Christendom in Rome

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Breathe Catholic in the Heart of the Church.

The purpose of Christendom's Junior Semester in Rome Program is to enhance its academic program with the cultural and intellectual enrichment which living and studying in Rome, in the Heart of the Church, offers the students. Accommodations are in the heart of Rome within walking distance of the Vatican and Rome's Historic Center.

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.

Students stay at the Residence Candia, located within the sound of the bells of the Vatican but a world away from the tour buses. The Residence is a five-minute stroll to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. It is in a quintessentially Roman neighborhood, complete with shops, restaurants, coffee bars, and an open-air market. The Residence consists of spacious apartment-style rooms that provide services like a hotel, such as daily cleaning and weekly change of bed and bath linens. Each apartment has its own bathroom and is equipped with kitchen facilities.

Classes are held at the Istituto Maria SS Bambina, a convent located near the hotel, and situated directly next to St. Peter's. The students can listen to the weekly Wednesday Papal audience from their balcony that overlooks St. Peter's Square.

Christendom students who take part in the Semester in Rome Program are not enrolled in another college's program for the 3-month semester, rather, they are taught and supervised by Christendom College faculty and staff. Additionally, they take classes, go on retreats and tours, and eat their meals solely with the group of approximately 40 Christendom College students. So, it really is a Christendom in Rome Program.


  • 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.
Students make a ten minute walk, cutting across St. Peter's Square, to get to their classes each day at the Istituto Maria SS Bambina, a convent replete with classrooms, chapel, and a balcony literally overlooking St. Peter's Square.

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.




    metroView of Vatican Walls from Residence Candia
  • No other college can boast such a convenient location in Rome. The students currently live in the Residence Candia, located just outside the northern walls of Vatican City. Because of their prime location so proximate to the Vatican, the students are able to easily attend the Sunday Angelus with the Holy Father, attend daily Mass at St. Peter's, and walk to the many churches and sites of Rome. For meals, students have kitchens in their apartments and receive a weekly stipend to buy necessary groceries to cook meals in their rooms. During class days, lunches are shared in common at a cafeteria near their classroom.

  • 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.