Housing: Students are housed in dormitory-style quarters. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower. Half the students lodge on campus in comfortable rooms of double occupancy. The other half stays in a nearby dormitory offering rooms similar to those found on campus. A limited number of single rooms may also be available on campus to those with special requirements. The off-campus dormitory is just a five-minute walk from campus on the Aventine. At the off-campus dormitory, the staff cleans the rooms and makes the beds daily—a convenience not available at rooms on campus. For a modest fee, students enjoy access to a nearby fitness center and swimming pool.
Meals: All students eat together in a family-style dining room on campus for breakfast and the main meal offered daily at 1PM. Regrettably, special dietary needs cannot be met and vegetarian meals are not always available. Any additional meals must be purchased at the additional expense of the student.
Computers and Internet: In addition to a fully equipped computer room with several work stations, the program offers comprehensive wireless connectivity on campus and at the off-campus dormitory. Students are therefore expected to bring their own laptop computers.
Activities: Building bridges to the community, the Rome Campus arranges a variety of social exchanges with Italians majoring in American Studies at nearby Rome University. The program also organizes visits to major institutions in Rome and students have recently visited Il Quirinale (official presidential residence), Montecitorio (Parliament), the Vatican Gardens, and film studios at Cinecitta. Also included are outings to concerts, operas, plays, art exhibits, and sporting events.
Field Trips and Excursions: All courses feature City Connections - elements of immersion, grounded in the syllabus. Innovative intensive programs offer special opportunities for in-depth immersion in a broad range of fields and activities:
Internship Program: The Rome Campus arranges rewarding internships in an attractive mix of settings, including museums, human rights organizations, schools, government, and fashion. If a student is interested in the Trinity Internship Program, please contact Allisa Johnson, Arts & Sciences Internship Director or Sharon Agee, INB Internship Director to see if you can receive Rollins internship credit.
City Connections: All courses at the Rome campus include a component designed to foster cross-cultural exploration in the city at large. Activities built into each course may take the form of field work, site visits, or another activity relating to the course work.
Sports Placements: The Rome Campus offers a unique opportunity for student-athletes to join local sports clubs and leagues in Rome at appropriate levels. This one-of-a-kind partnership with local athletes and sports enthusiasts opens a window into Roman life and culture not readily available to short term residents. Opportunities include indoor soccer, field hockey, crew on the Tiber, weekend sailing at Anzio, and American baseball, softball, and football.
Life in Rome: To get the most out of your Rome experience: a main theme of the orientation process is that “being there is not enough.” If the Rome experience is to pay off for you in the full sense, you will have to take charge of your life in new ways. You will find, for example, that you will have to supply much of the “rhythm and pace” to your life in Europe. Many of your normal habits and obligations will simply have not relevance in Rome and you will have to build new daily patterns. Similarly, you will almost surely want to meet Europeans as quickly as you can, but this won’t just “happen.” You will have to develop a strategy to maximize your social contacts. This may mean involving yourself in all kinds of things that would not normally attract you. In short, people become something of an end in themselves and you have to find different ways of breaking into their already established lives. Above all, you must develop new intellectual and cultural interests. If you do not have projects to pursue—interests to cultivate—time will drift and you will constantly be “waiting” for something to happen to you. It probably won’t. The direction, the force, the interest and the independence in your life will have to be supplied by you.
"For years I had been dreaming of going to Italy, and as a transfer student at Rollins, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to find the time to go abroad. But I was determined, and to say that Rome was worth it is such an understatement. The key to making the most of a study abroad experience is immersing yourself in culture. I dressed, ate, spoke like an Italian. And the people reward you for your effort in such amazing ways. They open themselves to you—their homes, their food, their wine, their family. You walk into a little out-of-the-way café, and the next thing you know you’ve been there for hours sitting with the owner talking and eating together. The Trinity program in particular creates opportunities for you to build relationships like this with professors too. The class sizes are the same as or smaller than Rollins’, and you find that the professors are easily some of the most knowledgeable people you have ever met. Professor Jan Gadeyne is the smartest professor I had in college. He led our class all over Rome and flooded us with history, and we absolutely loved him. Professor Francesca Persegati was the first woman to be hired by the Vatican Museum, and she takes students into the basement art conservation labs of the Vatican that no tourist gets to see and up scaffolding in churches and museums to observe current conservation work on famous art pieces. Incredible opportunities. Go and see for yourself. I could go on about the Eternal City and the Trinity program for pages!"
--Cary Hall '11