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Travel Book Recommendations

Tip: Buy books beforehand and read them! Get familiar with where you are studying abroad and make sure to bring a map. The Loyola OIP Lounge in the Sullivan Center (room 216) has a number of excellent travel books that you many browse through prior to going abroad.

Please bring the following to Rome to expedite required paperwork on official Move-in Day

Fall/Spring Semester Students must bring:

  • Two (2) legible copies of the picture page of your passport
  • Two (2) copies of the visa page of your passport
  • The original official letter of enrollment (lettera d'iscrizione) written in Italian imprinted with the seal and stamped (notarized) by the Italian Consulate as well as three (3 copies).  This is the letter signed by Dr. Rosemary Max.

  • Four (4) passport sized photos (can be done at CVS or Walgreen’s, among other places)

  • Three (3) copies of proof of international health insurance coverage (CISI or equivalent)


Summer Students must bring:

 According to Italian Law, even though a study visa is not required for American students attending Summer Sessions, a signed declaration of presence must be submitted along with passport documentation within 8 days of a student’s arrival in Rome. Student Life Staff will assist with this during Summer Orientation.

Students with Study Visas must see Cindy Bomben upon arrival to complete the permit to stay documentation.


Bring the basics! You’ll likely buy some clothing while here. Plan on clothes for three seasons: Summer, Fall, and Winter. November through March is cold and damp due to rainy weather. Although June, July and August are warm and humid summer months, the evenings can be cool especially May-June. Fall students should bring warm clothing to layer up during the fall because heat in the building is controlled and dictated by local law. One light and one heavy jacket will probably suffice.

Bring comfortable shoes! You’ll probably walk a great deal more than you do in the U.S. Also remember that cobblestone streets in Rome are uneven and very slippery when wet!

Be mindful of dress codes! Remember that more modest dress is required to enter churches. Women: cover shoulders and knees. Men: no sleeveless t-shirts, and pants are better than shorts.

Formal clothes: There will be a few occasions during the semester when you’ll want to sport your fancy threads, so bring a few formal options.

Telephone Communication

Long distance calls can be made from the floor phones in the JFRC residence halls with calling cards that we sell on campus for €5. Common areas in the JFRC also have wireless Internet access for Skype www.skype.com – a program for making free calls over the internet to anyone who also has Skype

The front desk at the JFRC sells international phone cards for €5 which can be used on landlines found throughout the building.

Cell phones

Semester and Full Year students receive cell phones upon arrival. It is a pre-paid plan and comes with 15 minutes of calling time. You may add more time as you go. The cost for the phones is included in the Permesso di Soggiorno.

Summer students: If you are interested in purchasing an Italian pay-as-you go phone, you can easily do so in the neighborhood near campus.  Points of purchase will be identified on neighborhood walking tours.

Prescription Drugs

If you take prescription drugs, take note of the strength of each dosage and chemical composition. European medicines are sometimes calibrated differently than medicines in the US.


Psychotherapeutic Medications

Psychotherapeutic medicine prescribed in the US may not be allowed in Italy because they are considered drugs. Students found with such medicine or with more than the daily-prescribed dosage could be asked to leave the country. To avoid this, students in need of psychotherapeutic medicine should check with their doctor if they can take certain medicine into Italy or other European countries they will visit. If the medicine is not allowed and the students cannot substitute it with one allowed in Italy, students should request that their doctor write a certificate specifying the reasons why they are taking that medicine, the dosage required for the length of their stay, and why they are traveling into the country with a certain amount. Psychotherapeutic medicine cannot be shipped to Italy.

Class Supplies

Books, Textbooks, Notebooks. All your supplies can be acquired at local neighborhood stores in Rome. You can get all your textbooks at the JFRC campus bookstore.


Students should bring USB drives for storing files; they can also be bought in Rome. Please make sure that you bring a plug/power adapter for your laptop if necessary. Voltage in Italy and Europe is 220 volts. For more info http://www.voltagevalet.com/computer.html

The JFRC Information Commons, Computer Lab, Rinaldo’s Café Bar, and all common areas outside of Residence Halls have wireless access. Students are encouraged to bring laptops with wireless cards installed to ensure Internet access.

Toiletries and Specialized Products

Toiletries: Bring travel sized items. You can easily buy larger sizes once you arrive. You can buy almost any toiletry you need in Rome, but you may want to bring some over the counter medication like ibuprofen, Tylenol, and cold medication. Cosmetics and toiletries CANNOT be shipped to you in Italy. They will be stopped at customs.

Contact lens solution: Though it is available in Italy, it is usually more expensive and products vary from the U.S. Bring an extra set of contacts or glasses and your lens prescription. If you wear glasses, bring a copy of your eye glass prescription as well.

Linens and Towels

The JFRC will provide sheets and pillows/pillow cases for your bed. There is a sheet exchange/ cleaning service on campus once a week. The JFRC does NOT provide towels. We recommend you bring at least one towel with you so that you can shower when you first arrive. Students usually then purchase another towel, if they need one, when they arrive.


The easiest way to get cash is at an ATM (Bancomat in Italian). Contact your bank before leaving to tell them you’ll be abroad and for how long. Also ask about fees incurred for international usage.

The Business office will exchange traveler’s checks but not personal checks. You can pay with cash, credit card or traveler’s checks for books and study trips at the JFRC.

**Bring about €200 with you so that you will have money when you first arrive in Rome.

Currency Rates & Exchanges

Tip: Notify your bank that you are going abroad so they don’t think your credit or debit card was stolen. You can ask them about local ATMS in your host city to see if there are any that will not charges you service fees. Also, set up online banking so you can check your balance often and transfer money from accounts online. Plan ahead and get some local currency to use the first few days you arrive to your host country. Many students bring traveler checks with them and others use local ATM’s; figure out what your best option is.

For Family

Tip: Stay in touch while you are traveling--the culture shock going abroad and returning home will not be as hard.


Tip: Check the season of your host country and what the weather will be like during your stay so you can pack accordingly!

Final Pieces of Advice


John Felice Rome Center · Sullivan Center for Student Services· 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
800.344.ROMA · rome@luc.edu

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