Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs


Rome, Italy

Short-term Study Abroad Program—2017-18

This program is anticipated for the end of Fall semester 2017 and includes a faculty-led tour of Rome in December 2017 – January 2018. Participants will explore Roman culture and history through an examination of literature and a literary tour of Italy focused on sites related to course readings.


In The Footsteps of Early Jews and Christians & Innovation and Creativity

Faculty Leader

Professor Claudia Setzer and Professor Carolyn Predmore, Manhattan College

Anticipated Travel Dates

December 26 – January 6, 2018


We are working on confirming our daily itinerary, but possible activities and excursions may include the following:

  • The Arch of Titus in the Forum (Roman destruction of the Jerusalem Temple). Coliseum.
  • Discussion of Roman power and attitudes towards religions of conquered peoples.
  • Visit Christian (Priscilla) and Jewish (Vigna Randanini) Catacombs.
  • Look at El Greco’s Peter and Paul online. Visit Cerasi Chapel of Church of Santa Maria del Popolo to see Caravaggio’s “The Conversion [of Paul] on the Way to Damascus,” and “The Crucifixion of St.
  • Visit the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
  • Visit Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli (Michelangelo’s Moses).
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Square.
  • Visit the Rome synagogue and Jewish Quarter. Sampling of “Carciofi alla Giudi” and other Jewish delicacies at kosher restaurant Ba’Ghetto.
  • Visit interreligious Holocaust memorial site at Fosse Ardeatine, site of execution of Italians in Christian catacombs,
  • Meet with Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute, a Catholic scholar of the early Judaism and activist in Jewish-Christian relations.
  • Pizza making class & dinner.
  • Tour of a music amphitheater followed by evening concert.
  • Fashion tour including possible meetings with industry experts.


Students will stay in double occupancy rooms at the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools while in Rome. In Assisi students will spend a night in a hotel.

Course Fee

$2,000 – $2,400* estimated course fee

Includes most in-country meals, activities, transportation and insurance.
* Cost of passport, flight, and some in-country expenses are not included in the course fee and are the responsibility of the student.


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. The number of accepted students is limited.

Application Process

Apply with the Study Abroad Office by April 7. 2017. A $500 non-refundable program deposit is required with submission of application.

For more information

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

Find Us

The Heights International Center, Room 106
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fax: 507-457-6917