Due to the popularity of our Discover Italy: Rome Semester program,
we’ve added a homestay option for all SPRING
semester participants who have completed 2 or more semesters of
college level Italian. Through Italiaidea eligible students
can pursue the homestay option, allowing more students the
opportunity to experience “The Eternal City!”
With a homestay, accommodation is arranged with host families who
are carefully chosen for their integrity and the quality of
accommodation which they provide. What a great way to experience
Italian culture, life, language, and cooking!
To learn more about the homestay option or to take part in the
homestay option, please contact our office, as well as see below for
additional eligibility requirements.
Accommodations are provided in family apartments that are
reasonably spacious and have a single or double room furnished with
a desk and storage space. The bathroom and the kitchen are
typically shared, common living spaces. In addition to this,
students will have dinner through their host families from Monday
through Thursday, and breakfast from Monday through Friday.
Metro tickets will be provided for students traveling to and from
campus during the first week of the program. In the weeks and
months that follow, students will then be responsible for
purchasing their own Metro Tickets for travel to and from their
The Host Families
The host families live in Rome and have subscribed
to become a member of the “Italiaidea” network. They were
carefully selected because they have good-sized family housing,
with at least one room reserved for hosting students. They also
adhere to our homestay regulations, which define the basic
principles of quality hosting: reciprocal tolerance and mutual
The host families in Rome have a screening process that includes
meeting, selecting, and visiting the families. During the
“matching” process (i.e., when they pair students and families),
Italiaidea takes into consideration the following: languages
spoken, special diets, the family's life rhythm to be compared to
yours, etc. For each home stay, they carefully select the most
appropriate family for you. In the unlikely event that your family
does not suit you, they will work with you to resolve differences
or, in extreme cases, find an alternative home.
Interested in a
homestay? Be sure to contact the Office of Global
Studies no later than
October 15th to be considered for the homestay
Requirements: Students must be a participant in the
Discover Italy: Rome Semester program and have completed 2 or more
semesters of college level Italian.
*Please keep in mind that all students must schedule an
appointment with our office prior to committing to the program.
During the meeting, we will go over the program details and you
will be given the opportunity to ask questions and voice any
concerns you may have.
Spring 2014 Orientation
For more information Italiaidea, please visit
the Italiaidea website. For
details on the St. John’s process—even if you want to brainstorm
whether a homestay may be right for you—feel free to contact us!