Office of International Programs

Italy: Trinity College in Rome

"I dressed, ate, and 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/Rollins Alum

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

Students on the Trinity in Rome program will enjoy a superb location in the heart of Rome, 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, Classics, History, and other fields.

Requirements for Admission

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.

Program Calendar

Fall 2019

  • Sept 2: Students Arrive (by 10:00 am) 
  • Sept 2-8: Orientation
  • Oct 26- Nov 3: Fall Break
  • Dec 20: Program Ends

Spring 2020

  • Jan 27: Students Arrive (by 10:00 am)
  • May 15: Program Ends (Students depart by 12:00 pm)

Getting There

Orientation & Flight

Upon arrival Trinity staff will provide an on-site orientation including all you need to know about academics, health and safety, housing, transportation, money, and more. You will also be introduced to the local culture and history to make your transition into Rome easier. The orientation includes exciting activities such as walking tours of the Aventine Hill and the adjoining neighborhoods of Testaccio, Trastevere, and central Rome. 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. Upon arrival in Italy, you will also need to apply for a Residence Permit and ISA will help you through this process. For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports & Visas Page.

Academic Information

Campus and Courses

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. As often as possible, courses include site visits, walking tours and academic excursions that immerse you in this classic and stylish city.

All students must enroll in an Italian language course. Options are available at all levels of Italian (beginning, intermediate and advanced).  Students will also enroll in 3 - 4 other courses. Please follow this link for a full list of Trinity courses.

Foreign Language Competency WARNING: Italian 101 in Rome does not fulfill the Foreign Language Competency. You cannot take Italian at Rollins, and so will have a hard time fulfilling the Foreign Language Competency if you wish to continue language study after your time in Rome. You will most likely need to fulfill that requirement with a different language taught at Rollins.

Transfer of Credit

Students must take at least four courses and most courses are worth 3 credits; however, the introductory Italian language course is worth 5 credits so students typically earn 14-17 credits on the program. Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information page.

Housing and Meals

Housing

The Trinity campus is made up of 3 buildings, all within a short walk of each other. Two of the buildings contain student housing. One building is in a convent—this is where you will have your program meals and have some of your classes. This student housing is separate from the areas of the convent where the nuns live. The other building with student housing is a local hotel.  In both buildings, students typically stay in furnished, double-occupancy rooms with private or shared bathrooms.

Meals

All students receive 14 meals per week, offered on campus in a family-style dining room. This includes breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and four dinners. It is typical for students to eat their other meals at one of the many restaurants near the program location. Trinity also provides students with coupons for local restaurants and cafés.

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.

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 is usually Naples/Pompeii/Capri; Spring is usually Venice). In addition, there are typically two long weekends for additional course-related excursions.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room and Board: $6,800.00

Includes

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

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $200 (estimate)
  • Residence permit: $260 (estimate)
  • Additional meals: $1,125 (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

Need-Based Scholarships

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