The Catholic University of America

 The Rome Campus of
The Catholic University of America and
The Australian Catholic University

The Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University jointly operate a campus in Rome, Italy. Catholic University has leased the property of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion on the Janiculum Hill in Rome.

An Exciting Collaboration

The collaboration brings together the leading Catholic universities in the United States and Australia in a joint academic endeavor in Rome, about a mile from Vatican City. This new agreement builds upon a long-standing relationship between the two universities that has previously allowed Catholic University students to study in Australia and ACU student to study in DC. Now students from both universities can take advantage of the unique experience of study in Rome.

The Building

The Rome campus is located at Via Garibaldi, 28, on Rome’s Janiculum Hill. The one-acre property has a six-floor building surrounded by a 19th-century garden. The building has 24,000 square feet of usable interior space and 4,500 square feet of outside terrace. A chapel is part of the building, as well as a large dining room and a small library. The building dates to 1962-63, and noted Italian architect Giò Ponti had a hand in its design. It was built for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion, replacing a villa that was on the site. The center has 70 student beds, an apartment for a resident staff member, two apartments for visiting faculty, a dining room, library, and a studio for architecture students.

Prime Location

The campus is located just above the ancient Roman neighborhood of Trastevere. Trastevere was the only neighborhood west of the Tiber River that was included in the old city of Rome. It was the center of the Jewish population in Rome for a thousand years and became a center for early Christian life as well. Learn more...

Student Life

Life at the Rome campus is marked by an atmosphere of study, spirituality, health, and safety. Learn more...


Students may live on campus and benefit from newly-renovated dorm rooms or may apply to live with university-selected Roman families located throughout the city. Learn more...

CUAbroad Office

McMahon Hall 110
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-6010


Catholic University Rome

Via Garibaldi 28
00153 Roma, Italia
+39 06 5656 7904               

First-Year Experience
in Rome

CUA freshmen have the chance to conclude their First-Year Experience with this summer program in Rome. Frequent site visits and weekend excursions around Italy form an essential part of the academic experience.

May 12 - June 1, 2019
3 Weeks in Rome
3 Credits


Rome and Catholic Education


Rome is like no other city in the world. It has played an often pivotal role in world history for the past three thousand years. To study Rome is to have a unique window into the context and background of contemporary concerns. Learn more...


Rome has been esteemed as the leading Christian city almost since the beginning of Christianity. Throughout late antiquity, medieval, and modern times Rome has been a destination for pilgrimage and those seeking spiritual renewal. Learn more...


Students at the Rome campus will also come to know contemporary Roman culture in many ways. Learn more...