Rome, Italy

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Since 1970 hundreds of Saint Mary's College students have studied in the center of historic Rome and experienced another culture in this unique city. With its 3,000 years of layered history and its 2,000 years as the center of Catholicism, Rome provides an especially stiumlating educational environment. Facilitated by our partner in Rome, John Cabot University (JCU), a year, semester, or summer term (visit the summer program page) in Rome provides a life-changing experience that has a significant and lasting impact on students' intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth.


The program offers three enrollment options: semester, academic year, or summer. While in Rome all students take Italian language courses except those who have already completed a year of intermediate-level Italian. During the academic year most Saint Mary's students take an Italian language course plus 3-4 other courses, with most courses three credits. A wide variety of courses have been pre-approved to meet Sophia Program requirements. JCU offers major and minor programs with upper-level courses in many areas. Students should work with the program director and their academic advisor for approval to take these courses. Saint Mary's students may also apply for internships in Rome through JCU.


Saint Mary's students must have an overall GPA of 2.5/4.0 or better. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that interested students complete a year of college level introductory Italian or its equivalent. Eligibility is based on academic record, personal recommendations, and the assurance of readiness for living and studying overseas. Application should first be made to Saint Mary's College, with admission to the program finalized by John Cabot University. It is important that participating students be positive representatives of Saint Mary's College while abroad. Therefore, a successful candidate is expected to have an exemplary disciplinary record, emotional maturity, and an openness to new experiences and other cultures.


Classes are held on JCU's campuses in Trastevere. All Saint Mary's students live in University owned apartments with Italian and other international students. The units are fully furnished with a kitchen, 1-2 bathrooms, and a common area. RA's are on site plus 24/7 security. A 60-meal JCU cafeteria plan is included.

Travel and Orientation

Students provide their own round-trip transportation to Rome and must arrive on campus in time for the program orientation. Upon arrival, students immerse in the global culture at John Cabot University. They stroll along the cobblestone streets of Trastevere where they live, located within walking distance of the Pantheon, the Forum, Saint Peter's Basilica, the Tiber River, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain.

Expenses and Financial Aid

Students pay Saint Mary's College tuition, room and board, and fees for semester programs. For semester and full year programs, all financial aid, with the exception of campus employment and some tuition exchange programs, can be applied to the Rome-JCU program for Saint Mary's students. Most scholarships carry to the program, so students pay what they would pay if on campus during the same period. Expenses that are not covered include airfare to Rome, local tranportation costs, personal travel and entertainment, meals other than those provided by the JCU cafeteria plan, books and supplies, laundry, and personal expenditures.


Saint Mary's College provides mandatory health insurance to all students abroad through HTH Worldwide insurance company,  Students on any of Saint Mary's study abroad programs are automatically covered by this policy. The cost of this insurance is included in the study abroad fee for semester programs or the program fee for short-term program.

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Zachman
Associate Professor, Modern Languages
Faculty Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs
(574) 284-4173