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English, Art History, Italian Language in Rome, Italy

Rome Spring 2022 Program

  • For millennia, Rome, "the Eternal City," has been a destination for people wanting to expand their capacity to learn, laugh, and live. In the spring of 2022, a select group of students will make Rome their home, as they read and write about the Italian capital, learn the Italian language, and immerse themselves in Italian art and architecture. The program is academic in nature, but there will be no shortage of opportunities to live "la bella vita"--the good life.

  • Depart the U.S. Monday, January 31, 2022
    Arrive in Rome on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    Mid-Term Break: March 19 - March 27, 2022
    National holiday: Accent Global Learning office closed
    April 18 (Easter Monday) 
    April 25 (Liberation Day)
    May 1 (Labor Day)

    Depart Rome on Sunday, May 1, 2022

  • David Starkey is Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College, where he directs the creative writing program. He is co-editor and publisher of Gunpowder Press, a local literary press, and he served as the 2009-2011 Santa Barbara Poet Laureate. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, and his textbook for Bedford/St. Martin’s, Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, is in its third edition. Professor Starkey has traveled extensively and led two previous Study Abroad programs to Rome, in 2011 and 2015.

    You can contact Professor Starkey at

    David Starkey

  • As part of the academic program, students will participate in many excursions, including: (These excursions are tentative and subject to change)

    • Walking tours in Rome
    • Three-day, two-night excursion to Florence/Venice, or similar, including train transport, half-day guides, and guided tours of the Uffizi (including reservation), the Florence Duomo, and the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.
    • Three-day, two-night excursion to Sorrento/Pompeii/Capri, or similar, including coach and ferry transport, two half-day guides, and entries.

    In addition, to acquaint program participants with the cultural aspects of life in Rome, a series of optional free or inexpensive activities is planned, which varies but often includes lectures on local customs and contemporary issues, sports events, and walking tours.

  •  You do not have to be currently enrolled at SBCC to apply for the program. However, you must meet the following requirements:
    • Must be in good academic standing to participate in the program
    • Must be at least 18 years old on the day of departure
    • Must have successfully completed at least 12 college level units
    • Must have ENG110 or equivalent prior to registering for program courses. (Please follow these steps for Transcript Evaluation if you are not a SBCC student)
    • Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
    • There is no major or language requirement for this program

    After acceptance to the program and official program go announcement:
    - Must enroll at SBCC for the spring 2022 semester in order to participate in the program
    - Must purchase international health insurance
    - Trip cancelation insurance is strongly encouraged. Please follow this link for more information or get a quote from InsureMyTrip HERE. Be sure to click "view details" and check "Cancel For Any Reason" to get the correct coverage.
    - Enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) of the U.S. Department of State is required by Accent Global Learning prior to leaving on the program.  
    - Participants must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination to participate in this program.
    The Green Pass or equivalent (CDC White Card) is necessary to enter the Accent Study Center. Participants’ proof of vaccination (their CDC Card) must indicate the last dose within the previous 9 months, so if you received your second dose (or single dose) pr booster before November 1, 2021, you will need to have a booster prior to departure.

    Acceptance and participation in the program is not guaranteed until you have completed the interview with the program director and all required documents are received by the Study Abroad office.

  • The courses that are offered as part of the program are usually transferable to the University of California and California State University. Check with your academic advisor for possible exceptions.  You must enroll in a minimum of 14 units throughout the whole program. Please note the ENG110 Requirement.

    Classes offered on this program are:

    ENG 240 Contemporary Fiction (3 Units)
    Prerequisites: ENG 110 or 110H.
    Course Advisories: ENG 111 or 111H.
    Reading of representative works of 21st century and late 20th century fiction. In-depth exploration of representative fiction with such themes as alienation, spiritual search, identity quests, etc.
    SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area C
    Transfer Information: CSUGE Area C2, IGETC Area 3B, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

    English 271 NF Creative Writing: Non-fiction - (3 Units)
    Prerequisites: ENG 110 or ENG 110H.
    Course Advisories: ENG 111 or ENG 111H.
    Advanced study and practice of creative writing in non-fiction genres.
    Transfer Information: CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

    ART 104 History of Art, Renaissance to Modern (3 Units)
    Survey of art from 1300 to the end of the 20th century (the Renaissance to Post-Modernism), and an examination of its cultural and conceptual context.
    SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area C
    Transfer Information: CSUGE Area C1, IGETC Area 3A, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable
    UC Transfer Limit: 104 and 104H combined: Maximum credit, one course.
    C-ID: ARTH 120.

    ITAL 101 Beginning Italian I (5 Units)
    Focuses on the essentials of spoken and written Italian for the beginner, and provides an introduction to the culture of Italian speakers.
    SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area C
    Transfer Information: CSUGE Area C2, IGETC Area 6A, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

    ITAL 102 Beginning Italian II (5 Units)
    Prerequisites: ITAL 101 or two years of high school Italian or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
    Focuses on the essentials of spoken and written Italian for the beginner, and provides an introduction to the culture of Italian speakers.
    SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area C
    Transfer Information: CSUGE Area C2, IGETC Area 3B, IGETC Area 6A, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

  •  $8,450

    * based on 20-24 students
    ** does not include flight, tuition, books
    *** includes $250 application fee

    Below information is tentative and is subject to change until the program is finalized.

    Program Fee Includes:

    - STEP (Smart Traveller Enrollment Program) Registration
    - All required fieldtrips and excursions (see 'Program Highlights")
    - Rome Transit Pass (bus and metro)
    - Accommodations in double/triple occupancy rooms in shared student apartments (please see more under "Housing")
    - Pre-departure orientations by SBCC (on-campus) and Accent Global Learning (online)
    - Rome orientation guide and practical walking tour of the areas around the Accent Global Learning Rome Study Center and the history city center
    - Access to Accent Global Learning Rome Study Center including computer lab lon weekdays during open hours
    - 24/7 Counseling hotline

    Program Fee Does Not Include:

    - Round-trip airfare (an optional group flight is available through Accent Global Learning) see "Travel"
    - Passport or visa fees (NOTE: starting 2021 US citizens might need a visa/ Travel Authorization ETIAS)
    - Meals other than those listed
    - SBCC tuition, fees, books (non-residents are required to pay out-of-state or out-of-country fees)
    - Personal expenses
    - Required medical insurance
    - Additional fieldtrips and excursions to those listed
    - Print cards for computer lab
    - Access to sports facilities as part of the Imperial College Student Union membership 
    - Travel, commercial trip cancellation or personal property Insurance
    - Any charges relating to damages, losses or expenses incurred at the housing accommodations
    - Transportation to and from LAX are not included
    - Ground transfer from and to the airport in Rome is only included in the group flight

  • $250 application fee due with application by October 1, 2021
    $4,100 Second payment due by October 29, 2021
    $4,100 Final payment due by Nobember 23, 2021

    All payments are being made to Accent Global Learning. Payment amounts may vary if you choose the Travel Package or Deferred Payment Plan.. All payments, including any supplements, will be paid directly to Accent Global Learning by each participant.

  •  Air Transportation. SBCC has contracted with Accent Global Learning to provide travel and housing arrangements for the Rome Semester Program.

    Once the program has reached its 20 student minimum, Accent Global Learning with Frosch Student Travel will organize an optional round-trip group flight from LAX to Rome on a regularly scheduled airline.

    Airfare is not included in the program price.

    The group flight must have a minimum of 10 participants. Space on the group flight cannot be guaranteed after flight payment deadline of October 22, 2021.

    Estimated cost of group flight:  $1139

    You may make your own travel arrangements if you do not wish to travel with the group.  You are strongly encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation insurance.

    • Accent Global Learning representative(s) will meet the participants of the group flight at the appropriate airport in Rome
    • For the group arrival transfer, Accent Global Learning will arrange a coach bus or taxi transfer from the Rome airport to the designated arrival point in Rome.
    • Participants missing the designated group arrival transfer are responsible for checking in at the designated arrival point and time on the scheduled date of arrival and are responsible for all transfer arrangements and costs.
    • Detailed arrival information will be provided to all participants approximately two weeks prior to arrival.
    • Participants who are unable to check in at the designated arrival point and time may be required to make and pay for their own accommodations for the first night.
    • On the group departure date, Accent Global Learning will arrange a group transfer (via coach bus and/or taxi) from the designated departure point in Rome to the Rome airport.
    • Transportation to and from LAX are not included
    • Accent Global Learning Rome will provide a Rome transit pass to each participant, valid on bus and metro for the Rome portion of the program.

    Other Transportation:

    - Transportation is included to and from all mandatory excursions
    - Accent Global Learning will provide students with a Rome transit pass for the duration of the program (bus and metro)

  •  - Double/triple occupancy rooms in shared student apartments in the Residence in Trastevere, or similar shared student apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, and general living area (Click HERE for more info. Detailed housing information will be provided upon arrival in Rome)
    - Pets are not allowed in program housing
    - Exact housing placements will be given to participants upson arrival
    - Roommates can be requested per Accent Global Learning Portal Housing Questionnaire

    Single Room Supplement: $100
    A single room can be requested upon acceptance into the program. Due to very limited availability of single rooms, request this directly from Accent Global Learning immediately after the acceptance letter is received.

    Weekly cost for temporary quarantine housing: $435.
    Nightly cost for temporary quarantine housing in Florence/Venice: $150
    Nightly cost for temporary quarantine housing in sorrento/Pomeii/ Capri: $165
    The cost for quarantine housing is the responsibility of the student.

    The program cost does not include a per student security deposit. Students are responsible for payment of any charges related to damages, losses, and/or expenses tht are incurred by the students in the program. These charges will be invoiced to the student within 12 weeks of the endof the program and are payable immediately upon receipt of invoice. The invoice will be accompanied by an itemized list of damages, losses, and/or expenses attributed to each student.

    Due to the ongoing pandemic and potential changes, this information is subject to change. 

  • This program is now closed for submissions.

    Application Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021.

    Download and complete required documents BEFORE starting your online application:
    - Student Conduct Release Form
    - Recommendation Form 1
    - Recommendation Form 2

    Please make sure you read all the instructions on how to apply before starting your application as you will not be able to save and continue the form. You will need to complete your required documents prior to starting the application. 
    After review of your application, the program director, Professor Starkey will be scheduled. As long as SBCC staff is working remotely or if you live outside of the Santa Barbara area,  interviews will be held by phone, Zoom or Skype.
    Once you have officially been ccepted to the program, the application will be forwarded to Accent Global Learning who will get in touch with you for the payment of the application fee. The non-refundable $250 application fee will have to be payed within 24hrs of Accent Global Learning contacting you. Your spot on the program is not confirmed until the payment is made. We advise you to make sure you have the amount of the application fee set aside at the time you are applying for, or get accepted into the program.

    Please review the cancelation policy below and on the Accent Global Learning website.
    Subsequent payments must be made directly to Accent Global Learning. Failure to make any payment when due will automatically cancel you from the program one week after the payment due date. All payments are effective the day they are received by Accent Global Learning.

    For questions about the application or the application process please contact the Study abroad office.

  • Any individual cancellation must be made in writing to Accent Global Learning and is effective the date of the receipt by Accent Global Learning. In addition, student must e-mail the SBCC Study Abroad office at

    Cancellation Fees:

    71 days or more prior to start of program: $250
    50-70 days prior to start of program: $750
    30-49 days prior to start of program: $2,500
    15-29 days prior to start of program: $3,500
    0-14 days prior to start of progra: No refund

    Should the program be cancelled by SBCC after the program start date, no refund amount can be guaranteed, although Accent Global Learning will make reasonable efforts to seek refunds from third parties for costs not yet incurred. Accent Global Learning will assist students with organizing return tickets home. Any additional charges for transportation or housing will be at the student's expense.

    Please refer to Accent Global Learning's cancellation policies for any changes or updates, which may be made, without prior notification, at any time.


    Given the ever-evolving nature of COVID-19 circumstances and our aim to ensure that all program participants have a unique, unforgettable, immersive, and safe time abroad, SBCC requires that all program participants (students, faculty leaders, spouses alike) be fully vaccinated prior to their departure to Italy. The Green Pass or equivalent (CDC White Card) is necessary to enter the Accent Study Center. Participants’ proof of vaccination (their CDC Card) must indicate the last dose within the previous 9 months, so if you received your second dose (or single dose) or booster doese before August 1, 2021, you will need to have a booster prior to departure. Furthermore, as proof of vaccination may be required for entry into Italy as well as establishments, institutions and transportation in Italy, Accent Global Learning, our service provider, and SBCC are not responsible for participants’ inability to gain entry to Italy or participate in required program activities, lectures, visits or excursions due to lack of proof of vaccination.

    In addition, if you are planning on traveling outside of Italy, please keep in mind that the majority of European citizens are now fully vaccinated, and local regulations provide the freedom to explore, learn, travel, and partake in the unique cultural experiences we have offered for many years. In most cases, however, these freedoms apply solely to fully-vaccinated individuals (or those who have recently recovered from COVID-19). Non-vaccinated individuals must present a negative test (sometimes a PCR test) for all activities in some countries. In most cases, these official tests are only valid for 24 hours, time consuming, and are at the individual’s expense.

    Some countries have stricter regulations, declaring that only vaccinated or recovered people can participate in indoor activities (for example, restaurant and museums visits), and a negative test will not be sufficient for entry.

    All program participants deserve a transformational academic experience abroad and should be permitted equal access to all elements of their international program.

    Service Provider: For over 30 years Accent Global Learning has been a behind-the-scenes force working with colleges, universities, and university systems to achieve the missions more effectively and economically through the thoughtful, strategic use of global education. With pedagogical expertise, deep local networks, and unparalleled customization and care, Accent Global Learning extends each institution’s ability to deliver meaningful global learning opportunities
    and outcomes.

    Please find CDC Guidelines for Italy HERE.

    Accent Global Learning
    2560 Ninth St, Suite 315A
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    341 333 0544

    Follow SBCC Study Abroad on Instagram for meeting announcements, information and photos from past programs and more @studyabroadsbcc

    Program Orientation: A mandatory pre-departure meeting will be conducted at SBCC or online in December 2021, introducing the academic course work, addressing general aspects of study abroad and cross-cultural learning and providing practical information regarding preparation and travel. Please check with the Study Abroad Office for the exact date before you make your travel arrangements.

    An on-site orientation in Rome held by Accent Global Learning staff on the day after arrival covers practical matters as well as aspects of cross-cultural living and learning, giving program participants the tools they need to make the most of their time in Rome.

    Sponsoring Institution:
    Santa Barbara City College
    Study Abroad Office
    Nicole Walther
    International Education Center, Room 1
    721 Cliff Drive
    Santa Barbara, CA 93109
    Phone: (805) 730-4294

    Interesting websites to prepare for your trip:

    The Ultimate Travel Guide to Rome
    Rail Europe Rome Information
    Enjoy Rome
    How to use public transportation in Rome
    Off The Beaten Path Things To Do in Rome
    Top 10 Alternative Sights in Rome
    Discover Italia
    Where to eat and how to find the best food in Rome
    Guide to movie theatres in Rome with English language films
    Italian Culture
    Italian Literature
    Travel Advisories
    Travelers Health CDC
    International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
    ravel Insurance Quotes
    International Student Insurance
    IG Travel Guard
    Geo Blue Travel Medical & International Health Insurance

  • Information meetings are scheduled via Zoom. Please contact the Study Abroad office at (805) 730-4294 or with questions or to confirm the meetings. 

    Parents and friends are welcome to join. 

    Contact program director David Starkey with questions

     Information meetings via ZOOM.

    WHEN: Sep 9, 2021 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Meeting ID: 980 5186 5064
    Passcode: 606008

    When: Sep 14, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    When: Sep 15, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    When: Sep 27, 2021 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    When: Oct 4, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Any information on this site is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as contractual.  Information is subject to change without prior notice.

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