Catholic University Rome Honors Track
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 Honors Track in Rome 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.
Students must be full-time sophomores, juniors, or seniors in good disciplinary standing. Honors Track participants must be enrolled in their university's honors program.
Academics & Curriculum
CatholicU offers an Honors Track in Rome every fall semester. Students enroll in one or two Honors courses, an Italian language course, and two to three additional area studies courses within a liberal arts intensive curriculum that 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. The Honors Track emphasizes sharing ideas and presenting original arguments in a rigorous but supportive seminar-style setting. At least one overnight educational excursion is offered through the program; destinations vary by semester. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in cultural field trips, which have in the past included seeing an Opera, visiting a buffalo mozzarella farm, and attending a Papal Mass.
Students interested in learning more about course offerings can find information here. Information on course materials, such as books, is also available.
Accommodation & Meals
The CatholicU Rome Flagship program 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.