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Temple Rome
Liberal Arts Program

Walk the streets of Rome for a semester, amid historic architecture and famous sites dating from classical civilization!  The program, run by Temple University, offers courses taught by Temple professors.  The Villa Caproni, by the Tiber River in the center of Rome, houses the program’s academic facilities including an extensive library and art studios.  Students live in 3-person apartments within walking and bus distance of the Villa Caproni.  The program includes valuable excursions and activities that help students experience Italian culture and explore Rome’s rich heritage.  Past field trips include Florence, Milan, Pompeii, and Brussels. Students should enroll in the liberal arts program.


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Students must have completed two full years of college and have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify for the program. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The credits earned may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.


Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

Costs: 2014-2015 

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

PA residents: Messiah tuition and room. 

Non-PA residents: Messiah tuition and room plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.


Fee covers tuition housing, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.  Meals are not included. Messiah student should enroll in the Liberal Arts program. Students who enroll in Architecture,Visual Arts, and International Business programs will incur addtional fees. 


Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  A $200 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance and a $200 housing deposit is also required.  Course fees and off-campus study fee will be added to students' bill once the semester has begun and Temple invoices Messiah for these fees.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.

Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 – December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!


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“I think the best part about studying off campus was the personal growth I went through. I learned so much about myself and challenged myself every step of the way.”

--Katherine Reid


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To find out more check these out:

Temple Rome Homepage
Centers for Disease Control: Italy
CIA World Fact Book: Italy
European Union: A Guide for Americans


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