Italy: Technology and Society - A Global Perspective

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Italy program posterNote: The summer 2014 application cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about upcoming study abroad programs.

Global Honors in collaboration with the Institute of Technology is proud to present their first study abroad program to Rome, Italy. This program provides students with a unique opportunity to experience a different culture and learn about the complex relationships between technology and society from both global and historical perspectives. It takes advantage of its location by including visits to the remains of Roman Empire and to some of the most important historical and technological museums in Italy. Students are encouraged to explore new uses of technology in their own field of study and are exposed to the social, political, economic, environmental, cultural, and ethical issues associated with those technologies. In addition, the program challenges students to form opinions on issues of technology and society and to express those opinions through short, in-class, spontaneously crafted essays. This provides students with a highly valuable skill, regardless of their field of study. The program runs for four and half weeks during the first part of the Summer quarter.

Academic Content

The program is organized, directed and taught by professors Orlando Baiocchi and Divya McMillin. The coursework covers the following topics:

  • Technological achievements of Ancient Rome and its relevance for contemporary societies
  • Italian contributions to modern science and technology
  • Role of technology in national identity, democracy, and citizenship
  • Media globalization and electronic colonialism
  • Italian media players in the global market
  • Cultural implications of global television formats (examined through Italian case studies)

Students may choose to receive a total of twelve credits for one of the following courses:

  • TCOM 498 Study Abroad in Communication
  • T INST 493 Technology and Society: a Global Perspective
  • T GH 399 Global Honors Study Abroad

All majors must check with their academic adviser for placement of credits within their degree program.

Program Schedule

Travel will take place during summer quarter - term A, 2014. Because this is an intensive program, students are expected to participate in all group activities, attend all group events, and accompany the group on all field tours. Students should keep in mind that the purpose of the program is academic and that they will have the same amount of homework to complete as they would during a regular quarter. Due to the compressed time frame, using "free time" for sightseeing or vacationing is unwise; it's recommended that students wishing to combine this program with additional travel do so after the program has ended. The following preliminary schedule is subject to change based on travel/lodging rates and availability:



Description of event/activity

June 18 - 19

UW Tacoma

Preparation Seminars. Textbook introduction. Expectations for the class.

June 23


Students - Arrival/Move-in

June 24

UW Rome Center

Classes begin

June 24 - July 23

UW Rome Center

Class times: Mon - Thurs (9:30 -12:30)

June 28


Museo della Civilta' Romana: Roman civilization/technology

June 29


Coliseum and Pantheon

July 5 - 6

Rome to Naples

Pompeii and Science City

July 11


RAI Studios

July 18

Rome to Florence

Galileo Museo

July 19 - 20

Florence to Milan

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia

July 23

UW Rome Center

Classes end

July 24


Students - Move-out/Departure

Please note: the program involves mandatory meetings prior to departure. These meetings take place on the UWT campus.

Student Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students from any UW campus may apply. Participants are selected on the basis of academic preparation, scholarship, motivation, and financial responsibility. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted.


Applications are due on March 31, 2014 *April 21, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until April 21 or until the program is full. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions on a rolling basis. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin. (*Deadline has been extended.)

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Travel documents and insurance

All program participants must have a valid passport in order to travel to Europe. No visa or other paperwork is required for U.S. citizens.

Study abroad insurance coverage is a UW requirement. We recommend students take advantage of the UW Study Abroad Insurance, as an easy and affordable option. Students with personal insurance that covers expenses for emergency evacuation, repatriation of remains, injury, illness or death while participating in study or research abroad can petition for a UW Study Abroad Insurance waiver. If the petition is granted, the student will be exempt from the requirement to purchase the UW Study Abroad Insurance Plan. [Additional information...]

Program Cost

The total cost of the program is $5,800.

Included in the cost of the program:

  • Academic course fee (12 credits)
  • Housing
  • In-country transportation for field trips
  • Museum and historical site entrance fees
  • Transportation and lodging for excursions to Naples, Florence, and Milan

Not Included in Program Fees:

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation (except as described above)
  • Costs of travel documents (passport)
  • Health/travel insurance
  • Personal spending money

Payment schedule

Amount Due
Administrative Fee
$250 upon acceptance to program
Program Fee
$5,550 July 11, 2014

Method of payment: The administrative fee of $250 is due upon acceptance to the program. This payment can be made in person or by mail and will need to be paid by personal check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to, University of Washington Tacoma. Please write "Italy Summer 2014" in the memo line of the check. The Administrative Fee of $250 must accompany your acceptance confirmation and payment contract for the program. Please submit the check along with the appropriate paperwork to our office in GWP 102 or by mail to:

UWT International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

For other methods of payment, please contact Tracey Norris, Study Abroad Coordinator, at 253-692-4426.

The Program Fee will be charged automatically to your student account upon registration and can be paid online through your MyUW account. Please note: Students do not register themselves for this program. The Office of International Programs will register the student once the Administrative Fee and all appropriate program documents have been received.

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid which they intend to apply toward the program cost should consult with a financial aid adviser before applying to the program. Some sources of funding, i.e. the GI Bill®, may not cover the cost of study abroad programs. Check with a financial aid advisor to understand how your funds apply toward study abroad. Please bring the student financial aid budget form with you to your meeting. [Click to view and print]

Be aware that you may not receive financial aid in time to cover initial program costs. You should be prepared to pay your expenses out of pocket until your financial aid is dispersed. The deadline for program payment cannot be waived or postponed.


Students searching for study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities will want to consider the following options. For more information about each opportunity, click the link to visit.

UW Global Opportunities (GO!) Scholarship - a competitive scholarship funded by the Washington State Legislature. It helps academically promising undergraduate students with significant financial need access international learning opportunities. Deadline: April 24, 2014 at 5 pm. [Click to visit]

UW Fritz Scholarship - funded by the Chester Fritz Endowment. This academically competitive scholarship provides funding to students majoring in the humanities and social sciences. Deadline: April 24, 2014 at 5 pm. [Click to visit]

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - this national award offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions in which they study. Applications are now being accepted. Deadline: March 4, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. [Click to visit]

This is by no means a definitive list, just a starting point. We recommend you begin your search process early. You do not need to wait until you are admitted into a study abroad program to apply for most scholarships. Visit the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards website to search for additional funding opportunities. [Click to visit]

Refund conditions for fees

Once you confirm your participation in the program:

  1. If you withdraw prior to May 2nd, 2014, all payments, less the $250 Administrative Fee, will be refunded to you.
  2. If you withdraw on or after May 2nd but prior to June 18, 2014, you are obligated to pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
  3. If you withdraw on or after June 18, 2014, you are obligated to pay the full cost of the program. No refunds will be given for unused accommodations, meals or other fees and services.

Notice of Withdrawal from the program MUST be made in writing and submitted to our office in GWP 102 or by mail to:Gelato in Rome

International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Changes in Costs or Scope of the Program

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.

Program Cancellation

If viable enrollment is not reached by May 2, 2014, the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the Administrative Fee will be refunded.

Equal Opportunity and Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact the Disability Support Services Office at least ten days in advance.

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