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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: Philosophy and Religious Studies Housing Options: Residence Hall
Eligible Year: 1 First Year, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior Scholarships: Honor's
Program Type: Faculty-led US Department of Veterans Affairs' Approved Program/Foreign Institution: YES
Program Description:


Dates Abroad: May 17th - June 9th 2018
*Space is limited to a maximum of 24 students! APPLY EARLY!

Course Description: In this very popular faculty-led study abroad course, you will study and visit the significant cultural sites that have made Rome a world center since ancient times. The course brings to life the history, art, architecture, religion, and culture of this magnificent if the fabled Roman Empire, the Coliseum, seat of the Roman Catholic Church, and capital of modern Italy. Rigorous academic study is coupled with a great deal of fun...and free time for exploring Rome and its environs. The course lets you see and experience firsthand what you are learning about. The awesome aura of Rome will give you memories for a lifetime.  Rome Course Video!

The first step for admission to this spring 2018 course is to register for it when you are able to register for your spring 2018 courses this November. It is important to note that this travel course closes quickly, so registering for it the moment you are allowed to do so in November is the essential first step to become a part of this adventure. When you have registered for the course an application will be sent to the students by Dr. Hundersmarck in order to establish the academic background of each student as it relates to this travel experience.  A limit of 24 students will travel to Rome. On the spring, 2018 schedule look for: INT 197/RES 101 - Rome: The Eternal City (6 credits). RES 101 is a co-requisite and must be taken with INT (Interdisciplinary) 197.

This course fulfills: AOK II and counts as a learning community course. the course is open to both honors and non-honors students. Will fulfill Honors' course for honors students.

If approved, students will be registered for: INT 197G / RES 101 Rome: The Eternal City: PLV CRN 20595, NYC CRN 20596

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Good disciplinary and academic standing
  • Faculty approval
  • Additional program requirements

Students will be stay in Saint John's University housing. The St. John’s Rome Campus features a residence hall, located on its top two floors. Services include: 24/7 residence staff, 24/7 security guard at the entrance, cleaning of common areas, bed linens and towels, wireless internet and 24/7 access to the computer lab, community kitchens, and washers and dryers. The residence is a short walk to Vatican City and is located in the very safe Prati neighborhood, noted for its excellent shopping and dining locations.
Meet your Faculty Leader(s)
Dr. Hundersmarck
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies - 914-773-3953

Program Cost and Itinerary
The program fee is in addition to Pace tuition, and includes the following:
  • Round trip airfare from NYC to Rome
  • Rome accommodations - St. John's University, Rome
  • Admission fees for site visits ( museums, coliseum, Vatican city)
  • A day trip to Florence
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Insurance
  • Student advisement
  • Parental support
  • Local travel resources

Payments and Deadlines
All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below. For undergraduate Honors' students, the $1,000 honors scholarship can be applied.

2018 estimated program fee: $5,100 (in addition to tuition & $100 study abroad fee) **SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Payment Deadlines:
$1,000 deposit: November 29th, 2017 EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 20TH, 2017
$4,100 balance: January 26, 2018


Requesting Financial Aid
You may request that your financial aid package be extended for your study abroad program.

Payment Plan
We will work with you if you have special circumstances and cannot meet the established payment deadlines. Please contact Ms.  Kristina Gallagher at:

Scholarship Opportunity

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of competitive World Cultural Exchange Fund awards worth $1,000 each for either an undergraduate or graduate faculty-led study abroad program for the Spring 2018 semester. Applicants must be enrolled in any major at Dyson College and must have accrued a minimum of 12 credits at Pace. Applicants with QPA below 3.0 will not be considered.

Please follow this link to apply:

Eligible undergraduate honor’s students can apply their $1,000 Study Abroad scholarship. Please contact for confirmation.

The Experience of the Eternal City:
Check out the following two videos created by students in Rome:
experience of Rome written by students who took the course, See:

For an overview of Eternally Entertaining Rome, See: 

Cancellation Policy
Please be advised of the Pace University Cancellation Policy below:

"I hereby acknowledge that the University reserves the right to make cancellations, changes or substitutions to the program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and that the University shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to program participants as a result of such cancellations, changes, or substitutions. I understand that the University reserves the right to cancel, terminate, and/or discontinue the program at any time. Any refund of tuition and fees, if appropriate, shall be issued pursuant to the University’s and University program’s policies."

Passport and Visa
It is important to obtain the necessary documents before you depart for your study abroad program. In order to cross international borders, you must be able to prove your identity and nationality.
What is a Passport?
A passport is a document issued by your national government that certifies your identity and nationality for the purpose of international travel.  Almost all international travel requires that you have and carry a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after re-entry to the United States.
For citizens of the United States, passports are issued by the US Department of State and provides many uses:
  • When presented abroad, it is a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and access all lawful local aid and protection.
  • It allows you access to US Consular services and assistance while abroad.
  • It allows you to re-enter the United States upon your return home. 
It is important not to confuse a Passport Book with a Passport Card. A Passport Book is valid for international travel by air, sea, or land. A Passport Card is valid when entering the US from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. A Passport Card is not valid for international travel by air.
How Do I Apply for a Passport?
First time applicants should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. Applicants must bring their completed application, photos, required documents, and form of payment to one of many acceptance offices, which can be found using the State Department's passport acceptance facility search page.
Those looking to renew an adult passport should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. For citizens over 16 years of age, a passport is valid for 10 years.
The fee to receive or renew a passport is available on the State Department's full chart of costs. It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process, so apply for a passport as soon as possible. You could expedite the services at an additional charge.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter another country generally must first visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport and allows you to travel to, from, and within that particular country or region legally.
Countries typically break visas down into types that reflect the purpose of your visit—tourism, studying, and working, among many potential others.
Each visa has different requirements necessary to obtain them depending on country, type, duration and nationality of the applicant. A country’s consular office should be able to provide you with a list of requirements based on these factors.
A visa is a privilege, not a right. A consular office may deny your visa application, so it is best to adhere to their requirements as much as possible.
How Do I Apply for a Visa?
Obtaining a visa is your responsibility. It is important that you know what is required of you before attempting to enter a country. Failing to obtain a visa (or the correct visa) could result in a denial of entry into a country, and even criminal charges.
You can find the most up-to-date visa information by contacting the consulate or embassy of your host country. US Citizens can also find current visa information on the US State Department website.
Non-resident students must reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) by emailing
  • Check if you will be able to keep your SEVIS record active while participating in the study abroad program.
  • Inquire about re-entry to the US at the completion of your program. Will you need to renew your US visa? Will your travel signature be valid?
  • If it will be your final semester, ask whether study abroad will impact your ability to apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1s). 
NYC Italian Visa Department Address: 
The entrance to the Visa Office is located at: 
54 E 69th Street (corner of Park Ave.) - New York 
The closest subway ( # 6 Train ) station is 68th Street - Hunter College

How to Apply
To apply, click on the "apply" tab at the top or bottom of this page. Be sure to read all information carefully, as each program has different requirements and instructions.
For most programs it will take 2-3 weeks after the application deadline has passed to know if you’ve been offered a spot on the program. This will vary depending on the type of program.
After the initial application has been processed by Pace Study Abroad, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps including program specific applications.


Italy is part of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency.
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Standard electricity in Italy runs at 220 volts, while electricity in the US runs at 110 volts. Students must purchase plug adapters and power converters to protect their electronic devices. These can be purchased in the US or in Italy. We recommend you purchase your larger heating appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons in Italy to save room in your luggage and you do not need to purchase an extra voltage converter. These heating appliances can be found throughout Rome and are generally not expensive.

What are plug adapters and power converters? Plug adapters allow you to plug your American flat-pronged device into Italy's two (or three) round-prong socket. Power converters protect your appliances from overheating, which usually occurs with high current devices such as hair dryers and curling irons. Most plug adapters and power converters can be purchased in a set but for heating devices it is recommended that you purchase a power cord as well. 


WiFi vs. International Phones
International cell phone options vary depending on your individual wants and needs. Some students choose to disconnect from their home using only local WiFi to keep in touch, while others want to use their phone to keep in touch with family and friends, post to Instagram, Facebook, or surf the web. Be sure to talk with your family before choosing an option. 

International Cell Phone Plans
You can use your own cell phone with an international calling plan. These plans vary depending on your cell phone provider. These plans can be complex so be sure to call your provider for detailed information such as roaming charges, international dialing and receiving of calls and international sending and receiving of texts. 

International Sim Cards
Purchasing an international or global sim card allows you to use your own cell phone at reduced rates around the world. Sim cards are best for travelers who are either visiting many countries and/or going to be in a country for a short period of time. You will keep your own cell phone number, have access to voice, text, and data, but spend less on your call service. You pay as you go and reload your sim card when you need to. In order to do this option, you must have a GSM carrier unlocked cellphone for the sim card to work. To find out if you can unlock your cellphone you must contact your cell phone provider.

Rick Steves - Using a European SIM Card

Buying or Renting an International Phone
Another option is to buy or rent a cellphone for your time abroad. There are many services that offer cell phone plans from basic, very inexpensive cell phones to expensive smartphones. 

Below are a few websites where you can purchase and international cell phone. Keep in mind there are tons of sites for you to find a phone. Make sure they are legitimate sites (read the reviews).

WiFi and Apps
Turning off your cell phones data and roaming and relying on WiFi is the cheapest way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, with this option you do not have the ability to Google directions to restaurants or find a place to listen to a live band. Students can also use WiFi, which us usually available in large chain cafes, hotels, hostels and some restaurants. There are many apps you can use to communicate with family and friends such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Line and more.

Late May to early June is a wonderful time to visit the Eternal City; the flowers will be blooming, the sun is out and outdoor seating a restaurants is a must. It can get very hot and humid in Rome during this time, with temperatures reaching 90°F. Be sure to carry plenty of water, sunblock, light clothing and hats. When in Rome, do as the Romans do - get up and out early, and enjoy indoor activities in the afternoon when possible. 
Find more about Weather in Rome, IY
Click for weather forecast
Romans tend to dress to impress. You will rarely find someone running out in their sweats for some bread. Although the temperature will be hot and you will default to tank tops and shorts, you will be visiting churches where they have a modest dress code and will ask you to cover up. To avoid having to buy extra clothes to cover your knees and shoulders, be prepared. Bring a light scarf to cover your shoulders and wear capri pants, skirts or long shorts that day. 
Rome is an ancient city with charming narrow walkways and cobblestone streets; uneven cobblestone streets, where it will be easy to fall if you do not pack the correct footwear. For those who like to wear high heels, you may want to by-pass packing them, especially if they have narrow heels. It will be easy for your heel to get caught on the sidewalk or street and your chances of falling are very high. You will do A LOT of walking, be sure to pack comfortable, cushioned sandals or sneakers.

Health & Safety
Your health and safety are Pace International's top priority and it should be yours as well. Always be aware of your surroundings, travel in pairs and make smart decisions. Always have your identification, your insurance card, your hotel card, a debit or credit card, and some cash on you at all times. Do not carry your passport with you unless specified by your professor. Keep your passport, large sums of money, prescription medication, any important documentation and electronics in your hotel room, preferably in a safe at all times. 
While walking around Rome and other Italian cities, be conscious of your belongings. Pickpocketing is unfortunately very common in crowded, touristy areas. Pickpockets are usually experienced and you will not know something was taken until possibly hours later. To avoid getting your personal items stolen, wear bags with small locks for the zippers, keep your important documents in a separate compartment from everything else, and do not keep anything valuable in your pockets. You may also want to invest in a money belt.

Before traveling to a new country, it is important to do your research. Learn about the history, politics, dress, language, norms, faux pas, food, etc. This can be accomplished with a quick Google search. Below are some examples of the Italian culture that are important to know before departing on your study abroad program.

If you are not familiar with the Italian language, that is okay, however, It is important to learn a few key words and phrases before you depart to Italy. Knowing these key words will help you if you are lost, trying to find a restroom, trying to buy something or simply saying hello. Where ever you travel, it is courteous to learn the native language. It will show you care about their culture and in turn Italians will be more willing to help you. If you are unsure of the pronunciation, try it anyway or show them what you are asking for. You can also download a translation app that will speak what you are trying to say for you. This is especially valuable if you need help quickly.

Key words and phrases:
Per favore or Per Piacere
Thank you
You're welcome
How are you?
Come sta?
Excuse me
Mi scusi/ scusi
How much does it cost?
 Quanto costa?
Where is the toilet
 Dov'e il bagno?
Where can I find...?
Dove posso trovare un...
How can I go to...?
Come posso andare a...
I am allergic to...
Sono allergico a...
I speak English
Parle inglese
Do you speak English?
Parla inglese?
I don't understand.
Non capisco
Can you repeat, please?
Puo ripetere, per cortesia
I am looking for my hotel.
Sto cercando il mio albergo.
Train station
La stazione dei treni
Go away!
Vai via!

Visit BBC Language Lab for free online language lessons.

You can also download Language Apps: 
Duolingo we love this one but there are many others...
Looks for more apps in your Google play or App store.

Non-verbal Communication
Many people don't know that 50% of the Italian language is spoken, while the other 50% is communicated though specific hand gestures. You will see people all over Rome making hand gestures that you may think mean one thing but they actually mean something else. Below is a short introduction on Italian hand gestures.
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When you are in Rome, the one thing you can be assured of you don't have to worry about is being able to find delicious food. Eating at a restaurant in Italy is an event in and of itself, lasting for two, even three hours. If you are looking for a quick bite, you should look for a pizzeria or a cafe rather than a sit-down restaurant or a Trattoria.  
Norms and Faux Pas
  • When entering and exiting a shop always say good morning, good afternoon, or good evening and good bye, even if you do not buy something. 
  • Never order a cappuccino with dinner. After dinner, an espresso or a light drink is more appropriate.
  • Be flexible with time - In the U.S., if someone invites you over at 8:30 you generally try to arrive by 8:30 but in Italy you should arrive 20 to 30 minutes after the arranged time.
  • When you are talking to a person they may step closer to you, in your personal space. Italians generally stand very close to one another when talking and backing up can be perceived as disrespectful. 
  • Do not be afraid to speak Italian, even if you know you are making a mistake. Italians are most likely to help you if you are making an effort to speak their native language.
  • It is not appropriate to over drink and be loud while walking home at night. Italians generally think American's are loud. When out to dinner with friends do not yell across the table. It is more appropriate to speak softly as to allow the other people in the restaurant to enjoy their company.
  • When at a café, It may seem as though no one is on a proper line, rather than getting upset and frustrated, ask who is last in line (chi é l'ultimo?), acknowledge him or her and pay attention to when that person walks up to the counter because that means you are next. Have your order and your money ready for when you are called. Do not dally at the counter once you have your drink in hand. Move to the side to let the next person in line stand there.
  • Although not all stores participate in the traditional siesta, in which stores close in the afternoon so employees can spend time with family or take a nap, some stores do close in the afternoon.  This is not a siesta, the store is just closed. Some stores do not open until the afternoon, especially on Monday. Not all stores, especially in a crowded Roman city will close during the day. Participation in a siesta depends on the time of year and where you are in Italy.
  • Looking for food around 2-3pm? You’re going to have a hard time finding a decent place to eat. Try to eat lunch earlier, around 12:30 or 1:00pm. 

Local Transportation
Transportation in Rome and Italy in general is extremely easy to navigate. However, if you are planning on taking a local bus in Rome, you may be required to purchase your tickets before boarding the bus. Most bus stops do not have a ticket machine. Rather, you will need to find a newspaper stand (edicola) or a tobacco shop (tobaccaio) to purchase your ticket. If you are planning on using public transportation on a Sunday, buy your ticket the day before, as most stores will be closed. Once you are on the bus you need to validate your ticket – put it into a machine that will print that date/time used on the ticket so it cannot be re-used. This step is important as it will save yourself a fine!

The historic center of Rome is not particularly large so it is easy to visit by foot. Buses in Rome are extensive and function quite well, but the subway (called Metroploitana), is much simpler to navigate. Be aware: Italian Transportation is prone to strikes and students should be aware and plan for alternatives for day-trips if needed. The strike authority's website is in Italian but has a calendar of upcoming strikes (scioperi). It is possible to search for information on strikes by date, region or sector. Strikes are usually local and last 4 hours to a day.

Visit the Strike Commission website, click on calendario scioperi (strike schedule) and then on elenco scioperi for a full list of strikes in Italy.


Packing Tips
  • Remember that everything you pack you will need to carry. If you are unable to carry it on your own, then you are packing too much!
  • Leave some room for any new items you may purchase while abroad.
  • Inquire about airline luggage regulations and pack accordingly.
  • Find out about dress customs in your destination and pack clothes that will help you blend-in with the locals.
  • Pack a nice outfit for special occasions.
  • Do not pack anything that you are not willing to lose.
  • If you are going to a place where the temperature will vary, pack clothes that you can layer.
  • Pack clothes that don’t require special wash.
  • You will probably walk more than the usual, bring comfortable shoes! In some destinations closed-toes shoes may be recommended due to possible injuries or infections.
  • Power adapters and converters as applicable
  • If you know your roommate, see if you can share some items.
  • Shower shoes
  • Camera
  • Backpack or tote bag for day field trips
  • Find out if you really need to bring a laptop. Keep in mind that a laptop can be stolen, so you may need to carry with you at all times.
  • Cell phone
Things to pack in your carry-on: Follow airline customs and regulations
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Financial documents
  • Airline tickets (round trip)
  • Letter of acceptance in your study abroad program
  • Address where you will need to go as well as arrival instructions
  • Important phone number(s)
  • Prescription medications appropriately packed and identified
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Toiletries and a change of clothes in case of baggage or flight delays
  • Cell Phone
  • Pocket Dictionary

Flight Resources
Flying internationally can be an expensive purchase. As a student there are many discounts you can take advantage of. Remember to do your research and compare prices. If you have a credit card that as a point system, you may be able to use those points towards your airplane ticket.
Below are some websites we feel have the best prices for student travelers:

Parent Resources
Dear Family,

Thank you for supporting studying abroad as a significant opportunity in the student's life. Studying Abroad is closely linked with higher grade point averages, shorter time to graduate, and a key to a successful early career as global companies as seen as a high priority by many employers.

Study Abroad Programs have a variety of different financial models, and time commitments. Study Abroad is affordable. Study Abroad is committed to high academic standards and the student will work with the Study Abroad and their respective school/college and department to meet the academic needs.

In addition, the Pace Internationals believes that studying abroad should provide participants with a significant cultural as well as academic experience. Whether it is through a homestay living arrangement, an in-country internship or other planned cultural and social activities, your participant will be given an opportunity to interact with the peoples and cultures of their host country.
The Study Abroad team will with each participant to insure that their individual needs and concerns are addressed before, during and after their learning abroad experience. Whatever type of program your family member or friend has chosen, I hope that this information helps you understand their unique experience and helps you provide the support at home that your participant needs to enjoy a rich and profound experience abroad.
Please reach out to us with questions or concerns, big or small, regarding your student's studying abroad:

Student Identity Resources
Student Identity Abroad
Pace Education Abroad recognizes and supports a diverse student population on its study abroad programs. Matters of personal identity can impact all students on a study abroad program. For some, it may be the first time you are a minority in your community. For others, you might notice that you are getting attention based on your identity either positive or negative. It is important to remember that you have control over your response to that attention.
We encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural norms, and local practices before choosing and beginning your program. You will want to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding. Please consult the Education abroad website as you consider and prepare for your experience abroad.

Keeping in Touch
Keeping in touch with family and friends is becoming easier as WiFi is more prevalent in international cities. You no longer need to spent a ton of money to call home or go to an internet café. Downloading apps on your smartphone is becoming an essential resource for travelers. Some apps that you will find yourself needing:
  • Skype
  • Whatsapp
  • Viber
  • Facebook Messenger

Money, money, money… It is an important component to your study abroad program to have all your money matters taken care of before departing. From contacting your banks, to creating a budget and obtaining local currency, this is a step you should begin as early as possible.
It is important to contact your banks to let them know you are traveling internationally and for how long. If you do not let your banks know, not only will you not be able to use your credit cards or debit cards, your accounts will be frozen. Unfreezing accounts take time, time in which you will not have any money available for you to use.
Creating a budget for yourself is essential to not running out of money abroad and having to call friends or family for additional funds. Below is a budget worksheet to help you stay on track with your money.
Taking your credit card abroad is very common and probably the easiest way to make a purchase. Be aware of interest rates and international charges. Some credit cards charge you a lot for a single purchase while others have no international transaction fees. Call your bank to find out what the international transaction fee is on your card. Please note: International cards vary by card, not by company. For example, some Chase cards have zero fees, while another may have a very large fee. Read the guidelines carefully before deciding on a card.
Make sure your credit card has a designated pin number. You will need a pin number to make any purchase. If you do not have a pin, or if you are unsure, a quick call to your bank will clear up any confusion.
Currency exchange rates can be high and the interest rate at many shops, especially near or in airports or train station, can really hurt your budget. You will generally receive the best exchange rate at your bank. You should being $100 to $200 dollars in the local currency with you. Some banks have the most popular currency, like Euros on hand, while others have to be ordered. This process can take up to 2 or 3 weeks so be sure to do this in advance. If and when you need more cash, an ATM is your best option, but again be aware of transaction fees. Not only will the bank whose ATM you are using charge you, your bank will most likely charge you as well.
Below are a list of international credit cards we suggest:
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
  • Discover it® 12:12
  • Wells Fargo Propel World American Express
  • Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business (all Capital One cards have zero international transaction fees - these are our favorite)?

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/15/2018 05/16/2019 06/08/2019