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 2023 may be found below:
Session 1: Saturday, May 13 - Saturday, June 3, 2023
Session 2: Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, July 1, 2023
Summer Session I Courses
- HIST 207R / ITAL 221 History of Rome
Fulfills a Foundations of History requirement.
This course provides an introduction into the 3,000 years of history of Rome, the Eternal City. It focuses on the main periods of the structures and developments of the city. The course consists of lectures, in-class discussions of required readings and primary sources, student presentations, and excursions to a few museums and sites in Rome.
Instructor: Arpad Klimo
- Course Syllabus and Itinerary: HIST 207 Syllabus and Itinerary.pdf
- Course days and times: Mondays - Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm and 2pm- 5pm with some days running from 9:30am-2pm
- PSY 282 / SSS 228 How Do We Create Mental Wellness? An International Approach
This course will introduce students to how mental health is defined and promoted in different cultures. The focus of the course will be for students to explore how within the Italian culture mental health is promoted across all levels of society and systems. Through visits to community organizations that seek to promote wellness, students will experience the multitude of ways that Italians seek to support individuals, families, and communities. They will also design their own program that will promote mental health within a segment of the population, which could be on an individual or group level, and should be focused on a population that might be particularly vulnerable with regards to mental health, due to their age, experiences of racism/discrimination, an aspect of their identity, or other life circumstances.
Instructor: Melissa Grady
Summer Session II Courses
- CLAS 318R Art & Architecture of Ancient Rome
Fulfills the Explorations in Fine Arts requirement
This course offers students an introduction to Roman art that is topographic, architectural, and historical in nature. In our study of Rome, we focus on developments in architecture, painting, sculpture, and urban growth in the city. While our survey is limited to antiquity, it is understood that Rome’s modern urban fabric is profoundly affected by the events of the ancient period, so this course also intends to facilitate your understanding of the modern city.
Instructor: Crispin Corrado
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