Study Abroad / Saint Mary's Programs

Rome, Italy (LUCE)

Rome, Italy
Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE)

Spring Semester

Rome – the Eternal City! Through a collaboration with Lewis University this semester length program gives students from Lasallian universities 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 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.


You will take a full load of courses, there will be two required core courses and a one credit Italian language workshop.  In addition to the required courses, there is a variety of elective courses from which the participants can chose. Classes will be held Monday thru Thursday.

Required Core Courses (at least 7 credits):


  • Italian Language (FLAN-21600)  (1 credit)

Choose at least one course:

  • Business – Introduction to International Business (BSAD-21000) 
  • Business – Basic Macroeconomics (ECON-20000)

Choose at least one course:

  • Social Work – Social Welfare Policy (SCWK-20900)
  • Sociology – Diversity and Social Justice (SOCI-29000)

Elective Non- Core Courses (3 credits each):

  • Art History – Italian Art: Rome through the Centuries (ARTS-24100)
  • Film – Italy Today (ENGL-37600)
  • History/Theology – Christians as the Romans Saw Them (UNIV-20007)
  • Theology – Christian Faith and the Arts (THEO-27000)

Three weekend excursions outside of Rome are currently planned. The first will be a day trip out to Ostia Antica, the second will be a full weekend trip to Florence, and the third will be a full weekend trip to Assisi.

Faculty Leaders

Two faculty members from Lewis University will be leading the program this year and living at the Generalate with the students, while the others will be teaching a hybrid course with part of the course being taught online and part of the course on site in Rome.  There will also be two local professors teaching the art history and film courses.

  • Scott Kerth (Organizational Leadership): He will be serving as Academic Director of the program and teaching two courses in the Core course offerings-Introduction to International Business and Basic Macroeconomics.
  • Ellen Thursby (Social Work): She will be serving as Resident Director and teaching two courses in the Core course offerings-Social Welfare Policy and Diversity and Social Justice.
  • Dennis Cremin (History): He will be teaching a hybrid course called, Christians as the Romans Saw Them, and will assist in the initial orientation on site. 
  • Joanna Kuttner (Theology): She will be teaching a hybrid course, Christian Faith and the Arts, as part of the program.
Program Dates 2024

Start Date of Online Course Component: January 16

Start Date of On-Site Program: January 26

Spring Break: March 9-17

End of Program: April 20


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.

Room and Board

Students will live in single person rooms at the Generalate. Each room features its own bathroom, along with 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 meal plan, with most of your lunches and dinners provided during week and breakfast every day.

Program Cost

The program costs for the Rome – LUCE program include tuition, airport pick-up in Rome, accommodations (single person room), on-site orientation, Rome public transportation pass, program-sponsored excursions and activities, meal plan, and medical insurance.

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


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 November 1, 2023. A $500 non-refundable program deposit is required with submission of application.

LUCE application 2024

For More Information

Vicki McDonald, M.A.
Coordinator of Study Abroad
International Center, the Heights 103
(507) 457-6996

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