SJV in Rome

To apply for the St. John Vianney/Catholic Studies Semester, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Catholic Studies major or minor
  • Student at St. John Vianney Seminary
  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing at time of participation
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale)
  • Good disciplinary standing

Application and Selection Process

Meet with a representative from the Department of Catholic Studies to discuss the program, process, and credits:

  • Undergraduate Students: Dr. David Foote, (651) 962-5744,
  • Complete your online application by the deadline:

Deadlines: January 15 (priority for both fall and spring); March 1 (final for fall) September 15 (final for spring)

  • Conversational Italian will be taken on a pass/fail basis each semester
  • Students will typically select either Patristic Teaching or Modern Philosophy in the fall and either Moral Theology or Medieval Philosophy in the spring.
  • Three courses can be transferred from Rome for the Catholic Studies requirements.Students can fulfill their Fine Arts requirement and one or two Faith and the Catholic Tradition (FCT) requirements.

Grades and Transcripts

St. Thomas receives grade reports from the Angelicum and records the courses, credits and grades received for each student on the St. Thomas transcripts. Each course is worth four semester credits. A conversion is made for the Italian grades to U.S. letter grades.

Non-St. Thomas students may request that the transcript be forwarded to the Registrar on their home campus. One transcript is provided to each student at no cost.


Excursions and Weekend Retreats (Tentative)
Included as part of the program are study tours to Bologna in the fall and Ravenna in the spring. Most of the courses will also include site visits. Each semester, there will be planned trips to Siena and Assisi in which students may elect to participate at their own cost.

Each semester a weekend retreat is planned at Casa Divin Maestro in the quiet woods on Lake Albano in the Alban Hills outside of Rome. The Casa offers respite from the activity of Rome. Students will have time for quiet prayer and reflection as well as community life and activities.

All students participating in St. Thomas study abroad programs are required to verify that they hold health and hospitalization insurance that will cover them while abroad.

Once in Rome you are required by the Italian government to hold the I.N.A. Assitalia, the Italian national hospitalization insurance. This insurance is included in the program fee and is obtained during the orientation in Rome.

As part of your program fee you will be enrolled in a Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance plan for your time abroad. Generally, your CISI insurance will provide comprehensive accident/sickness, medical evacuation, repatriation, 24-7-365 worldwide assistance and a comprehensive security evacuation plan while you are abroad on your program. You will receive more information on the insurance plan prior to departure.

January 15 priority deadline for fall and spring
March 1 final deadline for fall
September 15 final deadline for spring

Note that this program typically fills at the priority deadline.

Group Meeting for Fall 2019 students
Attendance is required.
Discuss: St. Thomas forms, pre-departure requirements, program payments, registration, logistics.

Tuesday, March 12; 11:45am-1:15pm; MHC 211

Italian Visa Session for Fall 2019 students*
Tuesday, March 19; 12:00-1:00; Murray-Herrick 204

*A Notary Public will be present to witness signatures on the Health Affidavit form and to notarize ID copies. Students must make separate appointments with a consular official to witness their signature on the visa application form.

Program Calendar 2019-2020

Fall Semester 2019
September 27-29: Move in to Irish College
September 30-October 5: Angelicum registration and orientation, Italian
October 2: Papal Audience at St. Peter’s
October 3: Diaconal Ordination at St. Peter’s (tentative)
October 7: Regular classes begin at Angelicum
October 21: No morning class
October 22: Student elections (no classes)
November 1: All Saints Day (National Holiday)
December 9: Immaculate Conception (no classes)
December 21: Christmas break begins
January 7: Classes resume
January 22: Departure Date
February 3: Spring semester classes begin at St. Thomas

Spring Semester 2020

February 9: Official move-in date
February 9-10: Orientation 
February 11-15: Angelicum registration and orientation, Introductory classes, Italian
February 12: Papal Audience at St. Peter’s
February 17: Regular classes begin at Angelicum
March 9: Celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas and special mass (no class)
April 4: Easter break begins
April 20: Classes resume
May 1: Labor Day (National Holiday)
May 22: no classes from 10:30am-12:15pm
May 27: Departure Date

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa if their stay in Italy will exceed 90 days. St. Thomas will guide all students on the program in obtaining a visa (which is actually a stamp in your passport granting permission to remain in the country for a specified period of time).

Students should not plan any international travel plans during the period 90-days prior to departure for Rome since your passport needs to be submitted with your visa application.  Any international travel plans (particularly January Term courses prior to a Spring Semester in Rome) may jeopardize your ability to obtain an Italian visa, and you will be required to apply for your visa without the help of St. Thomas.

Getting to Rome

You will be responsible for booking your own flight to Rome.

Fr. Dominic Holtz, Catholic Studies/Angelicum Director, Rome
Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, Formator - Spiritual Director, SJV

Program costs are comparable to on-campus costs. 

Fall Cancellation Policy

If a student withdraws

Prior to July 5 

From July 5 to August 1 

From August 2 to September 3

From September 4 onward

The cancellation fee is:

$450 plus any non-recoverable costs

$1000 plus any non-recoverable costs

$1500 plus any non-recoverable costs

No refunds.  Student is responsible for entire program fee

Spring Cancellation Policy

If a student withdraws

From September 2 to November 1 

From Novemeber 1 to February 1

From February 1 onward

The cancellation fee is:

$1000 plus any non-recoverable costs

$1500 plus any non-recoverable costs

No refunds.  Student is responsible for entire program fee

The $450 program deposit is non-refundable and is due September 1.