Study Abroad in Italy
When in Rome
Rome makes no small promises—so you should make no small plans. With that aim, 200 students come to the John Felice Rome Center each semester for an immersive, modern experience rooted in the grandeur of centuries past. Drawing on the cultural riches of Rome, the JFRC takes full advantage of Rome as your classroom and home. Here you will find more information about study abroad in Italy and your life in Rome.
Our Student Life Offices welcome students from all over the United States and assist students with adjustment to a new culture, a new language and a new learning experience. Student life is a special part of the JFRC experience that students will not find with other programs in Rome. The Student Life Office includes the Associate Dean of Students, Cynthia Bomben, the Director of Residence Life, Alvin Mangosing, and they are assisted by six Student Life Assistants (SLAs), each of whom, having graduated from college and having lived in Rome, is a mature, invaluable resource to students. The SLAs for the 2013-2014 academic year:
- Timothy Bertucci
- Mitchell Catalano
- Russell Gonzalez
- Chandni Patel
- Jennifer Ruffing
- Anna Springer
The Student Life Team is an active part of the JFRC community. The responsibility of these offices extend to all facets of student life outside the immediate concerns of the Academic Office. Under the guidance of the staff in the offices of Student Life, the JFRC provides such general university services as counseling and guidance, housing, health and food services, recreation and student activities.
The special character of the JFRC program, however, adds another dimension to the function of the offices of the Student Life, namely, the enrichment of the student's foreign study experience. Advice is given about the adventures of life in a foreign country and use of a foreign language, travel, exploration of the European historical and artistic heritage, and an appreciation of cultural differences.
These offices also assist students in obtaining their residency permits (permessi di soggiorno) from the police (questura) and plan co-curricular activities. The Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Residence Life and Student Services, together with their staff of SLAs, provide guidance to students in organizing social and cultural events, such as lectures on Italian life and culture and exchange socials with Italian students. These offices also moderate the JFRC's newsletter, Ciao Roma, and the yearbook on CD which chronicles the events and friendships of this study-abroad experience. Students are invited to take advantage of these services. They are intended to contribute to the depth and appreciation of the study abroad experience.
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