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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll plus ND course(s) Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Apartment Language Prerequisite: 1 semester of Italian with a grade of 'B' or better
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: David Younger
Special Opportunities: Internships, Other Opportunities, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Click here for a definition of this term Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Click here for a definition of this term Program Required References: Academic Reference
Program Information:
ND students at the Colosseum
Rome is the Eternal City, where history and great art come alive. The Vatican, with its masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, showcases the Pieta, the Bernini fountains, and the renaissance architecture of St. Peter's Basilica. Archeological sites where ancient cultures are uncovered abound. This is Rome, a vital European center for religion, business, film and art. In our increasingly connected world, Rome is an ideal place to study.

As a student at both Notre Dame and John Cabot University (JCU), you will find yourself in one of the most stimulating environments available to any undergraduate anywhere in the world. The picturesque Celio and Trastevere neighborhoods become the campus when school is in session. Students congregate in local cafes, or head to one of the local trattorias for a pizza, a panino, or a dish of pasta. An important part of attending classes in Rome are the interactions with faculty, staff, other students, and locals that take place outside the classroom.

How will you spend your time in Rome?  Apply now through the button at the bottom of the page!  

Program Summary and Eligibility
Language Pre-requisite 1 semester of college-level Italian or 2 semesters of college-level Latin finished by the end of application year.  Program Dates Fall Semester: Late August - early December
Spring Semester: Mid-January - early May
Language Courses Offered Yes Language of Instruction English, Italian
Housing Options Dormitory, Homestay Program Type Direct Enroll plus ND course
Class Level While Abroad Sophomore or Junior
Apply as a Sophomore or First-Year
Recommended GPA 3
Minimum Credit Load 15 Program Director David Younger
Program Required Approvals Advising Dean approval, DUS approval Special Opportunities Internships, Service, Research
Visa Yes, Student Visa Required Program Required Reference Academic reference, Rector Reference
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.


On-site class in Rome
At the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway
If tradition is at the heart of Notre Dame, there is no better place to understand it than Rome. While the city is dotted with ancient ruins, Biblical sites, and Renaissance works, so too does it contain renown universities, libraries, and archives which can be critical to progress, scholarship, and understanding. Your coursework with the All Roads Lead to Rome course and it's co-curricular enrollment in a service-based course will utilize all of these locations to fullest degree possible as well as partnering you with a service-organization which will enable you to have a truly unparalleled experience of immersion into the city of Rome.  
At John Cabot University
John Cabot is a private, independent, four-year university in the Eternal City with strong ties to the American educational experience. It is located in the center of Rome in the historic Trastevere quarter, a few steps from the Tiber River, the Villa Farnesina—a lavish Renaissance palace—and the Botanical Gardens of the University of Rome.  Though there will be a commute between the Celio and Trastevere neighborhoods for classes, the commute boasts some of the ancient and historic sites available in Rome providing a unique walk through history each and every day of your semester.
  • Courses completed will be entered on the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades will be computed into the Notre Dame grade point average.
  • All students participating in the Rome program are required to enroll in both of the following ND-taught courses:
    • All Roads Lead to Rome (LLRO 34600 - 3 credits) 
      • Is it possible to understand the immense phenomenon of Rome in a semester of site visits, historical studies, literary readings, film viewings and lectures? Of course not. Nevertheless, students in this course will start to understand Rome by experiencing the complexity of its urban network; by studying the ruins of antiquity and the splendors of Renaissance, Baroque and 18th Century Rome; by tracing the epic adventure that reunited Italy and led to the establishment of Rome as its capital after twenty centuries (so that today, Rome is at the heart of two states: the Italian Republic and of Vatican); by revisiting the tragedies of modern times, including fascism and the civil war; and by learning about the Rome of postwar and contemporary Italy.
    • Experiencing Rome through Community-Based Learning: Migration and Refugee Crisis (LLRO 24810 - 1 credit or LLRO 24811 - 3 credits
      • This course facilitates and promotes meaningful civic engagement with the city of Rome; as such, it has been designated as a Community-based Learning Course. Community-based learning (CBL) is a form of experiential education that integrates community engagement with instruction and reflection, deepening and enhancing the learning that takes place both in and outside the classroom. Themes for this course will vary by semesters. Examples of course topics are: Migrants and refugees crisis in Rome; the Italian Education system in a comparative perspective. Through independent research, interactions with experts in the field, and personal experiences as active members of a local organization, students will have the opportunity to engage with timely topics from multiple perspectives. At the end of the semester, students will participate in a Student-led Community-based learning conference. The one-credit option does not count towards the Italian Major or Minor. The course is offered as S/U grade course.
  • Students will also take the at least one Italian (or Latin) language or literature course during their semester in Rome.
  • A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at John Cabot University. 
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Pass/fail options are not allowed.
  • Review course equivalencies on our website here (be sure to use the bookmarks in the PDF document and select the Rome-JCU program):
Unique Learning Opportunities
  • Internships in a variety of areas and disciplines are possible. Some internships may be taken for credit.  Some examples of internships conducted include in Italian government, at the US Embassy, journalism, museums, and many other locations.  
  • Service opportunities abound in Rome and students will have an opportunity to learn about some in the required community-based learning course, but numerous others exist beyond the course and are available through ND, John Cabot University, and personal connections of an individual student.  
  • Research is also possible for students who wish to begin planning for a senior thesis.  Numerous libraries, museums, and archives are available in Rome.  Be sure to get in touch with the Program Director early if you are considering this option to determine the feasibility of your proposed research.  

Accommodation and Meals
ND Villa
Students will have the option to reside at the Notre Dame Villa, mere steps from the ND Rome Global Gateway.  Located on the Celio hill and completely renovated in 2017, the Villa boasts 21 bedrooms organized in suites with attached bathrooms and plenty of spaces for social activities. The building is also equipped with state-of-the-art air-conditioning and heating. The facilities are managed by Notre Dame staff, with a security guard present 24/7. Access to the facilities is regulated by swipe cards and accompanying personal code.  Rooms will be furnished and include a loft bed, wardrobe, drawers, desk, bookshelves and bulletin board. Students will be provided with one pillow and pillowcase, one set of sheets, a duvet, one large towel, one small towel, seven clothing hangers and a shared nightlight. All students will have kitchen access. Students can cook for themselves or take advantage of the diverse dining opportunities that Rome offers. Students will have the opportunity to take part in the Villa Meal plan which consists of a fixed number of fully catered dinners and breakfasts.  Notre Dame will provide a monthly meal allowance to help partially defray some of the living expenses, including food costs. 

Other housing options include homestays (which includes a single bedroom and some meals), Italian student residence (which includes kitchen access), and community placements.  

Life in Rome
While studying in Rome, ​​students have ​a number of opportunities to engage with the local community ​academically, professionally and socially through community based-learning ​activities and internships in prominent companies or institutions​ throughout the city​. Partnerships with local institutions also facilitate collaborations in teaching and the organization of joint conferences, seminars and events.  Through our partnership with John Cabot University, students will also have the opportunity to join clubs and organizations focused on a great number of ideas and events throughout the semester.  Learn more about John Cabot University Student Activities.  

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

Visa & Residence Permit Information
Students participating in this program will be required to obtain both a student visa prior to departure for Italy and a Residency Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) upon arrival.  ND Study Abroad will assist students in the visa application process by providing information and, when possible, batching applications to the Italian Consulate in Detroit.  Students with extensive travel plans prior to their term abroad may be required to apply for the student visa on their own.  

Upon arrival in Rome, the Rome Global Gateway and John Cabot University will help facilitate applying for the Permesso di Soggiorno (Residency Permit).  

If you are a EU passport holder, you may be exempt from the visa and residence permit application process, but you will still have a government registration requirement upon arrival - both John Cabot University and the Rome Global Gateway will be able to assist you in making a declaration of presence as required by Italian law.  

Health & Wellness Resources
NDI encourages students to take a proactive approach with their health and wellness when selecting a Study Abroad program. This is especially important for students managing routine or chronic medical challenges or conditions –especially those traveling to remote areas or developing countries, seeing health care providers regularly, or taking daily prescription medications – as access to resources are often different in other countries than here in the United States.
To ensure you have appropriate support at your Study Abroad destination, carefully review the health and wellness support resource information for this program location below and consider any possible challenges and potential resources needed to assist in ensuring a successful academic experience abroad.

  • Medical facilities in the major Italian cities offer good quality medical care and are capable of handling most medical cases and medical emergencies. In general, private hospitals are recommended for routine and elective medical care, while public hospitals are better equipped to handle emergencies. 
  • In Rome, GeoBlue international health insurance partners with several local hospitals with 24/7 emergency departments and mental health specialties, as well as mental health professionals. 
  • As part of Rome Undergraduate Program, students also have additional benefits as a student at John Cabot University (JCU):
    • access to a doctor twice a week free of charge
    • access to counseling resources at the JCU counseling center 
    • access to Equilibrio, a 24/7 counseling helpline in English free of charge
The Rome Global Gateway and John Cabot University are both dedicated to a spirit of inclusion that makes this program accessible and available to all.  If you have documented concerns and issues at Notre Dame, through Sara Bea Accessibility Services, then all accommodations available at ND will also be available at the Rome Global Gateway.  You may have accessibility resources available to you at John Cabot University by registering your information with JCU early in the application process prior to arrival in Rome.  

While the Rome Global Gateway and John Cabot University have made their campuses and buildings accessible to all, not all locations in Rome may be able to accommodate all students with mobility concerns.  If you have concerns about mobility and the feasibility of the Rome program, please get in touch the Program Director to learn more.  


  • What am I billed for?

Students participating in Study Abroad programs conducted during the academic year will be charged Notre Dame tuition, on-campus room and meal charges, and a $750 Study Abroad fee. 

  • What is included?
    • Tuition for the program of study
    • Room and stipend, specific to site
    • Notre Dame credit and grades for approved courses taken abroad
    • GeoBlue International Health Insurance
    • Curricular field trips, dependent on site
  • What other costs am I responsible for?
U.S. Passport $110
Flight $1,300
Books & Supplies $80
Student Visa $60
Residence Permit  $220
Local Transportation $275
Total $2,045
  • What else should I account for? 
    • You will also need to account for the following expenses, which will vary according to personal needs and spending habits:
    • Phone that works internationally. Students can either purchase an international phone, purchase an international SIM card for an existing phone (they will also need to purchase an appropriate phone service), or add international calling to an existing phone.
    • Personal and miscellaneous expenses.
    • All costs incurred over break periods.
  • Does my financial aid package apply to study abroad?

The listed costs are estimated to assist you in your financial planning. Actual costs may vary depending on currency fluctuation and individual spending habits. You are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions about financial aid for study abroad.  Additional Information about scholarships and other funding resources are available here.  

Links for Additional Information

How to Apply

  • Click on the "Apply" button below.  Applications for semester programs during the next academic year are generally open between September 1 and November 1.  Some programs may open again in January for an additional round of applications.  
  • Application deadline is November 1, 2020 at 11:59PM EDT
  • Applications not submitted by the November 1, 2020 deadline will be withdrawn.
  • An application is considered "submitted" when you have completed the steps below:  
  1. SIGNRead and digitally sign the Participation Agreement
  2. COMPLETE & SUBMITComplete and SUBMIT the Study Abroad Application Questionnaire.
    • NOTE: You may begin the application questionnaire and SAVE it for completion at a later date; HOWEVER you must click SUBMIT for the questionnaire to be considered 'Received'
  3. REQUESTSend all required approval and reference requests, making sure to follow the instructions associated with each approval and reference.
    • NOTE: ALL programs require an Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval, AND a Rector Reference. An Academic Reference and/or Language Reference are required for ONLY A FEW programs.
SUBMIT: There is NO final 'Submit' button. Your study abroad application is considered SUBMITTED once the three steps above have been completed. 



This program is currently not accepting applications.