Student Experience

Wondering what to expect from a semester in Rome?  Two Marketing students share their experience of studying abroad in Rome during the Fall semester.

A Home Away From Home

Students in Rome may live on campus or with university-selected Roman families. Past students shared a few of the key benefits of each below.

Dorm living

Students living on campus benefit from:

  • Newly renovated dorm rooms with heating and air conditioning.
  • A smoke-free building, including dorm rooms, and smoke-free grounds.
  • Rooms combinations: quadruple, triple, double, single.
  • A limited number of single rooms are available for an extra charge.
  • Bathrooms and showers are shared and located in the hallways.
  • Students live in single-sex floors of the dorm, where possible.
  • Meals: A partial meal plan is provided, with simple, Italian breakfasts and family-style dinners. Meals are not served during weekends, official breaks, or holidays.
  • Dorm students have access to washers and dryers.

Host family living

Students living with host families benefit from:

  • A room in the home of a Roman family.
  • Family compositions differ: a man and woman with children, an elderly widow, a young couple, etc.
  • Two students may elect to share a room with the same family.
  • An inside perspective on a typical Roman neighborhood.
  • Catholic University's host families are located throughout the city of Rome, in interesting residential districts.
  • Some breakfasts and some dinners are provided with the host family.
  • A family in Rome and the independence to come and go.
  • Students with no or little Italian language will take a more intensive Italian course.