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. Stand where Caesar orated, or strike a bargain at the flea market. Study the architecture or enjoy a gelato cone in Piazza Navona.
Rome Study Center
Founded in 1962, the Rome Center was originally located on the site of the Olympic Village for the 1960 Summer Games. Today, the center is situated in an affluent residential neighborhood on Monte Mario on the Via Massimi.
The Rome Center offers a range of liberal arts courses. Except for Italian, all classes are taught in English. Courses are typically offered in the following fields: Archaeology, Classical Civilization - Latin and Greek, Communications, Economics, English Literature, European & Italian History, Fine Arts/Art History, International Studies, Italian Film Studies, Italian Language & Literature, Italian Society and Culture, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion - Culture and Society, Rome Studies, and Theology.
While the academic program is central, intelligent travel is an important part of the Rome Center experience. Classes and vacations are scheduled to allow students to combine study and travel. Three-day weekends are the norm, with but two exceptions.
There are three extended vacation periods: fall semester break (October), the break between semesters (December-January), and spring semester break (March). Students must be prepared, however, to budget time carefully so travel has a purpose and class work does not suffer.
All students are housed in the comfortable residence area of the Rome Center. Traditional-style residence halls at the Rome Center offer double-room occupancy with community bathrooms. All rooms are fully furnished with a bed, closet, desk and desk chair for each student. Rooms also include a refrigerator, sink and ceiling fan.
All students are housed in the residence area of the building unless they have specific written permission from the Rome Center to live off-campus. This permission may only be granted to students who wish to live with immediate family in Rome. There is one exception to mandatory on-campus living: Rome Center residence halls cannot accommodate those students who will be accompanied by a spouse and/or children. Those students must procure their own housing and to arrange for the schooling of their children.
Italian Language Proficiency Requirement: As a part of the Rome Center academic experience, students must register for Italian 101, unless they have already completed an Italian language university-level course or can demonstrate proficiency in Italian. Successful completion of a basic Italian language course requires an earned grade of "C" or higher.
If you wish to continue your Italian studies, this is the right place for you!
Fall Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - April
For more detailed information regarding costs of program, inclusions, scholarships and financial aid information, please refer to the the Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarship Information link.
SLU students are eligible to apply for some of the Rome Center scholarships!