SHU Initiates Freshman Fall in Rome Program

News Story: September 24, 2014

In a collaborative effort between Sacred Heart University’s Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Admissions departments and partner John Cabot University in Rome, SHU’s Office of Global Affairs has launched a new Freshman Fall in Rome (FFR) program. The FFR program is a signature experience, enabling SHU students to spend their first semester in Rome, Italy, at the University’s partner school before continuing classes on SHU’s home campus in the spring semester.

The FFR program began in August with a successful launch that included onsite orientation, combined activities for group bonding, city familiarization and cultural exploration of self and the “other.”

“The FFR program gives students an international foundation early on in their academic experience,” said Carrie Wojenski, director of Global Affairs at SHU. “It’s an exciting and stimulating way for students to begin their college career and helps them discover their talents, abilities, strength and character. There is no better way to learn about yourself, expand your world view, acquire marketable skills and develop the habits of mind, heart and spirit that will prepare you to engage purposefully in a global world.”

Participating students have responded positively. “We learned everything that we could in the three days of our SHU orientation,” said one participating freshman. “I feel grateful that Carrie is leaving us loaded with knowledge and skills that will help us survive the next few months.”

The program offers small class sizes and specialized curriculum tailored to SHU core graduation requirements. Students live in carefully chosen, university-managed environments.

“It is an ideal situation for freshmen that are intellectually curious, ready for a transformative experience, love to learn through seeing and doing, have a keen interest in international travel and are open to immersing themselves in a different culture,” added Wojenski.

Based on the success of the FFR program, SHU plans to expand its scope to include additional sites.