Discover Italy: Rome

Spend your Semester in the "Eternal City"

Imagine yourself studying in Rome, the “Eternal City.” In the course of a day, you may encounter remnants of Ancient Rome, like Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, before discovering sites of Renaissance Rome, like the breathtaking Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps. In what other city could you have an audience with the current pope in the morning and visit St. Peter's tomb in the afternoon? Unlike the millions of tourists that visit this historic city each year, students participating in the semester program in Rome have enough time to fully immerse themselves in the city's rich culture.

Spend a full semester or even a year at St. John’s University’s campus in Rome, Italy — a premier academic institution in the heart of the Eternal City. Located just a short walk away from the Vatican, our Rome Campus offers convenient access to the city's countless historical sites. While there, you’ll conduct an in-depth exploration of Italian history, language and culture, using the distinctive academic resources of this remarkable city.

You'll also have the opportunity to explore the range of cultural and geographic diversity of Italy found outside of Rome through our semester excursion programs. The excursions, which are fully included in your program fee, will allow you to explore the cities of Florence, Siena and Pompeii, gaining a fuller perspective on Italian society and culture while also connecting your experience to your academic coursework.

With Rome as your classroom, you can practice for Italian classes while chatting with locals in the markets, cafes and churches; explore the masterpieces of Bernini in the Piazza Navona; and marvel at baroque architecture and frescos of St. Peter’s while attending Sunday Mass.


While abroad, students must maintain full-time status by being registered for a minimum of 12-credits and a maximum of 18-credits.  Additionally, students must have at least three in-person classes.

Great! So What Does It Cost?

Many students are eligible for increased aid when they study abroad, so a semester abroad may be more affordable than you think!

Program Fee, Spring 2015: $8,290* (tuition and airfare to and from Europe not included)
*Many students are eligible for increased aid when they study abroad, so it may be much more affordable than you think!

  • Visit our Financial Aid page for information on merit- and need-based scholarships, work opportunities, budgeting, and more. 
  • Check out the Meal Plans

*Great News! In an effort to make study abroad accessible to as many students as possible, St. John’s is now offering additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad. To find out how much your personalized Study Abroad Grant would be, and get a better understanding of the financial comparison between studying abroad and studying on a New York campus, see the Global Studies Financial Aid letter that was sent to the homes of all freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

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More information on the "Eternal City" can be found on the Lonely Planet website. 

Discover Italy: Rome Excursion Photo Gallery