Because of tightened immigration restrictions, students will not be able to travel outside the Schengen area and return after the 90th day of the program until they receive their permesso di soggiorno cards.

When traveling, students should

  • Book personal travel so as not to interfere with classes or class trips; travel is never a legitimate excuse for missing class.
  • Always travel with their passport; passports are required throughout Europe for identification purposes and to check in to hotels and hostels.
  • Inform the staff and host family of their travels; students who miss their planned means of return to Rome should find a way to contact the Catholic University Rome staff (text message, email) with their new plans.
  • Limit their travel to Europe; destinations like north Africa may seem exciting, but bring many dangers. Avoid all political hotspots. Check the U.S. Department of State for travel advisories.
  • Not utilize tour packages; one of the great values of a semester abroad is learning to make one's own travel plans; under no circumstances should student travel tours like Bus-to-Alps or other tour packages be used.
  • Be extra-cautious when traveling; all the resources that the staff can offer in Rome are beyond reach once outside Rome; if anything happens while traveling, students should find a way to let the Catholic University Rome staff know.