Your Junior Semester in Rome

Are you ready to experience the Heart of the Church?

The purpose of Christendom’s Junior Semester in Rome Program is to enhance the College’s academic program with the cultural and intellectual enrichment, which living and studying in Rome, in the Heart of the Church, offers you.  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 Siena, Florence and a retreat in Assisi.  You may also participate in optional trips to sacred cities such as Orvieto and Subiaco.   

When you take part in the three-month Semester in Rome Program, you are not enrolled in another college’s program. Rather, you are taught and supervised by Christendom College faculty and staff.  Additionally, you take classes, go on retreats and tours, and eat meals solely with the group of approximately 40 of your fellow 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)
  • RP 302 Roman Perspectives
  • HIST 301 Cultural History of Christendom: Art and Architecture
  • ITAL 101 Elementary Italian

A: Residence, B: Classrooms (View Larger Map)

You 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 apartments that have been recently renovated, and provides 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 Instituto Maria SS Bambina, a convent located near the hotel, and situated directly next to St. Peter’s.  You can listen to the weekly Wednesday Papal audience from their balcony that overlooks St. Peter’s Square.

In addition to the airfare and the normal tuition and room/board costs of attending Christendom, you pay a nominal “Rome Program” fee of approximately $1,500; not the normal added expenses of $2500 - $4000 charged by other colleges. Our commitment to a reasonably priced international experience aims to make the Rome Program attainable for all students. 

*You must meet specific admissions qualifications and be accepted through our Rome Program admissions process.

*All questions relating to the Rome Program can be directed to:

Miss Caitlin Bowers
Director of Rome Program Preparation