Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Loyola University Chicago Student Application

As Loyola University Chicago's campus in Rome, the John Felice Rome Center has been a uniquely integral part of the Loyola community since its founding in 1962. The JFRC welcomes students to apply to spend a summer, semester, or entire academic year, and is committed to providing academic opportunity and a global experience to all interested undergraduate students.

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 Applications  

Application Deadline*

Spring 2023

April 2022

October 1, 2022

Summer, Fall, and Academic Year Beginning in Fall 2023

September 2022

March 10, 2022

*note that all admission to the JFRC is decided on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted until the deadline or until capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

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 at their home institution**
  • 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
  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. Taking a semester off immediately prior to studying abroad will render a student ineligible 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.

In order to apply, students must:

  • Complete the online Program Application. 
    • Pay the $200 OIP application fee. Payment is made by credit card as the last step of the online application.
  • Upload a copy of their passport. Students should upload a scan of the basic information/photo page and signature page of their passport. These are facing pages in US Passports, and may be the same page in passports issued by other countries.
    • To be valid, a passport must be signed by the bearer. The passport must also be valid through at least six months after the end date of the term of application. Students who need to renew their passport or apply for a new passport may upload a copy of the passport renewal or application receipt in order to obtain an admission decision. Once accepted, those students must upload a copy of their renewed (or new) passport once it has been received.
  • Obtain your Academic Advisor's recommendation. In completing the online application, students will provide the name and email address of their academic advisor. A form will be sent to the student's academic advisor requesting a recommendation, which the advisor will submit directly to the student's online application.
    • Submitted applications are not considered complete until the academic advisor's recommendation form has been received.
  • (if applicable) Submit a personal statement. Any student whose GPA falls below the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement must email an appeal 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 review of a completed application:

Within two weeks of receiving a notification of acceptance via email, a student must submit a non-refundable deposit of $500.00* online by card; this deposit will confirm the student's "Intent to Enroll" and secure the student's spot in the JFRC. 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.

*This deposit will be deducted from the student's total program cost, and will be reflected in LOCUS.