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Discover Italy: Rome
Spend your Semester in the "Eternal City."
Imagine studying in Rome, the world’s millennia-old “Eternal City.” In the course of a day, your professor may lead a morning field trip to study the remnants of Ancient Rome—sites like Palatine Hill and the Coliseum—then you may discover the sites of Renaissance Rome, such as the breathtaking Trevi Fountain, as you walk to an internship at an Italian non-governmental organization. Learn more below!
- Popular Core Courses…with an Experiential, European Twist!
Academics are the center of all SJU study abroad options. And our courses in Rome will take you on academic adventures you never thought possible. Imagine spending your mornings in “Elementary Italian,” building the foundation to your Italian language proficiency, while your mid-afternoons are spent traversing Rome with your “Italian Sketchbook” class, using the city’s architecture, landscapes, and people as subjects for your own works of art. Or perhaps business is more your speed. There are few better places to take “Principles of International Business” than one of Europe’s leading capital cities. Best of all, you can put any skills you acquire to immediate use, practicing Italian with locals as you interact with the city in search of your artistic inspiration—or your next business idea.
Please note: Course listings can be found within the “Course Information and Academic Calendar” section further down the page.
- The Vincentian Difference
Providing a helping hand to those in need is inspiring and humbling work. Through our Academic Service-Learning offerings, you’ll serve at schools, soup kitchens, and other locations throughout Rome. You’ll not only gain unique insight into a portion of the Eternal City that is rarely spotlighted, but you’ll also fulfill course-based experiential education requirements. Now that’s truly a Vincentian education.
- Vibrant Excursions through Rome
It’s one thing to see the Coliseum in person, it’s something totally different when you have an expert guiding you through one of the ancient world’s most venerable cathedrals of sport. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in our St. John’s faculty and Global Studies staff who will lead you on excursions to Rome’s architectural wonders, social hubs, and fulcrums of art – the prominent and less-visited alike. Each and every excursion will be like reading a chapter on Rome’s layered history.
- Intercultural Competency
Study abroad is about understanding culture—not just that of your host city, but also coming to see your own “culture(s)” more clearly through comparison with your home. By making Rome your base for an entire semester, you’ll be able to pick up on the cultural intricacies of the city that are impossible to comprehend through textbook alone. Each time you take a stroll down Via Della Scala to order “una coppa” of gelato, you’ll gain so much more than the taste of heaven in your mouth—you’ll learn to understand various social cues. Like whether to greet the shop owner with a formal buongiorno or a more informal ciao. You’ll learn to become a member of the city’s community rather than just another tourist.
- Discovering Italy
Just as there’s more to the U.S. than New York City, there’s so much more to Italy than Rome. You’ll have the opportunity to find out firsthand with the help of our semester Excursions Program, which will give you an up-close-and-personal look at the cultural, historic, artistic, geographic, and culinary diversity found outside Italy’s capital city. With visits to places such as Campania and Naples, you’ll gain real insight into the assortment of communities throughout Italy.
Please note: Details regarding excursions that are currently running can be found within the “Semester Excursions” drop down section.
Because we want as many students to study abroad as possible, independent of major, many study abroad classes come from the SJU core curriculum (e.g., we offer courses from the Theology, Philosophy, and Art & Design departments).
- You can view a complete list of course offerings here
- You can view the Discover Italy: Rome Academic Calendar here
- Learn more about our academic philosophy here
- Contemplating a study abroad semester? We encourage you to meet with your Academic Advisor roughly one year before departure to create an academic “plan of action,” holding the classes you’ll need to make the most of your time away.
- You’ll need to maintain full-time status while you’re abroad. That means you’ll need to be registered for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. You’ll also need to be enrolled in at least three in-person classes to ensure you make the most of your new home city!
You have the option of applying for an unpaid internship for class credit during your time in Rome. An internship abroad will help improve your language proficiency, provide you with the rare opportunity of being immersed within a foreign, professional setting, all while increasing your intercultural competency. Best of all, it will serve as a distinctive notch on your résumé—one that signals to employers your ability to work in an increasingly globalized world.
For detailed information regarding Rome internships, click here.
You will be housed on the St. John’s Rome Campus, located in the historic Prati District in Central Rome, mere minutes away from the Vatican. Take a look at this map to see just how close the Rome Campus is to the city’s major landmarks.
The Rome Campus also boasts similar amenities as the residence halls on our New York campuses and is staffed by a friendly, bi-lingual staff whose bios you can find on our Rome Campuses page.
- For detailed information about the Rome Campus, click here.
- For information regarding the Rome Campus meal program, click here.
- You will also have the option of applying for a homestay, which gives you the opportunity to live with an Italian family rather than stay on the Rome Campus. Information regarding homestays can be found within the “Homestay Program” drop down menu.
The Semester Excursion Program gives you the chance to travel outside the borders of your host city and explore the cultural diversity of both Italy as a whole and the vast Mediterranean region. And by doing so, you’ll increase your intercultural competency, as you’ll be able to critically analyze the cultural intricacies of Rome compared to the cities you visit. For detailed information on each excursion, click here.
Campania – Fall Semester
Tuscany – Spring Semester
Sicily – Fall and Spring
If you’re interested in a deeper immersion experience, we’ve got you covered! Our Homestay Program gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with a host family in Rome. It will serve as a cultural and academic journey into everyday Roman life that SJU study abroad students don’t often encounter. Just imagine what you’ll learn by experiencing, first hand, morning routines, evening meals, and basic familial interactions.
Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Program Fee: $8,290 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodations, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,290 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York Campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research of your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
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