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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Apartment, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, Global Business Perspective, HI, PI, RD, SCBI
Study Abroad Contact: Alma Sandoval Community Engagement Available: Yes
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
The Vatican

Spend the fall in Rome! DePaul’s study abroad program in Rome offers students the opportunity to study at Italiaidea, a small, student-centered language institute with a superb record and reputation for high quality instruction, and at St. John’s University campus in Rome, a university, like DePaul, driven by its Vincentian mission. The program is designed as an introduction to Rome, its rich history and its place in the development of Western culture.

During this fall program, students will have the opportunity to study business core, film, art history, philosophy, religion, political science and more. Many of the courses take advantage of Rome’s beauty and history, conducting classes on the streets and in the plazas or making visits to popular and historical sites. Students can select to live in a homestay with an Italian host family that provides students with safe, comfortable and culturally enriching experiences outside of the classroom or in a shared apartment located throughout Rome.


Students on this program will take courses at Italiaidea and St. John’s University. All students are required to take 4 courses total, one of which is a required Italian language course. Students have the option to take more than 1 Italian language course to enhance their Italian language skills. Italian language majors and minors are highly encouraged to take more than 1 Italian language course.
  Required number of classes Total # of Courses DPU Credit Hours per Course Total DPU Credit Hours
Required Course 1 Italian language course at appropriate level taken at Italiaidea 4 courses 4.5 credit hours 18 credit hours
Topic Course 3 topic courses (taken at Italiaidea or St. John’s University) or additional Italian Language courses (taken at Italiaidea)

How to Search for Courses
  1. View the Rome Course Offerings and DePaul Course Equivalents list
  2. In addition to the required Italian language course, select 3 courses and 4 back-up courses

Please note: Students will take a language placement test once on-site. Students that place into intermediate/advanced level will have the opportunity to take an additional Italian course that requires service learning. Students will participate in service learning at a local retirement home.

Students with no prior Italian language knowledge are strongly encouraged to take ITA 101 ahead of their arrival in Rome. A section of ITA 101 is typically offered in the Spring Quarter. Use the class search tool to see when ITA 101 will be offered. Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

Courses are subject to change based on scheduling at the host institution. Courses are pending availability and final student enrollment numbers.


Students will have the option to live with Italian host families or in apartments located around the city.

Students live in a carefully selected homestay. These Italian families have been collaborating with Italiaidea for many years. Hosts open their homes and lives to the students; they share time, meals and tips, helping students to feel at ease and to stay safe right away in a new city and a different culture. Living with locals can be the richest way for a student to immerse themselves into everyday Roman life. There are a variety of homestay family structures. Homestay placements may be with couples, singles, families with children, with or without pets, or be people of different ages - all of them with the common quality of offering genuine hospitality. Students that live in homestays will have some meals included.

Students will lived in shared apartments with anywhere from 3-6 students from the program. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen (utensils, pots/pans, dishes and glasses provided), a washing machine, a bathroom, a clothes drying rack, and bed linens and pillows. All apartments have wi-fi. No meals are included in the apartment option. Apartments will be located between Italiaidea and St. John’s. Students will be staying in apartment buildings among local residents of the city of Rome.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. Students participating in the Rome study abroad program DO need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page.

Students will apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno (Residence Permit) once in Italy. This must be done within 8 days of entering Italy. Italiaidea will facilitate the application process.


Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
David Prunty Fall 2017 and Fall 2018
Samantha Mallett Fall 2018
Isabella Fioretto Fall 2015

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA