Rome, Italy (Spring)

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Want to spend the semester in Rome? By participating in the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) program, you will live in Italy at the Generalate, the international headquarters for the Christian Brothers Institute. This exciting opportunity, launched by universities in the U.S., offers students a deeper understanding of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Christian Brothers, and the international Lasallian network. You will live students from Lasallian Catholic colleges and universities across the world. 

The program offers the opportunity to earn a total of 16 credits in courses that fulfill major, minor, and general education requirements, and include:

  • Numerous visits around Rome and several excursions to different parts of Italy.
  • Planned excursions include trips to Assisi, Milan, Florence, and Naples.
  • Courses

    Students earn 16 credits for the semester through courses from each of the faculty leaders, and a required one-credit “survival Italian” language course along with additional electives taught by experienced Italian professors. All courses are taught in English and this program presumes no prior study of the Italian language. It does, however, offer the opportunity to study the Italian language as an elective for those who are interested.  

    Required Courses (7 credits):

    • Italian Language (1 credit)
    • Trade and the European Union (Dr. Natalia Boliari) 3cr
    • Christian Faith and the Arts (Dr. Dominic Colonna) 3cr

    Elective Courses- Choose 2-3 from below (3 credits each): 

    • Art History - Italian Art: Rome through the Centuries-From its Origins to the 17th Century
    • Economics – International Economics
    • History - Italy Today
    • Italian Language (may take two)
    • Literature - Italy through 19th and 20th Century American & British Writers
    • Theology - Lasallian Community and Social Action
  • Faculty Leaders

    The following full-time faculty members lead the LUCE-ROME program, live at the Generalate, teach courses, and travel with the students on program-sponsored excursions.

    Natalia Boliari, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Economics & Finance
    Manhattan College

    Dominic Colonna, Ph.D.
    Professor, Theology
    Lewis University

Dates Offered

This is a full semester-long program.

  • Spring semester

Courses & Credits

All courses are offered in English and the program is designed to accommodate the curricular needs of a diverse array of student majors from Liberal Arts, Business and more.


All students live in a single-person hotel rooms right on the premises of the Generalate.  Each room features a bed, desk, chair, and closet. There are additional shared common spaces for the program participants in close proximity to the classroom areas. Sheets and towels are provided to all and there is an additional arrangement that allows for optional laundry service. A meal plan is included in the program fee and is served at the Generalate dining facilities.  Students have a full breakfast every day and are provided lunches and dinners five days per week.


For the most up to date program costs, contact the Study Abroad Office in Thomas Hall. The program and tuition fees for the LUCE-ROME program includes airfare, tuition, airport pick-up in Rome, accommodations, orientation, site-visits, program-sponsored excursions and activities, a meal plan (17 meals per week), and medical insurance.

**Note: The program cost does not include passport fees, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses. Participants in this semester abroad program are permitted to apply 100% of their financial aid toward the cost of the program.