Program Description

The Chapel of Saint John Baptist de La Salle at the Generalate in Rome, Italy.

Students participating in the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) Program will study alongside peers from other Lasallian colleges and universities while living in the Generalate, the motherhouse for the Christian Brothers in Rome, Italy.

This exciting new program created by the US Lasallian universities and housed at Lewis University provides students the chance to gain a deeper understanding of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the Lasallian Christian Brothers, and the International Lasallian Network, while completing major, minor, and general education requirements at their home institutions.  The program promotes a greater awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition and includes a number of excursions to different parts of Italy, which allow students the chance to explore more of the rich history and culture of Italy. Planned excursions include trips to Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Pompeii, and Naples.

Faculty Leaders

Dominic Colonna (Program Director)
Professor, Theology
Lewis University

Natalia Boliari
Associate Professor, Economics & Finance
Manhattan College

These faculty members lead the LUCE program, living at the Generalate with the students, teaching courses, and travelling with the students on program sponsored excursions.


Brother Stephen Markham, FSC
Director of Brothers Vocations
De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Midwest


Students will take a full load of courses, including one course from each of the faculty leaders and a required one credit Italian language course, for a total of four to five courses. 

Required Courses (7 credits):

  • Italian Language (1 credit)
  • Economics - Trade and the Europena Union: Issues and Policies
  • Theology - Christian Faith and the Arts

Elective Courses- Choose at least two (3 credits each):

  • Art History - Italian Art: Rome through the Centuries-From its Origins to the 17th Century
  • Economics - International Economics
  • History - Italy Today
  • Italian Language (may take two)
  • Literature - Italy through 19th and 20th Century American & British Writers
  • Theology - Lasallian Community and Social Action


Students will live in a single person room at the Generalate.  Each room features a bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe.  There is a shared common space for the program participants, as well as laundry facilities.

A meal plan at the Generalate dining facilities will also be provided as part of the program.  Students will be provided lunches and dinners five days per week and breakfast every day.


For the most up to date program costs, contact the Lewis University Study Abroad Office at 815-836-5993. The program costs for the LUCE program include tuition, airport pick-up in Rome, accommodations, orientation, program-sponsored excursions and activities, a meal plan (17 meals per week), and medical insurance.

The program cost does not include airfare, passport fees, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses.

Program costs are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.


To be eligible, students must be enrolled at Lewis University with at least a 3.0 GPA and have Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Seniors standing or will have that standing at the time of participation in the program.


LUCE students in the Vatican Museums in front of the portrait of John Baptist de La Salle by Mariani. Students participate in an Italian language class.	Shelly McCallum-Ferguson of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota teaching International Business. Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers enjoys a meal with LUCE students. Students learn about different kinds of leather at the School of Leather in Florence, as part of a field trip for the International Business course.

For additional information, please contact Christopher Swanson, Director of Study Abroad, at 815-836-5993 or via email at