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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Imagining Rome: Art Studio and Creative Writing Workshops in Italy

May 26-June 22, 2019

Travel, passports, and visas

The full group of students will check in to the program in Palazzo Santacroce in Rome on the morning of Monday, May 27, 2019, and therefore must arrive at the Fiumicino/Da Vinci Airport (FCO) no later than 9:15 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019.

The departure date from North America is Sunday, May 26, 2019, for arrival in Rome on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Students may book one of two designated flights or may choose a different flight or airline, as long as they arrive in Rome no later than 9:15 a.m. on Monday, May 27. (If you have not received a hard copy of the flight information and alternative choices, please e-mail Professor Vaughn at

Students arriving on one of the designated flights will be met at the airport and escorted into the city to Palazzo Santacroce. Students arriving on different flights also will be met, provided that their flights arrive prior to 9:15 a.m. Students who arrive a day or more earlier or who arrive later must make their own arrangements to travel into the city, normally by taking a taxi, which will cost 48 euros (and must be paid in cash).

You will receive keys to your apartment during the required check-in appointment at the Cornell teaching facility in Palazzo Santacroce and then be escorted to your residence.

Information about the two designated flights will be e-mailed to enrolling students on request. Please let us know if you need a copy.

Students who wish to arrive a day or two earlier than Monday, May 27, may do so but must make their own land transportation and lodging arrangements and must meet the group for check-in at the Cornell teaching facility on the morning of Monday, May 27. Contact one of the professors as early as possible for lodging suggestions in Rome, as hostels and inexpensive hotels fill up months ahead of arrival dates.

Travel insurance: We strongly advise you to purchase travel cancellation insurance in case the program is cancelled or you find you are unable to attend.


Students should ensure that their passports are good through September 2019. Cornell students who are American citizens may apply for passports at the Tompkins County Courthouse at 320 North Tioga Street in Ithaca. For more information, visit the passport website.

Students should make a PDF of their passport suitable for uploading. Once students register for the program, they will be asked to forward scans of their passports to the program office.

If you are applying for financial aid, you may include the cost of your passport in your itemized expenses when making application for funds.

Students who will be doing Cornell Abroad in the UK, Ireland, or Europe, should apply for a Schengen visa that extends through the time of the Rome program. You should make your Rome deposits before leaving for your Cornell Abroad program in Spring 2019.


Please identify your citizenship when you contact the professors. American students do not need visas for the Imagining Rome program, but international students may. Please identify your citizenship when you contact the professors.

If you are an international student applying for a visa, and you also are a financial aid student, you may include the cost of acquiring a visa in your aid application.

Students who may be required to apply for visas will have to make a trip to the Italian Consulate in New York City. The costs of the trip may be included in financial aid applications.