Rome is like no other city in the world. It has played an often pivotal role in world history for the past three thousand years, from the founding of the Roman Republic in the sixth century BC through the Treaty of Rome in 1957 that formed the European Economic Community.

It has been influential in the development of western civilization, contributing to literature, art, music, film, theology, spirituality, philosophy, politics, and many other disciplines. To study in Rome is to have a unique window into the context and background of contemporary concerns.