Loyola University Chicago

Ricci Scholars

Ricci Scholars

The Ricci Scholars Study Abroad Program offers funding to highly qualified students to spend their junior year studying and conducting cross-cultural research at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center and a destination in Asia. Students prepare their research proposals and apply for this unique scholarship as sophomores, conduct field research with their seminar professors and travel as juniors, and complete their projects as seniors.

Launched in the Fall of 2007, the Ricci scholarship program is supported through a generous gift from a donor to Loyola. Each scholarship covers round-trip travel, language tutorials, program seminars, research expenses, and study travel.

The Ricci program allows students to engage in two cultures within the span of nine months—Western European and East Asian cultures —and challenges them to integrate these experiences when they come back to the United States. This cultural immersion brings together the cultures of East and West in an educational context that reflects the complexities and opportunities of the 21st century.

Ricci candidates of 22/23 and 23/24 cohorts are spending their Fall semester at JFRC, Rome, taking UNIV 301 Ricci seminar. In the Spring semester, they take UNIV 302 Ricci seminar online. During Spring Break, the 22/23 cohort travels to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for an intensive academic and cultural immersion trip.

Welcome from a Ricci alumna!