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PC in Rome

Providence College / CEA Center for Theology & Religious Studies CEA Global Education has partnered with Providence College to offer the Center for Theology and Religious Studies at CEA’s Global Campus in Rome, Italy. The Center opens the door to semester-length study abroad opportunities to study theology and religion in the heart of Rome, a cultural and religious crossroads for today’s Roman Catholic Church.

Students attend classes at the CEA Center in the historic Prati neighborhood, near the Vatican off of Piazza Cavour.  A significant portion of class time is spent on-site at significant sites in and near the Eternal City, including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Catacombs of San Callisto. Classes are taught by Global Campus faculty (including local experts and scholars), as well as a Providence College Faculty Resident Director.  Students also have the option of cross-enrolling in an English-taught course in political science, economics, or theology at the prestigious Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma (LUISS) where they will study alongside Italian students.  Advanced Italian speakers will be able to take LUISS courses in Italian. 

2013-2016 Faculty Resident Director

Aurelie A. Hagstrom is an associate professor of Theology at Providence College. Her S.T. D. in Dogmatic Theology is from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy.  She taught Theology for eleven years at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, where she served as Chair of the Theology department.  Her publications include The Vocation and Mission of the Laity (1994) and the article on the “theology of the laity” in the New Catholic Encyclopedia.  Dr. Hagstrom has served as a theological consultant for the United States Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Laity. She has lectured in the U.S. and Europe on the theology of the laity.  Currently her work is focused on the reality of ecclesial lay ministry in the Church.  She has recently led seminars on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ document, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry”. Her latest book is The Emerging Laity: Vocation, Mission, and Spirituality (Paulist Press: 2010).

Past Faculty Resident Directors
Spring 2013:     Dr. Paul Gondreau
Fall 2012:          Dr. Patrick Reid
2011 - 2012:     Dr. Dana Dillon

Program Overview:

  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2015 for study in AY2016-2017

  • Program Price: Providence College Tuition + $1,000 Study Abroad Fee + CEA Room and Other Fees

  • Credits: 16 Semester Credits (Including two mandatory courses: “The New Testament in the Eternal City” and an Italian language course)

  • Language of Instruction: With the exception of the Italian language courses, all classes are taught in English

  • Housing: Shared apartments located in contemporary Roman neighborhoods or homestay. 

  • Sample Budget: Know what expenses to expect if you study abroad


  • Open to juniors and first-semester seniors

  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 required

What's Included

Learn More About Studying Abroad in Rome




Housing Policy:

Providence College vets and approves all study abroad programs based on academic quality, cultural immersion, and health/safety practices. As a component of each study abroad program, housing is an integral aspect of the abroad experience in that it promotes language and communication skills and provides opportunities for personal growth. In addition to meeting these learning goals, housing organized by the program sponsor provides an additional layer of safety and security.

For these reasons, Providence College requires the use of program-established housing on the PC Rome program in homestays or apartments.  Students are not permitted to live in Independent Housing. Additionally, no more than two (2) Providence College students may live in the same apartment in order to take full advantage of the cultural immersion and learning opportunities offered by a semester or year abroad.  The abilities to meet new people and fully engage with one's program and new host culture are essential skills required for study abroad. Study abroad is not a time to recreate the Providence College environment in a foreign country, and students who are unable or unwilling to take this step should remain on campus.

Behavioral Expectations and Disciplinary Procedures:

Students studying on the Providence College/CEA Center for Theology & Religious Studies program are representatives of Providence College, CEA, and the USA.  They are expected to abide by the Providence College Code of Student Conduct, the CEA Code of Student Conduct, and local Italian law.  Students are responsible for their actions and behavior while abroad and are expected to respect their fellow students, roommates, academic and housing providers, CEA staff, PC faculty, and local authorities.

Providence College and/or CEA may take disciplinary action towards students who violate the Providence College Student Code of Conduct, the CEA Code of Student Conduct, CEA Study Center policies, or Italian law, or are harmful to themselves and others and are disrespectful to a person(s) or culture. 

Providence College and/or CEA may impose disciplinary action, including but not limited to:

  • Loss of Privileges Abroad and/or upon return to Providence College
  • Restitution (payment for damages, theft, etc.)
  • Loss of Housing Abroad
  • Disciplinary Probation Abroad and/or upon return to Providence College
  • Immediate Dismissal from the program
  • Suspension or Dismissal from Providence College

Providence College and CEA have a zero tolerance policy on alcohol abuse and drug consumption while abroad.  Students dismissed from the program due to drug or alcohol related reasons will forfeit transcripts and will not receive a refund of any kind.  Students dismissed from the program due to alcohol abuse or drug consumption may be subject to possible further disciplinary action by Providence College.

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Filipe Samora & Vladimir Fofanov

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Center for International Studies
Harkins Hall, Room 215
Phone: (401) 865-2114
Fax: (401) 865-2455

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