What payments does my son or daughter need to make at the time of application to a study abroad at the JFRC?
All Loyola students applying to the John Felice Rome Center are required to submit a non-refundable $100 deposit. This deposit acts as a down payment on the program tuition and fees.
Visiting Students do not pay a deposit when they apply to the Rome Center.
How does billing work for Rome Center students?
Loyola will bill "Loyola students" for the tuition, room and board, health insurance, and technology fees. Bills will normally be sent out in mid August for fall program, mid December to early January for spring programs, and late May for summer programs. If you have any questions about items that appear of your child’s bill, please contact the Office of the Bursar.
For Visiting Students, most institutions bill the students through their own Bursar offices. Some will have Loyola directly bill the students completely outside of their home university. Students should talk to their study abroad and bursar offices for more information about how they will be billed
Starting in the summer of 2010, CISI international student health insurance is required for all Loyola students studying abroad. The cost is approximately $30 per a month. Students will have to enroll for the plan through the Travel Center web site http://www.luc.edu/oip/travelcenter.shtml
Visting students must provide proof of International Health Insurance. Normally the student's home institution study abroad office will provide international student health insurance and the student will submit a copy of their insurance to the JFRC. If approved by Loyola, students can use this insurance. If not approved, or if International Health insurance is not available through the home institution students must apply for CISI health insurance. For more information please check out our Health Insurance page.
What are the study abroad costs besides tuition?
Other than tuition, study abroad costs include: on-site housing, meals, mandatory international health insurance, tours, and additional fees associated with particular courses (such as field studies), roundtrip airfare, local transportation, textbooks, consular fees, personal expenses, and travel money.
Do Loyola scholarships and grants apply to the John Felice Rome Center program?
Federal, state, and Loyola aid will apply to all Loyola students studying at the JFRC.
Visting students should talk to their study abroad office to determine what aid they are able to take abroad.
To find out more about JFRC scholarship opportunities please see our scholarships page.
What happens if my son or daughter decides to withdraw from the program? Is the money refunded?
The $100 deposit Loyola students pay during the application process is non-refundable. If the students decides to withdraw and apply for a different semester, he or she will not need to pay the application fee twice.
How should my son or daughter plan to handle money prior to and at the beginning of their time abroad?
Students should have cash with them when they first arrive in Rome. Most airports have currency exchange centers or ATMs. We suggest taking around 200 euro at the beginning of the trip. It is wise for students to have enough money to cover expenses for their first week or two abroad. Students may also want to research Italy's banking customs, talk to returnees, carefully read pre-departure literature, and also contact their credit card company or bank to check on the availability, locations, and fees of ATMs in Rome.
How much spending money will my son or daughter need while abroad?
This will depend on your son or daughter’s spending and travel habits. It is a good idea to talk with your son or daughter prior to their program about establishing a travel and spending budget while abroad. We typically recommend $2,500 - $6,000 per semester. This estimate is based on expenses for food, travel on weekends and breaks, local transportation, entertainment, and personal expenses Students are encouraged to use site-specific resources to ascertain estimated expenses and to talk to former returnee JFRC students for more information. Former Rome Center students can be contacted at email@example.com.
What are the different ways students can handle or obtain money while abroad?
Here are a few examples of the ways in which students may decide to access or obtain money while abroad:
- ATM Card
- Traveler’s Checks
- Credit Cards
- Local Banks
- Western Union
Where is the easiest place to find exchange rates?
Each week the travel section in your local newspaper should have a section on current exchange rates. You also may check the following Websites, which provide currency converter applications: