Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Graduate Summer Study in Rome

Summer Session II
June 30 - July 13, 2019

Video: Graduate Students Share Rome Experience!

Video: Virtual Information Session for Summer 2019

Video: ELPS 465-Dr. Markeda Newell - Summer 2019

Video: ELPS 465-Dr. Michelle Lia - Summer 2019

Loyola University Chicago's School of Education offers summer study sessions at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center campus in Italy for graduate & undergraduate students. All School of Education courses at Loyola's Rome Center make use of the vast cultural resources of this world-class city and involve on-site instruction. In addition, activities are scheduled for students that expand interaction with Rome and with the Italian way of life.

Calendar 2018-2019

Nov 19 Student Information Session, 6pm - 7pm, Water Tower Campus, Lewis Towers, Room 1030
March 1 Applications must be received by this date, although early submission is advised
April 1 Full payment of room charge is due
May 9 Mandatory pre-departure orientation, 6pm - 8pm, Water Tower Campus, Lewis Towers, Room 1030
June 30 Check-in 8am to 4pm 
Opening orientation at the John Felice Rome Center, 5pm
July 1 Classes begin
July 11 Final Program Dinner
July 12 Classes End
July 13 Participants are expected to vacate their rooms by 8am and the Rome Center by 10am

General Information

Loyola University Chicago is distinctive in many ways, in that one of its campuses is located in a beautiful section of Rome. The full experience of Loyola’s excellent educational programs should involve spending some time studying at its campus in the Eternal City. During the Roman Empire, all roads led to Rome. Since then, Rome has served as a center for the gathering of cultural movements. Today, with its ruins and palaces, streets and museums, fountains and churches, Rome is a classroom for understanding the cultural context of the present time.

Courses Offered

For the 29th consecutive year, the School of Education offers graduate courses at Loyola University’s John Felice Rome Center on a two-week schedule. All the courses carry three hours of graduate credit and all are adapted to make use of the cultural resources of Rome so that the Eternal City itself becomes part of the classroom. The following courses are scheduled for 2019: 

  • ELPS 465: Interdisciplinary Educational Leadership: Cross Cultural Methods to Advance Justice (Dr. Michelle Lia, Dr. Markeda Newell)
  • ELPS 529: U.S. Students Abroad: Lessons from Rome in Cultural Immersion (Dr. Tavis Jules, Ms. Charity Freeman) Course Closed
    Please note: ELPS 529 is a required course for the Loyola International Higher Education (IHE) program and only open to these students.


In addition to the course work which brings students into direct contact with Rome, there are individual faculty conducted walks to areas of particular interest. The class schedule is also arranged so that students have ample time for their personal exploration of Rome. Finally, the bus pass provided to each student allows unlimited use of public transportation in Rome and makes moving around Rome easy and economical.

Aside from meals that open and close the program, meals are the responsibility of the individual student. The Rome Center has a café that is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.  In addition, all rooms are furnished with refrigerators, and grocery stores are within walking distance of the Rome Center (Note that the Rome Center does not provide cooking facilities). Rome also has excellent restaurants that are moderately priced. In general, a reasonable breakfast and or lunch can be purchased for 6-8 Euros ($7.50-$10 USD) and dinner for 15-20 Euros ($18.50-$25 USD).

Located on Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome, Loyola’s Rome Center is only 20 minutes by bus from the heart of Rome.  The Center’s residence hall, classrooms, cafe, and garden courtyard are situated in one of Rome’s most attractive residential areas. Students have access to computer facilities, the library and exercise facilities. Towels and linens are supplied.  Rinaldo’s Café is open for breakfast, and lunch, or you may visit any of Rome’s many excellent restaurants. Each room is furnished with a refrigerator and sink. Showers and toilets are located down the hall. Laundry facilities are available at the Rome Center along with irons and ironing boards.

Participants in this program are asked to make their own travel arrangements to and from Rome. **Please do not make plane reservations until you have been notified that your class has sufficient enrollment.** All participants are expected to arrive at the Rome Center on Sunday, June 30, 2019 and check-in is from 8am to 4pm.  The opening orientation is scheduled for 5pm. Participants are expected to arrange their travel to be present accordingly.

The usual tuition for a three-hour graduate course in the summer session applies: $2,847. The cost of textbooks will vary according to the course selected; see course descriptions for details. After registering for a course, students will be billed by the Office of the Bursar for tuition and the $300 Loyola Study Abroad Fee.

The operation of this international study program involves expenses that are not normally associated with other courses taken on the Chicago campuses of Loyola University. In addition, services are provided to both facilitate the work of the course and to enhance the stay in Rome. These services include: 

  • Box lunch and welcome bag at the Rome Center on the day of arrival
  • Pass for unlimited travel on buses and subways in Rome during entirety of stay
  • The use of the internet at the Rome Center
  • July 3rd early evening aperitivo
  • Entrance fees to multiple historic sites such as the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel, Jewish Ghetto Museum, and the Pantheon
  • Final dinner

To cover these services and administrative expenses the following fees are assessed: $400 School of Education Program Fee/Registration Fee and $300 Loyola Study Abroad Fee. The School of Education Program Fee/Registration Fee is collected when the student reserves a spot in the program. Note that this fee is non-refundable. The Study Abroad Fee will be billed by the Bursar to students once a course has sufficient enrollment, and at the same time tuition.

The charge for accommodations at the Rome Center for the duration of the program (13 nights at $55 per night per person) is $715 per person for a shared double room or $1,430 for a single room (subject to availability). An opportunity to select roommates for those in double rooms will occur prior to departure. **All enrolled students are REQUIRED to stay on premise at the Rome Center.** Room fees must be paid in full by April 1, 2019 and will be fully refunded should students withdraw from the program prior to that date. Refunds of room fees will not be made for students who withdraw after that date.

All students are required to purchase CISI Health Insurance through Loyola University Chicago. To apply, please access Loyola’s Global Travel Center webpage, scroll down to the “Enroll in CISI Now” section, and follow the instructions on the application process. The cost is approximately $50 since you will be in Rome for less than 30 days. When you apply and enter in your dates the exact amount will be calculated for you.

Should you have any questions about the health insurance application process, please contact Annie Reagan: intltravel@luc.edu or (773) 508-2076 and let her know that you are participating in the School of Education Graduate Rome Courses. Note that all students must provide proof of insurance upon arrival at the Rome Center to check into their rooms. 

Students who are North American (i.e., USA, Canada, Mexico) or European Union citizens are not required to secure student visas for participation in the two-week courses. Students who are not North American or E.U. citizens must contact the Office of the Italian Consulate to ascertain whether they will need a student visa. Please contact the Office of International Programs at (773) 508-6081 for any questions you may have regarding student visas.

All students will need a valid passport to exit the United States. To apply or renew your passport.  This process can take several weeks or months so begin the process as soon as possible. Note that your passport should be valid for at least (6) months beyond the period of stay for travel to Italy. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. If possible, you should renew your passport approximately (9) months before it expires.

Classes meet daily Monday through Friday over a two-week period beginning July 1 – July 12, 2019. Students may use the middle weekend of July 5th through July 7th for personal travel. The weekend for all students begins at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 5th and students are REQUIRED to return to the JFRC by 10pm Sunday, July 7th.

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