UNIV 52nd Annual International University Congress

April 12 – 22, 2019
For high school seniors and college students

What is UNIV?

The annual UNIV Congress brings together thousands of students from around the world for Holy Week in Rome.  UNIV offers participants a variety of academic, cultural, and spiritual activities as well as the chance to see the sites in Rome.  Through lectures, discussions, and visits to historical sites, students are exposed to the lives and ideas of the great men and women who have lived in Rome, past and present.

Application and Payment Information

  • Application deadline: The deadline for applying to the trip is February 15, 2019.
  • Written submissions deadline: The deadline for submitting papers is March 15, 2019.
  • Cost: $1,075 (covers lodging, meals, and transportation while in Rome). The cost does not cover airfare or pocket spending money.
  • Deposit: A $200 deposit is due at the time of application.
  • Payment deadline: The full balance for the trip is due by March 28, 2019.
  • Making payments: To make a payment, click on the “Payment” tab above and follow the instructions.

Questions: For more information about the UNIV trip, contact Andrew Laird at 214-984-4830 or alaird@ysi.org.

For more information about the UNIV Congress: See www.univforum.org.

UNIV 2019:

The Transformative Power of Work

A highlight of the week is the academic conference that gathers students from over 40 countries to discuss fundamental issues facing humanity today.  It offers a unique academic and cultural experience for those who wish to reflect on significant world issues in an international setting.

The main sessions of the conference take place on Tuesday, April 16, from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm, at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (located one block north of Piazza Navona).  The theme for this year’s conference is “Getting Down to Business: The Transformative Power of Work.”  For more information, visit www.univforum.org.

Participation in the UNIV Conference

Students can participate in the conference in a few ways. First, they can attend any lecture or presentation or join the discussion in any of the many seminars. Secondly, students can participate more formally in the conference by writing and presenting a paper on some aspect of the 2019 theme.  Finally, they can participate in the UNIVtube video competition.

Write and present a paper on some aspect of the 2019 Theme: The Transformative Power of Work

  • Picking your paper topic:  Papers should focus on the theme of this year’s conference.  The UNIV Forum website provides resources to help you choose a topic, including: a description of this year’s theme, a list of possible paper topics, and a helpful bibliography.  You should talk to your adviser to help finalize your paper topic.
  • Adviser:  A student must have a professor or teacher as an adviser.
  • Paper guidelines:  All papers must be submitted according to set guidelines.  (Note: While the conference deadline for paper submissions is “15 days before the Forum,” a person wishing to obtain a scholarship from YSI must submit his paper by March 15, 2019.)
  • Oral presentation of papers:  The oral presentation should be 15 minutes.  To see a list of tips on giving a good presentation, click here.
  • Submitting your paper:  Papers must be submitted to comiteuniv@unav.es no later than March 15, 2019.  Please “cc” univ@ysi.org on your submission.  All papers must be submitted with the accompanying registration form.
  • Scholarships:  YSI awards partial scholarships to students whose papers are accepted by the congress.
  • Paper acceptance:  Students will be notified of paper acceptance and scholarship within two weeks of its submission.

Produce a video for the UNIVtube Video Competition

  • Videos:  Students can produce a 5-10 minute video in English reflecting the theme of the UNIV conference this year.
  • Theme:  To learn more about this year’s UNIV theme, go to www.univforum.org.
  • Details:  For more information about UNIVtube (guidelines for videos, registering for the competition, submission deadline, etc), please go to www.univtube.org.
  • Scholarships:  Partial scholarships are awarded to teams whose video is accepted by the congress.

Seeing Rome

The U.S. group will leave for Rome on Friday, April 12 and return on Monday, April 22.  A number of days will be spent seeing the historical and cultural sites of Rome.  The group will also participate in many of the Holy Week services and activities taking place in Rome during those days.  Traditionally, the group attends an audience with Pope Francis and a get-together with the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz.


Some of the sites to be visited:

  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
  • St. Peter’s Basilica (and other major basilicas)
  • Vatican Museum
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Scavi tour (subject to ticket availability)
  • Pantheon
  • Major churches in Rome

UNIV Sponsors

UNIV is sponsored by the Institute for University Cooperation (Instituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria – ICU).  Founded in 1966 to foster cultural, scientific, and educational exchanges world-wide, ICU annually brings together university students, educators, and leading professionals to discuss important issues of the day.  The U.S. trip to UNIV is organized and sponsored by YSI.