Rome Foreign Study Program

By means of extensive field trips throughout the Italian peninsula (e.g., Latium, Tuscany, Campania, Umbria), students engage in a systematic investigation of the sites, monuments, and artifacts of the Etruscan, Roman, and paleo-Christian cultures of Italy under the direction of Dartmouth faculty members. 


The aim of the program is to develop a coherent understanding of the processes of origin and growth, conflict and change in ancient Italy. To this end, the monuments of post-Classical Italy are also examined whenever possible, so that students may begin to understand the profound and continuing influence of ancient Italic cultures upon the development of western Europe.

The curriculum embraces architecture, the visual arts, history, religion and the basic techniques of archeological analysis. Students learn to see and understand the Roman world in its own context through informal lectures and discussion in situ, under the open sky. The academic requirements consist of short weekly papers, oral reports, and an optional independent project.

  • Program Terms: Fall
    This program is currently accepting applications.
  • Restrictions: Dartmouth applicants only
  • Lodging Options: Flat/Apartment, Hotel Enrollment: 15
  • Course of Study: FSP

Dates / Deadlines

Please go to the following websites for more information:

Faculty Director

2023 Fall: Roberta Stewart


In Rome and in the field, apartment and/or hotel accommodations are arranged for the group. Students are responsible for their own meals; some breakfasts and special dinners will be arranged in advance by the faculty directors.


  • Classical Studies 30.90: Classical Art and Archaeology: Study Abroad
  • Classical Studies 30.91: Classical Art and Archaeology: Study Abroad
  • Classical Studies 31.90: Ancient History: Study Abroad


A grade of B- or better in two of the following:

  • Classical Studies 17. Roman History: The Republic
  • Classical Studies 18 . History of the Roman Empire: Roman Principate to Christian Empire
  • Classical Studies 24. Etruscan and Early Roman Archaeology: The Rise of Rome
  • Classical Studies 25. Early Roman Imperial Archaeology: The First Emperors
  • Classical Studies 26. Later Roman Imperial Archaeology:  The Golden Age and Beyond
  • Italian 1. Introductory Italian (or its equivalent)

NOTE:  Students will be expected to have elementary reading and speaking knowledge of Italian. Please go to this year's Rome FSP blog for current updates.

Tuition & Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for this program by clicking here. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.