Theology & Religious Studies

Theology & Religious Studies

Available Sessions





1/14/20 - 5/2/20



Estimated Credits:

13 - 17


Apply by 10/30/19 Withdraw by 11/30/19


  • $300 Confirmation Deposit
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Transcript - Unofficial


High School Graduate
Foreign Language Proficiency:
All Levels
Minimum GPA:

About the Program

Program Description

Through a unique partnership between Providence College (PC) and CEA, you’ll explore Rome’s rich religious history in a cultural and religious crossroads for today's Roman Catholic Church. Professors utilize Rome as an extension of the classroom, teaching at sites like the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Catacombs of San Callisto. On-site activities and team assignments help you learn through experience, while an Italian language course contribute to your ability to communicate. Students may choose to enroll in the internship seminar and complete an internship placement. In the Fall, students may also add an optional elective course through our partner, LUISS University (LUISS).

Program Structure

You'll enroll in 1 PC core course, 1 CEA language course, 0-2 PC theology/religious studies courses, and 1-3 CEA elective courses. If you select the internship option, you will enroll in a two-part internship seminar course that includes an academic seminar and an internship placement. Fall students may choose an "extended" semester option that includes 1 elective course at LUISS University.

PC core courses, PC theology/religious studies courses, and CEA elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. CEA language courses and LUISS elective courses meet for 60 contact hours/4 credits. Fall students may earn up to 16 credits (up to 240 contact hours); students in the "extended LUISS" option may earn up to 17 credits (up to 255 contact hours). Spring students may earn up to a total of 13-17 credits (255 contact hours).

CEA classes meet 1-4 times per week, Monday-Thursday. LUISS classes meet twice a week, Monday-Friday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Friday. The internship seminar meets weekly. Your internship placement hours may take place Monday-Friday; the exact time of day and days of the week will be determined after you arrive

Prior to departure, you'll select your preferred courses and indicate your estimated Italian language level. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. After you arrive in Rome, you'll take a language placement exam to determine final placement. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

If you selected the internship option, you will complete three Skype or phone interviews: a screening interview with your site specialist, a job placement interview with your study center placement coordinator, and a final interview with your host site supervisor. The host site retains the final decision regarding placements, so it’s important that your interviews reflect your maturity, adaptability, curiosity, and commitment to both your career interests and the host organization. Upon successfully completing your study center placement coordinator interview, CEA guarantees you a placement based on the personal, professional, and cross-cultural goals reflected in your interview. All placements will be secured two weeks prior to arrival. 

Where You'll Study

The Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS University) is known for its selective admissions and focus on business, market demands, and information technology. For the last 15 years, LUISS University has ranked among Italy’s top three social science institutions. In January 2017 LUISS University ranked 1st in the Sole 24 Ore University ranking. You’ll attend class with Italian and other international students as you take courses taught in English.
Courses at the CEA Rome Center allow you to explore and experience all that the Eternal City has to offer. Courses are taught in English and take full advantage of Roman history and culture, with a focus on active learning outside the classroom. Courses in all levels of Italian are available. The CEA Rome Center is in the vibrant Prati neighborhood, within walking distance of Vatican City, Castel Sant’Angelo, and other UNESCO World Heritage sites. This central location makes it easy to visit galleries, museums, art studios, local businesses, historic sites, food markets, and more—all designed to bring lessons taught in the classroom to life.
Our unique collaboration with Providence College allows you to take courses through our partner, the Providence College Center for Theology & Religious Studies and the CEA Rome Center. Fall semester students also have the option of taking a course at our partner, LUISS “Guido Carli” University. This partnership allows you to study theology and religion in the very heart of Christendom. Long a religious and cultural crossroads, Rome is the ideal place to delve into religious studies as you explore significant sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla. 

Where You'll Stay

When you study abroad in Rome, you can choose standard CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Rome with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, cultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Rome easy!

Life-Long Benefits
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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