Student Life

The Rome Global Gateway offers students the opportunity to expand their cultural and linguistic competencies, network with members of the RGG community, support personal growth and spiritual development, and engage with the city in a meaningful way. For more information about these or other student life initiatives, please contact Mallory Nardin,


Cultural Activities

The RGG coordinates a variety of excursions and activities, including guided trips to Orvieto, cooking classes with local chefs, wine tastings at Roman enoteche, concerts at the Parco della Musica, walking tours of Rome’s world-renowned culinary establishments, a night at the Teatro della Opera, ceramics classes with local artisans, AS Roma soccer games and more.

Italian Conversation

“Language Exchange” is designed to facilitate conversational exchange between ND and local university students. Through informal meetings with native speakers, students will improve their Italian while gain an “insider’s” perspective of the city in a fun and relaxed environment free from tutors, lectures or exams.

Spiritual Development

In collaboration with Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry and the Pontifical North American College, the RGG supports a variety of student-led, faith-based initiatives, including bi-annual ilgrimages to Assisi, mass at the RGG and in churches throughout the city, guided tours of the Vatican excavations, lunches at the Pontifical North American College, Easter celebrations, Papal audiences, and “Dinner with a Deacon” - the opportunity to share food and fellowship with seminarians who are studying Rome.

Community Based (Service) Learning

Each semester ND students, faculty and staff participate in an array of volunteer and service-learning programs to enhance the health, well-being and practical skills of our neighbors in Rome. If you are interested, we invite you to get involved a make a difference. Current collaborations include:

Students prepare, deliver and/or serve food to fellow residents who are temporarily underemployed, low-income or without homes.

Students mentor predominantly immigrant children of low-income backgrounds through conversation, games, songs and other group or individual activities in an after school program.

Students support the health/wellbeing of individuals seeking political asylum by assisting in the administrative operations of the Centro Astalli medical center.

Students collaborate with high school teachers towards the preparation and delivery of lessons in the disciplines of their choosing as English-speaking teaching assistants.