WCCCSA Program – Rome, Italy Spring 2025

Picture of St Peter's Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world
Picture of St Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world

Program Dates & Application Timeline

  • Application & Deposit Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2025
  • Early Bird Deadline: Apply by Friday, October 31, 2024 & save $100!
  • Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, March 7, 2025
  • Tuition Due: Check your campus’s calendar
  • Program Dates: March 27 – May 30, 2025

Apply early so that you are eligible to apply for study abroad scholarships (besides the WCCCSA scholarship, there are also other national or regional study abroad scholarships available); many of those scholarship applications are closed as early as six-nine months before the actual program departure. Check with Li for details!

Program Documents

About the Program


Rome, Italy! More details to come, stay tuned!

Campus & Classrooms

Classes will be held at the AIFS Student Center, which is centrally located and a short walk from the student apartments. The school is located in the city center, just steps from the Vatican.

Wi-fi is available throughout the Study Center; students and faculty also have access to computers and a printer, projector, white boards, etc.


Students will stay in self-catered apartments in a central location near the Vatican. Typically, each two-to-three-bedroom apartment is shared by four-to-six WCCCSA students on a twin-bedded basis. Students will have a shared kitchen and living space. Bed linen and wireless internet are provided. Apartments are within a short 10-20 minute walk of the AIFS Student Center.


An unlimited three-month public transportation pass is provided for all students on this program. The pass is good for the metro, bus, train, and trams within the central zone of Rome. Students are responsible for ground transportation from the airport in Rome to their apartments (instructions will be provided).

Faculty & Courses

Course #1 and Course #2 are determined once we select faculty members teaching in the course.

Course #3  HUMAN205 Italian Life and Culture Course (5-credits)

Taught by local qualified guest lecturers focusing on historical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Rome and Italy. Local faculty will assign work and grades for the course.

This is an academic program and students are required to enroll in a full-time course load (15 credits). Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.

Program Activities at a Glance


Included in the program students will have:

  • Reserved entrances to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a professional, English-speaking guide.
  • Half-day excursion to Tivoli including round-trip private transportation, entrance to Hadrian’s Villa and the services of a professional, English-speaking guide.
  • Program of free and subsidized cultural activities including activities such as walking tours, opera tickets, a sporting event, museum visits, and cooking and wine appreciation classes.

Optional three-day, two-night excursion to Sorrento and Pompeii for an extra cost including:

  • Round-trip transportation by train or private bus, two nights’ accommodation in multi-bedded rooms in a centrally-located hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, entrance to Pompeii with a professional, English-speaking guide, plus a day excursion to Capri. This excursion is available for a supplemental fee of $625 based on a minimum of 15 paying participants.

Independent Travel

You are free to use your weekends to explore new neighborhoods in Rome, or take short train trips to other cities in Italy. Or you may even choose to leave the country and travel to Europe’s great cities including London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Paris.  

Cost: $7225


  • Accommodation in a shared, self-catered apartment (centrally located)
  • 24-hour on-call service in Rome for duration of program
  • Pre-departure orientation and onsite orientation
  • Travel Pass for unlimited travel on buses, trains, and metro in central Rome
  • Welcome meal
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • A dedicated AIFS Program Coordinator to ensure smooth program experience
  • Free internet access and printing facilities in AIFS Student Center

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare and in-country transfers
  • College tuition & fees for 15 credits
  • Course books/materials
  • Passport & visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional excursions and fieldtrips to those listed
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade

WCCCSA Scholarships

WCCCSA Rome participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due on or before Friday, January 31, 2025.

Pre-Departure Orientation (mandatory)

  • When: On a Saturday ~1 month prior to departure
  • Where: TBD
  • Time: 10am-3pm

What to bring to Orientation:

  • Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
  • Four passport photos
  • Copy of your passport
  • Flight itineraries for students not on the group flight
  • Notepad and pen to take notes
  • And questions

You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.

Last Updated April 10, 2024