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Spiral Stairs in the Vatican
  • Two-week program in May accommodates your summer schedule and allows time for potential independent travel after the program
  • Program is directed by CU Instructor Paul Diduch, who loves to share his expertise and will convince you that Culture Wars is, by far, the best way to experience Rome!

  • Enjoy on-site lectures at major cultural and historical sites in and around Rome

  • Please note: this program often fills early - it is recommended that you apply before winter break.

  • Missed the last info session? View the presentation here!



The program will be based in downtown Rome and will employ a lot of walking and a little local transportation to get to know the city as well as possible in a relatively short period of time. All classes will be held on site and will include visits to most of the major sites in and near Rome, including: Culture Wars group on bikes

  • The Roman Forum
  • The Coliseum
  • St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza
  • Castel S. Angelo
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • The Spanish Steps
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Hadrian's Villa
  • The Vatican, including The Sistine Chapel
  • Piazza Navona
  • The Pantheon
  • The Villa Borghese
  • Churches of all architectural types


You will be housed in double rooms in a simple pensione (hotel) located near the Coliseum. Every room has a private bath, but we have sacrificed other amenities in favor of good location and price. A very simple continental breakfast will be served every morning, and we will have some group meals during the course. We will show you how to eat well and economically on your own.

The program begins and ends in Rome. You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from Italy. Students in the group who would like to travel together can discuss this option at the group orientation to be held during the spring semester. We will provide good descriptions of how to reach our hotel from the airport and train station, and we are eager to help those planning to travel independently in Italy.


  • Course: HUEN 3700, Culture Wars in Rome
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for:
    • Upper-division Engineering Humanities credit
    • CMCI Core: Historical Views (non-CMCI) and Humanities/Arts
    • Upper-division ITAL Elect. for majors only
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See course description
GS group in the Colosseum

You will earn three upper-division credits in HUEN 3700, Culture Wars in Rome. Walking tours will be supported by an excellent guide book on Rome with information on the sites we will visit. There will be regular written assignments on both the readings and on the sites themselves, and there will be both group and individual projects. The course will be short but highly concentrated and most days will have two class sessions at various locations in Rome. This compressed schedule will maximize opportunities for independent travel at the end of the course, and it will also lead to a more intense and rewarding focus on the study of Rome.  Attendance at each and every class/activity is required.

All instruction will be in English. Those of you with even a little Italian will find, however, that you will have extra opportunities to enjoy and profit from your Italian travels.

The program will begin with two intensive class days in Boulder prior to departure for Rome.  These class days occur just after spring finals end and are absolutely required.  See the dates section for more information, and don't book your flights until instructed to do so. 

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Written assignments on both the readings and on the sites visited
  • A final exam on the geography and basic history of the city
  • Class attendance and participation
  • A final individual project


Paul Diduch, an Instructor in the Herbst Program of Humanities, will direct the program. Paul has extensive experience studying and teaching Classics, including Roman history and political thought. He was Guest Lecturer in Rome for Culture Wars 2016.


You will receive frequent updates on events in Rome during the time you are there, and a scavenger hunt will help you to learn your way around the different parts of the city. How to eat well in Rome will of course be a frequent subject of conversation. Staff will also do all they can to help you plan for independent travel at the end of the course.






Program Reviews:
Summer 2017 Participant
Paul was the reason this trip was amazing. He was always there for some extra knowledge when someone asked. He also continually checked in on me when I was sick in Rome and waited at the hospital with me for hours even with the ACCENT staff member there. The ACCENT staff was very helpful when I got sick.

Andrew David Loaiza, Summer 2018 Participant
The tours and exploration of the city was extremely interesting and I would recommend anyone interested in it to do it.

Summer 2017 Participant
Everything in this program involved on-site interaction. The lessons and all extracurriculars were held on the streets or in the cathedrals of Rome. I can't imagine it going any better than it did.

Summer 2018 Participant
The excursions and activities for this program were all very in-depth and introduced Roman art and culture in a up-close way.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-FEB-2018
Variable 16-MAY-2018 29-MAY-2018
NOTE: Note that there are two REQUIRED class days in Boulder on May 11th and 12th. Students then have two free days to pack/prepare before departing for Rome on May 15th.
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.

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