Education and Arts

Study Arts Units Abroad

Rome Study Unit -

June 2017, ACU Arts students have the opportunity to study Arts units in Rome, Italy.


ACU students are able to study up to two 10 credit point undergraduate Arts units at the university's Rome study centre in Italy, over a two week period.

Upcoming Information Session

Students are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday 20 September, 2016 to find out more about this experience. Click here for further event information.

Arts Units on offer in Rome

Students will examine the history of European fascism from its intellectual roots in the nineteenth century to the killing fields of the Second World War. On the way, we will explore the ideological and social origins of fascism, rival and changing interpretations of fascism, key issues in relation to fascism in power, and the role of anti-Semitism in fascist theory and practice. The unit will also consider the relationship between interwar fascism and popular memory since 1945. We will use Italian Fascism as a case study in order to ‘drill down’ into the key issues and debates surrounding interwar fascism - and the streets and buildings of Rome will be our classroom.

As part of the unit we will visit the Fascist sports complex and parade grounds at the Foro Italico, the extraordinary Fascist suburb of EUR and new towns of Latina and Sabaudia, the Fascist-era headquarters of the Italian Airforce, Mussolini’s Rome residence, and Fosse Ardeatine, the site of a major Nazi massacre in the city in 1944.The unit may also involve a two days/one night visit to Predappio (the birthplace of Benito Mussolini) and the Fossoli concentration camp near Bologna.

This unit is an examination of the Roman town of Pompeii within the context of the Roman Empire of the first century. Areas of study include the eruption of Vesuvius which buried Pompeii in AD79, the town’s rebirth as an archaeological site, problems with the administration and conservation of such sites, and the political, social, cultural, economic and religious lives of the town’s first-century inhabitants. This examination will be built upon a further understanding of the geographical features which helped shape the area and which ultimately led to the destruction of Pompeii and neighbouring settlements like Herculaneum and Boscorale. Through this analysis and examination of the archaeological, geological, literary, artistic and epigraphic records, the lives of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum are reconstructed in an attempt to understand what it was like to live in a Roman provincial town in the first century AD.

This unit includes 6 days based in the Bay of Naples.

LocationUnitAnticipated program datesDuration of overseas program


European Fascism (HIST208)

11 - 24 June

2 weeks


Pompeii in context (HIST230)

11 - 24 June

2 weeks

Study Abroad Student Experience

Check out the video below of students who did a Rome study unit in 2015 and find out what they have to say about their experience.

(Alexander Petrocco who took this video has now completed his studies and is now teaching in the UK).

Important Dates

Application process and deadlines for Arts units in Rome, June 2017.

First round of applications

  • Friday 7 October - Applications close.
  • Monday 24 October - Letters of offer/acceptance forms sent out and reserve list students notified.
  • Monday 31 October - Deadline for return of acceptance forms.
  • Monday 7 November - Deadline for payment of non-refundable $500 deposit.
  • Friday 3 March (2017) - Deadline for payment of program fee balance.

Second round of applications

  • Monday 7 November - Applications close.
  • Wednesday 9 November - Letters of offer/acceptance forms sent out and reserve list students notified.
  • Monday 14 November - Deadline for return of acceptance forms.
  • Friday 18 November - Deadline for payment of non-refundable $500 deposit.
  • Friday 3 March (2017) - Deadline for payment of program fee balance.


Students will have to pay upfront the standard unit fee plus flights, accommodation, (most) meals and some transport/entry fees in Italy. (Students should be aware that prices will vary depending on the number of students traveling and prices are subject to international exchange rates and may fluctuate).

Is there financial support available?

  • Yes. Program participants are usually eligible to receive the ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant of up to AUD$500 to assist with the cost of their economy airfare. (Please note:students can only apply for one Vice-Chancellor's grant throughout their course).
  • Eligible students may also apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to AUD$6,470 to support the cost of travel and incidentals.

Click here for more information about financial support.

How do I apply?

To register your interest for Arts units, HIST208 and HIST230 or for further information, email (Please remember to say which unit you are interested in and include your student number). The closing date for the second round of applications is the 7th of November 2016. More details about the application and selection process will be provided at the information session.


To be eligible for consideration for either unit, students must have passed one History unit at 100-level. Students who have already passed HIST208 or HIST230 cannot take these units in intensive mode in Rome.