Rome - January


The Rome Centre is a jointly operated centre between Australian Catholic University (ACU) and The Catholic University of America (CUA). The Centre opened in September 2015 and brings together students and academics from both universities in Rome, Italy in a unique tri-continental endeavour. The Centre offers opportunities for study and research based on a shared commitment to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the pursuit of academic excellence in teaching and learning and a commitment to internationalisation experiences for staff and students.


The Core Rome Program will be taught by ACU Faculty with partial completion of the unit at home in Australia. Students will do the first week in LEO before completing the rest of the program in Rome.
Assessments, quizzes, papers and exams will be submitted to and graded by ACU academics.
All students will complete ACU unit UNCC300 Understanding Self and Society: Contemporary Perspectives

Program highlights and inclusions

  • Accommodation and classes in Rome, Italy
  • Italian language classes offered during the program in Rome
  • Group site visits within the community
  • Group sightseeing excursions and time to explore the city


January 8

  • Arrive before 4pm, check into housing
  • Welcome by Rome staff
  • Welcome dinner

January 9-13

  • Hop-on hop-off tour of Rome
  • Tutorials
  • Guest lectures
  • Italian language classes
  • Site visits

January 14-15

  • Weekend:  Free for personal travel or study

January 16-20

  • Tutorials
  • Guest lectures
  • Italian language classes
  • Site visits
  • Exam
  • Farewell lunch

January 21

  • Depart accommodation

How much will it cost?

The 2017 program fee is AUD$2,800.00. The program fee covers:

  • shared accommodation in Rome
  • meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • airport transfer
  • scheduled group excursion and site visits
  • Italian language classes
  • welcome dinner

The program fee does not include the return airfare to Italy, ACU HECS/tuition for UNCC300 or additional travel.

Eligible students may apply for an ACU Vice Chancellor’s Travel Grant worth up to $2,500 to assist in the costs of undertaking study overseas.

In 2017, up to 120 students who meet international core entry requirements are also eligible for a Provost International Core Curriculum Scholarship valued at $1000 to help cover the cost of program participation. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and are subject to availability.

Students may also elect to apply for an OS-HELP loan, which provides financial assistance for eligible Commonwealth supported students to undertake part of their course of study overseas.

What are the program dates?

Dates in Rome: 8 January – 21 January 2017

  • LEO program opens approximately one month prior to the overseas program dates. Complete Modules 1-3 before you depart for Rome.
  • Arrive at the Rome Centre on Sunday, 8th January before 4pm
  • Rome classes: 9-20 January
  • Check out of your housing on Saturday, 21 January
  • Final assessment due: January/February 2017 (exact date to be advised closer to the program’s commencement)

Where will I stay?

All students stay at the ACU Rome Centre’s accommodation located in Janiculum Hill, behind the Vatican and near trendy Trastevere. The centre offers living quarters for undergraduates, a wing for postgraduate students, apartments for visiting faculty, commercial kitchen, a chapel, garden and other amenities.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to participate in the International Core Curriculum program you must have:

  • One year of study completed at ACU (usually 80cp)
  • A cumulative GPA of 4.5 or above
  • Successful completion of UNCC100 Our World: Community and Vulnerability
  • UNCC300 not yet completed


Applications closed on 30 September 2016. Register your interest in our 2018 programs!