Student Affairs

UD Rome offers students the perfect setting for serious learning, true fellowship and meaningful personal reflection and spiritual growth.

With the support of faculty and staff, students enjoy the benefits of an intense academic program as well as the pleasure of getting to know each other in the secure and supportive surrounding. The student life staff strives to promote the health, safety, good conduct and academic achievement of all students participating in the Rome program. 

Health services, discipline, student life events, athletics, administrative, academic and program trip assistance are all supported by the Student Affairs Office and its staff, under the direction of the Senior Director. Further information can be found in the Rome Student Handbook.

Student Affairs Activities

Extracurricular Activities

The Rome Semester hosts numerous on-campus social occasions that are linked with important dates on the semester's calendar, including the program opening and closing ceremonies, and events leading up to our major academic trips to Greece and Northern Italy. During their first week on campus students participate in a Rome or Castelli Romani tour intended to acquaint them with local culture and cuisine. The "G(r)eek Olympics" is an afternoon-long athletic and theatrical fest launching the Greece trip. Students, professors and staff join together to harvest grapes in the vineyard every fall. And many other such events take place throughout the semester, including a talent show, live music events, Forno BBQ dinners, and the traditional intramural soccer tournament.

Health Services

The Student Affairs Office provides information and assistance to students regarding a range of health resources in the Rome area. These resources include:

  • an Italian MD whose office is located conveniently close to the campus 
  • an English speaking Italian general practitioner who visits campus several scheduled times during the semester to provide generic medical care, free of charge to the students
  • English speaking Italian general practitioners who can make "house calls" to Campus as needed at student expense
  • an American psychologist with a studio in Rome who offers free counseling sessions to students several times during the semester
  • numerous medical specialists in both the campus area and the center of Rome, all within reach by public transportation or taxi.

In the rare event of a health emergency, UD Rome calls on its long-standing relationship with several local hospitals, notably the Salvator Mundi Hospital and the Rome American Hospital. Both institutions have English-speaking and US trained medical professionals on staff.


There are a limited number of positions available for students who wish to make a little extra money while in Rome. These are assigned and supervised by the student-life staff, but are governed by work study awards at the University of Dallas in Irving. During the first week of each semester there is an organizational meeting in order to make a final determination about eligibility, interview students for particular assignments and fix working hours.

Learning about Italian Life

One of the greatest aspirations of UD Rome is to help students learn about and ultimately assimilate into daily routines of Italian life. With this in mind, the student life staff sponsors regular off-campus events during the course of the semester, including walking tours, site and museum visits. In addition, they maintain a Information Pad (IPAD) in the student lounge, where special notices about gallery openings, museums, art exhibits, free concerts and optional tours can be found.

Campus Visitors & Guest Accommodations

Approximately 150 guests visit the Rome Campus every year. These include trustees, alumni, Irving faculty and staff members, clergy, friends and family of current students, and prospective students. Guest accommodations are available on a limited basis for visiting alumni, faculty, staff and parents. Please call or email us ahead of time to make an appointment if you plan on visiting.

Student Life Staff

 Ivanna Bond

Rome Residence Coordinator

Ivanna BondOffice: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-45768-565

Ivanna Bond is from Northeast Pennsylvania, and is a proud member of the University of Dallas Class of 2014. She graduated with a B.A. in English and shortly after arrived on the Rome campus to assist with the Summer Rome programs. While at UD, Ivanna's involvement included working for Student Activities and active leadership in Crusaders for Life and Student Foundation. Ivanna was blessed with the opportunity to participate in the Rome Program in Spring 2012 and dreamed ever since of working on the Rome Campus. She is very happy and excited to continue working with UD students in Rome for a second year!

Keelin des Rosiers

Rome Residence Coordinator

Keelin des RosiersOffice: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-45768-569

Keelin des Rosiers is from Portland, Maine. She graduated in May 2016 with a BA in both French and English. While at UD, Keelin worked as a French tutor and as Academics Coordinator for SPUD. She was also active in several clubs on campus, including serving as president of UD’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter (Alpha Sigma Pi) and playing ultimate frisbee with UDU. She was a member of the Fall 2013 Rome class, the “Common Class.” Keelin is excited to begin her first year as an RC for the Rome Program, and can’t wait to watch the Rome students transform throughout their time in the Eternal City. 

David Flynn

Rome Residence Coordinator

David FlynnOffice: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-45768-552

David Flynn is from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Dallas in 2016 with a BA in Theology. During his time at UD, David headed the Ultimate Frisbee team as a captain, actively participated in Campus Ministry events, and, at the conclusion of his time, was inducted into UD’s Phi Beta Kappa Society. As a member of the Fall 2013 Rome class, he is thrilled to return to Italy. Moreover, he is excited to witness students’ growth as they embrace all the semester has to offer within this exciting Rome Program.

Mike Pitstick

Rome Residence Coordinator

Mike PitstickOffice: Eugene Constantin Rome Campus
Phone: 011-39-06-45768-558

Mike Pitstick is from Dayton, Ohio and graduated from the University of Dallas in 2015 with a BA in Politics. During his time at UD, Mike served as President of the French Club, was active in Campus Ministry, and worked in the Office of Advancement. He also held internships with the World Affairs Council of DFW and the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC.  As a member of the Spring 2013 Rome class, Mike was privileged to witness the election of Pope Francis in St. Peters Square. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to facilitate the UD Rome experience for current and future students.


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