The Catholic University curriculum maximizes immersion into every day Italian life. Various courses look at Rome from different perspectives, integrating ideas, texts, and other learning materials with the study of the city itself. Students learn about Rome's contributions to ancient and modern civilization through activities and excursions, which includes onsite visits to the physical places where history was made - studying art, architecture, and philosphy while walking along streets in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, St. Peter and St. Paul, Plotinus, Constantine, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, Pope St. Gregory the Great, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, and many, many other thinkers, artists, politicians, emperors, kings, popes, and saints. Students have the opportunity to explore the city, study the sites, and reflect on their significance.