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SVA in Rome is a unique semester-long study abroad program.

  • Study and work in Rome “the Eternal City,” considered by many to be the most artistically rich city in the world, and without doubt the most important city in the history of the West.
  • For the spring semester, a small group of students study and work with local artists and art historians, as well as a historian of ancient and medieval Rome.
  • In addition to classroom and studio time, students will have access to the histories of Rome’s architecture, literature and art through field trips to monuments, ruins, churches, museums and galleries throughout Rome and its environs.
  • Shared apartments furnished with kitchens are provided.
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Housing Scholarships Available!

You could receive a full or partial housing scholarship for SVA in Rome!

To be considered you must have completed your FAFSA, have a 3.0 GPA or above and be in good standing with the College.

The housing scholarship is only valid for the SVA in Rome semester. Students must be enrolled in the SVA in Rome courses, which take place in Rome, Italy. Students are required to live in SVA in Rome housing.

Application, course and other pertinent information is available below.

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Program Details

SVA in Rome runs during the spring semester for a small group of selected students. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision via e-mail.

Program Cost

Students participating in SVA in Rome pay SVA's current undergraduate tuition for that semester. They must also pay for SVA in Rome housing, the cost of which is in keeping with SVA's Residence Hall fees for one semester. They are responsible for their travel and international documentation costs, SVA undergraduate department fee, the cost of supplies and they are expected to support their day to day life in Rome for the semester. During their semester in Rome, SVA in Rome students will receive any financial aid and scholarship they maintain eligibility for, with the exception of federal work study.

Student Responsibility

SVA in Rome students are expected to respectfully and responsibly represent the SVA community in Rome. Students are expected to abide by the SVA Code of Conduct in addition to conditions put forth by the program. Students must promptly respond to communications and complete pre-departure requirements as put forth in their acceptance packet. Participants who are full-time degree-seeking students at SVA must heed any additional requirements and conditions put forth by their academic department during and after their semester in Rome.

Application Requirements

The following application requirements must be submitted prior to the desired spring semester in Rome. 

1. Online Application (a free SlideRoom submission)
2. 15-20 piece portfolio (Via the SlideRoom portal)
3. Letter of Motivation (Via the SlideRoom portal)
4. One letter of recommendation from an SVA Instructor e-mailed to [email protected]
5. Official Transcript from SVA Registrar's Office
6. Photocopy or scan of passport's first page

Non-SlideRoom items should be submitted in person or via e-mail to:

Melinda Richardson
Office of Admissions
School of Visual Arts
342 East 24th Street, ground floor
[email protected]


SVA in Rome students take 2 Studio Courses and 3 Humanities Courses, as follows. SVA in Rome curriculum fulfills humanities distribution requirements for SVA undergraduate degree-seeking students.

Documenting the City
3 studio credits
Documenting the City will explore the sites, museums, churches and palazzos, as well as the piazzas, gardens and street life of the “Eternal City.” Students will be encouraged to use drawing, photography, video, and the collection of ephemera and media detritus as a way to record not only the city, but also what interests and inspires them. We will visit nearby sites such as the Etruscan city of Tarquinia, the antique port of Ostia, and the Imperial Villas of Tivoli and Lazio. Sketchbooks are required; a digital camera is highly recommended.

Studio Workshop
3 studio credits
In this course, students will have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of materials and techniques while creating works of art that reflect their own personal experiences during their stay in Rome.  The course will be divided into three sections, each focusing on a specific Roman theme. For each theme, students will be encouraged to explore their own interests and work in different materials to create original artworks that relate to their discovery of the city.  Workshops, artist visits, and group critiques are important elements of this course.

Baroque Everywhere: The World In Motion
Qualifies as an HPD-R requirement
3 humanities and sciences credits
The use that the arts have made of Renaissance and Baroque aesthetics is the focus of this course. We will examine the links between classical art and its re-interpretation in the 1400s, and then the deviation (or development) of what was classical art starting in the 17th century. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how these changes resulted in a new philosophy of motion, that is, how the representations of human bodies (and religious icons) took on an enhanced dynamic value in the Baroque period, with profound results for the modern arts, and most characteristically in cinema. From the isomorphic world represented in the mathematical system of linear perspective, painting turns toward the artificial world of anamorphosis and the Baroque forms (Caravaggio and Bernini are the prime examples), in which the represented world loses its fixed points of reference. In this light, an artist like Bernini can even come to be seen as the first filmmaker.

The Art and Architecture of Rome
Qualifies as an HPD-R requirement
3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will explore the art and architecture of Rome. Beginning with ancient sculpture and architecture, it will continue through the Renaissance and Baroque periods and end with a look at modern and contemporary Roman art. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding works of art in context and how these works functioned or communicated in the culture that produced them. Through visits to the public spaces, churches and museums of Rome, students will observe these works of art firsthand.

The Urban History of Rome
Qualifies as an HHD-R requirement
3 humanities and sciences credits
This course will study the history of Rome from the 7th century BCE through the 12th century CE. It will reconstruct the history of Rome by examining the material evidence available in the city’s architectural monuments, ruins and remains. We will consider the many ways in which the materials and forms of an ancient city have been repurposed and transformed.

Contact Information

Melinda Richardson, Manager of SVA Global

Office location:

Office of Admissions
342 East 24th Street, ground floor


[email protected]

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