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University of Michigan: Gabii Project

Rome, Italy



This program is restricted to MU-degree seeking students and is not open to visiting students from other colleges or universities.

This five-week field practicum aims to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to advanced techniques and methodologies of field archaeology through direct, hands-on, experiential learning at the site of Gabii, Italy. The program imparts both practical skills and contextual training, stressing the full range of techniques that make up the modern archaeologists toolkit, including excavation strategies; data recording and digital modeling; artifact recovery, processing and analysis; and scientific application that include the collection of osteological and environmental data.

In addition to the instruction on site, the program provides an opportunity for you to contextualize your work, and the site of Gabii itself, within larger archaeological and historical frameworks through dedicated tours given at regular intervals by the site directors, off-site lectures, advanced seminars and visits to museums and archaeological sites of Rome. In order to furnish a capstone to your archaeological experience, you will undertake a final research project on a topic chosen in consultation with the excavation directors.

Aside from the digging sites, on two different Saturdays the program will visit the Roman Forum and the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. In addition to the great intrinsic interest of these sites, they provide further context for situating the city of Gabii within its wider Latin and Italian cultural milieu. You will study with Dr. Marcello Mogetta, a classical archaeologist from the University of Missouri Department of Art History and Archaeology. He specializes in the analysis of architecture and material culture of pre-Roman and Roman Italy, and serves as the managing director of the Gabii Project.

Visit the sponsor's program website for more information.


Program budget

Consult the affiliate program website for a current budget.

Students on most MU affiliated programs are billed for 13 MU credit hours for a semester (six for summer) according to the regular MU billing schedule. Regular MU tuition is paid directly to MU, and then is forwarded by the International Center to the affiliated program sponsor on the student's behalf. Non-Missouri resident students are assessed non-resident tuition fees, which are not forwarded to the affiliated program. Students pay any costs beyond the MU educational fees directly to the affiliated program sponsor. For more information, see the Affiliated Program Billing Worksheet. (Undergraduate participants on the CIMBA program should speak with their study abroad adviser regarding program billing.)

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline* Program Start Program End
Summer 2018 02/22/2018 06/17/2018 07/21/2018

* Note that the application and decision dates above are for MU requirements. Affiliated programs will have their own application deadlines.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

Affiliate requirements

All students studying abroad on an MU affiliated program must both apply directly to the program sponsor and complete all MU requirements (outlined below) for study abroad. Visit the affiliated program website for more information about their application requirements.

MU requirements

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student. Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete the MU requirements. There will be several documents that need to be completed, including:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials, such as the Course Proposal for Study Abroad PDF link.
    • Signature documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Application questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
  4. Participants in MU affiliated programs who plan to apply financial aid to the cost of their program must submit a completed Financial Planning Worksheet to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

We are not currently accepting applications for this program.