Important Documents:

SCO in Rome! Application Form

Hofstra’s Official Study Abroad Homepage:


Costs can be broken down into three categories:

1)   Class tuition – the standard Hofstra 2017 summer class rate of $1,380 per credit applies, for a total of $4,140.  Mandatory fees for the summer term bring the total to $4,263. This is the same amount that a class on campus or a distance learning (online) class costs. Either the RTVF 65 or JRNL 180 class can be enrolled in starting Sunday, February 26, 2017 (but only after the $500 Program fee deposit has been made).

2)   Program Fee – once again we are using a sliding scale based on how many students end up signing up. This provides for the best budgetary planning and passes on the savings that automatically come from more students attending. The sliding scale is as follows:
10-12 Students: $5,195.00*
13-15 Students: $4,995.00*
16-18 Students: $4,795.00*
* Amount is subject to change slightly based on final services provided by vendors.

The total program fee amount will be paid with an initial $500 deposit as soon as possible in the Spring 2017 semester followed by a payment of the balance by June 16 (the regular SSII payment deadline).

The program fee is substantial; but when the amount and quality of the activities, accommodations, and meals is taken into consideration, it’s actually remarkably reasonable.  For comparison purposes, the Hofstra in Venice program fee is approximately $3,700 for an 18-day program, the Hofstra in Sorrento program is approximately $3,900 for a 4-week program, and the Hofstra in Spain program is approximately $4,600 for four weeks. And none of these programs offer any included weekend trips (of which there are two with SCO in Rome! that total nine days).

Furthermore, the program fee includes airfare, that alone, is about 25% of the overall cost (unfortunately, it’s the most expensive time of the year to fly to Europe).  Students do not have to fly with the larger group on the program-booked flights to and from Italy.  If you have frequent flyer mileage credits, or you happen to find a flight that’s substantially cheaper than the approximately $1,250 round-trip group flight, it’s absolutely possible to lower the program costs by making your own arrangements.  Students in this situation might consider taking the same Aer Lingus flight as the larger group (helping to insure flight delays and/or transfers in Italy go smoothly), but even that is not mandatory, any flight(s) will do provided the student arrives at the St. John’s facility (see below) by the mandatory Orientation Session time of 3:00pm on Saturday, July 1.  Please make sure any customized travel arrangements are discussed with Randy, ASAP, if this is a possibility.

In short, despite the overall amount, there is extreme value in the program costs. The possibility that students will not “get their money’s worth” is absolutely nil!

3)   ‘Life’ and ‘Fun’ money – it is difficult to predict the exact amount of money required by each student for non-program meals and other necessities, extra-curricular activities, and ‘fun’ money.  Meals not covered by the program can, as expected, vary greatly in cost depending on the venues at which students eat; but in Rome and the other areas we travel it’s not hard at all to keep things on a ‘college student’ budget and still eat like an emperor!

Some students may choose to travel on the final free weekend to neighboring cities or even countries, and this will obviously increase costs.  Likewise, there are some great shopping opportunities in Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and Florence/Venice that can extend a budget quickly!

All considered, it’s reasonable to assume that students need not spend more than $500 in this category during the course of the four week program (and that includes ‘conservative’ shopping for some great gifts for those who help fund the trip). Some will actually spend less than that with a thrifty approach (remember, you can always return with money in hand); others – especially third-weekend travelers and shopaholics – will be over (but remember, you probably won’t be back for awhile!).

Unfortunately, no scholarships currently exist for SCO in Rome!. However, financial aid for tuition, the program fee, and even the ‘life/fun’ money is available in the form of student loans; interested students are encouraged to initiate the loan process as early as possible with Hofstra’s financial aid representative who specializes in study abroad. Please contact Randy for further information in this regard.


Dormitory and classroom space is provided through an agreement with St. John’s University.  St. John’s Rome campus is a wonderful facility that allows for centralized housing and educational space all under one roof.  It includes the normal ‘western’ amenities of campus living and is located in a safe, central location from which to explore the larger area.

St. John’s University Rome Campus Website:

The campus is located in the wonderful Prati section, rich in history and beautiful architecture, a vibrant district just north of the Vatican in central Rome.  Away from the chaos of the major tourist areas, it provides a safe, ‘local’ atmosphere in which students come to feel part of a community rather than tourists in the big city.  The campus is located just two blocks from a Metro station on one of Rome’s two subway lines, providing easy access to almost anywhere in the city.  The facility combines old-world architecture with modern technology and amenities.



On average, three to four planned group meals – per week – at local restaurants allow for an opportunity to socialize and exchange information between faculty and students and strike a balance between giving students the freedom to find their own dining options and maintaining semi-regular contact outside of the classroom setting.   The cost of these dinners is included in the program fee.  Additional meals (lunch and/or dinners) will be provided as on-site budgets allow.

St. John’s campus does not have a cafeteria or provide meals of any sort though it does have a common kitchen that students can use to prepare (or more likely, reheat) their own meals.  Off-campus meals, with the exception of group dinners, are left to the discretion of students.  As you would expect, numerous dining options over a variety of price levels are available in Rome.  Students will have little trouble discovering the wide variety of food options the city is famous for and that provide such a wonderful exposure to the Roman culture.  Indeed, one of the most zealous activities of the students will most assuredly be their ongoing quest to find the best of Rome’s culinary offerings!