Italian Exchange Program - Rome, Italy
In Rome, there is history at every turn. The center of the city lies where ancient Romans farmed; the bus downtown runs on the road that pilgrims walked. But Rome is also a modern city. In addition to the monuments, churches and archaeological sites, Rome nourishes a thriving cultural life. It is the seat of the Catholic Church and the Italian government. While you're there, attend performances of the Rome Opera, the Santa Cecilia concerts, folk and rock concerts, or get caught up in a Sunday soccer crowd. You may stand where Caesar orated, strike a bargain at the flea market, study the architecture or enjoy a gelato cone in Piazza Navona. Italian language students, this Italian Exchange program may be for you!
Deep in the heart of Rome lies a small university residence with a big reputation. Established in 1946 after WWII ended, the Villa Nazareth began as a project to help orphans achieve their potential; "So that young men, gifted but lacking the means, can discover and develop the talents received from God." When the founding father died, Cardinal Tardini, Pope John XXIII established the Villa Nazareth Foundation to honor his memory. Since then, the Villa Nazareth has become one of the most prestigious university residences in Italy with more than 250 students currently. Today the Campus is part of a foundation that is officially recognized by both the Vatican and the Italian Government. The campus is located a short bus ride from the Rome Metro line and downtown Rome is about 12 minutes by subway. Services and amenities include the computer laboratory, library, counseling center, gymnasium, soccer field, tennis court, chapel and international office support. All students residing at the Villa Nazareth campus take courses at one of the universities in Rome (Italian universities are non-residential per se, as they do not have campuses).
Students will be responsible for the cost of room and board paid to Villa Nazareth directly. Students will be placed in university housing which includes three meals per day.
Students will take courses with local Italian students in all subject areas taught in Italian. Students attend courses in Italian, art, theology, music and literature in a city rich in cultural institutions and opportunities.
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May
Students will pay the SLU semester tuition rate to Saint Louis University and housing will be paid by the student directly to Villa Nazareth. All SLU financial aid and academic tuition scholarships will apply (athletic scholarships do not apply). In addition, a mandatory $250 international insurance fee per semester will be added to the student's account.
To seek admission, which is not guaranteed, a student must meet the following requirement(s):
- 3.0 GPA
- Completed Italian 310 or by department consent
- Sophomore or Junior
- Not be on academic or disciplinary probation
Please submit the following completed documents together to Des Peres Hall 102. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.