Italy Fall or Spring Semester

During your semester in Rome, you don't have to just imagine the art, history, and culture--you actually get to experience it! You will be immersed in life in Italy while having the opportunity to learn from qualified professors teaching from a Christian worldview. Field trips throughout Rome, as well as excursions to Florence and Ostia Antica, will make you feel like you're walking through a museum! Our community environment will also allow you to participate in hands-on cooking classes, learning to make fresh pasta and homemade bread--which we'll enjoy together. Two weeks of the semester will be available to you for independent travel in Europe--or stay in Rome and explore it further.

ROME, Italy program calendars

These schedules will help you get all of your details in order and plans in place.

Jan 14, 2022
Students Depart USA for Italy

Students should plan to purchase their airline ticket to depart the USA for Rome, Italy for some time on Friday, January 14, 2022 and to arrive in Rome, Italy sometime on Saturday January 15, 2022. *Do not plan to arrive early due to visa restrictions.

Jan 15, 2022
Semester Begins

Students should plan to purchase their airline ticket to depart the USA for Rome, Italy for some time on Friday, January 14, 2022 and to arrive in Rome, Italy sometime on Saturday January 15, 2022. *Do not plan to arrive early due to visa restrictions.

Apr 14, 2022
Semester Ends

Students will need to purchase their airfare to depart Rome on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Due to Visa restrictions, it is necessary to purchase your return flight on this date.

Sep 8, 2022
Students Depart USA for Italy

Students should plan to purchase their airline ticket to depart the USA for Rome, Italy for some time on Thursday, September 8, 2022 and to arrive in Rome, Italy sometime on Friday, September 9, 2022.

Dec 7, 2022
Semester Ends

Students will need to purchase their airfare to depart Rome on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Due to Visa restrictions, it is necessary to purchase your return flight on this date.

Jan 12, 2023
Students Depart USA for Italy

Students should plan to purchase their airline ticket to depart the USA for Rome, Italy for some time on Thursday, January 12, 2023 and to arrive in Rome, Italy sometime on Friday, January 13, 2023.

Apr 12, 2023
Semester Ends

Students will need to purchase their airfare to depart Rome on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Due to Visa restrictions, it is necessary to purchase your return flight on this date.

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WHY Italy?

Living and Learning International is a study abroad program available to students who desire to continue their college education in an international setting.

For three months, Italy will be your classroom as you take an unforgettable plunge into the glorious past of Rome, a breath-taking walk through the monumental witnesses and imposing buildings of the Eternal City. You'll see the current influences of Italian politics, religion, and customs that make Italy the complex culture that it is today.

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An Experience Like No Other

Study abroad with us and you'll be immersed in culture, ministry, and learning. And we'll take you to some world class destinations.

  • Experiential Learning

  • Mission and Ministry

  • Live in the Eternal City

  • Two independent travel weeks

  • Weekly field trips of Rome

  • Weekly Italian Cuisine Cooking Classes

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Your semester will be definied by living in Christian Community and learning to cook incredible Italian cuisine.

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All classes are delivered in English and fully accredited. Field trips are a big part of every class!

Courses Offered

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Ashleigh wants YOU to spend the next semester in Italy. Your first step is to submit an application.

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ROME, ITALY Courses:
Fall and Spring Semester

Cultural Understanding
4 Units

This course will maximize the experience of living in Europe by developing the student’s cultural intelligence to enable them to function effectively with other cultures. Students will be introduced to survival Italian language learning to help in their daily lives in Rome.Students will also have an  introduction to the cultural history of Rome by exploring the daily life of ancient Romans in relation to their language, culture, and religion. Students will be introduced to the historical and cultural context of the Roman world as it affected future developments in Western society. As they live in Rome, students will combine classroom sessions with field trips to the modern city of Rome as well as the ancient sites ofRome and Pompeii.

History of Western Thought
3 Units

This course is an introduction to the history of Western ideas in the ages of Classicism, early Christianity, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Its design provides students with a more enhanced sense of how historical human thought and events shaped modern Western world views and how a Christian worldview appropriates these ideas. These eras are further examined in light of their aesthetics that reflect the thoughts and feelings of the movements, primarily through philosophy, theology, and literature, while secondarily throughout art, architecture, music, and science. Field trips to classic sites in and around Rome, as well as to Athens and Corinth, are an integral feature.

3 units

Ethics is a branch of learning at the intersection between philosophy, theology, sociology, psychology, history, technology, etc.attempting at answering the questions related to the morality of human reasoning and actions, e.g. what is right and wrong in given situations according to the different subjects involved. The course will expound a“perspectival” approach to ethics by way of tackling it in terms of three inter-related perspectives: Normative, Situational, and Existential. Students will be introduced to ethical systems (both ancient, modern, and contemporary ones) which give priority to one or the other, often at the expense of other perspectives and therefore leading to unbalanced ethical systems. Students will have the opportunity not only to detect strengths and pitfalls of non-Christian ethical systems but also to appreciate the richness and viability of the Christian moral framework.

Church History
3 units

History of the Christian Church is a survey of the development of the Christian Church from the close of the New Testament period to the present time, with special attention to the role of Rome in the development of Christian thought. The course will provide an examination of the church as an institution and as a people. Thus, while context, dates and names establish the background for historical understanding of the institution of the church, ideas will also be discussed from an explicitly evangelical perspective. Students will therefore gain a historical basis for understanding current ideas and trends in the church and in ministry.

Exploring the Art of Italy*
3 units

Learn the value of art through experience! Engage with the ancient ruins of Rome, sacred spaces of worship, the cityscape of Florence, and some of the greatest sculptures and paintings of Western civilization. This course provides an interactive approach to understanding and appreciating art. Choose from three tracks: Drawing and Sketching, Watercolor Painting, or general ArtAppreciation. Each track involves subject and style studies, specific art and architectural assignments, exercises in creative and expressive thinking, exploration of the elements and principles of design, and skill development in a biblical worldview of art analysis and critique. Learn on location with daily site-specific encounters using exercises and projects of Ancient Art through Baroque art. A short supply list of necessary art materials will be provided and will then be the responsibility of the student to obtain before the start of the course.

International Business*
3 units

This course is designed to study the major topics normally offered in a course in international business.  It examines the essentials of international business with emphasis on theories, practices ,opportunities, challenges and issues of particular importance to doing business in the global economy as well as specific institutions that are internationally active / influential.  The course recognizes the complexity of cross-cultural understanding / venturing and seeks to deepen the understanding of faith in the global business environment.

The Apostle Paul: His Life and Theology

This course will offer a survey of the life and theology of the Apostle Paul as described by the book of Acts, and the 13 bible books attributed to him. Besides the trinity, no other person in history has made such a large contribution to the growth of the church, the structure of the church, and the development and the systematic presentation of God’s redemptive and life-changing plan made possible by the death and resurrection of Christ and the giving of the Holy Spirit. This course will explore the person and character of Paul and the Christian experience that changed not only his life, the lives of millions who have walked with Jesus after him. Our understanding of Paul and his mission will be enriched by exploring the social, political, religious, economic, and geographical background of Paul’s life and writings. Paul will become our model to follow in service, growth, suffering, rejoicing, persevering, and knowing the all-sufficient grace of God in our lives to accomplish the purposes to which God has called us.

Notes on course offerings: 
Students may select four or five courses for a total of 13 or 16 credits.

*Students select either International Business OR Exploring the Art of Italy which are taught at the same time.

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What does it cost?

Depending on the Opportunity you select, you will need to check with your college or university for exact costs! However, in most cases if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Rome, Italy will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!

Cost Includes: 

  • Tuition for 13-16 credit hours
  • Room and board (Meals during program events, about 50%)
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Rome
  • Full-time onsite staff and support
  • Public transportation pass for travel in Rome
  • Multi-day educational excursions to Florence, Pompeii, Sicily, and Greece
  • Select museum and excursion fees when part of a class excursion
  • Weekly cooking classes

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Immunization
  • Other meals
  • Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.

If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university and would still like to attend, contact us.


These Q&A will help you get all of your details in order and plans in place.

When are the application deadlines?

April 1st for the following Fall semester

‍November 1st for the following Spring semester

‍March 1st for the following Summer

If the application deadline has passed, you are still invited to submit an application then reach out to our team directly to discuss the option of a late add.

We would be happy to accommodate your late application if possible.

Who can I call in an emergency?

In Italy:

Larry Peck: Program Director

Phone - +1 (704) 641-3376

+39 328-617-1975


In the United States:

Philip Payne: Executive Director 

Phone- 1 (805) 823-5839 



Greg Belgum: VP Strategic Partnerships

Phone - 1 (408) 306-7073

Email -

What airline and airport should I use?

The airport you will be flying into is Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). You will want to look for and book flights after you decided to commit to joining us. The fares will vary in prices. A great app that you can download on your phone is called “hopper”- this app will help you figure out whether or not the flight is predicted to rise or if you should buy because it is at a good rate. Once you have purchased your flight, send over a screenshot of your reservation to us at

Who will pick me up at the airport?

Program staff will personally meet you at the main airport in Rome called Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). It is located in a suburb of Rome called Fiumicino. That’s why the name often used for the airport is Rome Fiumicino, to differentiate it from Rome Ciampino, a smaller airport in Rome which is used primarily for domestic/European flights.

When should you arrive and depart?

The first day of the semester start day. Fly out the last day of the semester end date. As listed on the website for the appropriate semester. 

IMPORTANT: Due to visa restrictions please do NOT arrive early or depart past these required travel dates.

What does the Rome campus consist of?

The Rome campus consists of space in a Convent which is used primarily as a guest house. The program area is on the fourth floor and contains bedrooms (for 2 students each) with private bathrooms, a kitchen, a community lounge area, a laundry room and a dining area. Within the Convent, but not on our floor, there is a classroom and other lounge areas. A high wall runs around the property which is accessed by a single gate that is monitored.

What is the address of the convent in Rome?

Istituto Maria Santissima Assunta

Via Casilina 233

00176 Roma (RM) Italy

Is the program really located in a Convent? Will we be living with nuns?

Only three nuns live at the Convent. Several lay people work at the office each day and are responsible for overseeing the facilities.  You will see the nuns (also called Sisters) from time to time, but do not live on the same floor or share any facilities.  Feel free to practice your Italian with the staff at the Convent!

Are there workout facilities on the campus in Rome?

You will be walking a lot around the city and especially up and down the stairs of our Convent—a great Stairmaster!  There are many parks in the city, some that have bike rentals, and all with walking/running trails. One student found a good running trail near the Convent, and we have information about a gym near the Convent which you can use.  (A day pass would be 10 euros and include use of the gym and weight room, as well as the pool. Let us know if you’d like more information regarding a one month or three-month membership.)

Can I receive mail from friends and family?

Letters and cards take from 5-10 days—and are nice to receive from home.  Packages sent via the US Postal Service can take from 2-6 weeks (or longer) to arrive.  Often there is paperwork to be completed at the post office in Italy before you are given your package.  Sometimes you must pay extra to receive packages and sometimes the packages are held up for any number of reasons.  All that said, it’s a good idea to ask people not to mail packages to you via the US Postal Service because it can be a big headache to get them as well as expensive if there is a declared value of the package contents. If someone sends you a package, you will be charged tax on any declared value of the contents. Tariffs and taxes in Italy are expensive.  


Federal Express, UPS, and DHL deliver to Italy and provide much faster and more reliable service for packages than the US Postal Service.  Because each package has a tracking number associated with it, you’ll always know where your package is. In general, it is expensive to mail packages to Italy through any of the above methods and you will have to pay tax on the declared value of the contents.

Receiving Mail

Any mail received for you will be distributed immediately. There is no mail delivery on Saturdays and Sundays. Packages can take up to 8 weeks to arrive in Italy. Your mailing address is:

      Istituto Maria Santissima Assunta

      Via Casilina 233

      00176 Roma (RM) Italy

      Telephone +39 0627800818

What number can people call to reach me or the Rome with Purpose office in Rome?

The easiest and least expensive way to communicate with friends and family is by using Skype, FaceTime or Whatsapp. For emergencies, they should call the Convent. To call direct from the U.S. you would dial 011-39-06-2780-0818 or Larry and Debbie’s cell phone 011-39 328-617-1975.

What is the voltage in Italy and what do the plugs look like?

The voltage in Italy is 220v. In the U.S. it is 110v. Many electronic devices are designed for dual voltage. To see if this is the case with something you want to bring, look at the device’s power source pack or on the device itself. If it reads, “Input: AC 100V – 240V 50/60Hz” or similar, then it is dual voltage and should operate properly in Italy without using a voltage converter. All you need to bring for it is a plug adapter. It is a good idea to bring two plug adapters, available on Amazon and elsewhere. They are difficult to find in Italy.

What electronics should I plan to bring to Italy?

A laptop computer, camera, smartphone, and a tablet are useful.  When traveling on discount airlines during your independent travel weeks, luggage limits are quite strict, and it could be very helpful to have a tablet instead of only a computer. This will allow you to do some homework even while traveling.

Does the campus have Internet access?

Yes, we have a good wi-fi system at the Convent.

What will transportation look like for me around Rome?

The metro is the fastest way to get around Rome but can be less convenient than buses due to inconvenient station locations and being stuck underground rather than enjoying Rome’s sights.

What if I have a Dietary or Physical limitation?

Dietary Restrictions

Traveling overseas with any sort of food allergies and/or dietary restrictions is challenging and requires careful planning, patience, and flexibility. Rome with Purpose can accommodate vegetarian and nut-free diets (does not include severe nut-allergies). Unfortunately, because we eat many of our meals in community and because of the nature of Italian food, we cannot accommodate gluten-free or dairy-free diets.


Strict or life-threatening food allergies and/or dietary restrictions must be communicated to program staff during the application process and as soon as possible. 


Physical Limitations:

Traveling overseas with a physical disability and/or impairments is challenging. Living and Learning participants must possess the necessary physical capacity to safely perform the essential functions of a study abroad student with or without reasonable accommodations. Living and Learning is limited in providing reasonable accommodations; but Italy has physical barriers and structural obstacles in natural and manmade environments that prevent or block mobility and/or access. Students must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time, walk for thirty to forty minutes uninterrupted, possess the ability to transport themselves from one place to another in a timely manner (specifically on public transportation), and be able to carry at least twenty pounds. Physical disabilities and/or impairments are to be communicated to program staff during the application process.

Is food provided?

The Convent provides a simple continental breakfast daily. 


Program staff will provide some lunches for students and staff. It will be something simple such as soup and sandwiches, or salads. 


Two nights each week, students will take turns having a cooking lesson with the program manager, preparing the evening meal for the group. Those who do not help with cooking will help with cleanup and doing the dishes. The schedule for this will vary so everyone has a turn for both cooking and cleaning up. We will all eat together on those two evenings. One evening a week, students will eat dinner together as a community—organized and prepared by the students.


For other meals during the week, students can cook in the community kitchen or eat out.

What kinds of food can I expect to find in Italy?

If you are familiar with Italian food in the US, you have a pretty good idea of the food you will find in restaurants in Italy, although you will encounter many new foods as well. Pizza is abundant, but it will not be like the Pizza Hut or Papa John’s variety.  The pizza in Rome usually has a very thin crust and each person orders their own entire pizza.  Challenge yourself to try new toppings, such as potato, tuna, or zucchini!  For the most part, the Italian diet, at least in Rome, does not consist of a lot of meat, but rather the main staples are pasta, fresh fruit, and vegetables.  All in all, it is important for students to remain flexible and adventurous when trying new foods and cuisines.  You may find that you love something you never thought you would.

How much money should I plan to spend while in Italy?

The answer to this question is different for each student and depends on a number of factors, including: 

  • How much you plan to travel
  • How much you plan to spend on souvenirs and gifts
  • How much you plan to spend on personal items 

You should plan to budget for two independent travel weeks and about 50% of meals during the semester.

What currency does Italy use?

Italy uses the Euro (€) and the Dollar/Euro exchange rate is constantly changing.  Students should begin thinking in terms of Euros before they depart for Italy.  Most Italian banks place a per-transaction limit of €250 on ATM withdrawals.  Be aware that your US bank also has daily withdrawal limits in place.  Remember to convert the Euro amount into dollars so you know how much you can withdraw from an ATM.  Remember also that the bank is probably factoring in transaction charges, too, which is likely to reduce the amount you can withdraw.


Note that when Italians write numerals, they use the comma (,) where we use the decimal point (.). So, where we would be likely to write an amount in Euros like this: €12.50, the Italians will write €12,50. It can be scary, though, when you see something like this, representing 100 Euros: €100,00, so be aware of the differences.

How can I find out what the current exchange rate is?

Go to for an estimate of the current rate which changes by the minute.  Each bank can have different rates, but they do not vary significantly.

Is Rome (and Italy) safe?

Rome, with nearly 3 million residents, is the fourth most populous city in the European Union.  Like any large city, Rome has its share of crime. While violent crime in Italy is rare, theft and pickpocketing are rampant. The chaos, traffic, and extensive graffiti in the city can seem overwhelming to Americans coming from suburban contexts. Political party infighting has also led to less efficiency in garbage collection in certain parts of the city. Exercise caution just as you would in any city in the US or around the globe: watch your valuables; pay attention to who is around you and what they are doing; keep an eye on the people you are traveling with; avoid allowing people to distract you; if you feel unsafe, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. With a few simple precautions that the Program Directors will help you with, you will successfully adjust to your new home and you will find that the chaos, traffic, and graffiti will give way to the warmth of the Italian people and the riches of the Italian society.

Where can I attend church in Rome?

There are several English-speaking churches in Rome, as well as a number of evangelical Italian churches, if you want to stretch yourself linguistically. Italy is a spiritually very dark country. There aren’t many evangelical churches, and most of them are very small.

Do I need a visa?

If you are an American citizen, you do not. Upon entry into Italy, a passport control officer will stamp your passport.  This stamp serves as your tourist permit.  Be certain that your passport is stamped.  If the official does not stamp it, you must request that it be stamped. (Don’t be shy about this.)  The stamp serves as your visa and permits you to be in Italy and the Schengen Treaty Countries for 90 days. When you leave Italy, the passport control may confirm the date of your entry stamp. Consequences for overstaying your tourist permit (the 90-day period) can be imprisonment, expulsion, fines, and/or a prohibition from returning to the Schengen Area for several years.

What do I do if the airline personnel tell me that I need a visa because I am staying in Italy for more than 90 days?

Sometimes, when checking in, the airline personnel at the check-in desk may tell you that you are staying in Italy too long and will need to present a visa. Usually, the airline personnel have made an error in calculating the days you will be in Italy: when you fly into Italy, you arrive the day after your departure from the US, thus you land in Italy on day #1 and depart on day #90—you will be in Italy for only 90 days, not 91, as they sometimes calculate. Simply point out this error in their calculation.

Do I need a passport?

Yes you do.  It must be valid and not have an expiration date within 6 months of your travel.

How does billing and payment work?

School Billing

L&LI maintains special billing relationships with some colleges and universities. These agreements facilitate the use of financial aid to cover the cost of L&LI programs. The terms of the agreements vary by school. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their home institution’s current billing policies and agreements.


Students attending a college or university that has a billing relationship with L&LI will pay their home institution directly for the study abroad program. L&LI will bill the students’ home institution for the L&LI Program Cost which includes tuition, room, and board. Students attending a college or university that L&LI does not partner with will pay L&LI directly the full Program Cost.

Payment of the full balance of the Program Cost is due 30 days prior to the program start date.

Liability & Student Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that L&LI has a correct mailing address at all times. Failure to receive full payment for the semester may result in a Bursar or administrative hold on a student’s account which could restrict transcript and future registration access. Students are responsible for the payment of all financial obligations: this includes the cost associated with collections; a past due account can include late fees.

What the program is cancelled? Or what if I need to back out, withdraw, or need a refund?

Refund Policy

It is the policy of L&LI that students who withdraw from a program for any reason are entitled to a refund in accordance with federal and school policies, whether or not they are recipients of federal or institutional aid. The period of enrollment for which the student is charged is defined by L&LI as from the program start date to the program end date. Students who are dismissed from a program are not entitled to a refund.

Program Cancellation Policy (Updated in light of COVID-19)

Cancellation Pre-Departure:

In the event that L&LI needs to cancel or suspend a program prior to the start date, participants can:

  1. Transfer enrollment to an alternative program that has not been cancelled (Italy or Ecuador). There are no change fees however students will be responsible for any difference in Program Cost. When transferring to a less expensive program, participants will receive a refund of the difference.
  2. Postpone their enrollment to a future semester in the same program. There are no fees associated with postponement. Any monies paid will be applied to the future program.
  3. Withdraw entirely from L&LI programs and receive a full refund.

Cancellation During an Active Program:

In the event that L&LI needs to cancel or suspend a program while it is already active, a full refund cannot be guaranteed. However, students can expect the following:

  1. L&LI will make every reasonable effort to recover costs for the cancelled portion of the program and refund those monies to the student. However, L&LI pays the bulk of program costs, including but not limited to educational expenses, housing, health, safety and security and administrative costs upfront and before the program start date. These upfront payments are non-recoverable costs and are non-refundable. A partial refund may be issued based on what L&LI is able to recover.
  2. Provide regular and clear communication to students and their home institution.
  3. Where possible, provide alternative options for completing course work and award academic credit. 

Change in Program Design

L&LI makes every effort to deliver all programs as published in web, print, and in-person advising. Occasionally, Changes in Program Design need to be made due to local or global circumstances. 

These changes may include but are not limited to trips and excursions, internship options, staffing, housing, and/or academic course offerings. Changing from in person instruction to online instruction is considered a Change in Program Design.

As long as Changes in Program Design are similar to original arrangements, no refund will be given. Determinations of similarity will be made at the sole discretion of L&LI.

Voluntary Withdrawal Refund Procedures

After acceptance to L&LI, students must notify the Program Director as well as the Registrar/Study Abroad Office at the home institution, if one decides to withdraw from the program. Notifications must be in writing. The effective date of withdrawal is the date L&LI is notified or the last date of association with the program, whichever is later.

Students who are accepted into a program and withdraw within 30 days of the program start date are responsible for $2,500 for housing. Students who withdraw or are dismissed from a program after the program begins may be eligible for a partial refund of tuition, room & board fees. Refunds for students who withdraw after the program begins will be given at the sole discretion of L&LI.

If a student believes individual circumstances warrant an exception to these procedures, they may appeal through a written report. This report along with supporting documentation should be sent to the Program Director for review.

Dismissal for Nonpayment of Fees

Students are expected to pay their tuition, room & board fees in full as outlined by dates in the “payment” section of the handbook. If payments are not made on schedule, the student will be administratively withdrawn for nonpayment. The L&LI refund policy will apply in such cases and collection procedures will be initiated.