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

    Program Terms:
    Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Expenses students are responsible for: 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:
Program Type: Direct Enroll plus ND course(s) Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Engineering Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, On-Site Classes Eligible Majors: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: None
Program Information:
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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.

The Rome Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) program is based at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. The Gateway is located on Via Ostilia—in the heart of the Eternal City—one block from the Colosseum. The newly renovated, 32,000 square-foot facility serves as a hub supporting the academic, educational, and cultural mission of the University by hosting and organizing a rich variety of education abroad opportunities for students. The Gateway also fosters research and graduate education and develops and maintains institutional relations with universities, educational foundations, and organizations in Italy, Europe, and the Mediterranean, as well as with the Holy See.

Program Dates*
Spring Semester: Mid-January through early May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • In cooperation with La Sapienza University of Rome.  
  • La Sapienza is the first and leading University of Rome.  
  • La Sapienza of Rome Engineering buildings are located within walking distance of Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway.  
  • There is no language requirement for this program.  
In order to stay on track to complete the ND Engineering degree in eight semesters, the following courses will be taken while in Rome.  It is strongly recommended the applicants not take any of the following courses at Notre Dame prior to enrollment in this program. 
  • AME 30315 - Diff. Eq., Vibr. & Ctrl. II (Taught at ND Rome Global Gateway or Roma Sapienza)
  • AME 30334 - Heat Transfer (Taught at ND Rome Global Gateway or Roma Sapienza)
  • AME 30363 - Design of Machine Elements (Taught at ND Rome Global Gateway or Roma Sapienza)
  • AL 24107 - All Roads Lead to Rome (Taught at ND Rome Global Gateway) - which can satisfy University Requirements in literature, history, or fine arts.
  • 2nd Theology course, course topic TBA
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Sophormore standing at the time of application 
Special Opportunities
  • The ND Rome Global Gateway can help facilitate student involvement in service activities, such as volunteering with the St. Egidio Community and other community and service organizations.

Housing and Meals
Students will reside at the Notre Dame Villa, mere steps from the ND Rome Global Gateway.  The Villa has a 24-hour security guard, shared cooking facilities, and provides linens. The local neighborhood has an abundance of restaurants, trattorias and small marketplaces. The Villa is only a 3-5 minute walk to the Rome Global Gateway and approximately a 10-15 minute walk from La Sapienza. Notre Dame will provide a monthly meal allowance to help partially defray some of the living expenses, including food costs. Students are responsible for housing and meals during the vacation period between semesters as well as before/after the academic term begins/ends.

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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.