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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Laurence Stewart Program Type: CatholicU
Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Art, Business, Classics, History, Literature, Nursing, Psychology
Minimum GPA: 2.3 Credits: 3, 6, 9
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Residence Hall
Internship Available: No
Program Description:

FYE Rome Students

Rome Summer Institute


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. Catholic University's Rome Summer Institute offers students an introduction to Italy's vibrant capital and its pivotal 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.


All students in good academic and disciplinary standing may attend the Rome Summer Institute. There are no current requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations or testing to enter Italy for US citizens per Italian law, but this can change at any point.  Please consult State Department Advisories, CDC Advisories, and Italian Government Advisories to find the most up to date information.  A few courses have specific requirements:

  • NURS 403 is limited to rising junior and senior nursing majors with a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA, 2.75 science GPA, and no grade lower than B- in nursing courses.
Students from all universities are encouraged to apply.  If space is limited, Catholic University students will receive priority acceptance.


Catholic University hosts three different sessions over the summer, with each session providing one to three unique courses in a variety of subjects. Students may attend one session or both sessions, but may only enroll in a maximum of one course per session. The details for summer 2024 may be found below:

Session 1: Saturday, May 11 - Saturday, June 1, 2024
Session 2: Wednesday, June 5 - Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Session 3: Saturday, June 29 - Saturday, July 20, 2024

Summer Session I Courses

  • ANTH 211/ CEE 201 Ancient Waters: Interactions Between Humans and Water Throughout History
    **Fulfills an Explorations in Social Science requirement.
    Ancient waters will focus on the development of human society and its interactions with water. The course will start with a broad overview of global water use with specific implementations throughout world history, including the Tigris-Euphrates river system, the Nile River in Egypt, ancient hydrological infrastructure, and human migration for water resources. The course will then narrow in scope to concentrate on Roman water infrastructure including aqueducts, distribution, and sanitation. The class will explore Rome to find local examples throughout the entire 3-week session. Finally, the course will look at the interface between modern society and ancient infrastructure.
    Instructor: Jason Davison
  • NURS 403 Nursing Research in Rome
    **Required course for Nursing majors.
    Students learn about the process of nursing research and how to develop evidence-based solutions to clinical problems. Students will complete guided research on stress-reduction and coping, topics especially relevant in these turbulent times. Weekly site visits to health care facilities and other relevant locations in Rome will expand students’ awareness of multiculturalism and comparative healthcare systems.
    Instructor: Sandra O’Brien

Summer Session II Courses​

  • ENG 378 Italy in American and British Literature
    **Fulfills the Explorations in Literature requirement.
    The course brings students closer to the study of literature through reading major works by American and British writers. The journey to Italy is at the center of the novels and poems that are analyzed during the course. On the one hand we will concentrate on the discovery and transformation of the characters as narrated through their encounters with a different culture and social context. On the other, we will investigate changes in the attitudes and perspectives of the authors themselves due to their own journeys to Italy. We will begin with the reading of poetry from the 19th century, followed by the reading of four complete novels by three well known American and British writers: Henry James, Tennessee Williams and Edward Morgan Forster.
    Instructor: Milena Locatelli

Accommodation & Meals

The Catholic University Rome Center is located on Via Garibaldi in the heart of the Trastevere district of Rome. Students are housed in doubles, triples, and quads, with a limited number of singles available upon request for an additional fee. Pillows, pillow cases, bed sheets, and blankets are provided for every resident, as is a partial meal plan and access to laundry machines. Residence hall staff are available 24/7 - at all times for emergencies and during the day for general assistance. Visit the Rome website for more information about dorm life.


Students and parents are advised to discuss the expected costs of study abroad programs during the application process. Budget sheets are available at the top of the page and linked below as well. Students are charged a program fee and standard Catholic University tuition rates for 3, 6, or 9 credits. The budget sheets give an idea of the total amount students will need to budget for including transportation, meals, and other assorted costs. 


Catholic University students applying to this program are encouraged to apply to available scholarships on the Office of Education Abroad’s scholarships website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 03/01/2024
Rolling Admission 05/11/2024 06/01/2024
NOTE: Session II runs June 5 - June 26, 2024. Session III runs June 29 - July 20, 2024.
Summer 2025 03/01/2025 03/15/2025 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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