Undergraduate Summer Program

Explore the ideas that shaped the history of Europe, the Church and modernity as a whole on our Summer Rome Program. 

Why Study in Rome?

Since 1970 the University of Dallas Rome Program has been delivering a superior curriculum of studies and educational travel to students who are seriously committed to the liberal arts, to the ideals of western civilization, and to the Catholic intellectual tradition. This is our vision of study abroad at the University of Dallas, and it is a vision that has transformed the Rome Program into one of the very best foreign study abroad programs in Italy.

DelphiThe University of Dallas will begin its seventh Summer Rome Program in June 2018. The six-week summer program provides undergraduates the opportunity to study in Rome at a Catholic university dedicated both to an authentic presentation of the Catholic tradition and to academic excellence in the liberal arts. 

The Summer Rome program is designed as an attractive alternative to the fall and spring semester programs, and as an opportunity for undergraduates from other institutions to experience the university's signature Rome Program. Like our semester program, students will be housed on the Eugene Constantin Rome campus at Due Santi. 

The Travels

Unlike most study abroad programs, your classroom is Rome and the other cities and sites you will visit. As part of the tradition of UD's Rome experience, students will have multiple opportunities for travel. Faculty-led day trips are scheduled throughout the program and students will visit Albano, Castel Gandolfo, Fossanova, Monte Cassino, Nemi, Ostia Antica and Subiaco.

Northern Italy
A four-day trip through Tuscany is included in the program price where students will travel with faculty and stay in Assisi and Florence. Lectures, guided walks and museum visits are the keys to bringing the great historic and artistic treasures of these Medieval and Renaissance cities alive. AthensVisits to world-class museums such as the Uffizi and the Accademia of Florence bring students into direct contact with many of the great masters of the European past. The trip also schedules visits to notable churches-among them, the Duomo of Florence and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. The attraction of the trip is its focus on Roman Catholic thought and the larger European intellectual tradition in which it is situated.

The Greece Trip is one of the highlights of the Rome Semester. The trip is led by faculty, offering in-depth lectures on site and organizing student performances and special cultural events along the way. Students will visit Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Nafplion, Mycenae, Epidaurus and more during this seven day trip.

Independent Travel
Students will have two free weekends and a five-day period for independent travel where they can explore Europe on their own and visit sites and cities that they have only dreamed of. 

The Courses

The 2018 Summer Rome Program will offer two tracks of six hours of credit each. Students register for six hours either in the liberal arts track or in the Italian track. Those enrolled in the Italian track will take an intensive second-year Italian 1 and 2 course, open to students who have successfully completed one year of college Italian. Those enrolled in the liberal arts track choose two courses from the following three-credit options. All liberal arts courses fulfill the UD core curriculum requirement. For complete 2018 course descriptions see here

Time Slot A
8 – 10

English 2311,
Literary Traditions III
Theology 2311,
Western Theological Tradition

Time Slot B
10 - 12

Philosophy 2323,
The Human Person
History 2301,
Western Civilization I


The Faculty

Ron Rombs

Director, Summer Rome Program
Associate Professor, Theology

Ron RombsPhone: 972-721-5237
E-Mail: rrombs@udallas.edu

A native of Texas and an alumnus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where he was first introduced to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, Dr. Rombs completed his doctoral studies in theology at Fordham University in New York City. After teaching in several colleges on the East Coast, Dr. Rombs came to the University of Dallas in 2008 with his wife Kathryn and their six children. The primary area of his research and writing has been patristics, Origen and St. Augustine in particular. A second area of special academic interest is fundamental theology, the study of the foundations of theology and 'apologetics,' or the study of the principles of the credibility of the faith, especially in regard to the contemporary cultural context. As a Catholic theologian he is most interested in an open and critical engagement with the questions of our time and the sources of our tradition. And, there is no place like Rome to pursue the questions of our time and the riches of our tradition.

Susan Hanssen

Associate Professor and Department Chair, History

Susan HanssenPhone: 972-265-5728
E-Mail: shanssen@udallas.edu 

Susan Hanssen received her graduate degree in history from Rice University in Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Boston University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). During the summer of 2008 she was adjunct professor for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation at Georgetown University. She was the 2010-2011 Garwood Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Kenneth Marchetti

Adjunct Assistant Professor, English

Kenneth MarchettiPhone: 972-721-5181
E-Mail: kmarchetti@udallas.edu 

Kenneth is pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Literature in UD’s Institute for Philosophic Studies. The focus of his dissertation is Marilynne Robinson, including her four novels and numerous essays.   While his primary interest is narratology, particularly the literary form of the novel, he enjoys epic, dramatic, and lyric poetry, too, especially Dante, Shakespeare, and Auden.  In addition to his doctoral studies, he holds a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Humanities from UD, as well as a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.  He has studied at UD’s Rome campus during two summers, and he eagerly anticipates the opportunity to teach dramatic tragedy and comedy there next summer. 

Kathryn Rombs

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Kathryn RombsPhone: 972-721-5181
E-Mail: krombs@udallas.edu 

Dr. Kathryn Rombs has her doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham University, specializing in the Philosophy of Religion and the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. She has taught at several universities, including Fordham University, St. Joseph Seminary College and the University of Dallas. She has most recently taught Philosophy and The Ethical Life, Philosophy of the Human Person, Nature and Knowledge, and Philosophy of Being at the University of Dallas. Her areas of interest include personalism, arguments for theism, and the problem of evil. She has spent the past five summers in Rome with the Undergraduate Summer Rome Program.  She is a mother of six and resides in Irving, TX. 

Anthony Nussmeier

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages (Italian)

Anthony NussmeierPhone: 972-721-5181
E-Mail: anussmeier@udallas.edu

Anthony Nussmeier joined the University of Dallas in 2016 as Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of Italian Language. Before coming to UD, he taught at Kansas State University and The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Nussmeier enjoys teaching all levels of Italian language and literature, and has extensive experience teaching and leading study abroad. He has directed a study abroad program in Todi, Umbria, founded another program in Orvieto, and taught in Florence. As an undergraduate he studied at the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest university (founded in 1088), where he studied Italian politics, history, language, and dialàtt bulgnaiṡ (Bolognese dialect).

As a scholar, Dr. Nussmeier focuses on medieval and Renaissance literature, specifically Dante, medieval poetry, manuscript culture, and early-book culture. He has written articles on the tre corone (“three crowns”) of Italian literature—Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio—as well as on the thirteenth-century poets Guido Guinizzelli and Guittone d'Arezzo, and his work has appeared, in English and Italian, in journals such as The Medieval Review, Medioevo letterario d’Italia, and Textual Cultures. Dr. Nussmeier has also contributed to the Italian-language textbook Caleidoscopio. His first book, Dante and the Politics of Literary Script, will be published with University of Toronto Press. 

Costs and Fees

Apply early for a special price of $4990. Applications completed after January 16 will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full and will pay the late application price of $5990.

With the exception of international airfare, the all-inclusive price covers:

  • Six credits of undergraduate tuition
  • Individual instruction by University faculty who are experts in their field
  • Private land travel
  • Room and board
  • Documentation fee
  • All museum and site entrance fees
  • International Student Identification Card which provides for some emergency medical reimbursement and medical evacuation insurance as well as a variety of other benefits.*

*Does not include property or trip cancellation insurance.  

Scholarships and Financial Aid

St. Clare of Assisi Scholarship. Students matriculated at the University of Dallas are eligible to apply for a St. Clare of Assisi Summer Rome Scholarship. Several scholarships will be awarded, ranging from full to half tuition remission. These competitive scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. Eligible students wishing to apply should submit, along with their completed application for the program, an scholarship application essay:

Essay Specifications: An essay between 500 - 1000 words in length should address how the applicant anticipates the summer program in Rome to relate to his or her education at the University of Dallas, and what the applicant hopes to achieve in their study in Rome. To be considered for the scholarship, the complete application along with this essay must be submitted to the Rome Office no later than January 16, 2018. Please email your scholarship essay as a word or pdf file to udrome@udallas.edu by the deadline. 

Students at other universities should consult with their own financial aid offices regarding possible study abroad scholarships provided by their institutions.  

Wine TastingTraditional financial aid applies to two terms in a year. Hence for the Summer Rome Program, the only option for students would be to divide the loans for which they already qualify over three semesters instead of two (fall and spring). This would mean the student would receive 33 percent of the loan each in fall, spring and summer instead of 50 percent in the fall and 50 percent in the spring. Prorating the loans out over three semesters instead of two would mean that the Office of Financial Aid would need to know in advance (before the loans are paid) that the student is going to Rome in the summer so they can award the loans correctly. Students may apply for a PLUS loan for the summer if the Office of Financial Aid has a FAFSA on file. Non-UD students should consult with their home institution regarding financial aid options for this program.  

US citizens at UD and other institutions who receive a Pell Grant are eligible to apply for the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship. UD students interested in applying please contact Mrs. Rebecca Davies at bdavies@udallas.edu

 The Rome Campus

The University's twelve-acre Eugene Constantin Campus rests in the beautiful foothills just off the Via Appia southeast of Rome, where ancient Rome got its start and where Romans and popes take their summer rest. Take a walk in the kiwi grove, kick around a soccer ball, eat fresh Italian food in our mensa, take a dip in the pool, work out in the exercise room, or just sit in the pergola above the working vineyard. You'll find it come paradiso-like paradise-on the grounds of this beautiful former villa.

 Rome Campus




First Day in Rome: January 17th, 2016

Our Spring 2016 Romers arrived early in the morning on January 16th and were greeted in Fiumicino Airport by Resident Coordinators Joe Hrbacek and Mike Pitstick, Dr. Peter Hatlie, and two Student Assistants. The students were shuttled by bus to campus and arrived jet-lagged but ecstatic at the first sight of their new home, Due Santi! The students settled in, explored the campus grounds (including a vineyard, pool, pergola, and soccer field!) and began orientation which included meeting their new professors

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