Rome, Italy Summer 2015

Global Rome: Migrations and the Making of Cities

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Sponsoring Unit: Honors Program, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Program Dates: June 22 - July 22 (Summer A Term)

The 12th Honors in Rome Program, established in 2002 in partnership with the University of Washington Rome Center

15 credits (onsite in Rome summer)

This program will satisfy the following 15 credits of Honors core requirements:

Course Credits Credit Type
Honors 233/JSIS 387 5 Honors Social Science (taken in summer while abroad)
Honors 384/JSIS 487 5 Honors Interdisciplinary (taken in summer while abroad)
Honors 233/ JSIS 387 3 Honors Social Science (taken in summer while abroad)
Honors 233/JSIS 394 2 Independent Research (Honors Social Science)
Applications due: January 23, 2015

Information Sessions

  • Dec. 9 at 12:30, MGH 206

About the Program

Rome, the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, and now Italy, has long been characterized as “The Eternal City.” Today it is also one of the largest cities in the European Union. Its distinctive past and present are stunningly embodied in its built environment, its monuments and museums a testament to its rich history and its future possibilities. This summer program will invite students to consider the many faces of Rome and its emerging role as a global city. Through an exploration of global Rome, Honors students will also learn about the rise of global cities around the world, in Europe as well as in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The course will involve site visits in Rome, particularly those places in its historic center and the Holy See that make it a UNESCO World Heritage city. We will also take advantage of the presence of the FAO to meet with that UN organization’s staff and of the Florence-based European University Institute’s expertise in migration to consult with its researchers about the ways in which newcomers from all over the world are remaking Rome and global cities everywhere. Students will also travel to one other global city—Amsterdam or Paris.

In addition, the UW's Rome Center will provide classrooms, library use, and a computer lab as well as access to support staff and events such as film night, cooking classes and lectures by local guest speakers. For more information about the UW Rome Center, see their website at: http://depts.washington.edu/roma/

Program Credit

Students will receive 15 credits of Honors core credits and/or JSIS core credits.  

Participating graduate students will coordinate the allocation of credits with their advisers.

Alternative credit may be available to students not currently enrolled in the Honors Program or JSIS. Alternative credit options must be arranged in advance with your departmental adviser.

Global Cities

Honors 233 (I&S)/JSIS 387 (I&S) - 5 credits

A majority of the world’s population today lives in cities. They reside in urban centers, big and small, many in cities of 1 million and over,many more in metropolises of 5 million and over, and, increasingly, many also in megacities, or urban agglomerations of 10 million or more. In recent decades, the pace of urbanization has accelerated especially in the global South, which hitherto was less urban than the global North. And everywhere major cities are striving to be ‘global,’ to be and become centers of international commerce, innovation, governance, knowledge, arts and culture, and tourism, and much more.

This course will use Rome as a site of investigation and as a backdrop to understand the causes and effects of urbanization in Italy and Europe specifically as well as to examine the dynamics that make cities global generally. Along with a case study of Rome, the class will also explore global cities comparatively by looking at venues as diverse as Beijing, Johannesburg, Mexico City, New Delhi, Singapore, and Tokyo.

With Rome as an example and laboratory, this course will investigate the many ways in which cities have become and are ‘global.’ We will concentrate particularly on several defining features of such cities:

  1. their historical development and physical distinctiveness (built environment; role as UNESCO World Heritage site, etc.)
  2. their involvement and changing roles in the world economy;
  3. their social conditions and composition, particularly relating to inequality, poverty, gender and class, and everyday life;
  4. their roles as centers of human capital, including for knowledge, innovation, and migration;
  5. their identities as cultural centers (arts, food, leisure activities)
  6. their environmental challenges (degradation, housing, sanitation, transportation)
  7. their governance (local, national, international, nonstate actors, including the role of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The class will be organized as a seminar cum lecture/discussions. Its format will vary, from lectures by instructor and local faculty and practitioners to group presentations and class discussion. Students will be expected to learn about Rome’s development and identity as a global city through site visits and readings and to build on that case study to comprehend how cities around the world have become and are global in similar or different ways.

Global Migrations

Honors 384 (VLPA/I&S)/JSIS 487 (I&S) - 5 credits

The aim of this readings class is to examine the ways in which migration from the Global South historically has, and in the contemporary period is, reconfiguring states and societies in the Global North. It will engage theoretical debates in the social science literature about migrations and diasporas as well specific studies of mobility to Europe and the United States particularly.

One focus of the course will be on the massive flows of people from Europe and Asia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that occurred within the framework of Western colonialism and imperialism. A second emphasis will be on understanding migrations in the late twentieth century and the present, especially their size and characteristics and the ways in which these flows have been shaped by processes of globalization. The size, the places of origin, and the patterns of these contemporary flows of people involve new and old dynamics.

Readings and class discussions will also dwell on the politics and policies of migration (asylum, citizenship, access to state resources, human trafficking) and the consequences of these flows on the lived experiences of the migrants themselves and the communities and settlements in which they reside.

Rome specifically and Italy generally provide an excellent laboratory for the study of mobility because the country is one of the major destinations for migrants to Europe. Furthermore, cities are often a magnet for migrants, as Rome is, with immigrants constituting over 10 percent of its inhabitants. The class will also draw on the expertise of the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute, Florence, which pursues research “to serve migration governance needs at the European level, from developing, implementing and monitoring migration-related policies to assessing their impact on the wider economy and society.”

Global Cities: Portfolio

Honors 233 (I&S)/JSIS 387 (I&S) - 3 credits

This course will require students to work with the instructor to develop a web-based portfolio (attached to the Honors Program for students who are part of the Honors Program) featuring a case study of a particular global city.

Independent Research

Honors 233 (I&S)/JSIS 394 (I&S) - 2 credits

Independent and group research projects related to core courses.

Program Staff


Anand Yang

Professor, International Studies

Read more: http://jsis.washington.edu/faculty/aay.shtml

Professor Yang is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar who has lived and travelled extensively across Europe, including long stints in London and Paris.  He will draw on his contacts in Rome and the European University in Florence to add local expertise to his knowledge of global cities and global migrations.

Staff Assistant & Program Coordinator

Mary Barnes

Program Assistant at the East Asia Resource Center, Jackson School of International Studies

Barnes formerly served as a museum education and outreach staffer in Texas and a Fulbright teacher of English in Indonesia. In addition to a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the Jackson School and a graduate certificate in museology, her credentials include extensive work experience with K-12 teachers and the general public in curriculum development and intercultural understanding.   

Site Partner

This study abroad is based at the UW Rome Center, housed in the 17th century Palazzo Pio in the heart of historic Rome - the Campo de' Fiori. This piazza is an open-air fruit and vegetable market by day and a gathering place by night. The Rome Center provides classroom space, computer lab, library, logistical assistance, and access to support staff and events such as film night, cooking classes and lectures by local guest speakers. For more information about the UW Rome Center, see their website at: http://depts.washington.edu/roma/

Program Cost

Program cost is approximately $5,665 per student (this amount includes tuition, lodging, classroom and lab fees, some group meals, admission to museums and exhibits, excursions, partial ground transportation). Course fee does not include the Study Abroad fee ($300), airfare ($1,600-$1,800 round trip, depending on when and where you buy your ticket), food (about $30-50 per day), and personal spending money. The program excursion to Paris or Amsterdam is covered through program fees, except for some meals and spending money.

Financial Aid

Students may use their regular financial aid and scholarship funds for study abroad. The exception is any scholarship in the form of a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers cannot be used to pay study abroad program fees. Check with the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall for more information.

Funding opportunities are available through the Global Opportunities Program (Go! and Fritz Scholarships).  The Office of International Programs and Exchanges maintains a funding opportunities list.

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The Study Abroad Refund Policy details out the program withdrawal process.

Housing in Rome

Students will be housed in apartments near the Rome Center. In Paris or Amsterdam, students will be housed in either hostels within the city center or shared apartments.


To Rome

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Rome. The program will arrange and cover costs for the global cities excursion (to Amsterdam or Paris). Act quickly to reserve the lowest fares; you may wish to explore budget fares offered on discount search websites as well as Council Travel and STA Offices in Seattle.

Within Europe

Students and instructors will take several excursions outside of Rome. Excursions may include Florence or another nearby city. Paris or Amsterdam will also be part of the excursion schedule. The program fee covers these group travel expenses. Students may also have some opportunities to travel on their own for two or three day-jaunts.

All participants must have a passport that is valid for not only for the duration of the program, but for 6 months after the program ends. It may take as long as six weeks to obtain or renew a passport.

Application Process

Acceptance to the program will be based on application materials, demonstration of academic excellence, interview with the program directors, and motivation to challenge themselves intellectually across academic disciplines and cultures. As representatives of the University of Washington students are expected to behave with respect and appropriate cultural awareness and openness to learn. Learning from members of the host culture, peers, and instructors is expected of all participants.

The Rome faculty and the Honors Program will determine final acceptance. Students applying after the deadline will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Applications due: January 23, 2015

For More Information

For more information about the program components, please contact:

  • Anand Yang, aay@uw.edu
  • Mary Barnes, mbarnes7@uw.edu

For questions regarding credits or financial aid, contact: