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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: No minimum Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Program Type: Faculty-led, Summer Program
Academic Areas: International Business, Italian, Management, Philosophy Scholarships: Center for International Programs
Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: No
Program Description:
SJU Summer Program in Rome
July 1st - August 2nd, 2018
Rome Summer
Course Information
Professors will use "Rome as a classroom" and many learning experiences take place while visiting historic landmarks and museums. Each professor determines his or her individual class schedule, the hours and days the class will meet, and how many meetings take place at the AUR campus or at other sites throughout the city. Everyone remains flexible with their schedules, but students should expect to have roughly 42 contact hours of class time, additional time reading, doing research or practicing language skills. Student choose to take one of the following: 

1) ITA 206/306: The Roman Experience with Dr. Kristi GrimesGrimes

  • Art/Lit GEP
  • Counts towards ITA (Italian) major and minor
  • Counts towards IST (Italian Studies) major
  • Diversity/Globalization Overlay
Eligible students:
  • Pre-Reqs: ITA 101/102 (for 206); ITA 301 (for 306)
  • Open to all students, SJU & non-SJU
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation
Course Description: This month- long, immersion-based course will improve students’ command of Italian as it provides an enriching cultural experience. Students will discover what it means to live amidst ancient ruins, baroque basilicas, and artistic treasures as they learn to navigate the eternal city.  Through excursions and task-based activities students will acquire practical skills as they are immersed in Roman cuisine, culture and history. In particular, we will examine forces that have shaped the world we have inherited through units on the Jesuits in Rome.

2) MHC 321: International Human Capital & Talent Management with Dr. Eric PattonPatton

  • Globalization Overlay GEP
  • Counts towards International Business major/minor, LEOS major/minor, Business Administration major/minor & Managing Human Capital (MHC) HR major/minor
Eligible students:
  • Pre-Reqs: MGT 110 or MGT 120
  • Open to all students, SJU & non-SJU
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge for managing a global workforce, and to prepare students to encounter international business from an interpersonal standpoint.  While expertise in international human capital and talent management is an important pathway to competitive advantage for organizations, the goal of this course is also to develop thoughtful managers and workers who will be cognizant of the challenges of an international career, and respectful of cross-cultural differences. The class will visit some Italian organizations and learn about things like Leadership style, Labor Laws, Management-Union relationships, and motivation.  The course would also look to delve into cross-cultural differences such as patterns of hierarchy/authority in society, individualism/collectivism, openness to change, gender equality, etc.

3) PHL 355: Philosophical Issues in Christian Doctrine with Dr. Joseph CorabiCorabi

  • Faith-Reason GEP 
  • Counts towards PHL major & minor
Eligible Students:
  • Pre-requisite: PHL 154
  • Open to SJU & non-SJU students
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation 
Course Description: The primary purpose of this course will be to investigate the internal coherence of Christianity--that is, whether we can make sense of Christian doctrine as a logically consistent body of claims about God, human beings, and the relationship between the two that "hangs together" in a plausible way.  As part of the course, we will visit a number of sites in and around Rome that have played a major role in the historical development of Christianity.

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for one selected course, for 3 credits, as part of their Summer 2018 Semester course load. Please note, students may only take ONE course. 
Program & Cost InformationRome students

1) Estimated* Program Fee: $4,700
  • Deposit: $300 check or money order due to the CIP with application by February 1st, 2018
  • Payment 1: $2,200 due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) by March 10th, 2018
  • Payment 2: $2,200  due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) by April 7th, 2018
*Estimated based on 30 participating students. If the number of participating students changes, the program fee will also change. 

2) Estimated Tuition: $TBD in April 2018 ($1,752 in Summer 2017) *Please note: tuition charges are not included in the program fee.

Program Fee Includes: 
  • PHL class 2015Transportation: Round-Trip, international flights from Philly to Rome; In-country airport transfers on arrival & departure days; individual monthly-metro pass for use in Rome; all transportation included in planned academic or cultural excursions, tips for drivers
  • Accommodations: Shared, fully-furnished, apartments at the American University of Rome (AUR) for duration of program, shared hotel accommodations on dates of excursions
  • Academic Support: Classroom space on AUR campus 
  • Meals: Welcome and Farewell Group dinners (2)
  • Excursions*:  Colosseum & Roman Forum,Vatican Museums & St Peter’s Basilica & many more! 
  • Cities Visited: Rome, Siena, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri
  • Excursion #1: Florence
    • Travel from Rome to Florence, stopping for the day in Siena. Stay 3 nights in Florence hotel with daily breakfast included. Visit the Academia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery 
  • Excursion #2: Sorrento
    • Travel from Rome to Sorrento with stop en route in Pompeii, including admission to Pompeii Archeological site. Stay 2 nights in Sorrento with Daily breakfast included, travel to Capri before returning to Rome
  • Logistics: Tips and gratuities for duration of program;  HTH Emergency Medical Insurance, Natural Disaster and Political Evacuation coverage; 24/7 assistance of on-site SJU Coordinator & CIP staff (U.S.)
Not included in program fee:
  • U.S. Passport ($135) or Renewal ($110), see below.
  • Daily, personal expenses & souvenirs
  • Most meals (Consider the Cost of Living Index)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (Recommended but Optional - Students will learn more post-acceptance.)
Accommodation InformationView from Vatican
Housing: Students will stay in furnished student apartments located in residential buildings within the neighborhood of Travestre within close proximity, via public transport, to the American University of Rome (AUR) campus. Most apartments have 2-3 bedrooms (shared), lounge area, equipped kitchen, bathroom, washing machine, desk, wifi, TV, phone with free local-area calls. Tour the Campus! Read more about the Apartments!

Meals: The majority of meals are NOT included in this program fee. Students are responsible for the remainder of their own meals. Students often grocery shop nearby their apartments to budget costs.

Detailed information about both the accommodation and meals will be provided prior to departure. 

Tentative Program Calendar
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Rome 2  Rome 3 Rome 4 Rome 5 Rome 6 7
Depart PHL 9AM: Arrival & Airport Transfer to Apt;
PM: AUR Orientation
9:15AM: Reserved Admission to Colosseum
PM: Welcome Dinner
AM: Reserved Admission to Coliseum & Forum Tour 9:30AM-12PM: Class
9:30AM-12:15PM: PHL 355/ITA Class
11:45-2:30PM: PHL 355 Class       
8 Rome 9 Florence/ Siena 10 Florence  11  Florence 12 Florence/ Rome 13 14
  9:30AM-11:30PM: PHL 355
9:30-12:15PM: ITA  Class
AM: (EARLY) Transfer to Florence w/ stop in Siena
AM: Academia Gallery
AM:  Uffizi Gallery AM: Transfer to Rome w/ stop in Assisi
15 Rome 16 Rome 17 Rome 18 Rome 19 Rome 20 21
  9:30AM-12:15PM: PHL 355 Class
10:30AM-12:30PM: ITA Class
AM: Vatican Museums & Saint Peter’s Tour 9:30AM-12:00PM:
9:30AM-12:15PM: ITA Class
22 Rome 23 Rome 24  Sorrento 25  Sorrento/ Capri 26  Sorrento/Rome 27 28
9:30AM-12:15PM: PHL 355 Class
9:30AM-12:15PM: PHL 355/ITA Class
AM: (EARLY) Transfer to Sorrento, stop en-route in Pompeii
PM: Pompeii Archeological Site
Full Day to Capri  
PM:  Transfer by private motor coach from Sorrento to Rome
29 Rome 30
9:30AM-12:15PM: PHL 355 Class
Rome 31
9:30AM-12:15PM: ITA Class
10-11:15AM: PHL 355 Class
Rome 1
PM: Farewell Dinner
Rome 2
AM: Airport Pickup at AUR & transfer

Important Considerations
  • Flights
    • Students are required to travel with the class on a pre-arranged, round-trip flight from Philadelphia to the starting origin for the summer program.
    • Deviations from the group flight are not allowed. Students may not change the dates or locations of the flight arrangements.
  • Passports
    • After committing to the program, the CIP office needs your U.S. Passport to book flight arrangements, confirm hotels, and make other reservations on your behalf.  Therefore, if you do not have a passport, or if it is set to expire within 6 months of the end of the summer program date, please apply or renew your passport BEFORE applying to the program. More information can be found at 

Program Testimonials

"This experience has cultured me. I understand the Italian lifestyle so much more than I ever could from a textbook.
I have so much more respect for other cultures now after this trip. This experience has made me fall even more in love with Italy."
-Emily Skill, 2013 SJU Summer Program in Rome

Summer 2017 Video by Franki Rudnesky 

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Attend an Information Session 

Come hear about the month in Rome with Dr. Corabi, Grimes & Patton & 2017 Program Alums

How to Apply

  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline*. Applications are accepted first come, first served.
  3. Submit the $300 confirmation deposit to the CIP office to hold your spot on the tour. (Refundable if the tour does not run; non-refundable if you change your plans.)

*To access a previously started application, please click SJU login/register at the top right and login to view your application. Do not click Apply Now again.

Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Summer Program Grant
Please apply for the Summer Program before applying for the Grant, both due by 11:59pm February 1st. The Grant Application can be found here.

Italian Department Scholarships
Students interested in taking The Italian Experience with Dr. Grimes ( should reach out to her directly about additional scholarship funding through the SJU Italian Department. 


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Summer 2015 Participant
Participating in the summer program in Rome is one of the best decisions I made at SJU. I was able to not only take an interesting class and learn a lot academically, but also to learn about the culture of another country is invaluable. Sharing this experience with 20 plus students is another plus. I made so many new friends and know that our adventures spent together and memories created will never be forgotten. This program has opened my eyes in so many ways and is something I can always look back and smile on.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.