WCC offering 20-day study abroad trip to Italy

November 22, 2022 Rich Rezler

Ancient Rome


Washtenaw Community College and the Study Abroad Association are offering 'The History and Archaeology of Ancient Rome,' an interdisciplinary history and archaeology study abroad program in Italy in 2023. 

Two three-credit courses will be completed over the five-week program, which includes two weeks of classroom instruction on the WCC campus (May 15-26) and three weeks of travel in Italy (May 28-June 16). 

The travel abroad will include visits to historical sites and museums in Rome, Naples and Viterbo, and hands-on participation at an active archaeological excavation in Ischia di Castro (two hours north of Rome).

This program will provide students with an opportunity to acquire not only an in-depth understanding of the archaeology and history of ancient Italy, but also an appreciation for the local culture and people that are at the heart of international study and cultural immersion. 

Download the information packet for more details about the program, including a complete 20-day itinerary. Program requirements, cost, the application process and course descriptions can be found below:



  • Ability to participate at the excavation site (will require moderate physical activity)
  • Be currently enrolled at WCC
  • Hold a valid passport
  • Be at least 18 years of age



  • $3,600, plus:
  • Airfare
  • Tuition/fees
  • Spending money 
  • (Total cost estimated at $6,300)


Application Process

Students must email an application letter to BOTH Anthropology instructor Dr. Christopher Barrett ([email protected]) and History instructor Dr. Ian Rush ([email protected]) by December 15, 2022. The application letter (limited to 600 words) must include the following:

  • An explanation of why you would like to participate in the program.
  • A discussion of your interest in history and archaeology.
  • An explanation of why the program will benefit your future academic career.


Course Descriptions

ANT 290
International Studies in Anthropology: The Prehistory of Italy

In this course, students will examine the prehistory, geography, and climate of Italy prior to the emergence of the Roman Empire.  Topics will include (but are not limited to) archaeological methods, archaeological evidence for the first Italians, post-Pleistocene ecological and cultural changes, the Etruscans, and the emergence of the Roman state.


HST 290
International Studies in History: Ancient Rome

This course will examine the political, social, economic, and religious history of ancient Rome.  With a specific focus on the cities of Rome and Pompeii, you will discover how the Romans built and controlled their empire, and how both rich and poor Romans experienced day-to-day life.

Tags: Archaeology, History, Study Abroad

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