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Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.

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Study Abroad and Away

A Different View Can Change You

The College of Arts and Sciences offers diverse study abroad options. Students are encouraged to study organic chemistry in Rome or examine the economic impact of Brexit in Northern Ireland. If you plan on traveling abroad for a semester, or for a few weeks, you’ll have every opportunity to explore cultures and experience invaluable moments that will open your mind to new perspectives and ideas.

The University of St. Thomas Bernardi Campus.

The Bernardi Campus serves as the home away from home for St. Thomas students

The Rome Empower Program

Located near the center of Rome and Vatican City, the Bernardi Campus serves as a base for St. Thomas students as they study various courses from organic chemistry to philosophy. The Bernardi Campus helps students immerse themselves in the rich history of Rome while staying on track to graduate on time from St. Thomas.

Designed for first-semester sophomores, the Rome Empower Program perfectly blends classroom with real world. Site visits, weekend excursions and cultural events immerse you in a new culture and broaden your perspective on the world, bringing relevance to the classroom and allowing you to think across disciplines.

Accepted priority deadline applicants receive a $2,000 Bernardi Rome award to offset additional expenses like airfare and meals. Find more information regarding the Bernardi campus, coursework and application requirements.

Rome Empower Program video

Rome Empower Program Highlights

The Rome Empower Program provides a pathway for sophomore students pursuing a variety of majors - even those requiring chemistry - to spend fall semester in Rome. Students live and learn alongside St. Thomas faculty and residential directors at the St. Thomas Bernardi Campus.

J-Term Around the World

There are several j-term study abroad opportunities, and in several majors. Take a look and pick the one that’s best for you.

A students takes a photograph of zebras during a safari in Botswana.

Biology and Ethics in Botswana

This J-Term course introduces students to the unique country of Botswana and explores the country’s challenges of poverty, growth, education, health and environmental sustainability through both a biological and economic lens.

Sydney Opera House at night.

Economic and Social Context in Australia

Study the development of the Australian economy over the past 200 years while examining the connections between its economic institutions and broader Australian culture.

Carmen Church in Guatemala.

The Church in Latin America

Incorporating the philosophy and dynamics of UST’s VISION program, this course will include a service-learning component in the scenic highlands of Guatemala, along with classroom work and field research.

“Students are observing firsthand in Rome the refugee crisis as it’s playing out in North Africa, Syria and elsewhere. That’s not a local issue to Rome. Part of their education, what they learn in the classroom, applies to the real world; what they experience abroad applies to their lives in St. Paul.

Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, Interim Dean

Study in the United States

A humpback whale dives into the ocean.

Comparative Cognition: Humpback Whale Research in Hawai'i

Learn about the sensory, cognitive and social processes of dolphins and whales through both on-campus classroom instruction and off-campus field research.

The San Francisco skyline.

Social Innovation: Entrepreneurship, Design and Development in San Francisco

Learn about innovative strategies addressing critical issues in education, agriculture, environment, health, and social and financial inclusion to further positive social change.

A student looking into the horizon at the Zion National Park.

Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods in the Southwestern U.S.

Field work and research at spectacular sites throughout the southwestern U.S., including the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Zion National Park, and Death Valley National Park.

The St. Benedict in Vatican, Rome.

Study abroad during your first J-Term

Theology 101 in Rome

Visit historical and cultural sites throughout Rome, with potential class excursions throughout Italy. Advice will be provided for independent student travel to other sites in Italy.

St. Peters’ Basilica in Vatican City.

An enhanced spiritual experience in spring semester

Catholic Studies in Rome

Students live at the Bernardi Residence, a St. Thomas-owned building, located in the Prati section of Rome, directly across from the Borghese Gardens, it is a 20-minute walk to the Vatican and a 30-to 40-minute walk to the Angelicum.