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Costs and Fees

There are various scholarships and forms of financial aid available to assist in offsetting the cost of the Rome study abroad experience. In addition to the following scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information and remember to submit your FAFSA on time to receive the maximum aid possible.
If you are considering taking out loans for your Rome semester we encourage you to accept the federal direct student loans first. The Federal Parent PLUS loan is available here: ( for parents that need additional funds. Students and parents can also compare private loans, some of which are available here: offices/finaid/undergrad-fa/ undergrad-loans/undergrad- private-loan.php.
All Rome students are also required to select a refund preference with the university's refund program, BankMobile Disbursements, in order to expedite the process of receiving any refunds. For more information about this program please contact the Office of Finance at (972) 721-5244 or visit

 Costs and Fees

The Rome semester costs approximately $6,500 more than a semester on the Irving campus.  

For a further breakdown of Irving and Rome tuition costs please review the cost comparison sheet.  

Rome Fee: All students pay a Rome Fee, which covers the Italian visa fee, Italian public health insurance, Italian permesso tax, book rental, Orientation, local transportation in Rome, and express mail of visas.

Tuition, Room and Board:  Tuition is the same for Rome as for Irving. Rome room and board is slightly less than standard Irving Room and Board. Commuters in Irving will have to factor in the additional cost of room and board when calculating their Rome costs.

Airfare: Students are required to fly with our group arranged travel to Rome. Group airfare is estimated at $1800 and will be added to studuents' tuition bills once pricing is confirmed with the travel agent.    

Rome Program Trips Fee: This fee covers the costs of faculty-led trips to such destinations as Assisi, Pompeii, Florence, Venice and Greece. It also covers transportation costs of day trips and museum entrance fees for all the trips. This fee will be added to your tuition bill the semester the student goes to Rome.

Spending Money: The amount of money your student will need for their study abroad semester depends on where your student will travel and what they want to see and do. Our office recommends students bring approximately $3500 for spending money.

Payment Procedures: Payment procedures for Rome differ from those for an Irving semester. Students must either have paid their term bill in full or must have made payment arrangements with Student Account Services and be current with installment payments in order to receive clearance from the Bursar. Questions should be directed to

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Persons interested in applying should make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Davies. For more information please visit the Gilman website at

Rome Scholarships

Charles T. Uhl Rome Scholarship

The Uhl Rome Scholarship was established in honor of Charles T. Uhl by his five children: Kathy, Tom, Gary, Christine and Regina along with his wife, Nancy Uhl. Charles Uhl's love of travel, although generally limited to trips in the family van, was instilled in all of his children, including those who attended UD and the Rome semester. Since the fund was established in 2009, over 185 students have benefited with close to $100,000 offered in scholarship money. The scholarship is given to those who have applied and been accepted to the Rome Program and are selected on the basis of financial need. The number of recipients is dependent on the amount of funding available each semester. 

Dan and Margie Cruse Endowed Scholarship

Dan '61 and Margie '62 are true friends, leaders and champions of the University of Dallas. The consulting firm of Spencer Stuart recognized Dan's 30 years of service and leadership and honored him by establishing the Dan and Margie Cruse Endowed Scholarship. Dan and Margie have also generously donated to assist students who desire to enroll in the Rome semester. The Scholarship assists a Rome student each semester who exhibits financial need, campus leadership, and a commitment to personal growth. 

Jake Addison Scholarship

Following the tragic death of Jake Addison in Rome in the fall of 1997, with the support of Jake's parents, Mac and Claudia Addison, the Student Foundation of the University of Dallas elected to establish a scholarship in his memory. The Jake Scott Addison Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award, given to one student going to Rome in the fall and one student going in the spring. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have performed some kind of service to the community or the university. The recipients are recommended by the members of Student Foundation based on fulfillment of the requirements, as well as the content and quality of a written essay. The winner shall be notified at the Farewell Dinner before their semester in Rome.

National Alumni Board Rome Scholarship

The University of Dallas National Alumni Board established its scholarship in 1994. Students participating in the Rome program are eligible to apply for the National Alumni Board Rome Program Scholarship. All applicants must be full-time students and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to qualify. Applicants will also be considered based on their campus involvement and commitment to community service. Please note the scholarship is reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid by need based process. Applicants may contact the Financial Aid Office to determine their eligibility. 

Rome Experience Scholarship

The spirit and intent of this funding opportunity is to immediately impact the life of a student and make possible participation in the University of Dallas Rome Program. The awards will be used to provide the student a genuine Rome Program Experience, which might otherwise be out of financial reach. To be eligible, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrable financial need. This scholarship will only be awarded to students in good standing with the University who have applied and been accepted to the Rome Program. This scholarship will be awarded on top of a comprehensive financial aid package, with funds being applied during the Rome semester.

Sheumaker Rome Scholarship

The Sheumaker Rome Scholarship provides financial assistance to students attending their Rome semester. The scholarship was endowed by Fanny (Baltazar) Sheumaker, BA '88 MBA '91, and Phil Sheumaker, BA '90 MBA '93, in 2020, the 50th anniversary year of the Rome Program.

The Stoppini Family Rome Scholarship

The Stoppini family have been longtime supporters of the University of Dallas, particularly its Rome study abroad program, since its conception. Together with her husband, Francesco, Mary Ann gave many travelers, including UD students, unforgettable experiences of Italy and Europe through their travel agency, American Travel Group Inc., and Hotel LaVilla, which served as one of the first Rome Program campuses. Professor Emeritus of Art Lyle Novinski once said, “To meet Frank Stoppini was to meet a prince.” Frank not only served as the Rome Program’s landlord and travel agent for many years, but also acted as its guardian angel during the program’s early years. Mary Ann, Francesca, and Gabriele Stoppini established this scholarship in memory of Francesco Stoppini for sophomores in need of financial assistance to attend a semester on the university's Rome campus.


Students can apply for scholarships once they have been accepted to the program. Instructions for how to apply will be included in their status letter.  
  1. Applicants submit an essay that addresses:
    • Their on and off campus involvement
    • Financial need
    • The question, "How will/does travel enrich the life and education of the UD Liberal Arts student?"

      Essays should be uploaded to student's application in the Scholarship Application field. Essays should be submitted as a pdf in Times New Roman 12-point type and double-spaced.
  2. National Alumni Board Scholarship applicants must also have a familiar teacher or counselor submit a scholarship recommendation form that directly and clearly addresses their leadership record and potential. This form will be posted in the application portal for the recommender to complete.

Work Study

There are a limited number of positions available for students who wish to make a little extra money while in Rome. These are assigned and supervised by the Assistant Dean and the student-life staff, but are governed by work study awards at the University of Dallas in Irving. During the first week of each Rome semester there is an organizational meeting to make a final determination about eligibility, interview students for particular assignments and decide on working hours.