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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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: Art, Art History, Italian, Philosophy Click here for a definition of this term Scholarships: Center for International Programs
Click here for a definition of this term Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: NO
Program Description:
SJU Summer Program in Rome
June 30th - August 2nd, 2019*

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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: Roma: arte, cultura, identità with Dr. Kristi Grimes

  • Art/Lit GEP
  • Diversity/Globalization Overlay
  • Counts towards ITA (Italian) major and minor
  • Counts towards IST (Italian Studies) major
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) ART 270: Great Art in Italy: Then & Now with Dr. Rebecca Butterfield

  • Art/Lit GEP
  • Counts towards Art History Minor

Eligible students:
  • 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: What is art? What is its purpose? Who decides what a work of art means?  Artists and their audiences have been grappling with these questions—and changing their minds about the answers—for thousands of years.  Now it’s our turn to jump into the debate.  In this course, we will explore what today’s artists value in classical art as well as what they have rejected and why.  Topics include the increasing use of new media such as performance, installation, everyday materials, film and digital; the effects of gender, class, race, religion and political beliefs on the production and reception of art; and debates about obscenity, censorship and freedom of expression.  Field trips to ancient Roman sites, museums of classical art and contemporary art galleries will give us the chance to study art “in the flesh.”  One of the highlights will be our visit to the Venice Biennale, the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. 

*Please note that students enrolled in ART 270 will be charged an additional fee to cover travel expenses for the excursion to the Venice Biennale. Please see "Program & Cost Information" below for further details.

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

  • 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 2019 Semester course load. Please note, students may only take ONE course. 
Program & Cost Informationrome

1) Estimated* Program Fee: $4,550
  • Deposit: $300 check or money order due to the CIP with application by February 1st, 2019
  • The remainder of the program fee will be due in two payments to the Office of Student Accounts (can be paid online) in Spring 2019 (deadlines TBD)
*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 2019 ($1,752 in Summer 2018) *Please note: tuition charges are not included in the program fee.

3) Venice Supplement:
Students who enroll in the ART 270 course will participate in an excursion to Venice to attend the Venice Biennale. An additional fee of $250* will be charged to students enrolled in this course to cover the cost of their transportation, entrance to the Biennale, and hotel accommodations (including daily breakfast & wifi) in Venice. 
Students enrolled in ITA 206/306 or PHL 355 who also wish to visit Venice may opt to pay the supplemental fee and travel to Venice with the ART course. Students will have the opportunity to “opt in” to the Venice supplement after acceptance to the program.

*The Venice Supplement Fee is estimated based on a minimum number of students participating. If the number of participating students changes, the fee will also change

Program Fee Includes: 
  • Transportation: 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, Florence, Sorrento, & many more! (See tentative calendar below)
  • Logistics: Tips and gratuities for duration of program;  Geoblue 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.)
rome groupAccommodation Information
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 CampusRead 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
Depart Phila.
Rome 1
Arrival & transfer to apt;
AUR orientation
Rome 2
Welcome Dinner
Rome 3
The Forum
Rome 4
9:30am - 12pm: Class
Rome 5
11:45am-2:30pm: Class
7 Rome 8
9:30am-12pm: Class
Florence 9
Transfer to Florence, stop in Assisi
Florence 10
Accademia Gallery
All: Uffizi Gallery
PHL/ITA: Return to Rome
ART*: Depart for Venice
ART: Venice
ART: Return to Rome
14 Rome 15 Rome 16
9:30am-12pm: Class
Rome 17
Vatican Museums & Saint Peter's
Rome 18
9:30am-12pm: Class
Rome 19 20
21 Rome 22
9:30am-12pm: Class
Rome 23
9:30am-12pm: Class
Sorrento 24
Transfer to Sorrento, stop in Pompeii
Sorrento/Capri 25
Full day to Capri
Sorrento/Rome 26
Return from Sorrento to Rome
28 Rome 29
9:30am-12pm: Class
Rome 30
9:30am-12pm: Class
Rome 31 Rome 1
Farewell Dinner
Rome 2
Return flight to Phila.
*Students enrolled in ART 270 will travel to Venice with their course professor to attend the Venice Biennale as a mandatory part of their coursework. An additional fee will be charged to cover excursion costs. Students enrolled in ITA 206/306 or PHL 355 may opt to pay the supplemental fee and travel to Venice with the ART course. Please see "Program & Cost Information" above for further detail.​

Important Considerationsvatican
  • 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

2018 rome groupInformation Sessions 

Come hear about the month in Rome with Dr. Butterfield, Corabi, Grimes & 2018 Program Alums

Thursday, January 17th at 11am in the Wachterhauser Seminar Room (2nd Floor PLC)


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 February 1st, 2019*. 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
Students planning to participate in the SJU Summer Program in Rome are eligible to apply for the Center for International Programs Summer Program Grant. Applications are due by 11:59pm January 15th. 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.