A key component for acceptance into the program is the student's potential for developing an intercultural research project in conjunction with their study abroad. Each applicant must choose a full-time Loyola University Chicago faculty mentor with whom they will develop a research topic. The topic for the project is open to any discipline and should involve some cross-cultural or intercultural dimension that makes use of travel to Italy and China. Faculty members of the Rome Center Advisory Committee and the Beijing Center Academic Oversight Board can supply basic information about research proposals but need not be the only faculty consulted in preparation of a proposal. Students may propose a research paper, internship program or portfolio as is appropriate to the topic and disciplinary category.