Applying for the Rome Program
The Rome application process for the 2018-2019 academic year will begin in January
2018. Applications are due Thursday, March 1, 2018 for both fall and spring applicants. Applications
are reviewed late March after spring mid-term grades are posted. Students will be
notified of their initial Rome application status two weeks after they return from
A complete application for Rome contains 5 parts. Once the online application is received
students will be manually enrolled in the Ready for Rome course on Brightspace. Please
note that this may take several business days so it's important to apply early.
A copy of a passport valid until at least November 2019 is part of a complete application
for Rome. Applicants without a passport valid until at least November 2019 should
still complete all other application components by the March 1 deadline in order to
ensure higher standing on the waitlist. Submit all other parts of the application
as early as possible and bring a copy of your passport as soon as it arrives. Learn
how to apply for a passport at the US Dept. of State website.
Participation in the Rome program is a privilege, not a right. Students are accepted
to the Rome program at the discretion of the University. Considerations for this acceptance
include the following parameters. For more information please review the Rome booklet and prospective presentation.
The Rome Program exists in large part to help deepen the students' understanding of
issues raised in the Core Curriculum, so it is important that applicants have made
appropriate progress in their Core Courses.
Minimum requirements for attending the Rome Program include: sophomore standing at
the commencement of the Rome semester; at least one full-time semester spent on the
main campus prior to participation (including the semester immediately preceding Rome
participation); successful completion of Literary Tradition I and Philosophy and the
Ethical Life; preferable completion of Literary Tradition II and Understanding the
Bible; preferably a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5; and good academic
standing at the University of Dallas.
Since the academic program of the Rome Semester is heavily weighted in the direction
of courses that stress careful reading, cogent writing, and the disciplines of history,
literature, and philosophy, applicants who are weak in these areas may be required
to wait until their records demonstrate competence. Preference is given to students
who have demonstrated the ability to succeed academically while carrying a full five-course
(15 hour) load in Irving.
Academic achievement the semester before Rome is especially important in determining
eligibility. Students on academic probation and students with incompletes are automatically
excluded from participation in the Rome Program.
Health & Discipline Requirements
Considerations for Students with Medical Conditions
- Limited access to care.
- Language barrier.
- Lack of mental health services.
- Limited availability of medications commonly prescribed in the U.S.
- Prescription medication cannot be shipped to Italy.
- All health conditions must be stable for four months prior to the Rome semester and
remain stable under current treatment throughout the Rome semester.
- Students must be able to travel, carry a heavy load, accommodate diet to available
resources and adjust to rigorous academic and physical activity.
- Ongoing treatment must require minimal intervention, such that it can be administered
on the Rome campus and during travel periods.
- Students with health conditions may be required to obtain clearance from a physician
and submit proof of enough medication for the full semester.
Bear in Mind
- Previously resolved health problems may resurface abroad, especially asthma and conditions
associated with fatigue, change in schedule and diet, and distance from home.
- Students must also be prepared to pay physicians and hospitals out-of-pocket for any
medical services and then submit a claim for reimbursement to their insurance company.
Housing and Student Affairs
Student health and discipline records are evaluated by the Rome Office Director, in
cooperation with the Office of Student Affairs, for the health and maturity necessary
to meet the challenges of close community life, demanding schedules, and independent
travel. As this is a community of traditional full-time residential undergraduates,
students who do not meet this profile may find that the living facilities cannot meet
their residential needs and that the campus life, schedule, and structure will not
be appropriate to their social needs. The program is not suited for married students,
students with families, or students accustomed to living as independent self-supporting
adults. Careful scrutiny will be given to students who for health reasons do not live
on the Irving campus for two reasons: 1) the same health concerns which prevent living
on the Irving campus may also affect a student's ability to live on the Rome campus;
2) we are less able to evaluate students' ability to live in community if they are
not in residence in Irving.
Around 70% of all graduates have been to Rome (80% of full time students who start
as freshmen and graduate in 4 years). 60% of students go to Rome as sophomores. The
remainder go as juniors/seniors, or in the summer.
Upperclassmen should work with their advisor when determining when is the best time
to go to Rome.
Semester preference depends upon space availability for each semester. Applicants
will have the opportunity to list academic and other reasons for a semester preference
on their application forms.
Students may be placed on the waitlist for a variety of reasons, including a late
or incomplete application (including failure to submit a photocopy of a passport valid
at least until November 2019); academic or disciplinary considerations; failure to
attend required meetings or deadlines; or lack of space for all applicants to a given
semester. To remain in consideration, all waitlisted students are expected to attend all meetings and to meet all deadlines.
Traditionally, the waitlist is re-evaluated after final grades are reported in May.
Students will receive an update of their status in June if they are on the waitlist.
The spring list will also be re-evaluated in October after midterm grades are posted
and if necessary in January once final grades are posted for the semester.
Note: Failure to inform and update the Rome Office regarding health, discipline, or academic
status may result in denial of admission to or dismissal from the program. Clearance
to go to Rome can be revoked at the discretion of the Rome Office Director. Those
denied acceptance for failure to meet admissions criteria or for any other reason
may appeal to the Rome Committee and the Dean of Constantin College.