The courses you study during your year in Rome will prepare you to make the most of your three further years of study in the US by providing you with a strong foundation for any of our bachelor's degree programs. Students may participate in the Rome Start program, regardless of major.* Click here for a full list of undergraduate majors.
As a Rome Start student, you will encounter an unrivaled academic experience. Rome Start students are automatically enrolled in three core curriculum courses each semester, which are taken together with other Rome Start students as a first-year cohort.
This unique schedule ensures:
- Rome Start students have adequate access to Core Curriculum courses, which are required of all students regardless of major.
- Rome Start students benefit from small class sizes and plenty of one-on-one attention from faculty.
- Rome Start student benefit from an international learning environment, where they also learn from the varied experiences of their fellow Rome Start classmates.
In addition to the Rome Start cohort classes, Rome Start students select two elective courses each semester. These elective courses may be courses within the student’s major, additional core curriculum courses, or simply electives. As an elective course during the Spring semester of the first year in Rome, Rome Start students have the option of participating in Loyola’s internship program. This is a unique opportunity for first year students.
Please note that course selection and availability will vary each semester. All classes are taught in English, except, of course, for Italian language courses.
*Nursing students are not eligible for the Rome Start program due to the sequential nature of the nursing curriculum.