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Italy: Ancient and Modern


Experience the ancient history, archaeology, art history, literary traditions, cultural transmission, historic preservation, ancient and modern urbanism, food and culture, and artistic movements of Italy!

Join Dr. Timothy Teeter and Dr. David Dudley on a 5-week journey through the Eternal City and the Italian country.  Learn about the country through its challenges to retain and preserve its cultural past as it faces the pressures of modern social changes and urbanization.

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Course Titles and Credits:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in 6 credit hours.  Graduate students will earn 3 hours.  Students can choose from any combination of the following:
HIST 1111s – World Civilization I (3)
HIST 5030s – The Ancient Roman City (3)
ENGL 2111s – World Literature I (3)
ENGL 5090s – Italy in the American Literary Imagination (3)

Students should possess at least a 2.5 institutional GPA at the time of application, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
May 13– June 18, 2018 (Summer Term A)

Program Cost:
Includes: Roundtrip airfare from Atlanta to Rome, all regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; breakfast on class mornings; 5 dinners per week; classroom access; tour and excursion fees; weekend excursions; and a medical travel insurance plan.

Additional Costs: Georgia Southern tuition & fees for 6 credit hours of course enrollment, additional lunches and dinners, incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
This program is unique in that we will be working and building relationships with our local hosts as we tour some of the most important historical and archeological sites in the country.  All participants will share a common core of activities that allow you to explore two distinct but related cultures — ancient Rome and contemporary Italy —  as well as to discover your connections with each other and with our own American culture and society.  Subjects that you can study include: ancient history, popular culture in Italy, archaeology, food and culture, art history, historic preservation, Italian artistic movements, and ancient and modern urbanism.

The 5 week trip will be based in Monte Compatri, one of the Castelli Romani commune located in the Alban Hills just outside of Rome.  Long a summer retreat for the noble families of Rome, the Castelli Romani provide ample opportunity to study the major historical, political, religious, architectural, and cuisine developments of the region and understand their transmission and connection to contemporary Italian (and Roman!) culture.  Students will live and study in Monte Compatri while using frequent day-trips into Rome and the surrounding countryside to gain first-hand and comparative perspectives on the challenges faced.  In Monte Compatri, students will find themselves easily connected to the variety of experiences that Italy has to offer.

The program will be hosted with the assistance of the municipal government of Monte Compatri.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Trips to Florence and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli
  • Ancient manuscript library at St. Nilo’s Abbey in Grottaferrata
  • Weekend trip to the bay of Naples and Pompeii
  • Guided visits of the Roman catacombs
  • Tours of Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Walking tours of Rome to see the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiore, and more!
  • Engaging with the bustling art scene of the Trastevere neighborhood

Students will stay in double hotel rooms near the Monte Compatri City Center, where they can engage with and easily access the city and surrounds.  Each room will have its own bath.  Monte Compatri has an effective and easy to use bus system that students will be able to access and use to explore Rome and Italy in their free time.

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $500.00 Program Deposit: Due February 1, 2018
1st Program Payment of $2,364.00: Due February 21, 2018
2nd Program Payment of $2,364.00 + $52.00 mandatory travel insurance fee: Due March 15, 2018

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Italy: Ancient and Modern” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:

Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.


Submit applications to any of the locations listed at the top of the application form.  Applications can also be sent through campus mail to P.O. Box 8106.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Timothy Teeter, Department of History –
Dr. David Dudley, Department of Literature & Philosophy –
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 2/20/2018