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Ancient Rome and Its Legacy


Program Highlights:

The city of Rome is a living museum.  As the center of the powerful and long-lived Roman Empire, the city's ancient past has served as the foundation for an uninterrupted history spanning the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, all of which live on as integral parts of the lives of modern Romans today.  And so this city of the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and the Vatican is not just about the past, it is a lively city filled with energetic people, incredible food, and an active nightlife.  Rome is the perfect place to study abroad, combining an unparalleled history, art, and architecture to study while you experience a fascinating modern culture and people.

The CSUSM program in Rome will focus on the ancient history of the city and its empire over the course of twenty-two days under the guidance of Dr. Darel Engen.  Most days there will be a two-hour class meeting in the morning followed in the afternoon by a two to three hour visit to an important site or museum.  One thing is for sure, students will make Rome their living classroom.

Academic Calendar:

December 27, 2017- January 17, 2018

Academic Focus:

  • Ancient Roman history and its legacy in the modern city
  • Vatican

Courses Available:

Undergraduate:  History 304A and History 304B (topics in history); will satisfy upper-divsion GE (CC & DD)

Graduate:  Two History 699s (independent study)


  • Class level:  Open to all class levels though students wishing to clear upper-division GE will require 60 units or more and upper-division standing.
  • Satisfactory Academic Performance to departure


Six units will be awarded as detailed above, History 304A and History 304B or two History 699s.


All students will stay in the 4-star Best Western Hotel Universo in Rome. Students will be accommodated in twin rooms with private bathrooms.

Anticipated Site Visits & Program Highlights:

  • Piazza Venezia & Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Villa Giulia Museum & Museo Nazionale Etrusco
  • Colosseum
  • Palatine Hill & the Roman Forum
  • Capitoline Hill & various museums
  • Boca di Verita, Arcus Argentariorum and various temples
  • Circus Maximus & Theater of Marcellus
  • Mercati di Traiano
  • Piazza Navona, Piazza Colonna & Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Espagna, Piazza del Popolo & various churches
  • St. Peter's & Vatican Museums
  • Galleria Borghese
  • And many more!

Estimated Total Cost:

$3,000*+ Extended Learning Fees, estimated at $492 for six units

*Program price will be reduced to $2,850 if more than 15 students enroll! - MET! 

All fees include airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation in country, accommodation, welcome and farewell dinners, daily breakfast, most excursions and medical insurance.  Airfare and personal expenditures NOT included in the program cost, estimated at $1,860.

Additional Expenses to Budget:  
Airfare:  $1,200 (estimate only; better deals are out there)
Meals:  $660 (estimated at $30/day; you may spend more or less)
Spending money:  $500 (depends on the individual, could spend more or less)

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Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airline.

To Apply: 

  1. Attend an information session led by Faculty Leader Darel Engen. 
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below.  All application materials must be received by Friday, October 13 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education.  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.75% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments.  Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. Final payment of $2,550 program fees is due on Friday, November 17th to the Office of Global Education, following the payment guidelines set forth above.  Payment of tuition related expenses (estimated at $492) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Winter Intersession. 
  4. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form
  5. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Professor Engen to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming courses.  

January in Rome 2018 Application [CLOSED]:

We are no longer accepting applications for January in Rome 2018.

Students who have already applied and paid their deposit can make further payments through CashNet

  • Rome Student Contract (coming soon)

Attend an Info Session:

Date Time Room

September 20th

2:00-3:00pm MARK 221B

September 25th

3:30-4:30pm MARK 221B
October 4th 2:30-3:30pm

SBSB 4117

October 13th 11:00am-12:00pm

SBSB 3219

For more information, contact Dr. Darel Engen at