Villanova University School of Law and the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis) proudly announce their eighth annual Summer Law Study Abroad Program in Rome, Italy.
Rome. The Eternal City. The City of Seven Hills … an ideal location in which to study and enjoy life in the heart of Europe. Home to restaurants, museums, the Vatican, ancient historical sites, shopping and spectacular scenery, Rome has something to interest every visitor, and this beautiful city provides an appropriate backdrop for the courses offered in this popular summer program.
Rome bustles with activity in the summertime – outdoor opera and ballet, evening music and special events. Visitors can find plenty to enjoy – whether in italiano or in inglese.
In the Rome Program, you can earn six (6) semester hours of credit while enjoying the incredible historical, cultural, religious and culinary experiences that Rome offers. Classes will be held on the campus of John Cabot University, located in the charming and lively Trastevere neighborhood. All classrooms are air-conditioned, are equipped with wireless Internet access, and are located in a lovely area near the Tiber River. Faculty and the Program Director’s offices will be in the same building, making access convenient. You will have access to computer labs and other University facilities.
The Program has been approved by the American Bar Association, and was reaccredited in 2012. Students in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school or foreign equivalent who have completed one full year of full-or part-time study may be admitted into the Program, as space permits.
For more details, read on…
You must choose two of the three-credit courses offered. Each course will enroll up to a maximum of approximately 35 students. Course enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Each course will meet for 20 sessions of 105 minutes each; together, your two courses will meet for a total of 3.5 hours daily. The remainder of each day will be free for you to study and to explore Rome and its environs. Guest speakers and trips to local legal institutions will complement your course work.
Villanova and St. Thomas use nearly identical grading systems. The Villanova system, which will be used for the 2014 Rome Program for Villanova students and students from schools other than St. Thomas, is as follows:
The St. Thomas grading system, which awards slightly different quality points to each grade, will be used for grades awarded to St. Thomas students.
All students are expected to comply with the Academic Rules and Policies for the Rome summer program, which will be distributed to enrolled students. Please note: The Rules and Policies of the sponsoring law schools may be updated prior to the commencement of the program. All enrolled students will be provided with and deemed to have read and understood the Rules and Policies.
Each of the four courses offered will be assessed by written examination of approximately three hours each, or, alternatively, by take-home examinations. Some courses may include graded components for presentations, papers, and other assignments. Letter grades will be assigned for each course, and grade reports and transcripts will be sent by the Registrar of Villanova University School of Law (for Villanova students and students from schools other than St. Thomas), or by the Registrar of the University of St. Thomas (for students from that school only), to each student or to the student’s school, at the direction of the student. Grades will also be available online. The release of grades is contingent upon the student's payment of all costs and fees that are due to the Program.
Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the Program is subject to determination by the student’s home school. It is unlikely that participation in a foreign Summer Program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration or in determining whether Rome grades will calculate into their GPAs should consult with their schools to review this issue. Grades for Villanova and St. Thomas students will be calculated into those students’ GPAs.
Students will be required to authorize the Program co-sponsors to release information to third parties as permitted by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) following acceptance into the Program.
Comparative immigration law offers an opportunity for law students to examine one of the world’s most unregulated economic and humanitarian phenomena: human migration. Wherever one looks, people are on the move for business, education, family reunification, flight from persecution, and are also the objects of trafficking and smuggling – enough people to constitute the fifth largest country on earth.
Students will examine contemporary U.S. immigration policy debates and choices, and underlying regulatory approaches, and then look at immigration in a comparative manner. The course will consider how Judeo-Christian faiths—Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish—have understood migration and the migrant. The course will also compare and contrast the American approach and experience with other perspectives on immigration, including those of the European Union, NAFTA, WTO, Canada, France, and Mexico. The comparative approach of this course will also explore how other countries deal with common problems, including migration enforcement mechanisms; skilled labor migration; low-wage migration programs; refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people; trafficked and smuggled migrants; and migration policy vis-à-vis terrorism and organized crime.
Professor Teresa Collett, University of St. Thomas
This course will introduce students to competing understandings of the human person as well as various understandings of human sexuality. The teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on the role of the person and human sexuality will be contrasted with the secular viewpoints of emerging international law. A variety of legal sources -- statutes, cases, law journal articles and international treaties and court decisions -- will be examined to explore the dominant approach of international agreements regarding the law of human rights as it relates to human sexuality. Discussion of other religious viewpoints is welcome and encouraged. Guest speakers and/or field trips to complement the classroom experience will be offered.
Professor Diane Penneys Edelman, Villanova
In October 2013, more than a thousand works of art confiscated by the Nazis were discovered in a Munich apartment. That same week, Cornell University announced that it would return 10,000 ancient tablets to the government of Iraq. Although not necessarily a commonly known fact, issues involving cultural heritage and the law crop up virtually on a daily basis.From the removal of the Elgin (or Parthenon) Marbles from Greece, to the looting of art by the Nazis and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, civilizations have often considered objects of art and cultural property to be their rightful spoils of war or conquest—to take, sell, or destroy as they will. Sometimes these acts are committed by governments, sometimes by private actors. Governments may succeed or fail in their efforts to repatriate cultural property, and museums and galleries, as well as individual purchasers, must be wary about the provenance of their collections and purchases to avoid costly litigation and recovery. We will look at how art is defined and treated under the law, and will examine major international legal instruments, legislation, court decisions, and policies relating to the protection of artists' rights and cultural property. Class will include a visit to the Carabinieri Art Crimes headquarters.
Professor Wulf Kaal, University of St. Thomas
This course will provide an introduction to the law of the European Union. Students will learn about the historical settings for the creation and the development of the EU, its institutional structure and functioning, and the specific nature and sources of EU law. The course introduces the concept of the basic freedoms in the European Union, such as the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons, and examines the impact of EU law on the lives of EU citizens as well as on companies that are established or provide services in the EU. Europe’s antitrust and competition laws will be introduced and outlined. Students interested in developing a background for future work in the European legal and business arena will find this course fundamental to their basic understanding of this important international intergovernmental entity.
Note: Villanova Law students enrolled in this course may not enroll in the European Union Law course taught at Villanova during the regular academic year. Similarly, Villanova students who have completed the European Union Law course during the regular academic year may not enroll in this Rome summer course.
Teresa Collett, a passionate advocate for the protection of human life and the family, is a nationally sought-after scholar and speaker on the topics of marriage, religion and bioethics. She is a prolific scholar, and is the co-author of two textbooks, Recovering Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law (with Michael Scaperlanda), and Cases and Materials on the Rules of the Legal Profession (with Robert Cochran, Jr.). Professor Collett earned both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and has taught at University of St. Thomas since 2003.
Professor Collett is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has testified before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before legislative committees in several states. In 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Professor Collett to a five-year term on the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Professor Collett is often asked to participate in high-profile litigation on behalf of state and federal officials. She represented the Governors of Minnesota and North Dakota before the United States Supreme Court in their support of the New Hampshire state requirement of parental involvement prior to performance of an abortion on a minor. Professor Collett has served as special Attorney General for the States of Oklahoma and Kansas, as has assisted other state Attorneys General in defending laws protecting human life and marriage. Prior to joining St. Thomas, Professor Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law.
Diane Penneys Edelman, the Rome Program Director, is Director of International Programs and a Professor of Legal Writing at Villanova University School of Law, where has taught since 1993. She directed and taught in Villanova’s summer program in Montréal in 2004 and 2005, and has directed and has taught International Art and Cultural Heritage Law in the Rome program. Professor Edelman received her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and served as an Adjunct Legal Writing Professor. She clerked for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a litigator at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York and at Hoyle, Morris & Kerr in Philadelphia before coming to Villanova.
Professor Edelman previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and supervises student externs at that organization and the Barnes Foundation, as well as Villanova Law’s Art Law Society. She is also President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She is also a Co-Chair of the International Legal Education & Specialist Certification Committee of the Section on International Law of the American Bar Association.
Wulf Kaal brings an international perspective to his role as educator and researcher. He is trained in economics, law, and philosophy. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) from Durham University in England, a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and a J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Before entering the academy, Professor Kaal was associated with the largest and most prestigious law firms in Europe and the United States, as well as the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.
Professor Kaal has published in leading peer-reviewed journals in Europe in both English and German. He has written significant articles in leading American law reviews and journals in the areas of securities regulation, hedge funds, banking and finance. Professor Kaal uses Law & Economics scholarship and a comparative perspective to explain the economic underpinnings of the respective substantive rules and doctrine. In summer 2012, Professor Kaal taught International Finance in the Rome summer program.
Beth Lyon, a national authority on the laws and policies affecting immigrant workers, joined the Villanova Law faculty in 2001. She is the founding Director of Villanova’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, founding Co-Director of the Community Interpreter Internship Program, and Professor of Law. Professor Lyon received her B.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, her M.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, she was the Managing Editor of Law and Policy in International Business (now the Georgetown Journal of International Law) and a Ford Foundation Fellow in Lima, Peru. Professor Lyon was also a staff attorney for Human Rights First, a consultant at the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, and a Fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University.
Professor Lyon is a member the Advisory Group of the American Bar Association Language Access Standards Project, Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Society of American Law Teachers Board of Directors, and Praxis Coordinator for the Steering Committee of the Board of Directors of Latina & Latino Critical Theory, Inc. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of Friends of Farmworkers and of the Global Workers Justice Alliance. Professor Lyon also chairs the Treaty Ratification Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil and Equal Rights Committee.
Professor Lyon has written and spoken extensively on domestic and international immigrant and farm worker rights, and generally about the human rights of the poor.
Tuan Samahon has taught at Villanova Law since 2009, where he teaches and writes in the areas of federal courts and constitutional law. His articles on various federal separation-of-powers and constitutional law subjects have been published in the Stanford Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Nevada Law Journal, and the Denver University Law Review. In late 2009, he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, subcommittee on the Constitution, concerning executive branch use of policy “czars,” and in 2013, he argued a case before the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealing with the separation of powers doctrine.
Professor Samahon received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was an Olin Law and Economics Research Fellow and was co-awarded the Olin Prize in Law and Economics. Prior to entering teaching, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia and for U.S. Circuit Judge Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit. He also practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling. In 2007, he was named Professor of the Year by his students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Rome Program offers many opportunities to experience the immeasurable historical, cultural, and religious bounty of Rome.
During the summer, you can participate in a variety of cultural activities, including museum visits, entertainment, and lectures, during which you can practice your italiano and learn more about Italian culture. We hope to repeat two religious highlights of past summers – a Papal Audience with His Holiness, Pope Francis, and weekly private mass services, in English, at St. Peter’s Basilica.
In addition, we anticipate that we will have a variety of social events for faculty and students throughout the Program, including an opening lunch, closing banquet, and our annual group weekend trip to a special destination of cultural, religious and historical significance. In past years, program participants have travelled as a group to Assisi, Orvieto, and Monte Sant’Angelo … and we’ll have another trip in store for the first weekend of the 2014 program – watch for details!
Between that first opening day and the last day of classes, you’ll be able to attend a wide variety of exciting trips and tours. In addition, you can sign up for walking tours of a wide variety of religious, historical, and cultural sites in and around Rome. During the past seven summers, we have visited:*
* Note: Not all of these trips and tours will be offered each year, although program participants can visit most of these sites on their own.
During summer 2014, you will be housed in apartments in John Cabot’s Viale Trastevere apartment building, an authentic Italian apartment building located 20 minutes walking distance or 8 minutes by tram from John Cabot’s two campuses. The residence is equipped with wireless internet service and good cell phone reception. One set of linens is provided, and each apartment has a washing machine. Kitchens are equipped with cook top, oven, microwave and refrigerator. Various sized apartments are available. All John Cabot-arranged apartments are non-smoking. Please note that the Viale Trastevere apartments are not air-conditioned; however, they are spacious and have balconies. You should wait to decide whether to purchase a small fan inexpensively from a nearby store after you determine whether you will need one in your apartment.
If you prefer, you may arrange your own housing. Suggestions for how to do so will be provided after you enroll in the Program.
Move-in date: Friday, June 13, Saturday, June 14, or Monday, June 16
Note: Plan to arrive in Rome at the latest by the morning of Monday, June 16 so that you can move into your apartment and be on time for the mandatory orientation meeting that afternoon.
Move-out date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
The anticipated range for summer 2014 housing costs in the Viale Trastevere apartments is U.S. $ 1400 to $ 2000 per person. Housing costs will vary depending upon the location and number of students living in the apartment. More detailed information regarding housing will be provided upon admission into the Program.
United States Citizens will need a valid passport to enter Italy. For information on obtaining or renewing your passport, visit http://www.travel.state.gov/. If you are not a U.S. citizens, you must state your nationality on your program application because entry requirements to Italy may differ from those required for U.S. students. If you do not already have a passport, please apply for one as soon as possible to avoid rush processing fees and to make sure that your passport arrives in time for your departure. Please note that for certain air carriers, your passport must be valid for six months beyond your return date.
In addition, please review the U.S. State Department Country-Specific Information for Italy, the Holy See (Vatican City), and San Marino, and the State Department’s Tips for Traveling Abroad. If this Country-Specific Information is revised by the State Department prior to or during the Program, the link to the revised information will be posted on this website and sent to you by email.
Please note: Students visiting Italy for summer study only do not need a visa.
We are pleased to announce that Tuition and Fees for summer 2014 remain the same as for summer 2013. Estimated tuition, fees, and additional costs of the 2014 program include:
|Study Abroad Fee||$250|
|Travel (From East Coast or Midwest)||$1,600-$1,900|
|Miscellaneous (books, local travel, entertainment)||$1,000***|
* A surcharge may be applied after May 1, 2013.
** This is nonrefundable if a student does not enroll. For those who enroll, this will be credited to the student account to cover the Study Abroad Fee of $250. The Study Abroad Fee covers additional insurance and other administrative costs.
*** Subject to change depending upon the value of the Euro. Additional charges for official documentation in Italy may be assessed. For a convenient currency converter, visit http://www.xe.com/.
The tuition and fees charges include all application fees, tuition for two courses, and the group program trip, certain tours, and special events. A variety of additional events will be offered on a fee-per-event basis. Information about participation in and payment for the additional events will be provided at a later date.
The tuition and fees are to be paid as follows:
You must submit a completed Application and non-refundable Application Fee of $250.00. In addition, if you attend a law school other than Villanova or University of St. Thomas, the Dean or Registrar of your school must send a letter certifying that you are a student in good standing (academic and disciplinary) prior to your acceptance into the Program. You will be advised of other requirements (including advice about your passport, transportation, housing, etc.) following your admission to the Program. Applicants from Villanova and University of St. Thomas are not required to submit a certificate of good standing.
THE APPLICATION FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE, UNLESS THE PROGRAM IS CANCELLED BY VILLANOVA AND ST. THOMAS. THE FEE WILL BE CREDITED TOWARD YOUR ACTIVITIES FEE.
The balance of tuition and fees will be due before the Program begins.
Payment for housing is due according to the following schedule:
All tuition and fees must be paid by personal check, cashier's check or money order, in U.S. dollars. Checks or electronic funds transfers received from your Financial Aid office will also be accepted. The cost and method of payment for course materials will be determined prior to the start of the Program.
Grades from the Summer Program will not be released until all outstanding charges have been paid in full. If special circumstances warrant any adjustment in your payment schedule, you should communicate with the appropriate Financial Aid Office immediately.
If you need financial aid funds to participate in the Rome Program, you need to contact the Financial Aid Office at your home institution as soon as possible, as that office will process your aid for the Program. If you are not a Villanova Law or St. Thomas student, you must have your Financial Aid Office send a consortium agreement to the:
Rome Summer Program
c/o Office of Financial Aid
Villanova University School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Please note that it is possible that your financial aid funds may not be available until close to the start date of the Program, and some fees (e.g., Housing) may be due approximately two months before the Program begins. If you need financial aid, you must request a deferment of expenses as early as possible, by letter addressed to the Villanova Office of Financial Aid (for Villanova students and students from schools other than St. Thomas). Financial aid questions for St. Thomas students should be directed to Chad Nosbusch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 651-962-4051
Please note that air fare may vary based on the age of the student and the air carrier. Because you will likely have to purchase your plane ticket before you receive your financial aid award, you will need to plan accordingly. You are responsible for arranging for your transportation between the United States and Rome (Fiumicino Airport), and Fiumicino and the JCU campus. Further information about transportation between Fiumicino and JCU will be provided at a later date.
Complete your application to the Program by downloading it and typing directly onto the Application. You will need to submit your Application as a hard paper copy, by regular mail or in person at the offices listed below.
Please read important information on Medical Insurance, Housing, and Program Costs before completing your application. Also, please make sure to complete all steps on the following Application Checklist before submitting your Application:
Application – Deadline: March 15, 2014, or until the Program is filled.
Download the Application here. You may complete your Application by typing directly onto the form.
For Villanova students and students attending schools other than St. Thomas:
Rome Summer Program
Office of the Registrar
Villanova University School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085-1682
Telephone: (610) 519-7002 or 7017
Fax: (610) 519-7495
For students at St. Thomas only:
Ms. Jill S. Akervik
University of St. Thomas School of Law
1000 LaSalle Avenue, MSL 131
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403-2015
Telephone: (651) 962-4928
Fax: (651) 962-4861
Villanova University Law School and University of St. Thomas School of Law reserve the right to cancel the 2014 Rome Summer Study Abroad Program if there are not enough applications from qualified students for the Program to be economically viable. Villanova and St. Thomas will make this decision, if necessary, after the March 15 application deadline, but before April 15, 2014. If the Program is cancelled, registered students will be notified immediately by email and notice of cancellation will be posted on this website.
If there are changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the Program (other than a change in Program personnel), those changes will be communicated promptly to any student who has paid a deposit or registered for the Program, and that student will be afforded the opportunity to obtain a full refund of all fees paid.
Should the Program be cancelled for any reason after a deposit has been paid, the Program Director will use her best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar Program, if the student so desires.
If, prior to its commencement, the Program is cancelled for any reason, all funds advanced by the student will be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation.
If, prior to the commencement of the Program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for Italy, registered students will be notified promptly and given an opportunity to withdraw from the Program. Should a student withdraw, or should the Program be terminated for this reason, you will be refunded all fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.
If, during the course of the Program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for Italy, registered students will be notified promptly and will be permitted to withdraw from the Program. Should a student withdraw, or should the Program be terminated for this reason, you will be refunded all fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.
In addition to the $250 non-refundable Application Fee, you may be subject to a cancellation fee if you withdraw from the Program after you have been accepted. If you withdraw from the Program after April 15th, 2014, you will lose not only the full deposit but you may be responsible for payment of the entire program fee as well.
A refund for students who withdraw after the final cancellation deadline is based upon recoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire Program fee may be forfeited. If cancellation occurs within 45 days of departure, there is little chance of a refund. There is no monetary refund for the cost of passport/ID photos, payment for which is your personal responsibility. Cancellations caused by medical emergencies or U.S. government shut down (such as passport offices) do not guarantee a full refund, and in some cases, may involve no refund.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
Because cancellations, even for most medical reasons, do not guarantee a refund, students are strongly encouraged to consider trip cancellation insurance.
In accordance with the American Bar Association’s Criteria for Approval of Foreign Summer and Intersession Programs Established by ABA-Approved Law Schools (revised August 2010), the following information not otherwise disclosed on this website relates to the 2014 Rome Program:
Relationship with John Cabot University
Villanova University School of Law and University of St. Thomas School of Law have a contractual relationship with John Cabot University according to which John Cabot hosts the Rome Program and provides a variety of services to students enrolled in and faculty teaching in the Program.
Anticipated Enrollment and Past Participants
The sponsoring schools anticipate annual enrollment of 50 to 60 students, with a maximum of 65 to 75 students. It is possible that a small number of students from law schools located outside of the United States may also enroll in the Program. During summer 2013, 37 students were enrolled in the Program. 22 students enrolled in 2013 attended the sponsoring schools. Fifteen students enrolled in 2013 attended other law schools, as follows:
University of Denver - 2
New York Law - 1
Nova Southeastern - 7
Ohio Northern - 1
Pace - 1
University of Toledo – 2
William Mitchell - 1
In previous years, students from the following law schools have enrolled in the Program:
Arizona State University College of Law
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Ave Maria School of Law
Chapman University School of Law
Florida A & M University College of Law (2)
Florida International College of Law
Loyola Law School (Los Angeles)
McGeorge School of Law
Mercer University School of Law (3)
New York Law School
Quinnipiac University School of Law
University of Idaho School of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
University of Northern Kentucky School of Law
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Canada)
University of Toledo School of Law
St. Mary’s School of Law
Tulane University School of Law
Washington University School of Law
Widener University School of Law
Location of Classrooms and Administrative Offices
All classes are held at John Cabot University's Tiber Campus, located at lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio, 12. On occasion, classes and special presentations may be held at John Cabot's Guarini Campus, located at via della Lungara, 233.
The Director and Faculty of the Rome program have shared office space in the Faculty Rooms at both the Tiber and Guarini Campuses, and may also be reached by telephone and email throughout the duration of the program. Administrative offices for John Cabot staff are located at both the Guarini and Tiber Campuses. The specific office locations and contact information for members of the John Cabot administration and staff can be found on the John Cabot website and in offices throughout the Guarini and Tiber Campuses.
All students participating in the UST-Villanova Rome Program will receive bus passes for the summer during the first week of classes. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets if they plan to use the public transportation before the passes are handed out or after the Program concludes.
The Metro is Rome’s subway; the stations have a red “M” logo. Most of Rome’s sites are served by a public transportation net, which includes buses, trams, and two subway lines: Linea A, which runs east-west, and Linea B, which runs north-south. Linea A and B intersect at Stazione Termini, the city’s largest train station. Linea A and Linea B run every day (Sunday to Thursday) from 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and from 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. (Friday and Saturday). Stazione Termini is the main train station in Rome with full access to most cities in Italy and Europe. Local trains and buses can easily reach some of the smaller towns. Several other large train stations are located throughout the city.
You must have a valid ticket to get on the bus, metro, or tram. Tickets are the same for all three methods of transportation and have to be bought in advance. They are available in Metro stations, tabacchi and newspaper stands. There is a €100 fine for using public transportation without a ticket or pass. You must pay the fine on the spot.
A common ticket BIT (biglietto integrato a tempo – integrated time ticket) costs €1 and is valid for 75 minutes. On the bus, it can be used multiple times within the 75-minute limit. On the Metro, however, one common ticket is good for only a one-way trip. If you take the bus, youmust validate your ticket at the beginning of your trip and again at the end (to be sure you haven’t passed the time limit). Tickets must be validated on the bus or on the yellow ticket machines prior to entering the Metro platform.
You can purchase a day-long pass for €6, a three-day pass for €16.50, a weekly pass for €24, and a monthly metro-bus pass for €35, which gives you one month’s unlimited use of buses, the Metro and inner city commuter trains.
You can purchase a Metro-bus map at magazine stands and some tabacchi. This is a good purchase for up-to-date routes.
You may also choose to take a taxi, but you should be warned that taking a taxi in Rome can be rather expensive. In Rome, taxis usually cannot be hailed as they are in other cities, but taxi stands can be found all around the city. In addition, you can usually order a taxi by phone. Always use official Comune di Roma metered cabs. Licensed taxis are white, have an identification number, and are equipped with a meter. Do not trust people who approach you offering private taxi service. In many cases, they are operating illegally and will overcharge you. To get an official taxi, wait in line at a taxi stand or phone a cab. There is a surcharge in the evenings, on weekends, and for each piece of luggage.
There are beaches near Rome. Take the bus to the Piramide station and take the local train to Lido di Ostia. Get off at Ostia Lido Centro, Stella Polare, Castel Susano or Cristoforo Colombo. There will be a number of different beach clubs which will have entrance fees of up to €10. There are also public beaches in between the beach clubs. For more information, see http://www.enjoyrome.com/tourist/cityguide/daytrips.html
Yes. Definitely bring a map with you, and familiarize yourself with Rome before you arrive in Italy. You might want to buy an inexpensive basic map at home and look for a more detailed map when you arrive in Rome.
Maps of Rome are available online at:
http://www.rome-guide.it/english/maps/map_rome_downtown.html (Rome downtown)
http://www.romaviva.com/maps-road-map_eng.htm (Map of Rome)
Rome will be very hot during the day. During the past few summers, the daytime temperature has reached its peak by mid-July; in summer 2010, it became hot by the end of June. Usually, the weather will be in the mid-80s and very sunny. For average temperatures, see:
All students in the participating the UST-Villanova Rome study abroad program will be provided with cell phones. The program pays for the phone rental, but you are responsible for all charges. Your cell calls to the U.S. will be charged at a higher rate than your calls within Rome.
You may also want to consider purchasing a prepaid phone card. Phone cards can be purchased at local tabacchi shops. We recommend the EUROPA card.
In previous summers, many students who had laptops used Skype to call home. Skype-to-Skype calls made over the internet are free. You can also use Skype to call a telephone in the U.S. for a very reasonable fee. To get more information about Skype and to see current calling rates, go to:
During the spring, the Program Director will let you know what books you’ll need for your course and how to order them. You will need to purchase your books ahead of time and bring them to Rome with you; you will not be able to purchase them after you arrive. Please order your books sufficiently in advance of your travels so that you can take advantage of discount shipping rates and so that you’ll be sure to have your books on time for the first day of classes.
It’s probably best to use your cash card to withdraw money and pay cash when you are out and about in the city instead of paying with your credit card, especially with the euro to dollar exchange rate. For example, if the currency exchange rate is €1.00= $1.30 and you buy something with your credit card that costs €15, keep in mind that when you receive your credit card statement, it may appear as a $20 charge because of fluctuations in the currency exchange rate. In addition, be sure you check with your bank on the amount of money you are able to withdraw from an ATM machine within 24 hours and let your bank know that you will be overseas for five–plus weeks.
Yes. There are three computer labs and a multimedia lab at JCU. Most of these facilities are located in the older Guarini building. The labs contain more than eighty personal computers equipped with the latest software, as well as black and white and color high-speed laser printers and scanners. In one of the main labs all the computers have writable DVD-ROM drives installed. You will receive a certain amount of printing credit when you arrive, and you can purchase additional printing credit during the Program.
The Chapel Lab is located just inside the main entrance of the Guarini building, behind the student lounge. The Secchia Lab is located on the ground floor of the Kushlan Wing (across the Lemon Tree Courtyard) in the same building. The Kushlan Lab is located on the second floor of the Kushlan Wing and can be accessed using the staircase from the Lemon Tree Courtyard. The multimedia lab is located in the library. Wireless internet access is also available in the newer Tiber Campus building.
Do not pack more than you can easily carry. Pack light. If you bring heavy luggage, you will regret it at the end of the summer. Don't weigh yourself down with items like as a hair dryer, that can be purchased inexpensively in Rome. Start planning what you will pack by reading the baggage allowance guidelines of your airline online. Also, be aware that on flights between European cities (for those of you who might be planning to travel around Europe), the baggage allowance may be even less. Airlines often charge a penalty fee for overweight or excess baggage. And don’t forget to leave enough room in your bag for your books! You’re expected to purchase your books before you depart and have them with you when you begin the Program. You will not be able to purchase your books in Rome, and having someone send them from the States will be very costly.
A messenger/satchel type bag with a flap over the side may deter pickpockets. Students use all kinds of bags for traveling, so anything that is easy to carry on the plane and while traveling will be fine.
The weather will be very warm—usually in the mid to high 80s, so plan to dress accordingly. Also, bring jeans and one or two dressy outfits for special occasions throughout the semester. If you need anything else, there are many shops (inexpensive ones) where you can renew your wardrobe. Italians typically wear shorts only when they go to the beach or to the gym, so if you want to bring a pair of shorts with you, just keep this in mind. Bring clothing that does not require special cleaning, although dry cleaning is available if you need it.
Outfits should be casual and comfortable. As you will be walking a lot, bring comfortable walking shoes, and slippers to wear in your residence. Pack whatever type of clothing you feel most comfortable in; just be practical. Stick with basics that can be paired together to create several outfits.
Remember that religious sites and other tourist destinations in Rome and Vatican City have strict dress codes. Men may not be allowed to wear shorts and women may be required to wear pants or a skirt that falls below the knees and have their shoulders covered. Women may want to consider bringing a lightweight shawl with them when visiting churches so they can cover their shoulders. Many places will turn visitors away for not adhering to the dress code.
Probably not. It does not rain very often or for very long in the summer in Rome, although in summer 2009, we did have a few brief rainstorms. If you find that you need one, you can buy an umbrella in Rome from a store or a street vendor.
You will be able to buy whatever health, hygiene and beauty products you need in Rome without having to worry about bringing stocks of shampoo, shaving cream, and soap from home; you just may not find your favorite brands. Bring the basics you use every day in travel-sized containers. Also, prepare a medical kit with a few over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e., Advil, Tylenol, etc), cold medication, and vitamins. For contact lens users, you may want to bring a supply of all the necessary solutions. You may also want to have an extra pair of glasses on hand.
If you need prescription medications on a regular basis, you should carry a note from your doctor stating your medical condition, the purpose of the medication, dosage information, the brand and the generic name of the medication. This is especially necessary if you will be carrying insulin or you might be allergic to certain medication. Bring enough of your medication to last your entire stay abroad. Prescriptions written in the United States cannot be filled in Italy, and medications cannot be mailed from the United States.
If you have a serious allergy or medical condition, contact Professor Edelman about preparing a letter regarding the condition and its treatment and having the letter translated into Italian so that you can bring copies with you as you travel throughout the summer.
In Italy, the current is 220 volts, whereas in America it is 110. The difference in electrical current is so great that if you plug your American appliance into an electrical socket in Italy, it may explode, short out, melt, or cause a fire. You should be very careful, as not all travel appliances are multi-standard. Italians have at least three types of plugs and sockets, all different. If you can't find dual voltage versions of your favorite appliances (i.e. hair dryer, curling iron, electric razor, etc), you can buy transformers to convert the electricity and adapter kits for the different sockets at your local hardware store before you leave home. However, you may be better off just buying an inexpensive hair dryer, curling iron, etc in Rome. Adapters are really made for occasional, not daily use. They do not always work and the kits can be expensive and heavy to carry. For more information, see Electricity in Italy.
Often times, students are very resourceful and they find inexpensive hostels, restaurants, etc. online when they make their travel plans, so it is really up to each person's personal budget and how good the student is with budget management. A great travel website is http://www.hostelworld.com/, which offers reviews and pictures of accommodations.
Yes. It always helps to have a dictionary, whether for shopping, traveling, or emergency situations. Buy your dictionary here so that you can learn a few words and have it handy when you arrive in Rome.
Try to learn words for food items, directions, transportation, numbers, and money.
Yes. Especially if you are planning on traveling within or outside of Italy, it’s helpful to have some idea of the area.
Yes. The program is designed so that almost every weekend is a 3-day weekend, and there is one 4-day weekend as well. If you budget your time wisely, you should have time to complete your course work and explore Italy. Many students have used the weekends to explore other parts of Italy and visit other countries, as well as to take in the many sites right your backyard in Rome.
For those who do want to travel outside of Italy, please be sure to check State Department Travel Information and keep track of your passport and valuables. There are convenient trains and many inexpensive airlines that you can use for travel during the summer.
You may have overnight guests in your apartment only according to JCU procedures, which will be provided to you later in the spring.
For Villanova students and students attending schools other than St. Thomas, download and complete the application.
For students at St. Thomas only:
St. Thomas Students are required to apply for the Rome program electronically here.
Villanova students and students at schools other than University of St. Thomas should direct questions to:
Diane Penneys Edelman
Director of International Programs
Villanova University School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085-1682
Telephone: (610) 519-7047
Fax: (610) 519-5173/6282
St. Thomas students should direct questions to:
Assistant Dean for Admissions and International Studies
University of St. Thomas School of Law
MSL 124, 1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403-2015
Telephone: (651) 962-4872
Fax: (651) 962-4876