The Loyola University Maryland
From the excavations of Ancient Rome to the bustling and often stifling modern traffic, the city of Rome is rich in historical
and cultural sites unlike anywhere else in the world. Loyola University works with The Catholic University of America to offer students an
introduction to the rich culture and history of Rome and of its place in the development of Western culture. Students have the opportunity
to experience and immerse themselves in Italian culture.
This program is an intensive full immersion program. Students take Italian Language courses and live with Italian host families.
Students use public transportation to get from their homes to the school, and generally will adjust to living an Italian lifestyle.
Courses are based on Italy and Rome, and the city becomes your classroom as professors will conduct courses at various onsite locations.
Two overnight educational excursions are included in the semester (destinations vary by semester).
The program is located in downtown Rome in the Prati neighborhood. Language courses are taught by Italiaidea, a successful and dynamic
Italian language institute. Dr. David Dawson Vasquez, a Theology professor from Catholic University and a Rome resident, is our
on-site program director.
The Loyola University Maryland Rome Program is administered by The Catholic University of America. Information can be found on the CUA program website. The links here are to the relevant pages on the CUA site.
Students take a total of five courses during the semester, two of which are Italian language courses. Students should be prepared for a rich and demanding academic experience while in Rome. The program offers detailed study of the city of Rome, its culture, history, and impact upon western culture.
Liberal Arts Courses
The liberal arts courses are taught throughout the semester in English by the Rome Program Director and local professors.
They are chosen from more than five options in theology, art history, philosophy, history, literature, politics, and marketing.
Courses are available for some upper-level core courses, and are very limited.
Italian Language Courses
Students are required to take two 3-credit Italian language coures. They are done intensively
for the first two months of the program. Italian class runs from Mon-Fri for three hours per day.
No Italian background is required. The courses will count as electives, and therefore, you must have
two free electives available in your degree program to stay on track. If you have an Italian Studies minor,
200-level Italian courses will count towards it if you are able to place into them. Please see the information
below on the Italian Studies minor.
Language courses are taken at Italiaidea, a well-known language school located near Rome's Spanish Steps.
Those who have some background in the language
will take a language placement test to determine their language proficiency.
Italian Studies Minor
Students may take courses in Rome towards an Italian Studies Minor. Information can be found here.
Getting ready for Rome
All students participate in home-stays
(includes breakfasts 5 days a week and 4 dinners per week, and a city bus/metro pass). Students will
have private bedrooms (either on their own or shared with another student) with Italian families selected by the on-site program director in neighborhoods
surrounding downtown Rome.
Students can request to share a homestay
with another student.
Most host families do not have internet.
Please read carefully the details in the link below to gain a better idea of what to expect.
The program is located at the CUA Rome campus
which is located within a beautiful 19th-century building owned by the
Vincentians, The Congregation of the Mission, a religious order founded by St. Vincent de Paul. The facilities are
managed by St. John's University.
Loyola students have access to modern classrooms, a student lounge, computer lab, and a small library. The building
is equipped for wireless internet access. Students who bring their own laptops can have them configured to
access the network.
The program is not affiliated with an Italian university, and is made up entirely of Loyola and CUA students.
The school is located in the Prati neighborhood, about a 20 minute walk from the Vatican or the Spanish Steps.
Length of Stay
Loyola tuition (see benefits listed below)
Loyola in Rome program fee (inclusive of room & board as well as other benefits listed below).
Reduced comprehensive fee.
Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the Federal Work-Study Program. Students studying abroad for a semester or full academic year will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study assignment.
This is a fully packaged program with:
On-site Director and Assistant Director
Home stay with an Italian family includes breakfast 5 days a week and dinner 4 days a week
Private or shared room with heat (between November 15th and March 15th) and utilities
Tuition for 15 Loyola credits
Local public transportation pass for the semester
Excursions around the city
Two 3-day guided field trips (course-related visits) around Italy
Overseas medical insurance
International Student ID card
Criteria for Acceptance
Typically sophomores with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 may apply.
There are 30 spots available each semester.
Students must fit the 5 courses offered in Rome in their Loyola degree program.
Students must not be on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems.
Last Revised 25-June-2012