College of Arts & Sciences

Modern and Classical Languages

Study Abroad


Summer program

Saint Joseph's Rome Summer Program takes place at the American University of Rome in Trastevere. Students can take a variety of courses, participate in cultural activities, on-site lessons and excursions to Florence, Siena, Assisi, Capri, Pompeii and Sorrento.

For information on the current summer program click here and here.

Study Tours

Our study tours are designed for those students who want to experience the culture and heritage of Italy but who can only allot approximately fifteen days for travel during the summer. Students will attend 8 to 10 classes during the spring semester in preparation for the study tour. These classes serve as an introduction to the history, the geography, the art and the literature of this amazing peninsula and include research on the topics students then present during the tour.

In Rome we visit the Coliseum, the Forum and the Capitoline Museums but also visit lesser known but equally important and well-preserved sights from that powerful era. One day in Pompei is an unforgettable experience for most, and then we travel through the middle ages, literally, by visiting the Tuscan hill towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino before spending a night in Siena, and also metaphorically, as we read excerpts from La Divina Commedia and Il Decamerone. We leave Siena the following afternoon and arrive in “the birthplace of the Renaissance”, Firenze in less than one hour. This majestic city is filled with artistic treasures and we do manage to see many of them, including Michelangelo’s David. After three nights in Firenze, we return to Rome to experience the magnificence of the Baroque period, the fountains of Bernini and the awesome power and beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. We spend four nights here giving the students ample opportunity to fully savor “la dolce vita” and even enjoy some down time for shopping, etc.

It has been our goal to reward each participant with a keener awareness of the world in which we live and of the Italian legacy we all share. To date, that goal has always been met.

For more information on study tours, click here.

For further information on all study abroad programs in Italy, contact the Center for International Programs, or Dr. Paola Giuli.

Students of Italian are encouraged to study in Italy. Study abroad helps students:

  • Test and refine their language skills through daily interaction with native speakers
  • Experience the culture so as to be able to articulate a personal vision and understanding of it

The Italian program, in cooperation with the International studies Program, offers several opportunities for study experiences in Italy that will truly be memorable.

In order for your courses to count for Italian credit, it is important that you have them approved by Dr. Giuli and by the MCL chair before you leave.

Semester and year abroad

Students have several opportunities for study at approved universities in the two cities which were the cradle of western civilization: Florence and Rome (available fall, spring, academic year and summer).

In Florence students can take courses at Fairfield University and at Gonzaga University. In Rome students can take courses at the centrally located American University of Rome and at John Cabot University. Students are typically housed in apartments in neighborhoods nearby the campus. Students can take a variety of courses: courses in Italian language, literature and culture at all levels, courses fulfilling GER requirements, and courses in English, the arts & sciences, as well as business. Trips are coordinated to various parts of Italy throughout the semester.