Rome Program



Make the commitment today. A semester in Rome will change your life. To participate, a $500 deposit is due September 1, 2022. The deposit is non-refundable after the second payment on October 1, 2022. If the College of Architecture cancels the trip due to under-enrollment, the deposit will be refunded.

In the Spring semester of 2023, the College of Architecture offers the opportunity to spend a full semester living and studying in Rome. The coursework is tailored to both take advantage of the Eternal City’s great sites and to meet curricular needs of students. The program will include a new service-learning project, providing the opportunity to engage with the local communities in Italy through projects.

Students will engage with leading architects and scholars in Rome through guest lectures, site visits, and walks. Past lecturers have included:

  • Tom Rankin, Architect and expert on sustainable cities; President of Studio Rome.
  • Luca Galofaro, Architect and teaches architectural theory at the “La Sapienza” University, Rome.
  • Katherine Rinne, Architect and author of The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City.
  • Beatrice Bruscoli, Ph.D., Architect


ARCH 3656/5546/ID 3733 for ID Students, Design VI, Graduate Architectural Design IV, 6 credit hrs.

Instructor: TBD

ARCH 4970, Introduction to Italian Culture and Language, 3 credit hrs.

Instructor: Claudia Cremasco

ARCH 4663/5863 Methods VI/VIII, 3 credit hrs.

Instructor: Scott Schlimgen


See below for a select list of key scholarships. Review the Education Abroad website for more financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

DivA Professional Advisory Board: $500 (Due September 16th)

Architecture students accepted who have placed deposits will be eligible for a $500 grant from the Architecture Division’s PAB. Click here to apply for the PAB scholarship by September 1, 2022.

IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Education Fund

$4000 Interior Design Students within Texas or Oklahoma. Click here for details.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Average Award is $4,000

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this program requires both U.S. citizenship as well as being a current recipient of a Federal Pell Grant. If you are eligible and interested in this program, please contact Education Abroad’s adviser for the Gilman Scholarship, Kyle LeBoeuf. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad.

Presidents International Travel Fellowship

Former President David L. Boren supports international travel for study abroad through the Presidential International Travel Fellowship (PITF). The PITF is primarily a need-based fellowship and typically covers 75% of the cost of round trip international airfare to any study abroad destination.

National Merit, Regents, Sooner Promise, etc.

Students who presently have scholarship packages such as those listed above may use them to pay for OU tuition and/or on-site expenses.

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Architecture and Interior Design in the Eternal City

The architecture and urban spaces of Rome are unique to the context of Western Europe. Encountering the art, architecture, and urban forms is an immensely enriching experience with particularly beneficial value for the education of an architect. From the profound sculptures of Bernini, to the bombastic spaces of modern Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano, as a student you will explore the connections between architectures of the past and today and everything in-between. Your experiences will go beyond that of an ordinary visitor of Rome. The central approach to the program is to study architecture through a focused experience of exposure, investigation, and exploration.

The selection of students will be decided based on each applicant’s overall OU GPA, Studio GPA, and the level of maturity that the applicant has displayed during their time in the College of Architecture.

Questions? Contact Anthony Cricchio at


September 1, 2022: $500 Deposit

October 1, 2022: $3,000

November 1, 2022: $3,000

December 15, 2022: $4,000

Checks should be made out to: The University of Oklahoma. Payments will be made during scheduled meetings.

Click here to pay via the online payment portal.

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The program is open to students in architecture and interior design who will have one year of coursework left after Rome. Preference will be given to those students with a 3.00 Studio GPA or higher.

Tentative Dates: January 17–April 28, 2023

  • The program will be housed in the Academic Initiatives Abroad facilities in the historic center of Rome. Click here for more information.
  • Students will be housed in shared apartments with kitchens in the city of Rome.
  • Students will be permitted to travel within Italy on some weekends in groups and with permission of the instructor.
  • Students will have Spring Break off, but due to visa appointments assigned by the government, the break may not coincide with the break in Norman.

Program Expenses: $10,500

This includes lodging in shared student apartments, overnight field trips to Pompeii/Paestum and Milan/Verona/Venice, day trips to Ostia Antica, Hadrian’s Villa and more, guest lectures, museum admissions, some meals, textbooks, access to Academic Initiatives Abroad (AIA) facilities, IPC fees, support from AIA staff. Overnight field trips subject to change.

Estimated Tuition: $5,400

Based on 16 credits in-state. Costs will be greater for out-of-state tuition.

Round Trip Airfare: $1,200

Estimated round trip airfare from OKC to Rome, includes roundtrip transfer to airport.

Other Costs: $2,890

This includes passport, university study abroad fees, student visa, rome center deposits, immigration fees, meals and spending money ($20 per day). This total depends on the travel and spending habits of individual students.

Total Estimated Budget = $19,990*

*Note that costs may fluctuate somewhat with exchange rates and airline rates. Program costs are also subject to fluctuate depending on enrollment. Field trips may vary depending on the studio topic. See below for a link to the online payment portal.

Questions? Contact Rome Study Abroad program coordinator, Sam Callahan at