Study Travel Program


The UMBC Ancient Studies Department will conduct its annual study tour in Rome and Italy March 13-22, 2020. The price of $3,000.00 (based on a group of 25) includes all air and land travel, twin-share accommodation for 8 nights, 8 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, and entrance to all archaeological sites and museums on the itinerary. Single rooms are available at an additional cost of $450.00. ANCS majors and minors, UMBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are welcome on the tour. The trip can be taken as a 3-credit course in the Winter 2020 term (ANCS 301; winter semester tuition applies). Scholarships are available to Ancient Studies majors taking the course for credit. Places are limited, so reserve yours today! An initial deposit of $700.00 is due October 24, 2019. Applications must be made through the IES Portal at UMBC. The ANCS Department will pay all fees associated with this application. The full balance is due no later than December 13, 2019.

The tour begins with four nights in Rome and visits to Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, the Vatican (and Sistine Chapel), the Ara Pacis, and several other important sites (see link below for full itinerary). Then we travel by coach to Sorrento on the famed Amalfi Coast, stopping on the way at Tiberius’s villa at Sperlonga and at Paestum to view the remarkably intact temples of Hera and Athena before touring the small but excellent museum there. From Sorrento, we will visit two cities buried under and preserved by the ash of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum. On the way back to Rome, we will tour the extraordinary National Archaeological Museum of Naples and as well as the Greek settlement and home of the Sibyl, Cuma. Our final day in Rome will include visits to the Forum, Trajan’s Column and Market, and the Colosseum.

Dr. Melissa Bailey Kutner ( and Dr. Molly Jones-Lewis ( will be leading the tour this year.

Applications for the trip will be made online through International Educational Services (IES). Found here. Instructions for applicants who do not have current UMBC credentials can be found by clicking here.


Rome/Southern Italy Itinerary 2020

Scholarship Application