Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Tuesday, March 10, 2020 04:19 PM CDT

John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) Fall 2020 Semester Update

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) Fall 2020 Semester
Loyola University Chicago anticipates being able to open the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) in the fall. Students who have been accepted into this program should proceed in securing their visa requirements, travel documents, reservations on our charter, etc.

It is our expectation and belief that the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lower their travel advisory warnings for Italy over the next several weeks, thereby, enabling study abroad planning and travel to Italy for the fall semester.

As a contingency back-up plan, in the event of an unanticipated and extended Rome campus closure, JFRC students should register for Chicago fall courses by early-April 2020 in accordance with the appointed time they have during their normal registration process. If Chicago housing is required based on this change from JFRC to Chicago, space with Residence Life should be secured through the existing room selection process.

A decision on the Fall 2020 semester at JFRC will be made no later than July 15, 2020 (and likely sooner).

  • IF THE JFRC DECISION TO OPEN FOR FALL SEMESTER IS CONFIRMED: JFRC students will be provided with a course schedule and will be able to register for JFRC classes. Once registered, Chicago fall semester classes (and any residence hall contracts) will be dropped with no fees or penalties to the students. By this time, students will already have visas and the Chicago Rome office will coordinate travel details of the trip to Rome. A student’s decision to attend the JFRC will be at their complete discretion.

  • IN THE EVENT THAT THE JFRC REMAINS CLOSED: JFRC students will already be registered for fall classes in Chicago and will be able to remain here to ensure progress in their academic program. Visa application fees paid to the Consulate General of Italy will be reimbursed to the students by Loyola.

Due to the current uncertainty in Italy, and the likelihood that Loyola will not know for certain about the status of the Fall 2020 program in Rome until early summer, those students who desire an international semester abroad next fall with greater certainty should work with the Office of International Programs (OIP) this semester for placement in another program/country.

OIP will be coordinating any placements for fall mindful of the University’s international travel policies, which would prohibit a student from travelling to a program in a country with a CDC Level 3 threat.

As a reminder, at present, the coronavirus situation world-wide is changing daily and any early commitment for international study in the fall, regardless of an individual country’s current threat level, is not without risk of being cancelled. Please utilize Loyola’s coronavirus resource site for additional updates and information at LUC.edu/coronavirus


Joan Holden, APRN, ANP-BC, Director of Wellness Center
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Jane Neufeld, Vice President of Student Development
Thomas M. Kelly, Office of the President and Senior Vice President of Administrative Services