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COAD in Rome (Fall Semester)
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: LSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Apartment (shared) Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

College of Art & Design in Rome (Fall 2017) facebookicon


The city of Rome offers a deeply textured fabric through which one can engage in the most fundamental design investivations.  The city is a collecting point for 2,000 year of efforts to structure the built environment around a shifting landscape.  

With countless examples of culture artifacts of all scales, Rome presents a unique pedagogic space in which students can be immersed in the juxtaposition of adaptability and durability.  

As a teaching venue, Rome has the capacity to challenge the preconceptions of space-practice and expand the notion of human experience in the urban context.  

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
Undergraduate, 15 hours
LSU Tuition & Fees
Graduate, 15 hours
Aug 17 Dec 18 $10,835 Instate: $TBD
Out of State: $TBD
Instate: $TBD
Out of State: $TBD

Program Fee Includes

  • COAD in Rome dinner

    Housing in furnisned apartments (double occupancy bedrooms)
  • Ground transportation during class activities
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Access to the Rome Center Studio and Workspace printing, plotting, and copying
  • Welcome and closing group dinners
  • Health insurance

Housing: The apartments are fully furnished and include complete kitchens, internet access, and washing machines.  Each bedroom is double occupancy.  Each apartment has a washing machine, TV, computer, and wifi capability.  A landline phone is also provided in each apartment for unlimited calls within Italy and can receive incoming calls. Bed linens and towels will be provided.  

Housing, travel, and fieldtrips will be arranged through the University of Arkansas Rome Center (UARC).  UARC is embedded in the heart of Rome. The main entrance of the studio space opens into a courtyard housing a baroque fountain by Antonio Casoni, built in 1618, and surrounded by the various buildings forming the complex.  The Palazzo Taverna, where the UARC is located, is home to private residential apartments, banqueting halls, diplomatic residences, and art studios.

Packing suggestions:

  • Prescription medications - remember to bring the presctiption with you as well
  • Comfortable, durable, closed-toed shoes
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Watch
  • Battery-operated alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Deoderant (American brands are not available in Italy)
  • Medical kit with bandages, cold medication, aspirin, motion sickness medication, insect repellent
  • Contact lens solution and extra contacts (or an extra pair of glasses)
  • English-Italian dictionary
  • Water bottle
  • Washcloth
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Backpack or small suitcase for daytrips
  • Digital camera
  • Plug adapters and electrical current converters
  • Drawing/modeling supplies
  • Sketchbook
  • Graphite pencils
  • Pens
  • Travel watercolor kit
  • Carry a change of clothes and some extra underwear in your carry-on, in case your luggage is delayed

Program Fee Does NOT Include


Tuition: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition and fees you pay are based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  

If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU, including the courses on the College of Art & Design in Rome program.

Airfare: Each student arranges his/her own airfare to/from Rome.  You should plan to fly in and out of Rome.  Prof. McClure, your Program Director, will tell you when to buy your ticket.  Please do not purchase a ticket until you are insructed to do so.

Meals and Spending money: You should plan for additional expenditures, including meals, souvenirs, and nights out with friends.  The apartments have complete kitchens and are close to grocery stores, for those who prefer to cook meals, rather than eating out for every meal. You should budget approximately $30/day for food.  The amount you should budget for souvenirs and outings with friends will depend on your own personal spending habits.  If you plan to travel outside of Rome during free weekends, those travel costs will need to be calculated into the amount you budget for spending money.

When you arrive in Rome, you will want to have some Euros with you.  You should change $100 into Euros before leaving the US.  Talk to your bank about how to purchase foreign currencies while still in the US.


COAD in Rome classThe courses are designed around three pedagogic components: traditional design studios, intensive fieldwork in the Italian landscape, and contextualization through lecture-based seminars.

For course descriptions and prerequisites, please consult the LSU General Catalog.

Please note: the end date for this program is after the deadline for grades for LSU's fall semester (Dec. 13, 2017).  All students will initially receive "Incompletes," which will be changed to the final letter grades in January, 2018.
Course Description Credit Hours
ARCH 4032 Advanced Architectural Technology 3 credits
ARCH 5202 Antica...Nuova: Both...And 6 credits
ARCH 4062 Architecture of the City 3 credits

ARCH 4032 - Advanced Architectural Technology - The Rome Tectonic will delve into the origins and development of the architecture/tectonic culture of the Roman Empire.  

aqueductFrom 27BC - 476AD, the Romans conquered lands from as far East as Lusitania and as far west as Babylon.  They built arches, aqueducts, roads, terraces, harbor structures, bridges, etc.  They invented Opus caementicium (Roman concrete).  This course will investigate how the constructed culture established a build existence, past and present.

ARCH 5202 - Antica...Nuova: Both...And - Through this course, you will understand and question the role of the antica and nuova in the Roman built environment and will extend your skills in identifying, evaluating, and developing appropriate design concepts.  

You'll engage with the historical built environment and landscape as a designed and potential user.  You'll also develop new interpretations of "archaeological ruin." 



April 26 5:00pm Students' Orientation 
Aug 17 Depart the US
Aug 18 Arrive in Rome; check in with YPR staff at Piazza di San Cosimato (between 9am and 6pm) and move into apartments; Welcome Dinner
Aug 19 Scavenger hunt
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Dec 18 Move out of apartments; fly home or continue to explore Europe on your own

Please note: Itinerary subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Prof. Ursula Emery McClure
Program Director
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Eligibility & Withdrawal

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Giovanni in Rome

    Major in Architecture, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students)
  • Be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student in the College of Art & Design
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students from Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture only.

Application Deadline
April 28, 2017

Although the application deadline is April 28, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. 

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after April 28, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: The $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your fall fee bill.  Those fee bills will be available via myLSU and are due in early August.

If you withdraw from the program: After April 28, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program.  The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw.  The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after April 28, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after May 12, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after May 26, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

Value for the Price Comments
The price is reasonable for study aboard in Rome.
     — Fall Semester, 2016 Participant
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