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The Colosseum. St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican. The Pantheon. Instantly recognizable, absolutely incomparable: If you had to sum up Italy’s capital city with just one word, it would have to be “iconic.” When you study abroad in Rome with CEA, you’ll live and learn within walking distance of the centers of power that have shaped Western civilization for millennia. Not many opportunities can rival the experience of studying abroad in Rome. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Rome’s history and culture make it the ideal destination for students who wish to live in an influential city that’s long been a source of religious, political, and economic power.

Programs to love in Rome

Programs to love in Rome

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Business & Psychology

Business & Psychology

CEA Rome Center

Delve into the political, economic, and business implications of globalization, as well as the impact on society as you develop valuable skills applicable across a wide range of career opportunities. Examine the complex relationships between business and society and learn how psychological principles can be applied to the workplace to overcome organizational challenges. You’ll gain first-hand experience in local business strategies and how to influence behavior as you explore local environments, meet with professionals, and take academic field trips that provide real-world perspectives. Build the international cultural fluency you need to effectively navigate an increasingly global world.

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  • Starting at $17,095
Engineering

Engineering

CEA Rome Center

Study in Rome, where you’ll explore more than 2,000 years of global power and influence. You’ll have the opportunity to enroll in a core engineering course alongside elective courses. Elective courses focus on an aspect of Italian culture, which may fulfill a humanities or social science requirement.

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  • Starting at $6,395
Theology & Religious Studies

Theology & Religious Studies

CEA Rome Center, CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies, Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali

Rome is the ideal place to study religion and theology while immersing into Italian culture. Through this unique partnership between Providence College and CEA, you’ll explore Rome’s rich religious history, all within the wider global context of the city’s theological and cultural characteristics

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  • Starting at $17,095
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences

CEA Rome Center

Spend your summer living in vibrant Rome, immersing into local culture as you gain insight into the worlds of art, archeology, and culture. Enjoy hands-on learning as you go behind the scenes in artists’ workshops, local businesses, vineyards, and more.

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  • Starting at $4,595
Study + Internship in Rome

Study + Internship in Rome

CEA Rome Center

Rome’s rich history serves as a backdrop for contemporary work environments that are diverse and dynamic.  The Study + Internship program in Rome allows you to make steady progress toward your academic degree while developing practical skills in fields such as business, marketing, communication, architecture, anthropology, international relations, and more. The program incorporates a professional internship placement into your semester or summer study program. 

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  • Starting at $6,995
Liberal Arts & Cultural Heritage

Explore Italy’s rich cultural heritage as you engage with the Roman lifestyle. Learn through hands-on experience as you visit the Forum with your archeology professor, attend art history class inside the Vatican Palaces, or work on a team project to explore Italian wine culture.

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  • Starting at $17,095
Politics, Economics & Business

Politics, Economics & Business

CEA Rome Center, Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali

Gain the practical and theoretical tools you need to thrive in a globalizing world. This interdisciplinary program, in collaboration with LUISS, allows you to explore relevant topics in politics, economics, and business while building your global competence and cross-cultural communication skills.

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  • Starting at $17,595
Internship in Rome

Internship in Rome

CEA Rome Center

Rome’s rich history serves as a backdrop for contemporary work environments that are diverse and dynamic.  The Internship in Rome program allows you to develop practical skills in fields such as business, marketing, communication, architecture, anthropology, international relations, and more. Our strong academic focus and personalized placements dedicated to meaningful experiences that make a real impact allow you to give your career a boost while gaining the international experience you’ve been seeking.

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  • Starting at $6,395
Ethics & Sustainability

Ethics & Sustainability

CEA Rome Center

How does modern society balance environmental preservation and ethics with competing forces like immigration, urbanization, and growth? Explore pressing topical issues and enhance your understanding with visits to entrepreneurs, refugee organizations, eco-sites, and local businesses.

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  • Starting at $17,095
John Cabot University - Full Curriculum

John Cabot University - Full Curriculum

CEA Rome Center, John Cabot University

Choose from the full range of courses at John Cabot University. Offered jointly by CEA and JCU, you’ll experience student life at a large, degree-granting university with a focus on international students, as well as at the CEA Rome Center.

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  • Starting at $17,795
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Career & Re-entry Workshop
  • Official Transcript(s)

Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri

The Gardens of Ninfa

Ostia Antica

Tivoli

Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past. 

*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.

Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri

This two-day excursion begins with an exploration of the archaeological remains of the ancient town of Pompeii. Preserved by the ash and lava spewed out by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii offers a snapshot of ancient Roman life. From the frescoes of the House of Vettii (an example of wealthy merchants’ homes) and the central Forum square, to the Baths and the Sacrarium of the Lares, you’ll marvel at Pompeii’s former glamour, now merely dust.

Next we’ll visit the small town of Sorrento, with its narrow alleys and beaches. Known as the pearl of the Gulf of Naples, this scenic village offers views of the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.

Capri has many nicknames: the Enchanted Island, the Blue Island, the Sleeping Beauty, and the Island of Love. Spend the day exploring the island’s many beautiful sites. Known as a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous, the Isle of Capri caters to visitors with its blend of simplicity, natural beauty, and busy glitz.

The allure of the island views, rocky seashores, and scenic charm will enliven you to investigate their surroundings. Our time on Capri begins with a motorboat trip to the Blue Grotto, a magical place with crystal blue water. The rest of the day, you’ll explore the island’s two towns, Capri and Anacapri, each speckled with designer boutiques, small shops, and hidden wonders.

Florence

Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, has long attracted tourists with its red-tiled roofs, impressive Cathedral, ornate palaces, and must-see artworks. Today, the city is a thriving center that combines both ancient and modern achievements. Visits to sites such as the Academia (home of Michelangelo’s David), the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio will provide you with a taste of this romantic city.

Venice

(Semester Only)

Built on the water and unique in the world, Venice has a long and intriguing history. Once an economic super-power in the Mediterranean, Venice was long a jumping-off point for traders and explorers departing for the East. From Byzantine domes, mosaics, and paintings to charming piazzas and

light-filled interiors, Venice retains the character that has made it one of the most visited destinations in the world. This three-day excursion includes a visit to Basilica of St. Mark, the Rialto Bridge and market, and the island of Murano with its glass-blowing factories. Don’t miss the unique experience of riding a gondola through the Venice canals!

Assisi

(Semester Only)

Assisi was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan order in 1208. UNESCO designated the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi a World Heritage Site in 2000. The lower church has frescoes by the medieval artists Cimabue, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti, while the upper church houses Giotto’s famous scenes of the life of St. Francis.

The Gardens of Ninfa

(Semester Only)

The Gardens of Ninfa take their name from nymphaeum, or place of the nymphs, and are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Built atop upon the ruins of an ancient settlement, the gardens are a unique example of an integrated eco-system that combines natural, cultural, and historical elements. The secret of Ninfa’s lush beauty lies in its exceptional microclimate, which allows the growth of local and exotic vegetation species. We’ll visit the gardens when they are in full bloom and finish the day with a tour of a local wine estate, where we’ll uncover the secrets of enology and gastronomy.

Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica, founded by the Romans in the 4th century BC, functioned as Rome’s main port for over 600 years. Romans, foreigners, sailors, and slaves populated the port, making this town an important focal point of defense and trade. This mélange of cultures created an interesting contrast to the rich and upper-class residents of Pompeii. During our visit to Ostia Antica you’ll visit the historical inhabitants’ homes, shops, restaurants and bakery and witness the diversity evident in the shrines, temples, and sanctuaries scattered throughout the area.

Tivoli

Ancient Tibur, just 30 minutes outside of Rome, boasts clean, crisp air in the scenic countryside. Roman aristocrats once frolicked to Tivoli, cementing its reputation as a holiday resort. We’ll visit the famous Villa Adriana, constructed by the Emperor Hadrian who spent his entire life shaping it into one of the largest, most extravagant villas in the Roman Empire. We’ll also tour Villa D’Este; once a Benedictine convent, Cardinal Ippolito d’Este refurbished it into a luxurious villa with splendid gardens and over 40 elaborate fountains, including water-works that activate the musical pipes of an organ.

Take advantage of the unique and stimulating extracurricular opportunities that CEA has to offer within the city of Rome. Choose from a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, architecture, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, our Rome staff can help you get involved in the local culture.

St. Peter's Dome

Join us on a 330-step climb to the top of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy unsurpassed views of Rome from the highest structure in the historic center. Wear comfy shoes!

Ballet or Opera Night

Spend a night at the theatre, immersed in the unique atmosphere of such classics as Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake or Nabucco by Italian composer G. Verdi.

Italian Cooking Class

Food and wine culture is very important in Italy—learn how to prepare a typical Italian meal, so you can show off your culinary skills to friends and family! In this fun class, you’ll prepare (and then enjoy) Italian dishes under the instruction of a professional chef. Sessions are limited to 15 students.

Clay Workshop

Clay workshops offer a great way to take a break from your studies and put your skills to the test! An artist reveals the secrets and beauty of ceramics, helping you to produce your very own work of art. Sessions are limited to 15 students.

Pizza and Gelato Crawl

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…that's amore!" Italy is famous for its pizza and gelato; we’ll sample different types while walking through Rome’s historical center. This fun tour will provide insight into both pizza-making and the great variety of Italian gelato flavors that will endlessly tease your taste buds!

Bike Ride down the Appian Way

Join us on a three-hour bike ride down the Appian Way, one of the seven ancient roads that lead to Rome. Completed in 312 BC, the Via Appia is lined with ancient Roman tombs, monuments, and ancient aqueducts. This outing delivers Roman history, culture, physical activity, and nature, all in a few memorable hours.

Language Exchange

Hone your Italian skills through conversations with local Italian students. Language exchanges are offered at the CEA Rome Center and through LUISS two to three times during the semester, depending on the availability of Italian students.

Volunteering Program – CEA C’È

Created by our CEA Florence team, CEA C’È is an award-winning program that simply translated means “CEA is there.” In Collaboration with Roma Altruista, CEA C’È allows you to become an active member of Roman society and experience Rome from within. You can participate in volunteer activities that range from cleaning the city to feeding the poor, all while acting as an ambassador for your own culture.

Examples of CEA C’È activities include:

  • Working with cats at a shelter
  • Helping at a soup kitchen
  • Selecting clothes for needy mothers and babies at a thrift shop
  • Painting workshop for disabled adults
  • Rowing on the Tiber with disabled children

Colloquia

Our Colloquia are held twice per semester. We invite keynote speakers and provide you with the opportunity to encounter professionals and academics who have distinguished themselves in their particular area of expertise, both in Italy and internationally.

AICAP (Academic-Integrated Cultural Activity Program)

AICAP helps you integrate CEA’s cultural engagement offerings with the subjects you study in class. This program consists of a selection of cultural activities, all designed to help you correlate the subjects you study in formal academic instruction with the experiences you encounter outside of the classroom. With AICAP, you are moved and motivated not only by listening, but by action as you watch, speak and do.

Example AICAP activities include:

  • Overnight trips to Florence and Venice (AICAP for art history)
  • Day trips to Assisi (AICAP for theology courses)
  • Day trips to Ninfa (AICAP for environmental ethics)
  • Wine harvest and slow food day trip (AICAP for food and wine).

Health and Wellness

Your mental and physical wellness are important to us; that’s why we’ve created a selection of activities that will get your heart racing! Join our personal trainer, who will take you jogging through the streets of Rome twice a week. Start Nordic walking in one of Rome’s great parks. Go on a two-hour bike ride down the ancient Appian Way. Be healthy both inside and out by taking advantage of the healthy snacks and water we set out for you during midterms and finals.

Career and Re-entry Workshop


Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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What's included in your Program'

Rome Housing

Available:

Semester
Summer

All CEA students studying in Rome have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the Prati neighborhood, these apartments cater perfectly to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Rome as a local apartment-dweller would. Whip up some homemade pasta carbonara in your own, equipped kitchen, crack open your window, and watch the Italian world unfold before your eyes.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Rome Center: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • John Cabot University: 10-25 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • LUISS: 20-30 minutes by bus/metro

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • 2-3 students per room
  • 4-8 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating
  • Fans provided
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Ciao! Choose to live in a CEA apartment along with an Italian University student as one of your roommates. Your Italian roommate will be a true part of your Roman experience and household giving you the opportunity to engage in the local community with more ease. By choosing to live with an Italian student, you will have a resource to help you make the most out of your time abroad experiencing Rome and Italy through their eyes, too. The Italian roommate will share a bedroom with one or two CEA students in an apartment shared with other CEA students. 

Apartments are generally located in the Prati neighborhood and are perfect for a student who wants to experience Rome as a local would, taking on the Italian culture and language as part of their daily life. Who better to learn from than your Italian roommate on: how to make an espresso, where to go for the best pizza in Rome, practice Italian, or how to make authentic lasagna? Fantastico!

*Note: One Italian University student will share a bedroom with 1-2 other CEA students within an apartment shared with other CEA students. By choosing this option, you may or may not share a bedroom with the Italian University student in your apartment. Please note, there is limited availability of apartments with an Italian Roommate.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Rome Center: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • John Cabot University: 10-25 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies: 5-20 minutes by bus/metro, depending on apartment location
  • LUISS: 20-30 minutes by bus/metro

Meals Included

N/A

Roommates

  • One Italian University student per apartment will share a bedroom with 1-2 CEA students
  • 2-3 students per bedroom
  • 4-8 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating
  • Fans provided

Additional Fees

$1,000 - $1,300
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Living with a local family allows you to learn so much more about Roman lifestyle that you would not otherwise experience. A homestay will likely mean built-in support and friendship, and will definitely mean that you won’t have to worry about what to make for dinner every night, how much you’re spending on food, or how you’re going to make your next meal both balanced and delicious! A homestay will allow you to engage in a cultural and linguistic opportunity that will enhance your study abroad experience.

Do not worry about needing to speak perfect Italian before moving in with an Italian family: our host families are chosen for their interest in learning about you and your culture, and many have a working knowledge of English, too.

The additional fee covers the cost of your meals with your host family, and is nearly the equivalent of what students in standard CEA housing will pay separately for groceries and eating out (minus the fuss!) (Homestays available during semester programs only).

Typical Commute

  • CEA Rome Center: 45-50 minutes by bus/metro
  • John Cabot University: 40-50 minutes by bus/metro
  • LUISS: 40-50 minutes by bus/metro

Meals Included

  • Daily Italian-style breakfast provided
  • Dinners: 4 per week

Roommates

  • 1 students per room
  • 1 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Washer only
  • Radiator heating
  • Fans available
  • Internet access

Additional Fees

  • Semester: $3,200 – $3,600
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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Rome housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. Are you dying to live in a specific Roman neighborhood? Are you studying abroad with someone that you must have as your roommate? Independent housing could be the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

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What's included in your Program'

Institutions

CEA Rome Center
CEA Rome Center

Located in the historic surroundings of Italy’s capital city, the CEA Rome Center offers interdisciplinary programs spanning business, politics, Italian language, cultural studies, and liberal arts. With the great city of Rome as your classroom, you can choose courses offered in both Italian and English, and enjoy the opportunity to improve your language skills and further your academic pursuits while immersed in a historic cosmopolitan setting. Designed to exploit the natural strengths of Rome's modern pace as well as its historic past, the curriculum at the CEA Rome Center offers you distinct study tracks, based on the study of Italian language & culture, business, politics, and history. 

Whatever program you choose, you’ll engage in activities designed to take the curriculum out of the classroom and into the community, like visits to galleries, museums, city council chambers, local businesses, food markets, and artisan’s workshops, as well as first-hand encounters with artists, architects, local businesspeople, writers, curators, and Italian students. Even outside school hours, we’ll encourage you to apply lessons learned in class to real-life, drawing connections between your studies and the daily life of your host community. This ongoing, active, and reflective structure of study not only helps you gain historical and social understanding, but helps you develop the international cultural fluency you need in an increasingly globalized world. 

The CEA Rome Center also helps you critically reflect upon and articulate your own national, cultural, and social identities. Active class participation provides the opportunity for interaction and collaboration, both critical factors in academic and professional success. CEA Rome Center faculty are committed to fostering students’ intellectual and cultural growth through simulated debates, multi-media research presentations, and round-table discussions. 

Courses taught at the CEA Rome Center have been designed in conjunction with and approved by the University of New Haven (UNH). Faculty appointments are also approved by UNH. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Rome Center, you’ll receive credit from UNH. Located in Connecticut, the University of New Haven is a student-focused, comprehensive university and is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  

Accreditation

Courses taught at the CEA Dublin Center have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). In addition, faculty appointments have been approved by UNH. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Dublin Center, you will receive credit for your work from UNH. Located in Connecticut, the University of New Haven is a student-focused, comprehensive university that’s fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The agreement between CEA and UNH follows the highest standards of good practice in education abroad and satisfies the rigorous requirements of the University's institutional accreditor, making credits earned at the CEA Dublin Center easily transferable to US-accredited institutions. Learn more about UNH's service as the School of Record for CEA

 

Grading

Professors at the CEA Rome Center will carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the academic session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance. The CEA Rome Center uses the following grading system:  

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete. 

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR). 

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty selected by CEA and approved by the University of New Haven. 
  • Faculty are bilingual (English/Italian) and represent diverse backgrounds. 

  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered. 

  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor. 

  • You’ll attend class with other CEA students of equivalent language levels, not with native Italian students. 

  • Teaching styles in Italy may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations. 

  • Language and elective course sizes range from 10 to 20 students. Small class sizes mean more personalized attention from instructors. 

Amenities
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Area
  • Counseling Services
  • CEA Academic Resources
  • Travel Books & Resources
  • Digital Resources from UNH Library
  • Computers
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies
CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies

The CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies was established in 2010 at the CEA Rome Center. This exclusive collaboration combines CEA's outstanding academic management and support with Providence College's distinguished academic leadership and religious tradition; Providence College students can learn more about their unique program, PC in Rome. The Center provides the opportunity to study theology and religion in the heart of Rome, a cultural and religious crossroads and center of the Roman Catholic Church. 

With this great city as your classroom, you’ll enjoy a unique opportunity to further your academic pursuits and improve your language skills while immersed in a historic, cosmopolitan setting. Courses offered in Italian and English are held at the CEA Rome Center and at significant sites in and around the Eternal City, including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Catacombs of San Callisto. Local experts and scholars, and visiting Providence College faculty teach courses. 

Upon successful completion of your program, you’ll receive two transcripts: one from Providence College (theology/religious studies courses), and one from the University of New Haven (language and other area studies courses). 

Theology/religious studies courses available to CEA/PC students are approved and transcripted by Providence College—a four-year, co-educational, Roman Catholic college of liberal arts and sciences located in Providence, Rhode Island—and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Credits earned in theology/religious studies courses are easily transferable to U.S.-accredited institutions. Learn more about Providence College. 

Language and area studies courses taught at the CEA Rome Center are designed in conjunction with and approved by the University of New Haven (UNH). In addition, UNH approves faculty appointments for language and non-theology course electives. Located in Connecticut, UNH is fully accredited by NEASC. 

Accreditation

Providence College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 

Grading

Instructors will carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the academic session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance.  

The following grading system is used for theology\religious studies courses transcripted by Providence College: 

Grade

Standard Grade

A Superior

4.00 points per each credit hour completed

A-

3.67 points per each credit hour completed

B+ Very Good

3.33 points per each credit hour completed

B Good

3.00 points per each credit hour completed

B-

2.67 points per each credit hour completed

C+ Above Average

2.33 points per each credit hour completed

C Average

2.00 points per each credit hour completed

D+ Passing

1.33 points per each credit hour completed

D Low Passing

1.00 points per each credit hour completed

D-

0.67 points per each credit hour completed

F Failure

0.00 points per each credit hour completed

I (Incomplete)

Incomplete; becomes "NF" if not completed by mid-semester date of the following semester.

NA (Never Attended)

Instructor reported that enrolled student never attended course.

NF (Not Finished)

Course not finished within required time; this grade is computed as an "F."

NM (No Mark)

Instructor has not submitted grade; becomes "NF" if not resolved by mid-semester date of the following semester.

WD (Withdrawal)

Approved withdrawal from a course; this grade is not computed in the GPA.

The following grading system is used for language and other area studies courses, transcripted by the University of New Haven: 

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete. 

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR). 

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty selected by CEA, and approved by Providence College and the University of New Haven. 
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 25 students. Small class sizes mean more personalized attention from instructors. 
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered. 
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor. 
  • You’ll take language classes with other CEA students of equivalent language levels, not with native Italian students. 

Amenities
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Area
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services
  • CEA Academic Resources
  • Travel Books & Resources
  • Digital Resources from UNH Library
  • Computers
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
John Cabot University
John Cabot University

Founded in 1972 as a four-year, liberal arts and sciences university, John Cabot University (JCU) is a leading university in Rome. Named for John Cabot, a Venetian who sailed the world under the British flag, JCU exemplifies its namesake’s qualities of exploration and internationalization.

JCU is located on two campuses in Rome’s Trastevere quarter on the river Tiber, near St. Peter's and the Vatican, and a 30-minute bus ride from the CEA Rome Center. Your classes will take place throughout the city, as well as inside the classroom in subjects including art history, business administration, classics, communications, English literature, film studies, history, Italian literature, music, natural sciences, psychology, philosophy and religion. JCU is committed to providing you with an active learning environment.

You’ll attend classes with other CEA, Italian, and international students, giving you the opportunity to encounter many of the world's cultures on one of Europe's most exciting capitals. JCU runs on the American academic calendar and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accreditation

John Cabot University (JCU) is accredited by Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and is authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education to operate as a degree-granting American university in Italy.

Grading

JCU uses the grading system used by most U.S. liberal arts schools, the 4.00 scale; 4.00 is the highest possible score and 0.00 is the lowest. Instructors ascribe letter grades (A,B,C, D, or F, sometimes followed by a + or -), and the University translates these letters into numerical values on the 4.00 scale. See the following table for a grading reference:

Verbal GradeLetter GradeGPA Equivalent
ExcellentA4.00
ExcellentA-3.67
ExcellentB+3.33
GoodB3.00
GoodB-2.67
GoodC+2.33
SatisfactoryC2.00
SatisfactoryC-1.67
SatisfactoryD+1.33
Poor but PassingD1.00
Poor but PassingD-0.67
FailingF0.00
IncompleteINC0.00
Passing (C or above)PN/A
Not PassingNPN/A
Official withdrawalW0.00

The University uses the numerical values to compute semester and cumulative grade point averages. The semester GPA is the arithmetic mean of all classes taken in that particular semester (average grade for the semester). The cumulative GPA is the arithmetic mean of all classes taken at JCU (average grade over time). A letter grade for each course, semester GPA, and cumulative GPA will appear on your transcript.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty from John Cabot University will teach your elective classes.
  • Assessment is based on participation, exams, and individual and group projects.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered. 
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor. 
  • Teaching styles in Italy may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations. 
  • Class size ranges from 15 to 50 students. 
  • You will attend class with CEA students, other international students, and Italian students. 

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Language Learning Services
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali
Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali

LUISS University (LUISS) was founded in the mid-1970s to provide an innovative, flexible education that allows students to feel a sense of mastery over their futures. Today, LUISS is known for its highly selective admissions, alignment with market demands and the business world, and the study of information technology and foreign languages.

LUISS is officially accredited by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education (last revision of accreditation decree: Art. 1, Law 243/1991) and offers degrees at all academic levels in business studies, economics, politics, and law. For the past 15 years, LUISS consistently ranks among the top three Social Sciences institutions in Italy. The school attracts top talent in both students and instructors, and is firmly committed to the highest international standards in teaching and research.

Thanks to its affiliation with Confindustria, the Italian Industrialists' Confederation, LUISS has close ties to Italian industrial concerns, most of which operate internationally. For decades, the institution has played a key role in Italy's economic and cultural development, training world leaders sensitive to the values of market culture and the rules of a modern democracy. Alumni have also made important academic contributions in economics, finance, law, and political science.

Located on six campuses across the exclusive Parioli neighborhood, LUISS is a 20-minute bus ride from the CEA Rome Center. The main campus offers a modern study environment with the latest in technology for more than 8,000 students. Architecture features open, dynamic, transparent spaces that fully express the sense of community and the intensity of life at LUISS.

You’ll attend class with other American, Italian, and international students, giving you the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures in a formative experience of intellectual exchange. International conferences, symposia, workshops, and guest-lectures further enrich your academic experience.

Accreditation

LUISS is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education. Its business school is also accredited by EQUIS.

Grading

LUISS is one of the first European universities to adopt the European Community Course Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS was created to promote academic recognition of studies undertaken abroad by aligning European institutions and broadening students’ educational options. By creating common standards for credits and grades, ECTS facilitates the acceptance of students' academic results.

ECTS transcripts present academic results in a clear, complete, and comprehensive manner in order to ease the credit transfer process. ECTS is increasingly accepted by U.S. institutions; however, you must consult with your home institution to ensure final acceptance of credits.

LUISS University Grades

U.S. letter equivalent

30 e lode (cum laude) – 30

A

29

A

28

A-

27

B+

26

B

25

B-

24

C+

23 - 22

C

21

C-

20-18

D

< 18

F

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty will teach your elective classes.
  • Assessment is based on participation, exams, and individual and group projects.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will also be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Italy may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges from 15 to 50 students.
  • You will attend class with fellow CEA students, other international students, and Italian students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Free Campus Shuttle
  • Bookstore
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