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Frequently asked questions

Below you will find questions that students often ask about. The questions are grouped into the following headings:

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Information on eligibility and how to apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant can be found at Overseas Study - Costs and Financial Support.

Information on eligibility and how to apply for the Overseas Help Loan can be found at Overseas Study - Costs and Financial Support.

Important: If you are planning to apply for financial assistance, you should send your application 3 months (but at the latest 8 weeks) before departure to allow for processing time.

If you are currently receiving Centrelink assistance, you may be eligible to receive your benefits while you are overseas. For more information, please visit the Centrelink website.

If you need a letter for Centrelink you must request this at least 4 weeks before departure.
Please email with your request.


Italy is part of the Schengen Convention, along with a number of other European countries, which allows Australian citizens to enter Italy without a visa in some circumstances. See DFAT Smartraveller travel bulletin on the Shengen Convention for more information.

“Generally, Australian tourists planning to spend less than a total of 90 days within a 180 day period in the 'Schengen area' do not require visas for countries which are parties to the Schengen Convention. This means that you can enter the Schengen area and move between the member countries with a single Schengen visa” (Smartraveller).

For more information about Travel Advice to Italy, please visit the Smartraveller-Italy website.

It is your responsibility to ensure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia. You should carry copies of a recent passport photo (not older than 6 months) with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.

As a student of ACU, you are covered by The Australian Catholic University travel insurance cover while participating in an approved international study program. This insurance will cover you for seven days before your program starts and seven days after it finishes. If you are planning to do additional travel outside the above dates, it is recommended you obtain additional travel insurance.

All students undertaking an overseas University activity are required to complete an International Activity Funding Request Form (IAFR) for the following purposes: insurance cover, International SOS cover and funding.

Note: All students, (even those not requesting funding) are required to complete this form.

You can download the IAFR from the Overseas Study - Costs and Financial Support webpage.

The IAFR must be submitted 3 months (but at the latest 8 weeks) before departure to allow for processing time.

Yes, but you will be responsible to book and pay for your own additional accommodation.
Accommodation at the Rome Centre starts on the Sunday before your program commences.

Yes, but you will be responsible for all accommodation arrangements after your course finishes. You must also ensure that you are back in Australia in time for the start of your classes at ACU. You will not be covered by ACU’s travel insurance for any additional travel you may undertake (see “Travel Insurance” information).

International SOS is a leading medical and travel security assistance company. International SOS provides staff and students with necessary travel advice prior to departure and also provides support while in-country. This support ranges from minor incidents to critical emergencies.

Students must be registered with International SOS prior to departure. All ACU students receive an International SOS membership card and registration instructions from ACU International once they have submitted the International Activity Funding Request Form.

There are a range of flights departing regularly from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Rome.
Here are some flights options:

From Sydney

Arriving Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) airport in Rome

Singapore Airlines – via Singapore


Qatar Airways – via Doha




Etihad Airways – via Abu Dhabi


Air China


Qantas via Dubai


From Melbourne

Etihad Airways


Cathay Pacific


Qantas via Singapore/Dubai


Qatar Airways




Air China


From Brisbane

Qantas via Dubai


Emirates via Dubai


Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi


China Airlines


You may contact Campus Travel or do your own research to find the flight which is more convenient for you.

If you are planning to arrive on the day your accommodation starts at the Rome Centre, you can request an airport pick up service.
You will need to provide us with your full itinerary indicating your flight number, arrival date and time and airport in Rome at least four weeks before departure.

If you are making your own way from the airport, there are taxis available with fixed price fares to and from the airport. Be aware that unofficial taxi drivers will charge more.

Learning experience

Yes, if you have been approved to undertake The Core UNCC300 in Rome.

Rome Centre classroom

It will certainly help if you can learn some basic Italian to help you communicate with locals, shopping and transport. There will be some language materials available. We will inform you about Italian Language support if you have been accepted into your program of study.

Your lecturer will advise you when your unit will be available in LEO.

Your timetable will be provided during the Pre-Departure Briefing session to be held in November-December. Attendance at this session is mandatory.

The Rome Centre

Student accommodation will be at the Rome Centre.

The Rome Centre is a jointly operated centre between Australian Catholic University (ACU) and The Catholic University of America (CUA).

The Centre is located at Via Garibaldi 28, on Janiculum or Gianicolo Hill (see Map of Janniculum Hill and its surrounds) in the charming, medieval Trastevere region on the west bank of the Tiber River. It is within walking distance of the Spanish Embassy, the Vatican and the Castel Sant’Angelo. Piazza Garibaldi is also nearby and is a great spot to watch the sunset. The campus itself provides a small, friendly space in which students can live, attend class, socialise and study.

The Centre is within a 10-minute walk to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, the main square of the neighborhood. It is also close to the modern neighbourhood of Monteverde. Both Trastevere and Monteverde are filled with restaurants, shops, and things to do.

Four buses stop nearby to take you across the river to the Pantheon or the Colosseum, and the Trastevere streetcar line is only a five-minute walk away that can take you to the Trastevere train station and from there, the airport is only 30 minutes away.

The Centre is four blocks from a public hospital and a 15-minute walk from a private, English-speaking hospital. The center borders the Irish Embassy and a center run by the St. Egidio Community.

Rome Centre outdoor area

The Centre is equipped with the following facilities:

  • residential accommodation for students
  • chapel
  • library
  • commercial kitchen
  • dining area
  • student studio
  • external verandas/terraces
  • teaching spaces

Rome Centre library

Rome Centre bedroom

Students will be living in a dorm arrangement. The Rome Centre offers:

  • Newly renovated dorm rooms with heating and air conditioning
  • Rooms combinations: quadruple, triple, double
  • Bathrooms and showers are shared and accessible from the corridors
  • Students live in single-sex wings of the dorm, where possible

Linen includes bed sheet, cover sheet, pillowcase, bath towel, hand towel and blanket.

Yes, there are token-operated washing machines and dryers. It costs €2 euro per wash and €2 euro per dry. Laundry detergent is provided.

You should bring wash and wear clothing if possible.

Yes, WIFI is available throughout the entire building, except in the outside grounds?

Rome Centre dining room

Your meal plan (Monday to Friday) includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

A Buffet Breakfast is served between 8am to 9am. It usually includes:

  • Fresh bread, assorted sweet rolls
  • Assorted flavours of yogurt
  • Corn flakes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Jams, hazelnut butter, butter, honey
  • Coffee, tea, milk, fruit juices

Lunch usually consists of:

  • Pasta or rice or soup
  • Selection of vegetables or mixed salad
  • Bread
  • Fresh fruit

Dinner usually consists of:

  • Meat or fish or hearty vegetables
  • Large vegetable dish with a variety of vegetables
  • Fresh bread
  • Fresh fruit

It is very important that you let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements. You might like to buy some snacks to eat between meals. There are shops close to the Centre.

Things to do in Rome

The weekends are free for you to explore Rome and catch up with some study. You can decide what you want to do. You might like to organise some sightseeing activities with your classmates. After all, you are in Italy and there is plenty to see!

If you travel during the high season, we recommend you pre-book your tours, however, there is lots to see even without joining a tour.

The Rome Centre is close to the Vatican, the Colosseum and Castle St Angelo. Former students also recommended visiting the following places:

  • the Trevi Fountain
  • the Pantheon
  • Spanish steps

Outside Rome:

  • Pompeii
  • Naples
  • Ostia
  • Venice
  • Florence