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

    Program Terms:
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Summer
  • 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:
Program Type: Faculty Led, ND Conducted Program Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Class Level While Abroad: Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Language Courses Offered: No Minimum Credit Load: 6 credit program
Program Director: David Younger Eligible Majors: Any
Program Information:


Program Dates: May 21 - June 23, 2018 

Rome-Summer Session I 2018 - Flyer.pdf

The Rome Summer Program (RSP) offers an exciting opportunity for students in all fields of study to live and learn in one of the oldest and most international cities in the world. Rome provides Notre Dame undergraduates with a unique environment in which to broaden their intellectual and cultural horizons. During the five-week program students take two courses and earn six credits which can include courses that fulfill university requirements.

Academic Program
This five-week program at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway takes students on a journey through the city’s storied landscape while introducing them to contemporary Italian culture. Students will choose 2 courses from the 4 courses on offer, one in each half of the day: 

1) ANTH 24322, The World in Rome: Pathways in Migration and Citizenship, taught by Prof. Maurizio Albahari, discusses the challenges faced by migrants upon their arrival in Rome and Italy and on their path to citizenship.  This course is under consideration for the University requirement in social science (this page will be updated when a determination is made).  

2) LLRO 34600, All Roads Lead to Rome, taught by local faculty, surveys the city’s history and changing culture through study of its major archaeological sites, monuments, and museums. This course fulfills the University requirement in history, literature or fine arts.

1) LLRO 34600, All Roads Lead to Rome, taught by local faculty, surveys the city’s history and changing culture through study of its major archaeological sites, monuments, and museums. This course fulfills the University requirement in history, literature or fine arts.

2) THEO 24611, Catholic Social Tradition and Migration, taught by Fr. Diego Alonso-Lasheras, Professor at the Gregorian University, addresses the main facts and concepts about immigration necessary for theological and ethical reflection. Political, economic and social dimensions of immigration are illuminated by resources presented by the long history of the Catholic Social Tradition. This course fulfills the second Theology requirement.

Program highlights include:

  • Rome's Major Sites and Monuments from Romulus to Mussolini
  • The Vatican
  • Ostia Antica: Rome's Imperial Port
  • Centro Astalli in Rome (Jesuit Refugee Service)
  • Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

Facilities and Staff
Classes are taught at the Rome Global Gateway (RGG). The entrance to the Rome Global Gateway is in Via Ostilia 15, in the Rione Celio (Caelian neighborhood), on the slopes of the Caelian hill, overlooking the Palatine, Aventine, and Esquiline hills. The newly restored building, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, is painted the warm yellow ochre typical of Rome’s center. Its windows open onto Via Ostilia and two side roads, Via dei S.S. Quattro and Via Capo d’Africa.

The site is in the heart of Rome, enclosed and served by large thoroughfares such as Via Labicana, Via Celio Vibenna, Via dell’Amba Aradam, Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, Via Merulana and Via Emanuele Filiberto: beneath here run the two lines of the subway, with a third under construction. Still, the area around the Gateway itself is an oasis of peace and quiet, with narrow streets where the traffic of cars is very limited. The surrounding neighborhood is lively, and mainly inhabited by Romans (by birth and adoption). While there are a number of hotels in this strategic and beautiful location, the area is not populated by hordes of tourists like other central Roman neighborhoods.

Program Calendar (tentative)

  • November 20, 2017 - Application Opens
  • February 7, 2018 - Application Deadline
  • February 17, 2018 - Summer Application Decisions
  • April/TBD - Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation and Student Safety Summit
  • May 21, 2018 - Arrive in Rome
  • May 22, 2018 - On-site Orientation, First day of classes
  • June 22, 2018 - Last day of program
  • June 23, 2018 - Departure; all students out of Villa by 12:00pm

Any Notre Dame undergraduate in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards.

Housing and Meals
Students reside in Notre Dame's Villa. 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 receptionist present 24/7. Access to the facilities is regulated by swipe cards and related personal code.  Rooms will be furnished and include linens. All students will have kitchen access. Students can cook for themselves or take advantage of the diverse dining opportunities that Rome offers.

The cost for the Rome Summer Session I Program will be $8,000.

The program fee for University of Notre Dame students covers:

  • Tuition for 6 Notre Dame credits
  • Accommodation
  • All program academic outings and field trips
  • Transportation from/to Rome Airport
  • On-site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • GeoBlue International Health and emergency evacuation
The program fee does not include: 
  • Airfare to/from Rome(approximately $1,200)
  • Meals (approximately $1,500)
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal spending money or other travel expenses

Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.

Information and application procedures are available on the
Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.

Application Instructions
Decisions will be made Friday, February 17, 2018.

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 of your anticipated 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. You can get more information about obtaining and renewing passports here: United States Postal Service.

This program is currently not accepting applications.