An opportunity like none other...
- A semester or a 5-week program studying in the "Eternal City" – Rome, Italy!
- Tuition, room and board cost the same as if you were still on the Bismarck campus. Buy your plane ticket and go!
- A home to call your own in a quiet neighborhood, just 20 minutes from Saint Peter's Square.
- A program that integrates academics, faith, and community.
So what are you waiting for? Andiamo!
Rome is one of the most incredible cities on earth, was once capital of the world, and stands at the center of U-Mary's Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine tradition. Walk the streets that martyrs trod, see the ruins of the palace of the emperors, gaze upon the works of Michelangelo and Caravaggio, and visit the places where Saint Benedict himself actually lived! At U-Mary we aim to educate students to be leaders in service of truth, and students can powerfully come to know and understand the truth about the world and themselves through a living encounter with history and faith at the very heart of Christianity. Truly, students who study in Rome have a first-hand encounter with everything that makes the University of Mary "joyfully Christian, faithfully Catholic, and gratefully Benedictine."
Oh, and did we mention that while you're there you'll become a seasoned world-traveler? Making the most of your experience abroad, you'll come to know the Eternal City like the back of your hand, you'll master the art of riding trains, busses, and subways everywhere in Europe, and you'll make friends from countries all over the globe.
So what you waiting for? It's time to sign up for a semester or a month in Rome - let's go! Or as the Italians would say... andiamo!
The mission and vision of this program
Italian ice cream (gelato) is great, the weather over there is beautiful, and it's sure exciting to see the Pope, but what is it that really stands at the heart of this program? What drives it?
In continuity with our founding mission to prepare young people for leadership in the service of truth, our Rome campus seeks to offer students in every program and discipline a unique opportunity for academic growth and personal development. So whether you're studying a medical profession, education, business or biology, in Rome you will work toward fulfilling courses from the university's core curriculum in a dynamic international setting created especially for you.
In the classroom you'll be invited into an engaging liberal arts environment which pays particular attention to the way the lessons of history, the great achievements of human reason, and the light of Divine revelation allow us to see more clearly how we might respond to the pressing questions facing humanity today.
But the classroom is only the beginning. When in Rome the ideas and ideals introduced in class are brought to life outside of it in an encounter with the world of the Italian people and culture. It's this encounter, so different from any other experience, that offers the context for students to examine their own hearts and minds so that they might hear with greater clarity their own calling in life.
Through rigorous study, the experience of a foreign culture, and new-found friendships, University of Mary students will understand themselves more clearly ... and the heartbreaks and joys of humanity more deeply. They will learn to serve society as leaders in service of truth with greater wisdom, justice, and self-sacrificing love.