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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CatholicU Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Internship Available: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Housing Options: Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 3, 6, 9
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Areas of Study: Architecture, Drama, History, Library & Information Science, Nursing, Philosophy, Theology
Minimum GPA: 2.3
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 pivitol 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. A few courses have specific requirements, however:

  • ITAL 221 is a First-Year Experience course and therefore limited to Catholic University rising sophomores.
  • NURS 403 is limited to rising junior and senior nursing majors with a minimum 3.0 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 multiple sessions, but may only enroll in a maximum of one course per session. The details for summer 2021 may be found below:

Summer Session I: May 15 - June 11, 2021
Summer Session II: June 19 - July 16, 2021

Summer Session I Courses

  • FYE Rome HIST 207R / ITAL 221 Archaeology of Daily Life in Ancient Rome: Work and Play
    Fulfills the Foundations in History requirement. Only open to rising sophomores.
    This course will explore Roman daily life and the many activities associated with both otium and negotium. The business of ancient Rome was largely conducted in the central and market areas of the city, and students will study the ancient Roman Forum, the ancient river port in Rome and its associated features (wharves, warehouses, and rubbish heaps), as well as the ancient port city of Ostia. Students will also visit and study the places where the Romans spent their leisure time and learn about common leisure activities. 
  • ARPL 515R: Graduate Theory Elective
    Only open to architecture undergraduate or graduate students.
    Students will explore, study, and interpret by drawing the layers of history and the evolution of the built environment in Rome, the "Eternal City". Not only the architecture of Rome will be studied, but also the landscape, urban fabric, paths, and sacred spaces. Together, these elements represent the framework on which students will develop small architectural proposals.  “Rome Then and Now” will be the theme of this class, delivering ideas and visions of a new structure with the function of a Mini-Museum/Display of a found treasure.
  • PHIL 310Philosophy of Art
    Fulfills a Philosophy Elective requirement. Addresses the Enduring Questions of What are beauty, goodness, and truth?
    Philosophical treatment of a range of art forms that focuses on the nature of creativity, beauty, and representation. Major arts are compared and contrasted.
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Summer Session II Courses

  • NURS 403Nursing 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.

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 are charged tuition and a program fee. Tuition will be standard Catholic University rates for 3, 6, or 9 credits. The program fee is the same whether you participate in one, two, or three sessions. For details, view the estimated budget sheet here.


Catholic University freshmen applying to this program are strongly encouraged to pursue the First-Year Experience in Rome Scholarship. For more options for these and other students, view a complete list of the scholarships available.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/31/2021
Rolling Admission 05/15/2021 06/11/2021
NOTE: This program offers multiple summer sessions. See above for specific session dates.

** 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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