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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 Program Type: Faculty-led, Summer Program
Academic Areas: Art, Art History, English, Italian Studies, Sociology 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 29th - July 31st, 2020

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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: 

Lindner Faculty Photo1) ENG 449: Travel Writing with Dr. April Lindner

  • Writing Intensive GEP
  • Writing course for English majors/minors

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: In this class, we will use our travels in Italy as a lens through which to explore the elements of travel writing.  We’ll explore how to write creative nonfiction in general and travel writing in particular.  The places we go, the people we meet and the things we see and do along the way will provide the subject matter for our own writing. From the moment our plane lands in Rome, you will be keeping a journal responding to the many sites we visit.  This journal will provide you with raw material for your essays.  We also will do in-class exercises designed to get you writing about your travels.  I expect you to write two full pages for each of our days in Italy (except for the 3-day long free weekend), which will come to 46 pages.
Over the course of our four weeks you will write three full-length travel essays: a reflective memoir, a profile of a person or place, and an essay about some aspect of Italian cuisine or cultural difference that we encounter on the trip.  In preparations for those more formal essays, you will write several brief in-class pieces.  For your final portfolio, due to me via email after your return home, you will need to revise one of the longer essays and one of the brief ones, making them polished and fully realized.

Grimes Faculty Photo2) ART 108/IST 315: Italy Through Art - The Making of Modern Rome* with Dr. Kristi Grimes

  • Art/Lit GEP
  • Ethics Intensive Overlay (approval pending)
  • Counts toward Art History major/minor
  • Counts towards IST (Italian Studies) major
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: The eternal city is an expansive, open-air museum where ancient and modern meet. In this course students will learn about Rome’s artistic heritage while living amidst classical ruins, baroque basilicas and contemporary structures. We will address questions of form and function, style, materials and technique, as we experience art objects first-hand. By honing skills of close looking, description, and the use of historical sources, students will acquire critical skills for assessing our increasingly visual world.  

We begin with ancient Rome, through direct experience with monuments that have survived centuries. Next, we explore the early developments of Christianity by visiting Roman basilicas and churches. Our excursion to Florence focuses on Renaissance humanism and Medici patronage. Back in Rome we examine Baroque masterpieces adorning Roman piazze. We conclude with art and architecture of the Risorgimento, when Rome became the capital of Italy. The course includes guest lectures and site visits to Roman museums, churches and palaces, as well as excursions to Tuscany and Umbria.  (Please note, the primary language of instruction for this course is English)

*Course information updated 8/16/19

Clampet-Lundquist Faculty Phot3) SOC 270*: Rome: The Eternal Global City with Dr. Susan Clampet-Lundquist
*Course code updated 2/14/20

  • Social Science GEP
  • Sociology major/minor
  • Faith Justice Studies minor
Eligible Students:
  • Open to SJU & non-SJU students
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation 

Course Description: People have been organizing themselves into cities for millennia.  What a city looks like depends on its history of development, the public policies that shape it, and the competing interests of the people who call it home.  Even within the same country such as Italy, cities have different flavors. Venice’s main “roadways” are canals and individuals get by with their feet and gondolas, marking it as one of the most unique cities in the world. The Renaissance period is still writ large across Florence’s urban landscape, and Naples offers a more earthy style of architecture and urban space, offering vistas out to Vesuvius, reminding those who view it of the ever-present power of Mother Nature. It is in Rome where the layers of social history are most obvious, where the ancient stadium that used to host mock sea battles now serves as a place for watching the world go by in Piazza Navona, and where a sacred space such as the Pantheon changes hands across faiths.
Arguably more important than the physical landscape of cities, the social geography of neighborhoods offers rich stories and analysis for sociologists.  For this class, we’re going to learn how the ancient city of Rome fits into a world more tightly connected through economic, social, and political globalization.

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for one selected course, for 3 credits, as part of their Summer 2020 Semester course load. Please note, students may only take ONE course. 
Program & Cost Informationrome

1) Estimated* Program Fee: $4,600
  • Deposit: $300 check or money order due to the CIP with application by February 1st, 2020
  • The remainder of the program fee will be due in two payments to the Office of Student Accounts (can be paid online) in March & April 2020

2) Estimated Tuition: TBD in April 2020 ($1,752 in Summer 2019) *Please note: tuition charges are not included in the program fee.


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:  Cultural site visits in Rome and group excursions to Florence & Sorrento
  • 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.)
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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. 

Program Calendar

Click the link below to view the tentative calendar for this year's summer program in Rome!

Rome 2020 Program Calendar

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 

Join faculty leaders and CIP staff for an information session on Thursday, January 23rd at 11am in Campion Sun Room 1

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How to Apply
Application will open Fall 2019
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the February 1st, 2020*
  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.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged!

Related Scholarships 
Center for International Programs Summer Program Grant
Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships from $500 to $1,000 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on SJU faculty-led Summer Programs.  CIP awards these funds based on financial need and merit to help support SJU undergraduate students study abroad. Further information, along with the scholarship application, can be found here. The application will open and the deadline will be announced in Fall 2019. 


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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.