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Rome, Italy, campus
Enjoy a timeless academic experience in Italy’s “Eternal City.”
At the St. John's Rome campus, you benefit from the outstanding residential and academic resources of a world-class Catholic university within walking distance of central Rome and Vatican City.
Since St. John’s University opened its Rome, Italy campus in 1995, we have offered quality programs that embody the St. John’s tradition of excellence and service. As a result, the campus draws students from across the United States and around the world.
Our newly renovated facilities offer students the wonderful opportunity to experience Rome with many of the comforts of home. Facilities include:
- A fully wired computer lab with printers for your use
- Double and triple rooms
- High-speed wireless internet
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Beautiful courtyard and common spaces
- Full time bilingual residence life staff, including residence directors and assistants
- 24-hr security along with key card entry to the building
- Shared microwave and refrigerator on each floor for food preparation and storage
- Two kitchens stocked with pots and pans for student use
Our Rome campus is located at:
Via Marcantonio Colonna, 21A
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Historic Prati, a picturesque district rich in beautiful architecture, is a vibrant community just north of the Vatican in central Rome. Prati became one of Rome’s official neighborhoods in 1871, soon after the city was named the capital of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy. Now students can live as locals, gaining an understanding of cultural differences between Rome and the United States.
With Vatican City just a short walk away, the Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant’Angelo are all within your reach. At St. John’s Rome campus, you will truly live among the Romans.
For more information on the city of Rome, visit Lonely Planet.
Meet the St. John's Rome Team
Our experienced and friendly on-site staff is dedicated to doing everything they can to make your Global Studies experience as educational, comfortable and fun as it can be. Their backgrounds may be diverse, but their goals are uniform: working tirelessly for the good of the St. John's student body.
Massimiliano (Max) Tomassini
Assistant Vice President, St. John's Rome Campus
Massimiliano Tomassini is one of the longest tenured members of the St. John’s Global Studies team, having worked for the university in various capacities for over 18 years. Born and raised in Rome, he’s also lived in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Australia and Romania before returning to his home city to join the St. John’s Rome Campus staff in 1997. In his current role of Assistant Vice President of Europe Programs, Max is responsible for overseeing operations of all St. John’s programs in Europe, including the Rome and Paris campuses and other European locations.
In reflecting on what he enjoys most about working for St. John’s, Max focuses on the university’s Vincentian mission, which he keeps in mind daily as he carries out his duties. “My job gives me the opportunity to favorably impact students’ lives,” he explains. “Helping students move forward with their education, giving them the chance to experience new places and cultures, giving them an opportunity that they couldn’t otherwise afford, these are the ways that we can live out the Vincentian mission through Global Studies.”
Max especially enjoys welcoming newcomers to his hometown, a place that he says is epitomized in the warmth and friendliness of its people and the enjoyment of life. To first-time travelers, he recommends keeping an open mind and being ready to experience differences in culture at their best and their worst. “Avoid judging based on your own background,” he says. “Try to step away from your normal mindset. The best part about traveling is growing to understand how many different cultures there are out there, and just how different we all are!”
Dru Allyson Burtz
Director and Assistant Dean, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s Rome Campus
Dru Allyson Burtz, a dual US/Italian citizen, has over twenty years of professional experience in Rome, Italy, almost exclusively with higher education study programs. Since May 2008, she is the Director of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business MBA Program at St. John’s University Rome Campus and has focused her energies on the strategic vision of the program. Prior to this date she was the Associate Director of St. John’s University Undergraduate Rome Programs and the Discover the World Program. Her experience and expertise in higher education encompass the three domains of understanding the academics and needs of undergraduate and graduate students, recognizing the importance of curriculum expansion, development and growth and the need of financial viability for institutions of learning by raising visibility of program to attract local, national and international students.
Earlier experiences in the US included work in NYC at a public access television station, at the American Museum of the Moving Image and in Massachusetts, at Avid Technology. During this period she made video documentaries as well as other short films.
Dru received an MBA from St. John’s University, an MA from the New School for Social Research and a BA from Tufts University.
Margherita (Maggie) Panzera
Assistant Dean, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John’s Rome Campus
Maggie has been working for St. John’s University since 2007. She comes from a multi-national background, having been born in Montreal, Canada to Italian parents, and subsequently lived in Florida for ten years. Maggie received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami. She later completed the Master of Arts in Government and Politics at the St. John’s Rome campus. Prior to working for SJU, Maggie worked in various industries – including as a tour director in Europe, as an account manager in Canada and interned with the UN and U.S. State Department.
As Assistant Dean, Maggie manages the daily operations of the MA in Government and Politics program in Rome, and serves as the primary liaison with our Queens campus. Her responsibilities include curriculum advising, academic policies, registration, graduation, and overseeing new student orientations. She maintains relationships with Rome’s international community and Rome campus alumni to organize extracurricular lectures and events, and provide internship opportunities for her graduate students. Additionally, she provides support to local faculty, and works with the Global Development and Social Justice program. She also works closely with her Queens colleagues in enrollment management, recruitment, and assists interested applicants and newly accepted students.
Having been through the program herself, Maggie understands what her students go through from the moment they are accepted to when they walk across the stage at graduation. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on students’ lives, during this pivotal time in their academic careers. For many, this Master’s provides a major stepping stone into the working world. Through internships with UN agencies and international organizations in the city, many students start successful international careers while they are completing their graduate studies.
Assistant Director, St. John's Rome Campus
Elisa joined the Rome Campus team in January 2016. A native of Rome, Elisa has over ten years of experience in higher education and international study abroad programs. She has studied, lived, and worked abroad for several years.
In her current role as Assistant Director, Elisa is responsible for overseeing all residence life, student services, academics, and logistics for the undergraduate study abroad programs in Rome. She works closely with the Rome team and Faculty to create an academically and culturally integrated study abroad program with special attention to activities that relate to course material, experiential learning, and encouraging student engagement within the local community.
Elisa graduated cum laude in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’. She spent a year in Ireland as an Erasmus undergraduate student, which she considers a life-changing experience that deepened her appreciation and understanding of other cultures as well as her passion for travelling. In 2008, Elisa moved to Australia, where she lived for four years, earning a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Murdoch University, Western Australia, and worked with international students from different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.
Prior to joining the St. John’s team, Elisa worked for CEA Study Abroad and Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy Program.
Elisa is aware of the positive impact study abroad has on students’ perceptions of the world. She is enthusiastic about being a part of this crucial moment in their lives and careers and being able to contribute to students' personal growth. Elisa believes that becoming familiar with different cultures broadens students’ understanding of their place in the world and opens up new opportunities for them in the future. She loves participating in events and spending time with students.
To students visiting Rome, Elisa recommends to “absorb Italy” as much as possible, to go beyond the tourist experience and discover the ‘real’ Italian culture, and to view their surroundings through the eyes of a local. Students are encouraged to explore Rome — “Wander around the city center and surely you will discover a beautiful piazza or a fountain you had never seen before!”
Residence Director, St. John's Rome Campus
Carla Wiegers is the Residence Director of the St. John’s Rome Campus. Originally from Mendon, Massachusetts, Carla studied Theater, Italian studies and Art History at Fairfield University. After graduating, Carla spent 5 years working in the field of international education before joining the St. John’s Rome team in 2010. Her responsibilities include overseeing all of the Resident Assistants on the Rome campus and making sure that the campus life experience for all of our students in Rome is a good one.
Carla says that she loves the sense of community that she’s been able to develop with the resident students on the Rome campus, which she attributes to the frequent positive interactions that she has with them. “I’m able to see them relaxing and enjoying their time abroad,” she explains. “It really helps to boost my relationship with the students.” Carla also loves living in Rome, especially for its wealth of artistic attractions. “My appetite for performances and exhibitions is continually fueled by all the museums and theaters in Rome and throughout Italy,” she says. And as a trained opera singer, Carla’s been able to sing in professional productions throughout Tuscany and Rome.
To newcomers, Carla recommends the Pantheon and the catacombs near the famous Appian Way as must-see attractions. She also recommends that first-time travelers come prepared. “Get a guide book!” she suggests (Let’s Go is her personal preference), “And remember, you are a guest in someone else’s country. Be kind and courteous. At the same time, remember that you will stand-out as a tourist. Keep your wits about you.”
Coordinator of Student Life, St. John's Rome Campus
Cristina Cavalieri is the Coordinator for Student Life at St. John’s University Rome Campus. Cristina is bilingual and bi-cultural. She was born in the region of Piedmont, Italy and subsequently lived in the Chicago area from the age of nine to twenty. Cristina received her degree from Loyola University Chicago in International Studies, Italian Language and Literature, and a minor in Rome Studies. She has been working in American universities in Rome for over five years.
Her responsibilities as the Coordinator are to provide support to all students participating in the St. John's study abroad programs based in Rome and work to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of all students along with organizing and planning community building events. Cristina is fond of planning and supervising study trips in Italy and abroad. When asked to reflect upon what she enjoys most about working with students Cristina explains, “the best part of my job is to be able to see students grow and flourish during their time in Rome because of their experiences living in a rich culture full of architecture, art, culinary traditions, and much more.”
Cristina is passionate about facilitating deep immersion experiences for students through the organization of multiple programming initiatives. Through these immersion experiences, Cristina helps students learn about local practices and use their Italian language skills.
She loves giving advice and recommendations regarding what students must see, accomplish, and eat in Rome and Italy in general. When asked what her favorite thing in Rome is, Cristina replied, “there are so many things, but one of my personal favorites is turning a corner and finding yourself in front of some beautiful monument, or the Roseto Comunale (rose garden) that houses over eighty different types of roses.”
Coordinator of Academics & Program Development, St. John's Rome Campus
Shawn Slon joined the Rome Campus team in January 2013 as the Coordinator of Academics & Program Development. In this role Shawn is responsible for coordinating the short-term programs in Rome. He works closely with both the faculty and students to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to make the most of their time in Rome. Shawn comes to St. John’s University with seven years of experience, working in both the private and public sectors. He holds a B.A. from New York University in Metropolitan Studies and is a current M.B.A. candidate at St. John’s University. Shawn is passionate about education and values the importance of international study, having experienced it firsthand as an undergrad.
Shawn had a fantastic experience studying abroad at NYU in Florence. “My time in Florence was far and away my favorite semester of college,” he says. “I highly encourage all students to take advantage of at least one of the many international programs that St. John's University offers.” Shawn is dedicated to developing academic programs that fit within their disciplines and foster a mind-opening cultural experience. He is proud to say, “St. John's Global Studies is already ahead of the game, offering a variety of programs with relevant fieldwork, guided tours, service opportunities, and other activities built-in to complement class time.”
Must-sees in Rome according to Shawn: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel (of course!), Jewish Quarter (explore this ancient neighborhood and then try the carciofi alla giudia, deep-fried artichokes), Villa Doria Pamphili (for a beautiful bike ride, walk, or picnic in the park), and the Gianicolo (best views of the city). Shawn also recommends spending a relaxing night at one of the many agriturismi, farm-stay hotels/restaurants, just outside of the city. His favorite is called Iachelli, where everything you find on your plate comes from their land! Whether you go for just a meal or overnight, you are guaranteed to leave full and happy.
In 2011 Shawn moved to Rome, the hometown of his Italian wife whom he met while working in Philadelphia. Having grown up in New York City, Shawn understands where the students (and faculty) are coming from and is able to relate to them in a way that makes them feel at home. He believes this helps them adapt to and embrace the cultural differences. “Life's all about experiencing new things,” says Shawn. “It makes you a better and stronger person.”
Computer Lab Hours:
24 Hours, 7 days a week
6:00am - 2:00am, Daily
The Rome campus computer lab grants students full access to the Internet, as well as unrestricted access to St. John’s Intranet and all of its online resources—including email, storage space, applications, UIS, St. John’s Central, Blackboard, library databases, and more.
In addition to the computer lab, the Rome campus also offers unrestricted wireless network access to all students and faculty in both classroom and office spaces, as well as throughout the residential areas of campus.
If you need any information prior to your arrival regarding technology issues related to the Rome Campus, please contact Claudio Marinangeli via e-mail at [email protected]