  2. If you are eligible for the program, the OEA will pass your application on to the Faculty Director for final review
  3. The Faculty Director will make your final admissions decision
  4. The OEA will notify you of your admissions decision by email within 2-3 weeks after you submit your application

Confirming Your Participation

If accepted into the program, students are not considered program participants unless they confirm their intent to participate in the program by completing BOTH of the following steps in the study abroad portal either by no later than the confirmation deadline indicated in the program’s payment schedule or before the program meets its maximum capacity:
  • Submit the non-refundable deposit (must be paid in full by listed confirmation deadline)
  • Read and electronically sign the “Participant Agreement”
Once the OEA confirms completion of both confirmation steps, your application status will change to “Confirmed.” Only students listed as status “Confirmed” have held their spot in the program and are considered program participants.
This program operates on a rolling admissions basis and may fill up before the final confirmation deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the confirmation steps as soon as possible after they are approved and by no later than the confirmation deadline.
Students should not submit program payments beyond the deposit nor make formal travel arrangements until such time as their application status shows “Confirmed” AND they receive email notification from the OEA that they are clear to do so. Additional information on the confirmation process is available in the application.

Next Steps

The OEA will send applicants listed as the “Confirmed” status next steps information via email within 3 weeks after the final confirmation deadline.
While they await next steps information, confirmed participants should:
  • NOT make payments beyond the deposit nor make formal travel arrangements until they receive this next steps information from the OEA in the weeks following the confirmation deadline.
  • Review the resources on the OEA website and within their study abroad application to help prepare for international travel
  • Review entry requirements and apply for a valid passport as soon as possible
  • Learn as much as possible about the program destination! Familiarize yourself with its history, government, language, culture, currency, time-keeping, and current events.
Confirmed participants will have additional items to complete in their study abroad portal/application before departure, such as attending the mandatory pre-departure orientation. 

Reviewing and Signing Application Documents

During each phase of the study abroad process, students will be asked to review and electronically sign various agreements and policy understandings. Signatures on these documents are considered legally binding and signal that the applicant has read, understood, and agreed to the outlined policies. If you do not read these documents before signing, you are still held responsible for your understanding and adherence to the policies they outline. Beyond this responsibility, it is within your best interest to review all materials carefully – these documents answer many questions that students have about the study abroad process.

Withdrawal Policy

Any requests to withdraw after confirming your intent to participate in the program will need to be made to the OEA by email. Please review the withdrawal policy and financial implications of withdrawal under the “Finances” tab of this brochure.

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Travel Insurance

The Office of Education Abroad highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (also known as cancellation insurance) should personal or global circumstances prevent your participation in the program. You are encouraged to consider obtaining travel insurance and to keep in mind that many travel insurance policies must be purchased within twenty-one days of your initial deposit to apply to the program.

Passports and Immigration Requirements

All participants are individually responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation to obtain entry clearance to their host country. General information about passports and immigration requirements (including visas) is available on the OEA website.
Please note that the Office of Education Abroad is legally unable to advise on visas policies and procedures.

Health and Safety

The safety of our students and faculty traveling abroad is of the utmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte. Current events are monitored constantly and OEA is in direct contact with students and on-site constituencies in the event of an international emergency. The OEA will work with UNC Charlotte risk managers, on-site staff, the U.S. Department of State and our international insurance provider to determine the best course of action to keep students safe in the event of an emergency abroad.

All study abroad participants are enrolled in mandatory international health insurance which covers a range of medical issues, support services, and evacuation in case of emergency. We also advise that student’s take the responsibility to do their own research in preparation for international travel. We want students and their families to feel comfortable with travel plans prior to departure. Helpful resources include:

LGBTQ+ Travelers

It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources:

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities.

If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability, and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to the OEA as soon as possible so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs. 

To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad. If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.

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Faculty Director

The program’s Faculty Director is the UNC Charlotte faculty member who will teach the course tied to the program and lead the program abroad. They will be with students on site for the duration of the program, will be responsible for the academic piece of the program, and will be students’ best resource for assistance in country. The Faculty Director can answer questions about the program’s academics, site visits on the ground, and the day-to-day cultural and program expectations on-site.

Jeffrey Balmer
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director, Architecture
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The Office of Education Abroad

The Office of Education Abroad works with students and faculty prior to departure to manage the application process, collect program materials, communicate with students, and provide preparation resources prior to study abroad. The OEA staff can answer questions about the application process, general program arrangements, required study abroad materials, making payments, and general travel resources and logistics.
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Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Students interested or participating in UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led study abroad programs are welcome to come to OEA drop-in advising hours or to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the Assistant Coordinator for Short Term Programs.

Study Abroad Peer Advisors

Want to know more about this destination or about the study abroad experience in general? Contact an OEA Peer Advisor! These students are study abroad alumni who are dying to share their experience and perspectives.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.