Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs

Rome, Italy (LUCE)

Rome, Italy
Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE)

Spring Semester 2018

Rome – the Eternal City! This faculty-led semester length program gives students from Lasallian university students the opportunity to study and live together at the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) in the Generalate in Rome-the mother house for the Lasallian Christian Brothers. Created by the US Lasallian universities, this exciting new program provides students the chance to have a deeper understanding of John Baptiste de La Salle and the Lasallian Christian Brothers while completing major, minor, and general education requirements at their home institutions. Two professors-one from LaSalle University and one from Lewis University-will lead the program, living at the Generalate with the students, teaching courses, and travelling with the students on program sponsored excursions.


You will take a full load of courses, including one course from each of the faculty leaders and a required one credit Italian language course at your level, for a total of usually four to five courses. Classes will be held Monday thru Thursday.

Required Courses (7 credits):

– Italian Language (1 credit)
– Topics: Migration and the European Crisis
– Christian Faith and the Arts

Elective Courses- Choose at least two (3 credits each):

– Corporate Social Responsibility
– International Business: Doing Business in Europe
– Introduction to Sociology
– Search for Faith
– History
– Art History
– Italian Language (may take two)
– Literature

Faculty Leaders

Dominic Colonna (Program Director)
Professor, Theology
Lewis University

Ricardo Dello Buono
Professor, Sociology
Manhattan College

Program Dates

The travel dates are February 9 – May 4, 2018.


The Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, where the program is based, is the mother house and administrative headquarters for the De La Salle Institute. Conveniently located less than a block from the Metro line, all of the famous sites of Rome are just a few minutes away. In addition to the living and studying at the Generalate, the program will have a number of excursions to different parts of Italy to allow students the chance to explore more of the rich history and culture of Italy. Expected excursions include trips to Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Pompeii, and Naples.


You will live in a single person room at the Generalate.  Each room will have a bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe.  There is a shared common space for the program participants, as well as laundry facilities.

A meal plan at the Generalate dining facilities will also be provided as part of the program.  You will have 17 meals per week provided lunches and dinners five days per week and breakfast every day.

Course Fee

The program costs for the Rome – LUCE program include tuition, airport pick-up in Rome, accommodation, orientation, program-sponsored excursions and activities, a meal plan (17 meals per week), and medical insurance.

The program cost does not include airfare, passport fees, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses.

The cost of the program is approximately the same as tuition and room/board for a regular semester on the Winona Campus.  A $500 non-refundable program deposit is required with submission of application. A student’s application is incomplete and will not be considered if a deposit is not received by the program deadline.

Financial Aid

Saint Mary’s institutional aid and all federal and state aid (except for work study) is applicable. Students should research the details of non-Saint Mary’s scholarships to check for applicability. Given the additional costs of a semester abroad, financial aid may be adjusted accordingly. Students should discuss their situation with the Financial Aid Office.

If you currently receive tuition remission at Saint Mary’s, be aware that your tuition remission does not cover the full tuition cost of this Rome Program. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for information on cost.

Non-Saint Mary’s students who are interested in participating in this program should check with the financial aid office of their home institution to determine the applicability of their financial aid.


Participants will need to have Sophomore status and a preferred GPA of 2.5. Eligibility will also be based on recommendations and record of behavior at Saint Mary’s.

Application Process/Deadline

Applications available in the Study Abroad Office. Apply by October 16, 2017. A $500 non-refundable program deposit is required with submission of application.

Program Links

For more information

Vicki McDonald, M.A.
Coordinator of Study Abroad / International Center Associate
International Center, The Heights
Campus Box #51