Why Rome?

From ancient Roman mythology to a modern-day papal audience, there is no denying religion’s integral role in Rome’s culture throughout history.

What You'll Study

Our Sociology & Religion Program takes you through millennia of Rome’s religious and cultural development. Courses consider the emergence of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the history of Judaism in Rome, social issues in modern Italy, and more. Opportunities to enroll in a Religious Studies or Social Science course at Università degli Studi Roma Tre add to your curriculum, and an Italian language course rounds out your Sociology or Religion focus.

Rome and its surrounding region are also your classroom. All courses are trip intensive and include faculty-led visits to some of Rome’s most significant sites for religion and sociology. Imagine spending an afternoon in Rome’s Jewish quarter or a day in Assisi taking a pilgrimage walk to the landmarks in the life of St. Francis.

An optional internship or service learning/social action placement allows you to internationalize your résumé or give back to the local community. Placement types range from religious organizations focused on community initiatives to international NGOs working with refugees, and are accompanied by a for-credit seminar. A wide variety of other disciplines are offered through our other programs in Rome, as well, so you can supplement your study of Sociology and Religion with courses in Italian language, Art History, History, Classics, and more.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. While in Rome, you take 15-19 credits per semester by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad Italian language course at your proficiency lever (required, 4 or 8 credits)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits eachl)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad courses from another Rome program (optional, 3 credits eachl)
  • English- or Italian-taught courses at a local university (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Service learning/social action placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Internship, Archaeology, or Social Action placement and accompanying seminar (3 credits each, optional)

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Rome is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Italian
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