Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Summer Abroad Programs- Rome

Why not get the most out of your summer study? Explore Europe while taking classes unique to the JFRC experience. Because the JFRC summer program condenses the best elements of the semester program into a shorter time frame, it's perfect for students who have commitments preventing them from studying abroad during the school year.

During Summer Session I, a five-week program will offer classes meeting Monday-Thursday, allowing students three-day weekends to travel throughout Rome, Italy, and Europe. 

During Summer Session II, the JFRC is continuing its popular options fusing classes on-campus with classes on-the-road. Loyola's Fusion Experiences enable students to begin their study on the JFRC campus in Rome, and then to intensify that study through travel to another region of Italy, all while earning credit.  Three fusion experiences will be available in Summer 2019.

Below you'll find more information on:


Summer 2019  Session I (5 weeks)Internship (9 weeks) Session II (3-week fusion experience)Day
Due at JFRC May 17 May 17 June 28 Friday
May 17-19 May 17-19 June 28-30 Friday - Sunday
Classes Begin May 20 May 20 July 1 Monday
Final Exams June 19-20 July 19 July 19 last day of class
Departure June 21 July 20 July 20 Friday / Saturday

A unique feature of the JFRC Summer Program is the Fusion Experience.  Three integrated learning experiences will be offered during Summer Session II:

Students selecting a Fusion Experience during Summer Session II will start and end at the JFRC campus, but travel to Malta, Sicily, or the Abruzzo region for two weeks.  Students are required to enroll in both classes that constitute a fusion experience.

Benefits of a Fusion Experience:

  • These experiences fuse content from two different subject areas.  The two classes connected to each experience have been intentionally selected so that the courses complement each other.
  • These experiences fuse theory with practice, as students will be applying what is learned in the classroom to out of the classroom, hands-on experiences.
  • These experiences fuse two different regions of Italy into one experience, e.g., Rome/Lazio with Abruzzo OR Rome/Lazio with Sicily OR Rome/Lazio with the island of Malta, providing a comparative perspective.

 Our Summer Internship Option continues! 

  • Students will enroll for two required courses
    • RoSt 370 International Internship: Focus on Rome
    • Ital 300   Applied Italian for the Workplace
  • Program will last for nine weeks 
    • May 17 through July 20, 2019
  • Students work Monday through Thursday at their placement and meet in the evening two days a week for class.

Designed to balance an engaging experience in an Italian worksite with basic business language skills, this internship is an opportunity to gain a meaningful global working experience. 

Course Offerings

See Summer 2019 Course Offerings Click onto the title of a course to view the syllabus for that course when it becomes available (syllabi for summer 2019 classes will be available in January 2019). 

Program Fees

The basic program fee for summer abroad at the JFRC covers tuition (entitling enrollment in six semester hours each session except for the internship, which requires enrollment in six hours over both sessions), room, partial board (lunch [except for students in the Internship] Monday through Thursday, and / or a declining euro card to cover breakfast, snacks, or dinner in Rinaldo's Cafe), activities' fees, select additional course fees, and three distinct single-day trips: the initial orientation excursion as well as two trips from these possibilities: a trip to Pompeii, a trip to Assisi, a trip to Herculaneum, or a trip to Orvieto.

A mandatory charge for CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International), the student international health insurance plan, will also be billed on a student's LOCUS account to cover the entire JFRC summer.

Roundtrip airfare (USA-Rome-USA) is not included in the program fee and is the personal responsibility of the student. Optional week-end trips are also not included but will be available at a student's own expense.


Tuition for JFRC Summer Classes (per credit hour)  $650
Total Program Cost for  
Session I only (5 weeks - includes tuition for 6 credit hours)  $7,300
Session II only (3-week fusion experience - includes tuition for 6 credit hours)  $6,600
Session I (5 weeks) + Session II (3-week fusion experience - includes tuition for 12 credit hours)
Session I + II (9-week internship - includes tuition for 6 credit hours)  $8,260

Summer Session Scholarships

All scholarships are need-based; need will be determined based on a student's current academic year's financial need assessment.  Opening date for applications is January 15, 2019.  Information can be found on the JFRC website here

Included in the Cost


  • Day-long trips will be offered to nearby towns in central Italy; options include Assisi, Herculaneum, Tivoli, and Orvieto

These Day Trips will be led by the Student Life Staff at the JFRC. The cost for each of these trips is included in the student fees. 


Date TBD

Located in the Campania region and in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Italian Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic lava along with Pompeii, Stabiae, and Oplontis in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius beginning on August 24, AD 79.  Herculaneum was a smaller town with a wealthier population than Pompeii at the time of the destruction.

Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch is included.

8:00 AM departure and return to the JFRC by 6:00 PM


Date TBD

This day-long trip will transport students to the mediaeval town of Assisi, a three-hour drive northeast of Rome, situated in the center of the Umbria region, extremely rich in historical and cultural interests, and the birthplace of Saint Francis.

Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch in included.

7:30 AM departure and return to the JFRC by 7:00 PM

Villa d'Este & Tivoli 

Date TBD

Villa d'Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage site list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque stiles. The garden is generally considered with in the larger -and altogether extraordinary- context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art, and history which waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water -including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city- evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves. 

8:00 am departure and return to the JFRC by 6 PM


Date TBD

This day trip will bring students to a unique town situated in the center of Italy on the borders between the region of Umbria, to which it belongs, Tuscany and Latium. Built on top of a steep cliff of tufo stone, it has always been a majestic and fascinating city.  Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch is included.

7:30 am departure and return to the JFRC by 6 PM 

Optional weekend study trip (tentative)

Dates TBD:   The “other” Tuscany – La Maremma Toscana and Isola del Giglio

Students will have the opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of southern Tuscany and its beautiful coast. Charming mediaeval towns, a visit to the island of Giglio with its turquoise beaches and soaking in the thermal springs of Saturnia are some highlights of this trip, all accompanied by the delicious food and wine unique to this area.  

Approximate Cost: €380*

*Price is approximate and subject to change. Minimum number of participants needed for this paid trip to go.  Students must sign up and pay in the JFRC Business Office. Spots are limited, open on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Things to Consider

Please be aware that, when making your flight reservations, participants in the JFRC 2019 summer program are expected to arrive at the JFRC between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Friday, May 17th.

There are no school-sponsored student group flights during the summer; all students must book their own round-trip tickets and get themselves to the JFRC campus. Confirmed students should book their flights as early as possible, taking note of the date they are due on campus and the date they must leave.  Booking to arrive a day or two early is not advisable, as there is a specific move-in date, and students will not be able to move-in earlier than the specified date. 

Students will reside in double rooms on campus while enrolled in the program. Administrative and student life support will be provided by JFRC staff.

Students must enroll in two courses during each session (the internship excepted). The courses are indicated below for Session II and must be taken as a pair; students may choose their own two courses for Session I. Courses may be subject to cancellation if enrollment is low. Please note: if you plan to enroll for the Session II fusion experience Theo 279 / RoSt 382, do not enroll for Theo 279 during Session I if you are doing both sessions; you cannot earn credit twice for the same class.

Application Process

The online application for Summer 2019 opens soon! The deadline for summer JFRC applications is March 15, 2019, though registration for summer starts on February 11, 2019.  Decisions about admission are sent via e-mail.

When applying for Summer 2019, pay close attention to the option you want; there are eight different options! You will have these choices when completing the application; please select only one. 

Summer at the JFRC 

Session I:

  • Rome, Italy - Session I (5-weeks)

Session II:

  • Rome, Italy - Session II (3 wk fusion experience): ClSt 334R / ClSt 276 Archaeology: Digging up the Past (Sicily) 
  • Rome, Italy - Session II (3 wk fusion experience): Litr 268R / FnAr 115 Comparative Italian Cultures through Food, Wine and Photography (Abruzzo)
  • Rome, Italy - Session II (3 wk fusion experience): Theo 279 / RoSt 382 Humans on the Move: Migration, Justice and Identity (Malta)

Session I + Session II:

  • Rome, Italy - Session I + Session II: RoSt 370 / Ital 300 Summer Internship (9 weeks)
  • Rome, Italy - Session I (5 wks) + Session II (3 wk fusion experience): ClSt 334R / ClSt 276 Archaeology: Digging up the Past (Sicily)
  • Rome, Italy - Session I (5 wks) + Session II (3 wk fusion experience): Litr 268R / FnAr 115 Comparative Italian Culture through Food, Wine and Photography (Abruzzo)
  • Rome, Italy - Session I (5 wks) + Session II (3 wk fusion experience): Theo 279 /RoSt 382 Humans on the Move: Migration, Justice, and Identity (Malta)

Apply Now  for the John Felice Rome Center summer abroad programs.