Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

SCU Rome Honors Program

An experiential learning opportunity in the heart of Rome with Santa Clara's Honors Program in partnership with IES Abroad.

SCU Rome Honors

Term: Fall, Winter Quarter
see IES Rome site
Cost: $16,370 (details)
Housing: Student Apartments only
Emphasis: Variety of courses

Language Requirement:
Program Director: Barbara Colyar

Accepted Students

Accepted students are required to complete these two forms and submit them to the International Programs Office by the deadline in their acceptance letter. Do NOT send these forms to IES Abroad.

Program Overview:  

IES describes Rome as "a living museum, a unique environment to understand the ups and downs in the history of mankind. Over three million people do their daily business surrounded by 2,500 years of history – including legendary ruins, architecture, and art. The capital of Italy, Rome is the country's political center and a major religious center, being the host to the Vatican – an independent state within Rome. Studying abroad in Rome means learning from Rome and its Mediterranean pace of life – from the open markets to the sudden strikes, from the humorous Romans to the high politics of a European capital."

Santa Clara has partnered with the IES Abroad program to offer a custom program specifically for students who wish to study in Rome for the Fall and Winter quarters. SCU students will enjoy the same quality course offerings and student services offered by IES Rome Study Center, but with a reduced price and a special course-load. All SCU students are required to enroll in this custom program starting Fall 2009. Program features include:

Fall Term:

The Fall curriculum in Rome includes the following components:

  • One seminar on religion and society in Italy which fulfills 3rd Religion core requirement (required)
  • One Italian language course (required)
  • One internship/service learning course (required for Honors; optional for others)
  • One elective course ( required)
  • Required Housing: student apartments only
  • Cost: Price level I

Winter Term:

The winter quarter program offers a required Religious Studies course combined with two electives and an end-of-quarter study travel excursion at no additional fees other than the Winter quarter price level I fees. 

  • One required course: From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity
  • No required language course
  • Two elective courses from the IES Rome course offerings ( required)
  • Study travel course (required)
  • Required Housing: student apartments only
  • Cost: Price level I


IES Abroad Rome Center
The IES Abroad Rome Center is located in the heart of the city, along the Tiber River, across from Castel Sant’ Angelo. It is a short walk from Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican. The Center offers classrooms, a student lounge, an auditorium, administrative and academic offices, a faculty lounge, a computer room, a resource center, a studio art space, and a scenic terrace.
- IES Abroad website

IES Apartments:

Located throughout the city of Rome, apartments are either shared with or located near an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian host who is a student or young professional.  Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally house three to five students, with two sharing a bedroom. Apartments come with an equipped kitchen, and you are responsible for your own meals. Apartments offer wireless Internet access.  You may have a commute time of 45 minutes, which is very typical for local students at Roman universities. (IES Abroad website)


Course Offerings:
Students can choose from any of the English-taught courses at the IES Rome Study Center IES Rome Study Center or if qualified in the direct enroll programs in local universities.  Final course offerings will be available through the IES Rome registration process following a student's acceptance into the SCU Rome Honors program.
Course offerings may include the following:

Language courses are taught in Italian, and all other courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted. 

An asterix (*) denotes a course that will not be offered during the Spring 2009 semester. Syllabi are in PDF Format. All IES Abroad courses are held Monday through Friday.


Art & Architecture
Literature, Drama & Film

Italian Language

Political Science, International Relations & Modern History

Religious Studies

Students must review the IES Rome website for updates on course offerings.

How to Apply: All students must complete the 4-Step process.

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