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St. Thomas in Rome: The CORE Semester

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The Rome CORE Semester

About the Program
Information & Small Group Advising Sessions
Eligibility & Application Process
Academic Information
Housing & Meals
2017 Pre-Departure & Program Dates
Program Leadership
Italian Visas
Program Costs & Financial Aid

About the Program

All Roads Lead to Rome: The Rome CORE Semester
Engage globally with your core curriculum beyond the Arches. Live on the St. Thomas Bernardi Campus, complete four core requirements and connect with the local community through volunteer work. Site visits, weekend excursions and cultural events broaden your prospective of the world, making Italy your extended classroom.
  • Earn 4 core requirements. Choose from six course offerings plus a 2-credit Italian language course.
  • Housed on the St. Thomas Rome Campus. Students will live together in dormitory-style accommodations with a St. Thomas faculty director and on-site resident director.
  • Explore Italy. The program includes site visits and excursions within Rome and throughout the country.

Information & Small Group Advising Sessions

Rome CORE Semester Information Session
Thursday, February 16, 2017
12pm-1pm, Murray Herrick 205

If you unable to attend the information session, contact the Office of Study Abroad to schedule an advising appointment.

Eligibility and Application Process

  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of the program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Good disciplinary standing, and
  • Complete a formal application and selection interview with Faculty Director and Office of Study Abroad Staff
Application Process
  1. Call us at (651) 962-6450 to schedule an advising appointment. Your Study Abroad advisor will open an application for you during your appointment.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to determine how the Rome CORE Semester will fit into your 4-year degree plan.
The priority deadline to submit applications for Fall 2017 is December 2, 2016.
Thereafter, students will be accepted on a space-available basis through the extended application deadline: April 19, 2017
Selection Process
  • Application review by faculty director
  • Selected students are granted a personal interview
  • Final students will be selected after the interview
The program is limited to 35 students.
Note to Accepted Students:  All students accepted into the Rome CORE Semester are required to attend all scheduled pre-departure meetings and orientation sessions. These meetings will take place during the Spring semester, dates will be sent with approval notifications.

Academic Information

Courses Offered
Students select four courses from the course offerings. These courses each fulfill a St. Thomas core requirement, are 4-credits and are taught in English.
Course offerings: 
  • ARTH 310 (Fine Arts)
  • ECON 251 (Social Analysis and business allied requirement)
  • ENGL 203 (Literature & Writing, second-level)
  • HIST 112 (Historical Studies)
  • PHIL 214 (Moral & Philosophical Reasoning, second-level)
  • THEO 250 (Faith & the Catholic Tradition, second-level) 
  • THEO 424 (Faith & the Catholic Tradition, 4th level) NEW!
  • MKTG 300 (Business core requirement - approval pending) NEW!
  • Other major/minor courses may be available!
Additionally, a 2-credit introductory Italian language course is also required. Italian courses can be facilitated based on student need.

Courses will take place on the Richmond University Rome campus located near the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona. ENGL 203 will be taught by Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury, English. All other courses will be taught by faculty from Richmond University.

Housing & Meals

Students will live on the St. Thomas Rome campus in the Bernardi Residence. Bernardi is well-situated in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber River and across from the Borghese Gardens. Students will have convenient access to restaurants, cafes and grocery stores, banks and shops. The residence is just blocks away from the metro station and nearby bus routes.
Amenities include: single, double and triple dormitories, dining hall, student kitchen, library, lounge, computer lab, self-service laundry, chapel and rooftop terraces with views of St. Peter’s and the Piazza del Popolo.
The St. Thomas faculty and resident director live on-site and provide 24-hour student support.

Seven breakfasts and one dinner (Sunday night) per week are included in the program fee. Students will have access to kitchen facilities and nearby grocery stores, restaurants and cafes. 

 2017 Pre-Departure and Program Dates 

Students will be required to attend 3 pre-departure meetings as well as the large-group semester orientation during the Spring 2017 semester.
Fall 2017 Orientation
Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:45am – 1:00pm
OEC Auditorium

Pre-Departure Meetings
All meetings are at 11:45 in Murray-Herrick 202
April 4
April 25
May 2

Italian Visa Signing
April 11, 11:30-1:00 in Office of Study Abroad (MHC212)

Fall 2017 Program Dates
September 7         Move-In Date
September 7-15    Orientation
September 18       Official first day of classes at Richmond
December 15        Move-Out/Departure Date

 Program Leadership

Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury, Academic Director
Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury is Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Culture and Difference. He teaches courses in global literatures, focusing on the complex ways in which politics, history, and aesthetics intersect in these texts. He has written on globalization and its connections to emerging forms of citizenship, and is currently working on a project analyzing the language of human rights. He has traveled widely, particularly in Europe, and spent a semester in Scotland, teaching there and directing St. Thomas students at the University of Glasgow. His travels in Italy have deepened his interest in Italian art, film, and politics, and he looks forward to returning to Rome, working with students there, and eating more gelato. During the 2017 Rome semester, he will offer an English class on contemporary immigrant literature and film in Western Europe (with a special emphasis on Italian texts). 

Thanos Zyngas, Bernardi Resident Director
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Italian Visa

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa if their stay in Italy will exceed 90 days. St. Thomas will provide guidance to all students on the program in obtaining a visa (which is actually a stamp in your passport granting permission to remain in the country for a specified period of time). Upon acceptance to the program, St. Thomas will provide you with instructions on how to apply for your visa.
Students should not plan any international travel plans during the period 90-days prior to departure for Rome since your passport needs to be submitted with your visa application.  Any international travel plans (particularly summer vacation travel prior to the Fall semester in Rome) may jeopardize your ability to obtain an Italian visa.


All students participating in St. Thomas Study Abroad programs are required to verify that they hold health and hospitalization insurance that will cover them while abroad.
Once in Rome you are required by the Italian government to hold the I.N.A. Assitalia, the Italian national hospitalization insurance. This insurance is included in the program fee and is obtained during the orientation in Rome.
As part of your program fee you will be enrolled in a Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance plan for your time abroad. Generally, your CISI insurance will provide comprehensive accident/sickness, medical evacuation, repatriation, 24-7-365 worldwide assistance and a comprehensive security evacuation plan while you are abroad on your program. You will receive more information on the insurance plan prior to departure.

Program Costs and Cancellation Policy

Costs are comparable to the St. Thomas comprehensive semester fee for tuition, room and board plus the off-campus study fee. Program fees include tuition, room, site visits and excursions within Italy. 

Fall 2017 Fees and Cancellation Policy