Rome, Italy Summer Engineering

The Roman Forum

Program Description

In this 6-week, 6 credit program, you’ll live at Notre Dame’s Roman Villa and attend class in Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, just blocks from the Colosseum — both in the heart of Rome.

In addition to classes in the Rome Global Gateway, Notre Dame engineers participate in Papal audiences, tour the Colosseum, St. Peter’s, and Scavi and San Clemente.

You’ll also visit Orvieto, the small city perched on a rock cliff in Umbria. Students live in the Notre Dame Villa with modern dorm-apartment rooms in the heart of Rome.

The program is open to all Engineering students.

Rome Summer Engineering students in front of the Coliseum

The 2023 program will be led by Program Directors Mike Kitz and Todd Taylor as well as Professor Tom Fuja.


All students enroll in both of the following courses for a total of 6 engineering credits.

  • EG 34440: Probability and Statistics
  • EG 44421: Integrated Engineering and Business Fundamentals

The Probability and Statistics course looks at the techniques that engineers use to address uncertainty in the design and analysis of engineering artifacts. At the core of these techniques is probability, a branch of applied mathematics that provides structure for analyzing “random experiments” – actions whose outcome cannot be predicted with certainty in advance. Statistics provides a bridge between probability and the “real world,” where (imperfect and incomplete) data must be gathered and conclusions or inferences must be drawn from that data.

During the first half of Integrated Engineering and Business Fundamentals, you’ll explore the financial processes involved in engineering in industry, including financial reports and statements, stocks, bonds, working capital, and more. You’ll study business strategy and planning fundamentals: competitive advantages, creation of customer value, market segmentation and targeting, and other practical areas that will help you understand and execute a successful business plan.

In the second half of the course, your focus will turn to the practical processes you’ll need to work successfully as an engineer: project management and the product development process. Following the classic Triple Constraints method of project management—time, scope, and cost—you’ll learn best practices for keeping projects on track. You’ll also explore voice-of-customer research, rapid development iterations, and other tactics to make product development more effective. In addition, you’ll study supply chain and Lean Six Sigma, some of the key concepts driving efficiency and success in modern business.


June 27 – August 6


You’ll live in the Notre Dame Villa with modern dorm-apartment rooms in the heart of Rome.

The Villa is a three block walk to the Rome Global Gateway.

The Notre Dame Villa
Rome student villa

Program Fee

The cost of the 2023 program is $8,800, plus a $250 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.

The program fee includes the cost of 6 Notre Dame engineering credits; accommodations; GeoBlue international health insurance; all program academic outings and field trips; and on-site program support from Notre Dame faculty and Global Gateway staff.

It does not include the cost of airfare, meals, or airport transportation; passport/visa fees; international cell phone/plan; or personal spending money.

All students are considered for need-based engineering scholarships to help unwrite program costs.


Applications will be accepted between September 22, 2022 and November 1, 2022.

Program assignments and waitlist notifications occur before Christmas break.


Feel free to contact:

Mike Kitz
Executive Director, Summer Engineering International Programs

Todd Taylor
Director, Summer Engineering International Programs