Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Loyola University Chicago Student Application

Application Deadlines

Due to the popularity of the JFRC program, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The application availability and deadlines are as follows: 


Opening Date for On-Line Applications  

Application Deadline

Spring 2020

April 1, 2019

October 15, 2019

Summer 2020

September 3, 2019

March 13, 2020

Fall 2020

September 3, 2019

March 13, 2020

Academic Year 2020-2021

September 3, 2019

March 13, 2020

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be met before an application will be considered eligible for review.  All applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by program start date
  • Have earned at least 12 semester hours of credit at LUC (transfer students who have not yet earned 12 semester hours at the time of application will be consdered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale*
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing**
  • Be in possession of a valid passport, or a receipt verifying application for a passport*** (copy or scan uploaded at time of application) 

*Applicants with a GPA that falls below the minimum requirement must submit, along with their application, a personal statement explaining: 1) why their GPA is below the minimum requirement; 2) their reasons for wanting to study abroad; and 3) how they feel they will benefit academically and personally from the JFRC program.  Preference is given to those students who show an upward trend in their GPA or whose GPA was negatively affected by one or two particularly difficult courses.  Students who apply with a GPA below the 2.75 minimum are considered on a case-by-case basis and admission is not guaranteed. 

**Once admitted, students must remain in good standing (academic and judicial) in order to participate in the program.

***While a receipt verifying application for, or renewal of, a passport may be used to issue a decision about admission to the program, a copy of the actual valid passport must later be uploaded to an accepted student's online application in order for that student to be eligible to register for classes. 


Application Process 

In order to apply, students must: 

  • Complete the online Program Application: All applications for the JFRC must be submitted on-line.  Instructions are given at the beginning of the on-line application form. 
  • Upload a copy of their passport: Students should upload a scanned copy of the basic information page of their valid and legible passport. 
    • To be valid, a passport must be signed, and the date of expiration must be at least six months after the end date of one’s international travel. Students are responsible for ensuring that their current passport is valid. If they need to renew their passport, or apply for a passport, they may upload a copy of the passport renewal receipt or application receipt in order to obtain a decision about admission. Once they have been accepted, they must still upload a copy of their renewed (or new) passport after it has been received.
    • To be legible, both the signature page and the personal data page with the photo must be completely in view on the uploaded, scanned copy. The full double-page spread must be visible.
  • Pay the $100 application fee: payment is made by credit card as the last step of the online application.
  • (if applicable) Submit a personal statement if their GPA falls below the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement:  Students must email their statement directly to rome@luc.edu or upload it to their application Status Page (visible upon submission of the application), indicating that they are submitting this personal statement as a supplement to their online application.


Following the submission of the online application: 

  • Academic Advisor's Recommendation: In completing the online application, students must provide the name and email address of their academic advisor. A form will automatically be sent to the student’s academic advisor requesting a recommendation. That advisor's recommendation will attach directly to the student's online application.  

Note: Applications are not considered complete until the academic advisor's recommendation form has been received.


Following the review of a completed application: 

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (the student has submitted the application and paid the application fee, and the academic advisor's recommendation form has been completed). Notification about admission is sent to applicants via email from Loyola University Chicago and posted to applicants' Status Page.
  • Within two weeks of receiving a notification of acceptance via email, a student must submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 online by credit card; this deposit will confirm the student's "Intent to Enroll" and secure the student's spot in the JFRC. This deposit will be deducted from the students’ total program cost. Instructions for submitting this deposit will be included in the acceptance email and on each admitted student's Status Page. Should a student fail to submit their deposit within the allotted two week time frame, they may forfeit their spot in the program. Note: If financial constraints prohibit a student from submitting this deposit, please call a JFRC Recruiter at (773) 508-3904.