Christendom in Rome
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Broaden Your Worldview in the Heart of the Catholic Church.
In addition to taking full advantage of the artistic, cultural, ecclesiastical, and spiritual riches and resources of the Eternal City, the program includes visits to Assisi, Siena, and Florence. Students may also participate in optional trips to sacred cities such as Orvieto and Subiaco.
- THEO 301 Moral Theology (Fall core course)
- THEO 302 Apologetics (Spring core course)
- CECS/ENGL/HIST/THEO 300 Roman Perspectives
- HIST 301 Cultural History of Christendom: Art and Architecture
- ITAL 101 Elementary Italian.
In addition to the airfare and the normal tuition and room/board costs of attending Christendom, participants pay an additional fee of approximately $1500; not the normal added expenses of $3000 – $4000 charged by other colleges.
Our commitment to a reasonably priced international experience aims to make the Rome Program attainable for all students.
- Residence Balduina is a 15 minute bus ride to St. Peter’s and a train station is three blocks away. The residence is a beautiful and safe upscale neighborhood, not located in the midst of a tourist trap. The experience is authentically Roman, as students are surrounded by Romans as opposed to tourists.
Balduina's rooms are homey and allow for community-building among the students. There are kitchens and ample furniture in the rooms as well. Additionally, each room has at least one balcony. Last but not least, the hotel is located between two large parks: Parco Regionale Urbano Pineto and the Riserva Naturale di Monte Mario.
Monte Mario is the highest hill in Rome. On the hilltop, now occupying the site of the 15th century Villa Mellini, is the Monte Mario Observatory, part of the Rome Observatory, and the Museo Astronomico Copernicano.
- All students are provided with Metro passes which allow them to travel throughout the city using Rome's extensive bus and metro system.
- Our program is a little over 10 weeks, which allows for students to travel independently before or after the program if students want to explore other parts of Europe.
On the occasion of the College's 35th Anniversary, Pope Francis sent this message:
"On the anniversary of the establishment of Christendom College, His Holiness Pope Francis sends cordial greetings to the entire academic community with prayers that this commemoration will foster a renewed commitment to the ideals of Christian faith and academic excellence, which inspired the college's foundation. His Holiness willingly imparts his apostolic blessing as a pledge of grace and peace in Our Lord Jesus Christ."
Students enjoy seeing the pope regularly at special Masses and weekly audiences.
- The Rome Program is a Junior-year program; participation is to take place during the student’s Junior year.
- Participation in the Rome Program is voluntary; students may elect not to participate and to continue their studies uninterruptedly on the Front Royal campus.
- Students must have at least a Junior standing and be full-time students in order to participate in the Rome Program.
- Students must have at least a cumulative 2.00 GPA at the time of application in order to apply for the Rome Program. Students who do not have at least a cumulative 2.00 GPA at the time of application are not eligible for participation in the Rome Program.
- Students must achieve a minimum 2.00 GPA during their semester prior to participation in the Rome Program.
- Students must be passing the first two years of ELP requirements by the time Rome applications are due.
- Students must have been a full-time student at Christendom College for at least one year prior to the Rome semester.
- Students are expected to have completed the entire first two years of the core curriculum.
- Students on Academic Warning or Probation may not participate in the Rome Program.
- Students with Incompletes on their transcripts may not participate in the Rome Program.
- Students must have disciplinary clearance from Student Life, namely the Dean of Student Life.
- Students must be in good financial standing with the College.
- Students must be in good physical and mental health condition to participate in the Rome Program.
- Students must be deemed good stewards of the College.
- Students must obtain passports valid for travel to Europe.
- Students must obtain medical insurance that is valid in Europe and specifically includes Italy.
- Students may only be accepted via the Rome Program application process.
- The College reserves the right to remove students from the Rome Program at any time for any reason.