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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: CUA, Faculty-Led
Academic Level: 5. Graduate Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
Language of Instruction: English COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:
Canon Law Group Photo 2016

Study Visit to the Roman Curia


This biannual week-long trip is offered to better prepare students for their future life and ministry as canon lawyers. Through this program, students visit various dicasteries of the Roman Curia, such as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, to see how they work. They experience canon law as it is practiced at the highest level in the Church, and they have the opportunity to learn and ask questions at each of the dicasteries they visit. In addition, students also visit the papal basilicas and other sites of cultural or religious importance.

View the 2016 Program Itinerary


Study Visit to the Roman Curia is a one-credit pass/fail course offered through the School of Canon Law. Concurrent enrollment in any Canon Law course is required.
The trip is led by Professor Kurt Martens, J.C.D., and interested students are encouraged to contact him for more information.


Students take a group flight from Washington, D.C. to Rome, and from there receive transportation to their hotel, which will be near the center of Rome.  Rooms are singles. Most breakfasts and dinners are included, but lunch is on your own.


The program cost is approximately $3,750 per student (based on 20 participants). A $500 deposit is due upon registration.

Included features:

  • Round trip airfare Washington/Rome
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation, with private bath
  • Daily breakfast, 6 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers by bus
  • Transportation to indicated Mass sites restaurants, as applicable
  • CUA international health and emergency evacuation insurance
Not included:
  • Transfer to and from the US airport
  • Sightseeing costs
  • Personal expenditures and exchange fees
  • Any meals not specified
  • Individual tipping
  • Travel insurance (including cancellation, lost luggage, etc.)
Once registered, there is a minimum cancellation fee of $400. Greater fees may apply depending on the date of cancellation and non-recoverable expenses. See the Education Abroad Cancellation & Withdrawal Policy.


Students may want to consider the following scholarship: 

Additional scholarships can be found on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarship website.
Photo by Shawn Tunink

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2023 12/15/2022 ** 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.