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UK Sponsored: Rome & Prague: Ancient to Modern Architecture (Design)
Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy; Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Fees and Policies Summer 1
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Architecture, Art, Art Education, Art History, Art Studio, Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Studio Art, Visual Arts
Housing Options:
3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Mack Maynard
Program Director:
Mark OBryan
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Rome & Prague: Ancient to Modern Architecture (Design)

May 20th-June 19th, 2015
PantheonProgram Overview

This program will be organized around the thematic development of two divergent means of organizing the environment and its objects, the historical and the formal. Concerning the first, questions to be addressed by the program are "What are the uses of history?"; "Is there any structure to history?"; "Is there a future to history?"; and "What are the alternatives to history?" In regard to formal analysis, the program will investigate questions such as "What is the coherence of the parti?"; "Are formal concerns evolutionary?"; and "Are formal concerns historical?" 

To view the syllabus for this course, click here

Referring to both methods, the program will look at the uses of typologies, the relationship between city and country, the elements of the city, the object and the city, the object and the landscape. The scale of element available for analysis will range from detail, through component, object fabric, landscape. The areas chosen for visiting offer a wide range of site of artifact for our study, from the Bronze Age to the 20th century, divergent building and urban types, and masterpieces for the major historical periods.

  • The Pieces of the City, Evolution or Intervention: Studies of the city, including investigation of elements, methods of organization, generative and critical strategies, the problem of scale, change, growth and culture, relationships between the pieces, multiple readings and social planning
  • It looks like a...: Studies of the object. Investigation will include the formal analysis of façades, sections, space, the inspired details, extendant and competent analysis of buildings and gardens, thematic relationships within and between objects, photography, diagramming, sketching and field notation
  • Study in Rome, Venice, Prague - some of the most historically significant sites in architecture

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Kentucky School of Architecture. Students from Universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions and UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in ARC 499: Topics in Architecture (3 credit hours) and ARC 457: Design Studio (6 credit hours).*
  • Graduate students will enroll in ARC 699: Topics in Architecture (3 credit hours) and ARC 659: Design Studio (6 credit hours). *
  • Interior Design students will receive credit for either ID 321 or 421
  • *The seminar courses, ARC 499 and ARC 699, will be delivered and completed entirely abroad. Whereas, elements of the studio courses, ARC 457 and ARC 659, will be delivered both abroad and domestically. Research of the project site and preliminary design concept for the design studio will begin abroad and students will complete the studio project upon return to the Lexington campus.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students retain the option to opt out if they wish
Housing & MealsPrague Tower

Students will reside in hotels for the duration of the program. Breakfast will be included while at the hotel in Prague and throughout Italy, but students will be responsible for the cost of lunch and dinner on their own with the exception of the group meals noted in the program itinerary. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus-wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Piazza San MarcoPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Czech, German and Italian Embassies as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.
Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Mr. Mark O'Bryan, Associate Dean for Administration and faculty member in the Department of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, Mr. O'Bryan will be directing the program.

Mr. Mack Maynard, EA Advisor,

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.