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. Two professors 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 Friday noon.

Required Courses (7 credits):

  • Italian Language (1 credit)
  • Theology – Christian Ethics: Ethical Business, Sustainability, Responsibility and Peace
  • Theology – Christian Faith and the Arts

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

  • Art History – Italian Art: Rome through the Centuries-From its Origins to the 17th Century
  • Business – International Economics and Finance – Focus on Europe, with Flashbacks to the Roman Empire
  • History – Italy Today
  • Italian Language (may take two)
  • Literature – Italy through 19th and 20th Century American & British Writers
  • Theology – Lasallian Community and Social Action

Faculty Leader

Dominic Colonna, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology
Lewis University

Program Dates – TBD

Example Schedule:
January 13 – Online classes begin
January 31 – Arrival in Rome
February 3 – Classes in Rome begin
March 9-14 – Spring Break
April 26 – End of the program


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. Laundry service will be provided.

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.

Program Cost

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, personal expenses and additional travel during breaks.

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 11, 2019. A $500 non-refundable program deposit is required with submission of application.

Program Links

For more information

Rebecca Vogel, M.Ed.
Director International Center
(507) 457-1778

Find Us

The Heights International Center, Room 104
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.