The Rome CORE Semester

Go beyond textbooks and engage globally with your core curriculum. During the Rome CORE semester, Rome and Italy will become your classroom as you go on site visits, attend cultural events and take advantage of volunteer opportunities with social service organizations throughout the city. 

The Rome CORE Semester allows students from a wide range of majors the chance to experience a full semester abroad while keeping on track for graduation. As part of an international living learning community, CORE students live together with a St. Thomas faculty director and an on-site resident director in the St. Thomas Bernardi residence, located on the banks of the Tiber River, within walking distance of sites like the Spanish Steps and Vatican City.  

All students can complete their history, social science, philosophy, English or fine arts requirement, and take the second-level theology course. For business majors, the social science course also fulfills the required course in macroeconomics.

Bernardi Rome Fund Awards

Bernardi Rome fund awards are available for the fall 2017 Rome CORE Semester. Funds are awarded to students demonstrating financial need; no application is required. Additionally, most students are able to use their scholarships, grants and loans to help cover program costs. These costs are comparable to St. Thomas’ comprehensive tuition fee plus the off-campus study fee. Included in the program fee are:

  • Tuition: four core courses plus a 2-credit introductory Italian language course
  • Housing and meals (breakfast daily and one dinner per week)
  • Site visits and excursions within Rome and throughout the country