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Frequently Asked Questions

For general education abroad related questions, please see the CUAbroad FAQ.

  1. When should I apply?
  2. Who is eligible?
  3. Will my grades transfer?
  4. Do I need to know Italian before I go?
  5. Am I required to take Italian language while I'm there?
  6. Can I under/over-elect?
  7. Can I audit a course?
  8. Should I live in the dorms or with a host family?
  9. How much will it cost?
  10. Are there scholarships available?
  11. Do I need a visa?
  12. Can I spend two semesters in Rome?
  13. Can I spend a semester in Rome and a semester in another location?

 

  1. When should I apply?
    In order to meet the priority deadlines, students applying for a semester program should start their applications no later than one full semester ahead of time. The priority deadline is March 1 for the Fall program and October 1 for the Spring program. Students wishing to apply after the priority deadlines should contact CUAbroad. Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Application deadlines for short-term programs will vary, and students should consult the program page. It is recommended that they start their applications at least 2 weeks before the application deadline.
     
  2. Who is eligible?
    Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Additional requirements may apply depending on the program. For more information, view the general Eligibility Critera. Students wishing to apply for an exemption should contact CUAbroad.
     
  3. Will my grades transfer?
    Yes. The courses you take in Rome are regular CUA courses. You sign up for them in Cardinal Station, and the grades and credit are entered into your student account just like normal.
     
  4. Do I need to know Italian before I go?
    Students do not need any background in Italian language for the Rome semester programs. Eligibility criteria for short-term programs can vary, and students should check the "Eligibility" section of the program page.
     
  5. Am I required to take Italian language while I'm there?
    Unless they are already fluent in Italian, all students are required to take Italian language during the semester Rome program.
     
  6. Can I under/over-elect?
    Although five courses is the recommended load for a semester in Rome, students may choose to over- or under-elect so long as they receive the normal permissions that would be required to do so on CUA's main campus.
     
  7. Can I audit a course?
    Yes, assuming you receive normal permissions required to audit a course on CUA's main campus.
     
  8. Should I live in the dorms or with a host family?
    Students attending the semester program may choose to live either in the dorms or with a host family. Students living with a host family will receive a richer, deeper cultural experience. Students living in the dorms may find it more difficult to integrate into Italian culture and society. Students on short-term programs must live in the CUA Rome dorms. View the Rome accommodations page for more information on your housing options.
     
  9. How much will it cost?
    Students pay CUA tuition plus a program fee. The program fee can vary by program; students are encouraged to review the "Costs" section of the program page. Financial aid and scholarships will continue to apply as for a normal term.
     
  10. Are there scholarships available?
    You should contact CUAbroad for more information. All students may apply for scholarships, either through CUAbroad or through an outside scholarship foundation. Students are advised to research scholarship opportunities at least a year in advance, as many have early application deadlines.
     
  11. Do I need a visa?
    A student visa is required for any program lasting over 90 days in length.
     
  12. Can I spend two semesters in Rome?
    With advance planning, it is possible to spend two semesters in Rome.
     
  13. Can I spend a semester in Rome and a semester in another location?
    Yes, though visas can sometimes be a concern. Students may sometimes be restricted to particular locations or particular semesters (fall vs. spring). Interested students should contact the CUAbroad office.