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Modified Fall 2020 Semester in Rome

Global Temple Conference

As of July 17, 2020

At this time, the fall 2020 study abroad program at Temple Rome has been cancelled. Read here for more information

The Temple Rome campus will remain open to eligible international students to complete in-person coursework. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact Rosemary Carlson, the Rome Program Manager at rcarlson@temple.edu by July 31. Students may also indicate interest by completing this form

Modified Fall 2020 Program Calendar

The modified semester, which includes 82 days in Rome followed by 9 days of online learning from home, eliminates the lengthy visa process that is dependent on a number of uncertain factors at this time. Temple University will not be able to sponsor student visas for US students participating in the Temple Rome program for the fall 2020 semester.

The semester is designed to meet Temple’s academic standards; students’ course credits, learning objectives, and academic standards are not altered in any way; each course fulfills semester hour requirements.

Orientation and the on-site course excursions within Italy are scheduled to run as usual. 

The two-week online class portion at the end of the program may include a combination of asynchronous and synchronous delivery formats; all synchronous instruction will be structured around U.S. time zones. 

Modified Program Dates as of April 24, 2020

Departure from U.S.

August 31

Arrival in Italy**

September 1


September 2 - 6

Classes Begin

September 7

Last day to add or drop a course

September 18

Modified Mid-term Break

October 22-23

Last day to withdraw from a course

November 11

Last day of classes in Rome (classes to be continued online)

November 19

Last Night in Program-Arranged Housing

November 20

On-site program ends; students return to the U.S.

November 21

Online class portion of program begins

November 30

Online classes end for the semester

December 10 

Final Exams (common ITAL finals Dec 11)

December 11 - 17

**Homestay students must depart the U.S. on Saturday, August 29 to arrive on Sunday, August 30. 

Student Travel

Personal Travel

We advise program participants that there is the possibility that personal travel outside of Italy may be prohibited or restricted, based on governmental regulations, due to health and/or safety concerns.

As a result, Fall 2020 participants should plan to have a fully Italian immersive experience that does not include travel to other countries outside of Italy. Temple Rome faculty and staff are ready to share countless ways to explore Rome and other unique areas in Italy so that you can make the most out of your experience. 

Fortunately in Rome, there is a saying: “Roma, una vita non basta,” or, one life is not enough to see everything there is to see in Rome. 

Booking Flights

We strongly encourage participants to consider the possible volatility of the current situation in a decision to book a flight. Some airlines are currently offering relatively low cost tickets, but whether you purchase a flight now or wait until more information is available, we advise you to investigate “cancel for any reason” trip cancellation insurance options and carefully review the exclusions. We also recommend that you consider purchasing fully refundable and flexible change flights in the event your program is cancelled or suspended or your home school prohibits travel to your host country before or during your semester abroad.