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