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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: CatholicU
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Areas of Study: Architecture, Art, Art History, Classics, English, Italian, Philosophy, Politics, Theology
Minimum GPA: 2.3 Credits: 15 +
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Internship Available: No COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:

Salvation within a Square

Catholic University Rome Flagship


From the wonders of Ancient Rome to the sweet buzzing of contemporary Roman society, the "Eternal City" is rich in history and culture unlike anywhere else in the world. The Catholic University Rome Flagship program offers students an introduction to the vibrant existence of the Italian capital and its role in the development of Western civilization. Students have the opportunity to experience and participate in the past, present, and perhaps future of one of humanity's greatest millennial cities.


The Catholic University in Rome program has three tracks: architecture, liberal arts, and honors. In each track, students enroll in 12-16 credits of courses taught by Catholic University faculty, either based in Rome or visiting faculty from Washington, D.C.  A course in Italian language is required unless the student has completed ITAL 104, placed out of Italian language, or has a language substitution accommodation. Students should review the available course offerings.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in day trips around Italy and in cultural field trips, which have in the past included seeing an Opera, having an Italian cooking class, and attending a Papal Mass.

Architecture Track

The Architecture Track is offered during the spring semester only.  Students participating in the architecture track enroll in a 3-credit field study, meeting frequently around the city to observe, sketch, and learn from the city under the guidance of an experienced architecture instructor.  In addition, studio space on the 5th floor of the Rome Center makes it possible for students to attend a 6-credit architectural design studio.  The remaining 3-6 credits consist of a required Italian language class and an optional elective from the Liberal Arts Track.

Liberal Arts Track

This liberal-arts intensive program focuses on the history and culture of Rome. Participants should expect to study the city in depth from the perspective of different disciplines, as site visits are an essential component of most courses. Typical course offerings include philosophy, theology, classics, and literature, and may be used to fulfill liberal arts curriculum requirements. 

Honors Track

The Honors Track is offered during the fall semester only for students who have been accepted to an honors program at their home university.  Participants in the Honors Track enroll in one to two honors courses taught by senior-level faculty at the Rome Center.  These courses emphasize sharing ideas and presenting original arguments in a rigorous but supportive seminar-style setting.  Students may also select two to four courses from the Liberal Arts Track. Additional lectures, programming, and activities are offered for academic and cultural enrichment.

Accommodation & Meals

The CatholicU Rome Flagship programs offers participants two housing options. Students who choose to stay in the campus residence halls have access to laundry, air conditioning, heating, and free wifi. Most students will share a bedroom with one or two other classmates, though single room accommodations may be available for an additional fee. Pillows, pillow cases, bed sheets, and blankets are provided for every resident, as is a partial meal plan. Residence hall staff are available 24/7 - at all times for emergencies and during the day for general assistance.

Students majoring in Italian or who are pursing an Italian minor may elect to a homestay experience, which is the ideal choice for immersion into Italian culture and language. Although some participants avoid this option for fear of feeling "left out" from the rest of the group, students with host families often express a great sense of fulfillment. These students enjoy sharing family meals in the evening, seeing local neighborhoods, learning authentic cooking styles, and speaking more Italian.

Students interested in learning more about homestays and host families can find information here.


Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic and disciplinary standing may attend this program. Students who wish to attend the program during the fall semester of their sophomore year must have a minimum 2.8 GPA at the time of their application. Students attending during subsequent terms must have a minimum 2.3 GPA.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 06/30/2021
Rolling Admission 09/18/2021 12/15/2021
NOTE: Students MUST arrive in Italy on an approved COVID-Tested Flight. Contact CUAbroad for details. Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 20 - 28
Spring 2022 10/08/2021
Rolling Admission 01/08/2022 05/07/2022
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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