Since 1970, when Saint Mary’s College opened a campus in the center of historic Rome, hundreds of students have studied and experienced another culture in this unique city, either for the academic year, or for one semester. With its 3,000 years of layered history and its 2,000 years as the center of Christendom, Rome provides an especially stimulating educational environment. A year or semester in Rome provides a life-changing experience that has a significant and lasting impact on students’ intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth.
The Rome program is headquartered at the family-owned and operated Albergo del Sole al Biscione, Rome, Italy. The hotel, where students live and take their main meal of the day, is located in the heart of old Rome, on the traditional route that runs from the Campidoglio and Saint Peter’s, and has been the home of the Rome Program since its founding.
Classrooms, faculty offices, a chapel, and a 12,000 volume library are located nearby situated in via di Torre Argentina within walking distance of the Pantheon, the Forum, Saint Peter’s, the Tiber River, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain.
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Program of Study
Designed primarily for sophomores, the Rome program meets the traditional requirements for course work in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. Juniors and seniors who can adapt the program to their own academic sequence may also participate. Core curriculum courses are taught in English and include Italian art history, classical archaeology, monument drawing, history of music, mythology, literature, history, international business, journalism, mythology, music appreciation, political science, philosophy, and religious studies. All students are required to take an Italian language course and are encouraged to take elective courses in Italian literature and the sociological and historical developments of modern Rome. Credits are earned through Saint Mary’s College.
The academic year is divided into two semesters: the first starts shortly after the middle of September and continues until a few days before Christmas; the second begins in the middle of January and continues until early May. During both semesters, students continue to experience Italian culture through a series of lectures and tours, including a five-day trip to southern Italy (Naples, Cuma, Pompei, Paestum, and Capri) in the fall, and a five-day tour to northern Italy (Ferrara, Ravenna, Mantua, Parma, and Bologna) in the spring.
All students are housed at the Albergo Del Sole Al Biscione.
Basic costs are kept to a minimum. The program fee covers tuition, room, the main meal five days a week, breakfast and a light lunch at a local café five days a week, the long weekend tours to southern Italy in the fall and to northern Italy in the spring, as well as one-day bus tours and museum entrance fees for on-site-class lectures. The program fee does not cover other travel, registration, passport fees, round-trip airfare, required health and accident insurance, books, personal expenditures, or weekend meals. In the past, some students have spent approximately $3,000 for travel and personal expenses.
Participants from Saint Mary’s College are eligible for financial assistance. The amount of financial aid received is determined by the usual methods and is applied for through the Office of Financial Aid on the home campus. Several positions are available on the Rome campus that offer 10 hours of paid service a week.
The Rome program is open to undergraduates from all accredited institutions. Eligibility is based on academic record, personal recommendations, and the assurance of readiness for living and studying overseas.
It is strongly recommended that interested students complete a year of college level introductory Italian or its equivalent. To be eligible for consideration, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on the 4.0 system.
Dr. Peter Checca
Assistant Professor of Italian and Counselor for the Rome program:
pchecca [at] saintmarys [dot] edu
Also visit the Rome program Web site for additional information.