PC in Rome

PC in Rome

Providence College has partnered with CEA Global Education to offer a unique study abroad opportunity in Rome, Italy. The Center opens the door to semester-length study abroad opportunities for students interested in theology, philosophy, art, business, and more.  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.  For recent cover story on the program in PC Magazine.

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.

2017-2018 Faculty Resident Director

Dr. Anthony K. Jensen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College and Associate Editor of the Journal of Nietzsche Studies. Since receiving his doctorate from Emory University (2006), he has been Term Assistant Professor at Xavier University (2006-9), Assistant Professor at the City University of New York (2009-12), Gastforscher at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2010-12), and Gastonderzoeker at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (2012). He has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the German-American Fulbright Foundation. He is a specialist in Late Modern Philosophy, with thematic focuses in Philosophy of History, Philosophy of Psychology, and Epistemology. He has produced three books: An Interpretation of Nietzsche’s “On the Uses and Disadvantage of History for Life” (Routledge, 2016); Nietzsche’s Philosophy of History (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and, co-edited with Helmut Heit, Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity (Bloomsbury, 2014). He has written more than fifty articles, chapters, translations, reviews, and encyclopedia articles. External to his philosophical interests, he researches the History of Modern Germany, the History of Classical Philology, Early Antiquity, and Romanticism.

Past Faculty Resident Directors

2016-2017: Dr. Margaret Manchester

2013-2016: Dr. Aurelie Hagstrom

Spring 2013: Dr. Paul Gondreau

Fall 2012: Dr. Patrick Reid

2011 – 2012: Dr. Dana Dillon

Program Overview:

  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2017 for study in AY2018-2019
  • 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: Homestays or Apartments with an Italian housemate
  • Sample Budget: Know what expenses to expect if you study abroad


  • Open to juniors and first-semester seniors
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 required
  • See “Study Abroad Eligibility” page for additional requirements.

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.

*** In order to balance the number of students intending to study abroad across the academic year, the College reserves the right to restrict the numbers of students approved to study abroad in any one semester.