Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Visiting Student Application

The John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) welcomes applications from qualified students enrolled in an accredited, baccalaureate-granting college or university in the United States. Participating students from schools other than Loyola University Chicago are admitted to the JFRC as "partner" students. Partner students should check with their home institution's study abroad office prior to submitting the JFRC application as many institutions have their own policies and procedures in place for studying abroad.

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the popularity of the JFRC program, partner university students are encouraged to apply as early as their home institution will allow.

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, 2023

*please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted until we reach capacity for a given term or the Application Deadline, 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 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. Students should also alert their study abroad advisor/coordinator at their home institution that they are applying for the program.
  • Upload a copy of their passport: Students should upload a legible copy of the basic information 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.
    • A passport must be signed, and show an expiration date that is at least six months after the end date of the program term. 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 an admission decision. Students must still upload a copy of their renewed (or new) passport after they have received it.
  • Submit a personal statement if their GPA falls below the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement. Students can either email their statement to rome@luc.edu, or upload the personal statement to their online Status Page after submitting their application. A JFRC recruiter will confirm receipt of your personal statement and contact you about next steps.

Following the submission of the online application:

  • Study Abroad / Academic / Judicial Life Recommendation. Students will provide the name and email address of a study abroad advisor with their application; that advisor will automatically be sent a form requesting their recommendation. The study abroad advisor/coordinator will be asked to address students' academic and behavioral readiness for study abroad, as well as their academic and conduct history at their home institution.
  • Official Transcript: Students should send transcripts from their home institution, and any other colleges or universities they attended previously, to the following address:

Loyola University Chicago
John Felice Rome Center
1032 West Sheridan Road
Sullivan Center 206
Chicago, IL 60660

*Note: Applicants sending electronic transcripts should address them to rome@luc.edu

Applications are not considered complete until both the recommendation form and the official transcript have been received, but they may be reviewed and a tentative decision issued prior to receipt of the transcript. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure a transcript is sent to the John Felice Rome Center.

Upon submitting their application, students' application page will automatically redirect them to their Status Page. The Status Page will be updated with an application decision as soon as one is available. Students can also use their Status Page to share documents with, and receive updates from, JFRC staff until departure for Rome.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are completed (when both the student's application and the advisor's recommendtion letter are submitted). Admissions decisions are sent to applicants via e-mail from Loyola University Chicago.


Within two weeks of receiving notification of acceptance via email, partner students must confirm their Intent to Enroll. Depending on the student's home university, this may require a nonrefundable $500.00 deposit towards the student's JFRC tuition. Partner students should consult with their home university's Study Abroad office to determine whether their university will guarantee students' admission deposits.


Instructions for submitting this Intent to Enroll, whether with or without a financial deposit, will be on each student's Status Page. Should a student fail to submit their Intent to Enroll within the allotted two-week time frame, they may forfeit their spot in the program.