Do we need to bring our own linens?
No, towels and sheets are provided for you, and fresh linens are provided weekly.
Is there a gym that we can use?
Yes, the school has a gym with sports equipment and students are free to use the gym.
Should I bring my laptop?
This is up to you. The school has a computer lab with internet and printers, available for students to use. Many students do choose to bring their own computers, in order to stay in touch with family and friends while on the program (using Facebook, Skype, and other communication programs). The school has free wireless internet access. We ask that if you do bring your laptop, you are particularly careful to lock your dorm room when you are not there.
Should I bring my cell phone?
Yes. All students should have a working cell phone that is activated for use while in Italy. Contact your cell phone provider for more information. You should be able to make calls to your home country and within Italy during your stay.
Is there a laundry facility on the school's campus?
Yes. There are washing machines and dryers in the lower level of the school. Both are free to use; you will be asked only to provide your own soap (which you may buy while here).
Should I bring an alarm clock?
Yes. Your cell phone may have an alarm clock setting which might be the easiest solution.
Can I stay with, or go to dinner with, friends or family in (or close to) Rome while I'm on the program?
Usually this is not a problem, if your guardians have given you permission, and the local family contacts the school and arrangements are made through the school's administration.
How can I stay in touch with my family while I am on the program?
You can use your phone or computer: instant messaging and live chat applications are most convenient. Your family will also have the phone numbers to the school, to the Resident Head, the Director, and to your assigned Resident Assistant. They may use these numbers to contact you, too, at any time.
Do students share rooms?
Yes. All dorm rooms at the school are double or triple rooms.
Can I request to room with another student?
Yes. Please send the request via email, to the Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Please email the Director, at: email@example.com for more information.
How much spending money should I bring?
We suggest between 300 - 500 Euro.
What is the best way for me to bring spending money?
You have four options (see below). We strongly encourage the first option, as it is the option with the least risk, and it is the most convenient. If you choose this option, you must check with your bank first, that your ATM card is activated for use in Italy.
- Bring an ATM card which you may use at any machine here in Rome to take out money from your account in your home country. The cash you take out here will be in Euro.
- Bring cash to Rome, and exchange it for Euro while here.
- Change all of your spending money to Euro at a bank in your home country before coming to Rome.
- Bring traveler's checks which you may cash while here.
Is it possible for my family to send me care packages and letters during the program?
Absolutely. They should address all materials to you, and send them to the school's mailing address, St. Stephen's School, Via Aventina 3, 00153 Rome, Italy.
Do we receive academic credit for participation in the programs?
The St. Stephen's School summer programs are enrichment programs. You will not receive academic credit, but you will receive assessments from your instructors. You may also request a certificate of attendance, at the end of the summer session.