Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Study in Rome


“I loved every minute of our time in Italy. I learned so much from the people and places we visited. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I will never forget it!”

    The IPS Summer Rome program provides a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the historical, cultural, and spiritual benefits of the Eternal City and the Vatican.  Led by faculty members with longstanding personal relationships with local academic and ecclesial leaders there, the program is designed for students of the IPS but is open to others.  Participants are able to draw upon the invaluable resources of Loyola’s half-century presence running a campus for students of various ages and degree programs who choose to study in the Eternal City.  International study scholarships and prorated payment plans make the cost feasible for full- and part-time IPS students. Often the richly diverse classes include non-degree seeking students interested in personal enrichment or those earning graduate degrees at other institutions as well.

Looking to make the most of your summer travels, while learning along the way? The IPS Rome program offers learning and cultural experiences that you can’t find in a classroom in Chicago. Join us one summer to:

  • Complete a core or elective course towards your degree
  • Reconnect with your spirituality while living in the Eternal City, Rome
  • Combine classroom lessons and adventures abroad

In addition to classes, students tour some of Rome's most famous landmarks and attractions, including the Colosseum, St. Peter's Square, and much more.


The upcoming IPS Study Abroad Rome immersion trip

is planned to take place Summer 2023 (Exact Dates TBD)


IPS 599 - The Teaching and Learning Church: Hermeneutics and Interpretation (elective)


Offered by Prof. Michael Canaris


IPS 485 - Religious Education, Evangelization, and Cultures


Offered by Prof. timone davis



To view our introductory video for the Study Abroad program, please click here

To register and pay the program fee, please click here!

IPS students are also eligible to apply for the Rome Scholarship.

View the International_Study_Scholarship_Application for more details.

If you have questions about travel to another location before or after, flights, transfers from the airport, etc., the IPS has an unofficial and informal relationship with the following travel agent who is eager to help our students:

Stephanie Goldberg-Glazer
Owner, Live Well, Travel Often
855-940-1119, extension 1

If you have more questions, please contact your academic advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Future Courses


  • The Theology of Karl Rahner for Pastoral Ministers (elective) 
  • Christian Doctrine 


  • Theology and Migration (elective)
  • Literature of Ancient Israel