Catholic Studies in Rome, a study abroad program which began in the Fall of 1998, offers you the opportunity to spend a semester studying in the Eternal City while working toward your St. Thomas degree.
Live in Rome.
By living at the Bernardi Campus in the heart of Rome you will be immersed in the language and life of a culture other than your own. As you consider the historic significance of this ancient city, you also will be able to appreciate how Catholic culture and the 2,000 year presence of the Church have shaped much of Rome's contemporary life.
Grow in the Faith.
In accord with the philosophy of Catholic Studies, this study abroad opportunity supports and encourages the enrichment of your faith through worship and service to the poor as well as by fostering Catholic community among its students. You will have a unique opportunity to experience the living, universal Church by joining the ranks of pilgrims and saints who have visited the Eternal City.
Study at the Angelicum.
All students will take courses at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the "Angelicum"), which draws professors and students from around the globe. Courses, offered in English, are especially suited for our interdisciplinary program and some include lectures at actual sites in the city.
As Service is an essential part of Catholic life, all students are strongly encouraged to serve Rome's poor. You may chose to work with such communities as the Missionaries of Charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, or the Saint Egidio Movement, providing ample opportunity for reflection on your life and vocation as a member of the larger Catholic community.
Work toward your St. Thomas degree.
Since all of your course credits and financial aid are fully transferable, there is no need to worry about slowing your progress. Additional scholarships and grants for undergraduates may be available through Catholic Studies.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines
January 15 priority deadline
October 1 final deadline
Criteria for Participation
- Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the application deadline.
- Download and read all applicable Student Policies (stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Explore & Plan > Student Policies). You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Explore & Plan > Student Policies.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to semester study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas. Refer to our Scholarships
webpage for details.
Contact the department of Catholic Studies.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad:
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
The flights for this program release 1.584116612 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 202,026 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 67.4 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 60.2 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.