Italy: Trinity College in Rome

"I dressed, ate, spoke like an Italian. And the people reward you for your effort in such amazing ways.  You walk into a little out-of-the-way cafe, 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." -- Trinity Program Alum from Rollins

Experience Rome

To learn more about the culture and people of Italy, courses use Rome as a classroom, incorporating field activities and excursions in Rome and throughout Italy!

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Overview

The Trinity program provides an outstanding educational opportunity in the heart of Rome, where glorious treasures and haunting ruins of several magnificent civilizations are stage to a vibrant, modern capital. You'll enjoy a superb location, excellent faculty, engaging small classes with stimulating fieldwork in Rome, academic excursions throughout Italy and Europe, and the city’s unparalleled lively cosmopolitan culture. Each semester this program welcomes approximately 60 participants from around the U.S., creating a close-knit, friendly academic community that fosters intellectual growth and intercultural competency. This program is an excellent fit for students studying Art History, Economics, History, International Relations, English, and Political Science.

Requirements & Deadlines

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Internship Requirements: Depending on your major, there may be other requirements for the internship program. Please contact International Programs for more details.

Deadlines


Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Sept 1: Students Arrive
  • Dec 15: Program Ends

Spring 2018

  • Jan 26: Students Arrive
  • May 18: Program Ends

Getting There

Orientation & Flight

The Resident Director and members of the office staff will be on hand to meet you when you arrive at the hotel. They will facilitate getting settled and ready to begin the orientation, which will begin after lunch on the day of your arrival. Students are responsible for booking their own flights.

Visa

US citizens must secure a study visa prior to departure by applying through the appropriate Italian consulate in the United States. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports & Visas Page

Academic Information

Campus

Trinity’s Rome campus is nestled among villas and gardens atop the Aventine, one of the seven hills of Ancient Rome, overlooking the Tiber River on one side and the Circus Maximus on the other. The program offers a broad liberal arts curriculum with courses taught across a range of disciplines. As often as possible, courses include site visits, walking tours and academic excursions that immerse you in this classic and stylish city. In addition to the group excursion offered each semester, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of course-based Academic Excursions to places such as Venice, Florence, and Torino.

Courses

Required Course: All students must enroll in an Italian language course. In turn, options are available at all levels of Italian (beginning, intermediate and advanced).

Trinity Rome Courses: Including the required Italian class, you'll take 3 - 4 other classes. In addition to classes offered in Art History, PolySci, IR, etc. interested students can also study Latin and/or Greek. Please follow this link for a full list of Trinity courses.

Optional Internship: Trinity can also arrange entry-level internships in an attractive mix of settings; including museums, human rights organizations, schools, government offices, and fashion. If you're interested in an internship, please contact International Programs. All students must receive pre-approval for internships PRIOR to leaving Rollins campus. Otherwise, transfer internship credit will not be approved.

Number of Credits: Students must take a minimum of four courses, and most courses are worth four Rollins credit hours. Therefore, students will typically earn 16 Rollins semester hours at Trinity. However, you can take an academic course load equivalent to 22 Rollins semester hours, made up of courses with various credit hours (in some cases this means courses that grant .5 credits).

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the Trinity College. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing and Meals

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.

Student Life

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. The Rome Campus offers a unique opportunity for student-athletes to join local sports clubs and leagues in Rome at appropriate levels. Opportunities include indoor soccer, field hockey, crew on the Tiber, weekend sailing at Anzio, and American baseball, softball, and football.

Course Field Trips & Excursions

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. Each semester will include one excursion for the entire group (Fall will be Naples/Pompeii/Capri; Spring will be Venice). In addition, there will be two long weekend held for additional course related academic trips (if enrolled in those courses that require such excursions) or free to travel on one's own.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition, program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, program activities, and partial board.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,300 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $200 (estimate)
  • Personal Expenses/ Course Materials: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, Entertainment, Independent Travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200-$2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program. The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.