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2019 Religion in Rome

Applications for 2018-2019 are now closed.  If you wish to be added to an alternate list for this program please contact the IOP Director at

The Faiths in Dialogue Program in Rome is a unique short term program which allows students to enroll in either RELG 203: Christian Traditions or RELG 371: Faiths in Dialogue.

Dr. Dan Lee will lead the cross-listed RELG courses during the spring term and then take students through the streets and sites of Rome in May-June as they bring the classroom with them to the home of the Vatican.

The program will focus on Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, examining various perspectives on issues such as the doctrine of justification, war and peace, social and economic justice and technological intervention in human procreation. Assigned readings will include both documents of historical significance and contemporary church statements.The program will include meetings with various church officials, visits to various sites of significance and class discussions related to the experiences.

Eligibility: This program is open to students of any major. Coursework can be used to fulfill college General Education requirements. No knowledge or study of the Italian language is required. All coursework is conducted in English.

Recommended for: This program is open to all majors. It can be used to qualify for the graduation requirement of a 200-level religion course or as part of the Religion major or minor. This program will be of particular interest to students studying history, art history, religion and ethics.

Anticipated program cap: 30 students

Faculty contact: Dr. Dan Lee (religion)


This program allows students to enroll in one of two different Religion course designations, both of which carry a PH suffix. As RELG 203 this course can also fulfill the Christian Traditions requirement, while the RELG 371 option grants students a G-suffix. All course requirements for the RELG course, including the paper and exams, will be completed prior to departure.

  • RELG 203: Christian Traditions (PH) (option 1)
  • RELG 371: Faiths in Dialogue (PH, G) (option 2)

In addition to the three-credit RELG course, students will register for a zero-credit ISS Summer Experience.

Program Dates: On-Campus Course March-May 2017 with Rome Trip immediately after commencement weekend (late May).

Program Cost: $1,300

Cost includes: Hotel accommodations (11 nights), breakfasts, airport transfer to hotel (return is individual), admission to Vatican museums and numerous attractions throughout Rome.

Cost does not include: Airfare, meals, discretionary spending. A special group rate for airfare will be arranged by Dr. Lee but is optional for students.

Financial aid: As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the spring term cannot be applied to the program costs. These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program. This program is IOP Grant eligible. IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed six terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure, including those who complete their sixth term in Spring 2018 or 2019. Transfer students who have also completed three terms or 30 credits at Augustana, including those completing their third term in spring 2018 or 2019 are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process: Each program will also hold informational meetings in November or early December. The online application for this and all 2018-2019 programs will be available in November 2017. Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by Jan. 15, 2018, in order for full consideration.

If the program is over-enrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list. If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.