The University of Dallas Rome Program is a study-abroad program that is an integral part of the University of Dallas Undergraduate program. Since the 1970s, the University of Dallas has offered students the opportunity to spend a semester of study-and-travel based out of Rome, Italy. Originally it was only for students in their sophomore year to go on. However, now it is highly encouraged for students to go during their sophomore year, but juniors and seniors are allowed as well. Over the years, the University has had several campuses in and around Rome (a sign of a former campus now hangs in the Irving campus cappuccino bar).

As part of the undergraduate education on the liberal arts, about 80% of students spend a semester (either the Fall or Spring, generally of the Sophomore year) studying in Rome. The Rome semester curriculum is carefully integrated with on-site experiences and focuses upon the history, art, and architecture of Ancient Greece, the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, the Early Christian Church, and Renaissance Italy.

Academics in Rome

According to the Rome website, "Prior to their Rome Semester, University of Dallas students have already read the masterful works of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante and others as part of the University's trademark Core Curriculum. Having this rich educational background makes their experience of the Rome Semester all the more intense and vivid. Students read about Odysseus and Aeneas one day and find themselves in the actual physical setting of these heroic stories the next. They travel across seas and journey through landscapes where major battles were decided. They recite and sing in the theaters where the great Greek tragedies were once performed. They come face to face with works of art and architecture that have inspired humankind for centuries. And they visit some of the holiest shrines and most beautiful monuments of the Roman Catholic Church. Informative and often dramatic experiences such as these bring their liberal education in the western and Catholic tradition to life." [1]

Courses offered in Rome

The Dead Theologians Society

The Dead Theologians Society (DTS) brings distinguished local and international guests to the Due Santi campus to speak about pressing religious issues and other cultural topics. Students and staff have the opportunity to attend an informative lecture, to engage in Q&A and to make the acquaintance of figures who play important roles in today's religious world.

Recent Lectures

Travel in Europe

To complement the Art and Architecture course, Theology course, and Philosophy course, students visit and study historic sites around Rome. The students and their professors also take three longer trips together.

Bay of Naples Trip


Capri harbour, the starting point for UD students on an island adventure.

The first ventures to the Bay of Naples region for a three day weekend. Students stay near the ancient port of Stabiae and visit nearby Pompeii as well as Mt. Vesuvius. The trip concludes with a visit to the Naples National Archaeological Museum. Since the trip concludes on a weekday, students who wish to remain in Naples for the weekend can opt to visit the nearby towns of Amalfi, Ravello, and Sorrento, or, more commonly, students can sail out to the islands of Capri and Ischia.

Parthenon from west

The Parthenon is one of the many stops on UD's Greece trip.

Greece Trip

The second mandatory trip is a ten-day trip to Greece. Departing from the Italian port city of Bari, the student sail to the city of Patras, site of the Battle of Lepanto[disambiguation needed]. While the travel schedule varies from semester to semester, the itinerary always includes overnight stays at Olympia, Delphi, Athens, Nafplion, and Mycenae. Day trips to Corinth, Epidaurus, Hosios Loukas, and Cape Sounion are also included. In Athens, students have class in the Agora, the Acropolis, and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Greek dancing lessons and some independent travel opportunities to places such as Marathon and Thermopylae contribute to the overall educational experience of the trip.

Northern Italy Trip

The third mandatory trip is a six-day trek around Northern Italy. Student depart the Rome Campus and drive to Florence. Art classes are held in the Uffizi Gallery as well as the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's David. Following Florence, students travel via bus to Venice and spend 1–2 days exploring the Grand Canal and hearing lectures inside the Doge's Palace and San Marco Cathedral. During free time, students board water taxis and sail to district of Murano, home of the world-famous Murano glass. After Venice, students turn south and stay in the town of Assisi. Class is held at the Basilica of St. Francis as well as the Rocca Maggiore, a medieval castle that serves as the traditional late-night destination for adventurous UD students. Visits to San Damiano and Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli are also included. Another popular event in Assisi is the jog up to the Hermitage of St. Francis on Mount Subiaso.

Neuschwanstein castle

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany is a popular destination on ten-day break.

Independent Travel Opportunities

Multiple three-day weekends are scheduled into the first half of the semester. Popular weekend destinations include Munich for Oktoberfest, Paris, and Barcelona. The students are also given a ten-day break in which the campus is closed and the students travel independently around Europe either in groups or alone. Known by students as "ten-day", this extended break has allowed students to travel to European nations such as England, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, and Belgium, as well as more remote locations such as Sweden, Malta, Sardinia, Turkey, Egypt, Transylvania, and the Baltic States. Fall Romers usually have the option of a five-day Thanksgiving Break.


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