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  • Locations: Vacone, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative program dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Gary Farney
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • The Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy, in operation since 2012, is an experiential program that endeavors to teach undergraduate and graduate students methods in field-based archaeology, including excavation techniques, site management, and field surveying techniques
  • Participate in the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project, an archaeological dig site focused on the excavation and preservation of Republican-era Roman villas
  • In addition to hands-on field work, students will also lectures and assignments overseen by Rutgers faculty and graduate assistants from a wide array of departments on both the Newark and New Brunswick campuses.
Your Host City: Vacone (Sabina Region, Lazio)
Vacone is a small medieval town (founded in the tenth century CE) located in the Sabina region of Italy.  Only a 40 minute train ride from Rome, the town is rarely visited by tourists; however, those who do make the trip are often stunned by its natural beauty and simple charm. The surrounding is comprised of rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves.

Faculty Director Profile:
Gary Farney

Dr. Farney is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, specializing in Roman history and archaeology. His research focuses on the  political and material culture of the Roman Republic, as well as ancient Italic ethnic identity. He has operated several other study abroad programs for Rutgers and other universities.

To view the program’s 2018 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The program is designed to introduce students to a variety of conservation and preservation techniques while helping to significantly advance Rutgers faculty research for the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project. Our team’s ultimate aim is to assess archaeologically a select cluster of Roman villa sites in the Upper Sabina Tiberina area of Italy, focusing on the Republican and early Imperial period (third century BCE to third century CE) in order to investigate regional patterns of rural habitation and agricultural exploitation. The villa sites are situated in an area defined by the Tiber on the east, mountains separating the region from Umbria to the north and the Reatine valley to the East, and the edge of the Farfa river valley to the south (ca. 250 sq. miles).

The project seeks to substantiate archaeologically the point at which the historical characterization of the Sabina in the late Republic and early Empire is perceptible, providing evidence of agricultural intensification and subsequent economic development. To this end, we are excavating one villa site in the area (Vacone), while conducting geophysical surveys at other known villa locations. We also have seminars for students on digital recording (GIS, Photogrammetry, Digital Mapping) and osteology.

Undergraduate students receive 6 Rutgers credits upon completion of the program (see our website, or contact Prof. Farney at for what you can apply these credits toward). Internships on specific aspects of the program for 3 credits are possible and students interested in something like this should contact Prof. Farney (

For more information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

In their free time, students can hike in the forested hills around the agriturismo Le Colline, and visit the small village of Vacone.  Students will have the opportunity to travel to Rome or beyond on the weekends. On Friday afternoon, students will be bused to a nearby train station (Poggio Mirteto) for a direct train into Rome (40 minutes); likewise, this bus will pick up returning students on Sunday afternoon and take them back to the agriturismo.

Accommodations and Meals
Participants will live in an agriturismo (a hotel and restaurant on an active farm),  called Le Colline, located very close to the Vacone villa site. Le Colline has rooms of two to four people, each with a separate bathroom.  The agriturismo has internet access and will provide us with a means to do laundry. 

.All meals will be provided at the agriturismo for staff and students from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch as part of the program costs. Students will have to pay for their own meals at other times (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), from the agriturismo or elsewhere. For the weekends, students are encouraged to go to Rome or elsewhere in Italy, and transportation to a local train station for this purpose is provided by the program as part of the costs. 

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.

The Field School website has more suggestions for scholarships on it as well: