The Rome Global Gateway hosts a number of undergraduate programs both throughout the academic year and summer. Coming from all disciplines, over 150 undergrads arrive to Rome to study during the fall, spring and summer. In addition to taking courses at prestigious universities such as La Sapienza, Roma Tre, and John Cabot University, living in the heart of an ancient city, and learning a new language, Notre Dame undergraduates are offered additional opportunities to enrich their cultural, professional, and spiritual experience. Conversations with local university students are arranged to improve Italian speaking skills, while cultural excursions like cooking classes and wine tastings are popular ways to get a taste of Italian life. Pilgrimages to Assisi, mass at churches around the city, Easter celebrations, and Papal audiences are organized by the Rome Global Gateway in collaboration with Notre Dame Campus Ministry and institutions such as the Pontifical North American College, La Cappella della Sapienza, and the local parish, Santa Maria in Domnica.
In collaboration with the Center for Social Concerns and as a key component of the All Roads Lead to Rome course, students take part in Community-Based Learning in Rome. Through this component, community engagement and service complement the learning in the classroom. Service opportunities with various organizations and in different areas are also available to all undergraduate students in Rome. These types of courses integrate community engagement and service into what students are learning in the classroom.
Professional internships are also available. Every year the Rome Global Gateway assists students in internship placements at organizations throughout the city. Examples of places in which ND students have recently interned include the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani, the American Academy in Rome, Italy’s National Microcredit Agency, and the Commission for Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation.