CIEE Global Institute – Rome: Open Campus Program
The CIEE Open Campus program at our Global Institute – Rome offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience study abroad in your own way. Customize the program to your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five options, then choose from a range of courses and subject areas. In Rome, no matter how you build your program, you'll surround yourself with the language, culture, and people of the Eternal City. You'll have plenty of chances to get out and see Rome and Italy up close during included excursions and Study Tours.
Plus, you'll have time to learn how to make fresh pasta, visit the historic center of Rome, one of the Unesco Heritage Site, the Vatican Museums, St. Peters and much more.
Students can also opt to combine locations across the four CIEE Open Campus locations – in Berlin, London, Paris and Rome – to create a truly individualized study abroad experience.
Create Your Perfect Study Abroad Experience
Select courses from five academic tracks:
- Language, Literature & Culture - Learn or improve your Italian language skills, immerse yourself in 2,000 years of history, and learn about the most fascinating art and architecture works from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance and beyond. Some of the courses might also be offered in Italian.
- Business - As one of the founding members of the European Union, and leading economy in Southern Europe, Rome is an ideal place to explore economics, finance, management, strategy, and more.
- Communications, Journalism & New Media - Learn about the Italian film industry and international renowned directors; the influence of Italy's national public broadcasting company on the national and international scenes; or the Italian journalism scene through the analysis of the most influential national newspapers.
- Health Sciences - Discover Italy's approach to public health, compare local and global health care systems, and learn about contemporary challenges in global health.
- International Relations & Political Science - Dig into the difficult challenge of massive irregular immigration and other international complex issues that face Italy and European countries, and consider the effects they have around the world.
Enroll in one, two or three 6-week blocks:
The Open Campus Program teaches classes taught on a unique six-week academic block system, which results in courses that are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Student should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long, and can be combined with blocks in the Open Campus program in Berlin, London and Paris. Students typically take two courses per block, one of which might be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research).
Stay in Rome – or combine locations
Stay in Rome for the duration of your study abroad – or add on blocks in other CIEE Open Campus locations in Berlin, London and Paris and experience more of Europe in CIEE's unique Global Scholar program.
Global Scholars are students who combine sessions in the Open Campus programs in Berlin, London, Paris, and Rome. To amplify and maximize the experience, all Global Scholars participate in Global Scholars Online (GSO), a virtual course that will accompany you on your journey to multiple CIEE Global Institutes. GSO will help you squeeze the most learning and benefit out of your time abroad. It will support you in connecting with peers, making sense of cultural differences, and transitioning between multiple host cultures.
Find out more.
Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
1. Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
2. Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
- any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs
- the course approval process
- how to apply to Other Approved Program
3. Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection
Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
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 > Student Policies.
Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program provider.
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