UNB Travel Study Rome

UNB Travel Study Rome

Rome, Italy

Live & Study in the “Eternal City”

Participants in the Rome Travel Study Program will have an opportunity to live in Rome as students for three weeks. While in Rome, they will participate in classes and tours with UNB professors, will explore Rome in their spare time and will “live in the culture” of Italy. By the end of this Travel Study Program, participants will understand aspects of the art, architecture and history of this fascinating world city and, at the same time, will gain an appreciation and understanding of life and culture in contemporary Italy. Those who have never travelled before will learn how to organize their lives in a major European city and, based on their Rome experience, will be able to travel independently and safely to other European cities in the future.
Website URL: http://www.unb.ca/travelstudy

Participants and Faculty will stay at the Residence Candia, located just beneath the walls of the Vatican and near both busses and the Metro.

The address of the Residence Candia is Via Candia 135B, in the Prati Quarter. See http://www.residencecandia.it.

The Residence Candia is an apartment-hotel which provides a variety of apartments, shared, typically, by three to five people, with cooking facilities and bathrooms in each apartment. In addition, a number of the apartments have terraces. Very near the Residence Candia is one of the larger daily markets of Rome, the Mercato Trionfale.


A continental breakfast is available every day at a nearby coffee bar on the Via Candia. Evening meals are provided for four evenings a week at Da Arturo Restaurant on the Via Aurelia Antica. Both of these are typical family-operated establishments. Meals at Da Arturo are Italian three- and four-course delights.

Cost: Medium $4250
External Funding Available: Yes
Availability: 30
Academic Dates:

May 28 – June 17, 2018

Expected Departure Date from Canada : Sunday, May 27, 2018
Expected Arrival Date in Rome : Monday, May 28, 2018

Expected Arrival Locations  : Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome and the Residence Candia, 135B, Via Candia
Expected Departure Date from Rome : Sunday, June 17, 2018

You will be provided with accommodation from the night of May 28 until the morning of June 17, 2018.

Course Timetable:

Participants in 2018 will choose to study either an introductory-level or an advanced-level 6 credit hour team-taught course on the “History of Rome from Ancient Times to the Modern Age”. Participants will also be given an orientation to understanding life in contemporary Italy and to safety and comfort while living and studying in Rome.

(NOTE: Participants not requiring university credit are welcome to audit these courses.) 

 “The History of Rome from Ancient Times to the Modern Age”

Will be taken for introductory-level credit as Classics 2643 and History 1133 (6ch)
Will be taken for advanced-level credit as Classics 3643 and History 3133 (6ch)                   

Students choosing this course, in addition to orientation classes on living in contemporary Rome, will participate in 8 three-hour lecture-tours with each of the course instructors.

There will be three instructors for this course, one of whom will teach about Ancient Rome, another will teach about Rome in the Renaissance and the Baroque Era and the third will teach about Modern Rome. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class and will complete an examination at the end of their time in Rome. 

The course will centre on the continuing conception of Rome as a capital. Rome first served as the capital of an ancient world empire which stretched from the North Sea to the Red Sea and the city was designed to display the power and wealth which resulted from ruling Europe and the Mediterranean world. After the fall of this Roman Empire, Rome became the leading city of Western Christendom and, during the Baroque period, was designed to reflect the power and the glory as the capital of the Roman Catholic Church, whose leader, the pope, was based in Rome. In 1870, with the political unification of the Italian peninsula and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy, Rome became the capital of the modern nation of Italy and, as such, was to provide a stage for Benito Mussolini’s 20th century dictatorship and his dreams of empire. Today, Rome is the capital of one of the leading nations in the European Union and an important centre of business, religious and international affairs. 

The course will consist of daily “field trips” to important sites and buildings in Rome, accompanied by knowledgeable instructors. Sites to be visited include the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, the Villa Borghese Gallery, the Capitoline Museum, the town of Ostia Antica, the Vittoriano, the Basilica of San Clemente, the Foro Italico, the Fountain of Trevi, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona, the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish ghetto, the Great Synagogue, a Papal Audience and the EUR District. 

As part of the Travel Study, students will have a long weekend set aside for independent travel and exploration in Rome or other parts of Italy. 

Participating students will be expected to “live in the culture” of Rome and to observe the life style of contemporary Italians. 

All students will participate in all the lecture-tours and travels. Students registered for introductory-level credit will write a final examination at the end of the three week period, while students registered for advanced-level credit will write the final examination and also prepare a research essay after they return home. 


Thomas Goud is a classicist who specializes in Roman history and literature and in the origins of early Christianity. He has degrees from the University of Calgary and a doctorate from the University of Toronto. He is currently the Chair of the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, where he teaches. Tom Goud is Co-Director of the Rome Travel Study with Peter Kent. 

Cheryl Fury is a specialist in the social history of early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on the British Isles. She has degrees from the University of New Brunswick and a doctorate from McMaster University. She is currently Professor of History in the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. 

Information about a third instructor will be posted once an appointment has been made. 

Peter Kent, Professor Emeritus of History, is Co-Director of the Rome Travel Study with Thomas Goud

Contact Information 

For more information about the program, please contact via email goud@unbsj.ca and kent@unb.ca

For more information on how to register and pay your fees, please contact via email travelstudy@unb.ca

Program Type: Travel-Study
Language: English
Available Subjects: classics and ancient history , history
Travel Information:


Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the individual participants.

Do not purchase your plane tickets until you are advised in writing by the Global Learning and Engagement Office that the program has reached a sufficient amount of participants to run.

When you do purchase your plane tickets, please submit a copy of your flight itinerary to Global Learning and Engagement (travelstudy@unb.ca)  Students arriving earlier or staying later than the program dates listed will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. 

Travel Documentation

You are required to have a valid passport to complete the registration process for a travel study program. A photocopy of your passport is required 45 days prior to the commencement of your program. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to return to Canada.

For more information regarding passports please visit Passport Canada.

Students are encouraged to apply for a passport as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

Practical Information:

Program Fees

 Program Dates:      May 28 – June 17, 2018

Program Fees:        TBA

Enrolment for the Rome Travel Study Program is normally limited to 30 participants. The minimum number of participants required to offer the full program as planned is 21.

A $1000 registration deposit is required at the time of application. This amount will be deducted from your final balance. Once your application with deposit has been received you will be notified by e-mail confirming receipt of your application and further information pertaining to your Travel Study Program.

 NOTE: International health insurance is required.

 Program Fees Include:

  • Program registration
  • All tuition fees for courses
  • Accommodations during your Travel Study Program
  • Breakfast (daily), four evening meals per week and a final banquet
  • Program related ground transportation
  • A three-week pass for bus and metro travel
  • Admission to sites, galleries and museums related to program-specific course study
  • Coursebook containing supplementary readings and documents

Program Fees DO NOT Include

  • Travel to and from the destination, airfare insurance
  • Any additional costs incurred through changes to travel or overnight accommodation/meals while traveling
  • Passport and/or travel visa
  • Textbooks
  • Lunches daily (allow $10-15) and three full weekends
  • Participation in cultural, religious, or sporting events, or excursions which are not part of course study
  • Spending money, souvenirs, telephone calls, sundry expenses

 Financial Assistance

The Kent Travel Award is a scholarship funded by the late Bill Lewis, which covers the program fee for the Rome Travel Study each year for an excellent UNB student who otherwise could not afford to participate in this program. Download the application form for the Kent Travel Award 2018.

Visa Requirements:

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you are responsible to check with the Italian consulate to inquire about visa requirements. Canadian citizens do not require a visa for a visit to Italy of less than 90 days

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im-V-leBBNc
Additional Information:
The 2012 video of the UNB Rome Travel Study was made by Joey Reuteman, one of the students from the University of Wisconsin (OshKosh) who took part in the UNB Program.


Students who participated in the 2015 Rome Travel Study Program had the following comments about their experiences:

Ashley: “To say that the Travel Study experience was amazing would be an understatement. Experiencing Roman life and learning about its rich layers of history was life-changing.”

Jennifer: “Although most professors would like to believe that their courses are life-altering, they are not. The Rome Travel Study is unlike any of these average courses and is in fact one of the few life-altering courses that a person might have the opportunity to take. After taking the course and re-adjusting to life in Canada, I feel truly changed.”

Alex: “Suddenly history did not feel distant and out of reach, but alive, current and real.”

Carson: “Having very little background in architecture and art I have generally found it difficult to move towards an appreciation or understanding of them through text or photo; it just does not capture my attention. It was, then, quite surprising to me just how interesting and moved I was by the numerous examples of architecture and art I was introduced to while in Rome.”

Alex: “It is for all of these reasons and so many more that I can confidently say the Rome 2015 Travel Study was one of the best decisions of my life. I left Italy as a changed person, with a broader sense of all there is to learn and study, and a new appreciation for living life to the fullest.”

Jennifer: “My brain was continuously flooded with new and fascinating information while also being overwhelmed with the physical beauty of the city. Although overwhelmed, I learned so much more than I could have in a classroom.”