How to Apply


The Rome Experience is designed to complement existing programs of formation in diocesan seminaries for seminarians who have completed their first year of theology by the start of the program. Seminarians interested in applying must be recommended by their bishops and vocation directors.

All applicants must have a valid passport for international travel. For non-American citizens, a visa may be required for travel in France and Italy. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain all required travel documents.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the program and scholarship must be received or postmarked by:
Monday, January 8, 2024

Because there are a limited number of openings for the program, incomplete or late applications for the program and the scholarship cannot be considered.

Applications may be submitted by email or postal mail to:

The Rome Experience
4340 Cross Street, Suite 1
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: 630-541-8519 x 28
Fax: 331-777-5819

Acceptance into the program:

  • Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted and a convenient time arranged for a telephone interview.
  • You will be notified of our decision regarding your application and scholarship request (if applicable) by Monday, February 5, 2024.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, you are required to submit your deposit for the airfare to/from Europe by Friday, February 16, 2024.
  • You are responsible for communicating your preferred return city and dates to the Program Coordinator.




The tuition fee for the program is $10,000. The fee includes land transportation, room and board, honorarium fees, entry fees to museums and historical sites, and air travel to Ars, France. The following are not included in the tuition fee: airfare to/from Europe, personal expenses, and personal/optional activities outside of the program.




Download the application by clicking the button below:

2024 Application