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 "visiting" students.  Visiting students should check with their home institution's study abroad office prior to submitting the JFRC on-line application as many institutions have their own policies and procedures in place for studying abroad. 

Application Deadlines

Completed applications are reviewed regularly.  Due to the popularity of the JFRC program, visiting students are encouraged to apply as early as their home institution will allow.  

The application availability and deadlines are as follows: 


Opening Date for On-Line Applications  

Application Deadline

Summer 2019

September 7, 2018

March 15, 2019

Fall 2019

September 7, 2018

March 15, 2019

Academic Year 2019-2020

September 7, 2018

March 15, 2019

Spring 2020

April 1, 2019

October 15, 2019


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 (or 18 quarter hours) of college credit
  • 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 uploaded at time of application)
  • Have approval from their home institution to study abroad at the JFRC

*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 have 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 for a decision about admission, 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 enroll in classes at the JFRC.


Application Process

 In order to apply, students must: 

  • Complete the on-line Program Application: All applications for the JFRC must be submitted on-line.  Instructions are given at the beginning of the on-line application form. Students should also alert their study abroad advisor/coordinator at their home institution that they are applying for the program. 
    • If you started an application prior to February 13th, 2019, please click here to complete your application.
  • 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 show a date of expiration that is 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 an admission decision.  Once they have been accepted, they must still upload a copy of their renewed (or new) passport after they have received it.
    • 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.
  • 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, indicating that they are submitting this personal statement as a supplement to their online application.


Following the submission of the online application: 

  • Study Abroad / Academic / Judicial Life Recommendation. Once students have submitted an on-line application, an e-mail will automatically be sent to the study abroad advisor/coordinator at the home institution requesting his / her recommendation. He or she will upload the recommendation to the student's online application via a unique link provided to the advisor. 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: Applications are not completed 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.


Following the review of a completed application: 

  • Applications are reviewed once ready (i.e., the study abroad advisor/coordinator recommendation has been uploaded).  Notification about admission is sent to applicants via e-mail from Loyola University Chicago’s Office for International Programs (OIP).The student is responsible for insuring that an official transcript is sent from the home institution to complete his or her application.
  • Within two weeks of receiving notification of acceptance via email, a student must submit a non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online by credit card, to confirm his or her "Intent to Enroll." Students whose home institutions are guaranteeing the deposit need only confirm their "Intent to Enroll." These distinctions will be reflected in the email of acceptance. This deposit will be deducted from the students’ total program cost and secures their spot in the program.  Instructions for submitting this deposit will be included in the acceptance email.  Should a student fail to submit the intent to enroll and. when applicable, the non-refundable deposit within the allotted two week time frame, (s)he will forfeit his or her spot in the program. Note: If financial constraints prohibit a student from submitting this deposit, she/he should call the JFRC Chicago Office to discuss options.