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.

Classes are in session Monday-Thursday, allowing students three-day weekends to traverse Rome, Italy, and Europe. 

Loyola 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.

Below you'll find more information on:


CALENDAR for Summer 2018   6 Week Session 8 Week InternshipDay
Due at JFRC May 19 May 19 Saturday
Orientation Excursion
May 20 May 20 Sunday
Classes Begin May 21 May 21 Monday
Program Ends June 28 July 13 Thursday / Friday
Departure June 29 July 14 Friday / Saturday

A unique feature of the JFRC Summer Program is the Fusion Experience.  These integrated learning experiences will be offered:

Students selecting either of these Fusion Experiences will spend two-to-three weeks at the JFRC campus, then travel either to Sicily or the Abruzzo region for two-to-three weeks.  Students will be required to enroll in both classes associated with an experience. There will be no additional cost for either 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, providing a comparative perspective.

A new Summer Internship Option begins in Summer 2018! 

  • 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 eight weeks rather than six
    • May 21 through July 14, 2018
  • 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 2018 Course Offerings Click onto the title of a course to view the syllabus for that course when it becomes available (syllabi for summer 2018 classes will be available in January 2018). 

Program Fees

The basic program fee for summer abroad at the JFRC covers tuition (entitling enrollment in six semester hours), 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 day 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.


Any 6-week Summer Option  
Tuition (6 s.h.) $3,600
Housing (41 nights) $1,950
Technology Fee     $34
CISI (international health insurance)   $150
SAFEY App     $35
Activities, Meals, Single-Day Excursions $1,680
8-week Internship  
Tuition (6 s.h.) $3,600
Housing (56 nights) $2,475
Technology Fee     $34
CISI (international health insurance)   $150
SAFEY App     $35
Activities, Meals, Single-Day Excursions $1,550

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, 2018.  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 2018 summer program are expected to arrive at the JFRC between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 19th.

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 [six (6) semester hours] from the scheduled offerings for each option. Courses may be subject to cancellation if enrollment is low. 

Application Process

The online application for Summer 2018 is now open! The deadline for summer JFRC applications is March 16, 2018, though registration for summer starts on February 12, 2018.  Decisions about admission are sent via e-mail.

When applying for Summer 2018, pay close attention to the option you want. ALL OPTIONS ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE, so you may apply for only one of the options offered. Below are the options you will see when completing the application.

Summer at the JFRC 

Rome, Italy - Summer (6-weeks)

Rome, Italy - Summer Fusion: Archaeology & Classical History (6 weeks)

Rome, Italy - Summer Fusion: Food, Wine & Photography (6-weeks)

Rome, Italy - Summer Internship (8 weeks)


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