Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Summer Abroad Programs- Rome

Why not get the most out of your summer? Get the chance to explore Europe while taking classes unique to the JFRC experience. Because the JFRC summer program incorporates the best elements of the semester program into a shorter time frame, it's perfect for students who have commitments preventing them from studying abroad during the school year.

Students can choose to attend the first, second or both sessions. Designed to give students the change to explore, classes are held Monday-Thursday so students have long weekends to traverse Rome, Italy, and Europe. 

In Summer 2017, Loyola is continuing the option begun in Summer 2016 to take classes on the road, too. Offered during the second session, Loyola's Fusion Experiences let students split their time between the JFRC campus in Rome and another region of Italy-incorporating travel into the coursework and earning credit.

Below you'll find more information on:


CALENDAR for Summer 2017  Session ISession IIDay
Due at JFRC May 20 July 1 Saturday
Orientation Excursion
May 21 July 2 Sunday
Classes Begin May 22 July 3 Monday
Final Exams End June 22 July 28 Thursday / Friday
Departure June 23 July 29 Friday / Saturday

Session I

Session I is five-weeks in length. Classroom lectures in Session I will meet for one hour and forty minutes Monday through Thursday; on-site classes will meet twice a week for three hours and twenty minutes. The final exam is scheduled for the last class meeting of each course. Students are required to take two (2) courses. Each course carries three (3) semester hours of credit. Departure for Session I-only students is on Friday, June 23rd.

Session II

Session II is four weeks in length. Classroom lectures will meet for two hours and five minutes Monday through Thursday; on-site classes will meet for four hours and ten minutes twice a week. All final exams are scheduled on Friday, July 28th. Students are required to take two (2) courses. Each course carries three (3) semester hours of credit. Departure for Session II-only and all double-session students is on Saturday, July 29th.

A unique feature among the Summer Session II course offerings is the Fusion Experience.  Two such integrated learning experiences will again be offered in 2017:

During Summer Session II, students selecting one of these Fusion Experiences will spend two weeks at the JFRC campus, then travel either to Sicily or the Abruzzo region for two weeks.  Students will be required to enroll in both classes associated with an experience. There will be no additional cost for either experience.

Benefits of a Fusion Experience:

  • These experiences fuse content from two different subject areas.  The two classes connected to each experience have been intentionally selected so that the courses complement each other. 
  • These experiences fuse theory with practice, as students will be applying what is learned in the classroom to out of the classroom, hands-on experiences.
  • These experiences fuse two different regions of Italy into one experience, e.g., Rome/Lazio with Abruzzo OR Rome/Lazio with Sicily, providing a comparative perspective.


Between the first and second summer sessions in Rome, there is sufficient time for JFRC summer students to participate in a Loyola faculty-led summer program to Greece. 

  • The Greece study-trip is a ten-day course / excursion ... CLST 206 Art of Ancient Greece ....that is an exploration of the artistic heritage of classical Greece (course requires a separate online application).

Students should plan to arrive in Greece on Friday, June 23rd.  Students enrolling in Session II at the JFRC should plan to arrive in Rome on Sunday, July 2nd. Learn more here.

Course Offerings

See Summer 2017 Course Offerings Click onto the title of a course to view the syllabus for that course when it becomes available (syllabi for summer 2017 classes will be available in February 2017).

Basic program fee

The basic Rome program fee for each summer session abroad covers tuition (entitling enrollment in six semester hours), room and partial board (breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday), activities' fees, select additional course fees, and three day-long trips: the initial orientation day trip, a trip to Pompeii, and a trip to Assisi in SS I, and the orientation day excursion, a trip to Herculaneum, and a trip to Orvieto in SS II.

A mandatory charge for CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International), the student international health insurance plan, will also be billed on a student's LOCUS account, but will be a single charge for three months' coverage regardless of the sessions in which a student is enrolled.

Roundtrip airfare (USA-Rome-USA) is not included in the program fee and is the personal responsibility of the student. Optional week-end trips are also not included but will be available at a student's own expense. Likewise, the inter-session course to Greece (3 semester hours) will be offered at a separate cost covering tuition, lodging, travel, and meals and requires a separate online application.


Summer I (5 weeks)  
Tuition (6 s.h.) $4,506
Housing (34 nights) $1,870
Technology Fee     $32
CISI (international health insurance)   $150
Activities, Meals, Single-Day Excursions $1,510
Summer II (4 weeks)  
Tuition (6 s.h.) $4,506
Housing (28 nights) $1,540
Technology Fee      $32
CISI (international health insurance)    $150
Activities, Meals, Single-Day Excursions $1,410
Double Summer (9 weeks)  
Tuition (12 s.h.) $6,308*
Housing (62 nights)* $3,100*
Technology Fees     $64
CISI (international health insurance)   $150
Activities, Meals, Single-Day Excursions $2,920

* Students who enroll for both Session I and Session II at the JFRC will receive a discounted rate both on tuition and on housing for Session II, resulting in a savings of $2,704.  In addition, double-session students who will not be traveling outside of Rome will be permitted to remain on campus during the eight-day break between sessions at no charge for housing, but must arrange for their own meals, as no regular food service will be available during this break.  

Summer Session I & II Scholarships

Continuing for 2017 are summer scholarships for students who enroll in both summer sessions at the JFRC.  To be eligible for consideration, students must apply for the dual sessions. All scholarships are need-based; need will be determined based on a student's current academic year's financial need assessment.  Opening date for applications is January 15th.  Information can be found on the JFRC website here.


Included in Cost


The following are Day Trips that are lead by the Student Life Staff at the JFRC. The cost for each of these trips is included in the student fees. 

Summer Session I 2017

Herculaneum Day Trip

Friday, May 26, 2017

Located in the Campania region and in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Italian Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic lava along with Pompeii, Stabiae, and Oplontis in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius beginning on August 24, AD 79.  Herculaneum was a smaller town with a wealthier population than Pompeii at the time of the destruction.

Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch is included.

8:00 AM departure and return to the JFRC by 6:00 PM

Assisi Day Trip

Friday, June 9, 2017

This day-long trip will transport students to the mediaeval town of Assisi, a three-hour drive northeast of Rome, situated in the center of the Umbria region, extremely rich in historical and cultural interests, and the birthplace of Saint Francis.

Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch in included.

7:30 AM departure and return to the JFRC by 7:00 PM


Summer Session II 2017

Villa d'Este & Tivoli 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Villa d'Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage site list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque stiles. The garden is generally considered with in the larger -and altogether extraordinary- context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art, and history which waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water -including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city- evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves. 

8:00 am departure and return to the JFRC by 6 PM


Friday, July 14, 2017

This day trip will bring students to a unique town situated in the center of Italy on the borders between the region of Umbria, to which it belongs, Tuscany and Latium. Built on top of a steep cliff of tufo stone, it has always been a majestic and fascinating city.  Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch is included.

7:30 am departure and return to the JFRC by 6 PM


Optional weekend study trips for 2017 summer abroad programs

Session I

Friday - Sunday, June 16 - 18:   The “other” Tuscany – La Maremma Toscana and Isola del Giglio

Students will have the opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of southern Tuscany and its beautiful coast. Charming mediaeval towns, a visit to the island of Giglio with its turquoise beaches and soaking in the thermal springs of Saturnia are some highlights of this trip, all accompanied by the delicious food and wine unique to this area.  

Approximate Cost: €380*

*Price is approximate and subject to change. Minimum number of participants needed for this paid trip to go.  Students must sign up and pay in the JFRC Business Office. Spots are limited, open on a first-come, first-served basis.


Things to Consider

Please be aware that, when making your flight reservations, participants in the JFRC 2017 summer program are expected to arrive at the JFRC between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday: May 20th for Summer Session I or July 1st for Summer Session II [an exception is made for students enrolled in the course to Greece]. Students only doing Session I are required to depart on Friday, June 23rd; otherwise, all students must leave by July 29th.

There are no school-sponsored student group flights during the summer; all students must book their own round-trip tickets and get themselves to the JFRC campus. Confirmed students should book their flights as early as possible, taking note of the date they are due on campus and the date they must leave.  Booking to arrive a day or two early is not advisable, as there is a specific move-in date for each session, and students will not be able to move-in earlier than the specified date. 

Students will reside in double rooms on campus while enrolled in the program. Administrative and student life support will be provided by JFRC staff.

Students enrolling for both JFRC Summer Sessions will be allowed to remain on campus over the interval between sessions if they are not enrolling in the inter-session course to Greece.

Students must select two courses [six (6) semester hours] from the scheduled offerings in each session for which they plan to enroll. Courses may be subject to cancellation if enrollment is low.

Application Process

The online application for Summer 2017 is now open. The deadline for the summer JFRC application is March 15, 2017, though registration for summer starts on February 13th.  Decisions about admission are sent via e-mail.

When applying for Summer 2017, pay close attention to what session or combination of sessions you are applying. Below are the options you will see when completing the application.

Stand Alone Summer Session:

Rome, Italy - Session I (5-weeks)
Rome, Italy - Session II (4 weeks)
Rome, Italy - Session II Fusion Experience - Archeology (4-weeks)
Rome, Italy - Session II Fusion Experience - Food, Wine & Photography (4-weeks)

Combined Summer I & II Sessions:

Rome, Italy - Session I & II (10-weeks, includes 1 week break)
Rome, Italy - Session I & II Fusion Experience - Archeology (10-weeks, includes 1 week break)
Rome, Italy - Session I & II Fusion Experience - Food, Wine & Photography (10-weeks, includes 1 week break)


Apply Now  for the John Felice Rome Center summer abroad programs.