Program Description


See the Lewis Rome Program for yourself!  Many thanks to the students who participated in the Lewis Rome Program for helping to put this video together.

From the Students’ Lens:
Art, Life in Rome and at Casa La Salle

Please enjoy the photo exhibit by students studying at Lewis University’s LUCE program in Rome, Italy, Spring 2022.

The Lewis University Rome Program at LUCE is a unique study abroad opportunity for students from Lasallian colleges and universities around the world to study with each other while living at the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) in the Generalate, the motherhouse of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Rome, Italy. Conveniently located less than a block from the Metro line, all of the famous sites of Rome are just a few minutes away. Its extensive grounds and facilities provide a safe and ideal place to study and explore the city.

Lewis University faculty members lead the Lewis Rome Program at LUCE, living at the Generalate with the students, teaching courses, and traveling with the students on program sponsored excursions. This exciting program provides students the opportunity to use Rome as their classroom as they complete courses toward their degree while gaining a deeper understanding of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and the international Lasallian network. It also includes excursions to other parts of Italy, so participants can explore the rich history and culture of the country.


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. Courses are taught Monday through Friday morning, allowing students ample opportunity to explore more of the rich culture of Rome and Italy outside of class.

Required Core Courses (7 credits):

  • FLAN-21600 Italian Language (1 credit)

  • THEO-27000 Christian Faith and the Arts
    Satisfies Catholic and Lasallian Heritage 20000-Level Theology Gen Ed requirement.

  • UNIV-20007 Christians as the Romans Saw Them
    Satisfies Integrative Learning-Interdisciplinary Seminar Gen Ed requirement.

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

  • ARTS-24100 Art Appreciation
    Art History - Italian Art: Rome through the Centuries-From its Origins to the 17th Century
    Satisfies the Humanities and Fine Arts-Appreciating the Aesthetic Gen Ed Requirement.

  • BIOL-10600 Introduction to Environmental Science
    Satisfies Scientific Investigation-Science Gen Ed requirement.

  • ENGL-22100 The Experience of Literature
    Literature - Italy through 19th and 20th Century American & British Writers
    Satisfies the Humanities and Fine Arts-Literature Gen Ed requirement.

  • HIST-10400 Interpreting the Modern World
    Satisfies the Social Sciences-Civic Engagement Gen Ed requirement.

  • HIST-29000/ENGL-37600 Topics in History/ World/Ethnic Film
    History - Italy Today
    Satisfies the Humanities and Fine Arts-Literature Gen Ed requirement if taken as ENGL-37600.

  • THEO-10000 Search for Faith
    Satisfies Catholic and Lasallian Heritage 10000-Level Theology Gen Ed requirement.


Students will live in a single person room at the Generalate. Each room features a bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe, and a bathroom with shower. 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 Lewis University students, the cost of the program will be Lewis University tuition and all financial aid applies. For students outside of Lewis University, contact the Lewis University Study Abroad Office at The program costs for the Lewis Rome Program include:

  • Tuition
  • Airport pick-up in Rome
  • Accommodations (Single Person Room with ensuite bathroom)
  • On-site Orientation
  • Rome public transportation pass
  • Program-sponsored excursions and activities
  • Meal plan for most meals
  • Medical insurance

The program cost does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport fees
  • Additional meals
  • Personal travel
  • Supplies
  • 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.


Electronic applications for the program are located on the Lewis University Study Abroad website:

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To be eligible, you must be a student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.

For additional information, please contact Christopher Swanson, Director of Study Abroad, via email at

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