Program Description

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

The Lewis University Rome program 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.

This exciting program provides students the opportunity to 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.

Faculty Leaders

Dominic Colonna (Program Director)
Professor, Theology
Lewis University

Dr. Frank Rose
Professor, Finance (Ret.)
Lewis University

These faculty members lead the Lewis Rome Program, living at the Generalate with the students, teaching courses, and traveling with the students on program sponsored excursions.


Dr. Joanne Kuttner
Professor, Theology
Lewis University


Br. Peter Hannon, FSC
Assistant Professor, History
Lewis University


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 Courses 4 credits):

  • Italian Language (1 credit) (FLAN-21600)
  • Theology - Christian Faith and the Arts (THEO-27000/Mission-Related Gen Ed)
  • Theology - Christian Ethics: Ethical Business, Sustainability, Responsibility and Peace (THEO-31000/Actions and Values Gen Ed)

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

  • Art History - Italian Art: Rome through the Centuries-From its Origins to the 17th Century (ARTS-24100/Fine Arts Gen Ed)
  • Business - International Economics and Finance – Focus on Europe, with Flashbacks to the Roman Empire (ECON-34500 or FINA-44000)
  • History - Italy Today (HIST29000)
  • Italian Language (may take two)
  • Literature - Italy through 19th and 20th Century American & British Writers (ENGL-22000/Literature Gen Ed)
  • Theology - Lasallian Community and Social Action (THEO-30000)


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.


See the Lewis Rome Program for yourself!  Many thanks to the students who participated in the 2019 Lewis Rome Program for helping to put this video together.


For the most up to date program costs, contact the Lewis University Study Abroad Office at 815-836-5993. The program costs for the Lewis Rome Program include:

  • Tuition
  • Airport pick-up in Rome
  • Accommodations (Single Person Room)
  • On-site Orientation
  • Rome public transportation pass
  • Program-sponsored excursions and activities
  • Meal plan (17 meals per week)
  • 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.


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, at 815-836-5993 or via email at