Rome, Italy

Application Information!

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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. Current Saint Mary's College students may find Sophia Program information HERE. 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.

*While SMC believes that engaging in language immersion and learning while in Rome greatly enhances the student experience, if a student has received a language waiver through the Division of Academic Affairs the language course will be waived for the Italian program.


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 the standard Saint Mary's College tuition rate and a study abroad fee. Room and board rates will be slightly higher than if studying on the SMC campus, each program has a standard accommodation package. 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. All students who plan to study abroad are required to pay a non-refundable deposit.

Most Saint Mary's College scholarships and financial aid can be applied to the semester or year in Rome but not to the summer program. There are a few financial aid awards from Saint Mary's College that cannot be used while studying abroad, please check with the Office of Financial Aid about your specific aid eligibility.

To learn more about this program and associated costs, click the Application Information button and navigate to the program specific budget sheet.


Saint Mary's College provides international health insurance to all students abroad through GeoBlue insurance company. Students on any Saint Mary's study abroad program are automatically enrolled and the fee is included in the cost of the program.

Application Information!

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Méndez
Assistant Director of International Programs
Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
(574) 284-4740