John Carroll University in Rome offers students the opportunity to study in Vatican City while earning John Carroll University academic credit. Classes held specifically for John Carroll University students meet at the Pontificia Universita Urbaniana and will be taught in English by both Urbaniana and John Carroll University professors. This one-semester program is ideal for sophomore and junior students. Students can use the courses offered to fulfill the requirements of the John Carroll University academic core. This program is suitable for all majors, and offers opportunities for professional internships and service.
Students share apartments located in the center of Rome and within walking distance to the university. The cost of cleaning is included in the cost of housing.
Santa Casciani, Ph.D., director of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University, was instrumental in creating the study abroad program at Vatican City. As associate professor of Italian language and literature at John Carroll, Dr. Casciani has developed undergraduate courses dealing with Italian and Italian American issues. She has published extensively in Italian literature, including work focused on authors such as Dante and Michelangelo. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. in Italian at the Ohio State University, and her B.A. in Italian and English at Saint John Fisher College.
Students will participate in an excursion to Tuscany in the middle of the semester. While in Tuscany, students will have the opportunity to visit museums, palaces, and old noble and royal residences. The costs of the excursion are included in the program fee.
This program is able to offer scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need. Students are able to apply all their financial aid, including JCU scholarships, and federal and state aid, to the Vatican City semester. Students with employee benefits packages are not eligible to use these benefits for this program. Please consult the Office of Financial Aid for your individual situation. Students with unmet financial need are encouraged to apply for the Culicchia Italian/American Endowed Scholarship.
Directly billed by JCU (Fall 2019 rates)
Total Semester Budget: $ 36,658
Program Fee ($4000) includes:
The Bishop Pilla Program pays for:
Completed John Carroll University applications are due on April 1. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due on April 1.
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