University of St. Thomas Bernardi Campus

Lungotevere delle Armi, 16
00195 Roma
Telephone: 06.3260.0548 or 333.4640.946
Fax: 06.3250.6420
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The Bernardi Campus of the University of St.Thomas (Minnesota, USA) is located on the Tiber river bank at Lungotevere delle Armi, 16, only a few minutes away from the VaticanCity and the historic center of Rome. Over the years it has been providing housing to the University of St.Thomas students enrolled in the Catholic Studies and Liberal Arts programs – as well as to students in summer programs from other institutions. In addition, it offers overnight accommodations to traveling members of the St.Thomas community.

Catholic Studies Program:

Catholic Studies in Rome, a study abroad program which began in the Fall of 1998, offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or year studying in the Eternal City while working toward their St. Thomas degree. By living at the Bernardi Campus in the heart of Rome students are immersed in the language and life of a culture other than their own. As one considers the historic significance of this ancient city, one also will be able to appreciate how Catholic culture and the 2,000 year presence of the Church have shaped much of Rome’s contemporary life. In accord with the philosophy of Catholic Studies, this study abroad opportunity supports and encourages the enrichment of one s faith through worship and service to the poor as well as by fostering Catholic community among its students. Students will have a unique opportunity to experience the living, universal Church by joining the ranks of pilgrims and saints who have visited the Eternal City.

All students take courses at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) at Largo Angelicum 1 (at the end of Via Nazionale), which draws professors and students from around the globe. Courses offered in English, are especially suited for our interdisciplinary program and some include lectures at actual sites in the city.

Service is also an essential part of Catholic life. Working with such communities as the Missionaries of Charity and the Little Sisters of the Poor, students will have ample opportunities for reflection on their life and vocation as a member of the larger Catholic community.

Students from outside of St.Thomas may apply for admission through the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact information is provided on the Bernardi Campus Web site at

Bernardi Campus Residence:

Situated in the heart of the neighborhood of Prati, the campus is near both the center of Rome and Vatican City. Originally built as a private home in 1923, the building was purchased by an order of Spanish nuns in the 1950s. In 1999 the University of St. Thomas purchased and restored the building with contemporary furnishings and spacious sleeping rooms. The campus has a variety of room capacities for students; single, double, and triple. A fully functional basement floor provides a computer lab, kitchen, dining room and laundry facilities. The main floor offers a chapel, guest room and salotto (sitting room), in addition to the director s main office and our front office.

Inquiries can be directed to the Bernardi Campus Director (Thanos Zyngas) for pictures and more information about the campus, or for more information about the University of St. Thomas, please visit