Frequently Asked Questions
All Things Rome Center
In January 1962, John Felice brought the first class of students to Rome through Loyola University Chicago. In December 2004, Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., rededicated the center to its founder, John Felice. Learn more about John Felice click here.
Each semester the JFRC is home to over 200 students.
Each summer session includes 80 - 100 students.
Yes! The John Felice Rome Center is a campus of Loyola University Chicago. For visiting students, your transcripts will come from Loyola Chicago making it easier for you to transfer credits.
As a leader in international, cross-cultural learning, the John Felice Rome Center serves students seeking to become global citizens through an expansive curriculum that fully incorporates Rome, Italy, and Europe into the classroom.
As part of Loyola University Chicago, the JFRC continues the Jesuit Catholic tradition of excellence in education and recognizes extraordinary lives by looking for evidence of the following characteristics:
- Commitment to excellence
- Faith in God and the religious experience
- Values-based leadership
- Service that promotes justice
To learn more about the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola click here
The local phone # is 06.355.881. If dialing from the U.S. dial - 011.39.06.355.881
We do not recommend sending large packages, technological or pharmaceutical products (e.g., computers, cameras, memory cards, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lens solution) shipped to you in Rome. You will be required to pay a hefty tax on them once they arrive in Italy and may even have to go claim them in person at the airport customs.
The campus which has served as the home of the JFRC for the past 40 years is located in the Balduina District of Monte Mario. This affluent Italian neighborhood has become a part of the JFRC community and experience. Students will find residences, parks, elementary schools, soccer fields, open air markets, cafes, restaurants, super markets, and pharmacies in the neighborhood. To learn more about the area Click Here.
Our American-style campus will provide many of the same services as your home institution. Please review our Campus Information section for more details.
Students must be enrolled in a U.S. university or college, completed 12 semester hours (students can be accepted with 12 credit hours but must complete 24 prior to their departure for Rome), hold a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and be in good academic and judicial standing.
Please see our Scholarships page for information on how to apply. All semester students can apply for scholarships during the application period.
Our JFRC representatives visit campuses across the U.S. Contact a representative to see if they are visiting your school here.
Yes. An internship is a great way to take full advantage of your time in Rome, to hone your Italian language skills, and to see the global business world as an insider. For more information click here.
Life in Rome
A pre-departure orientation session is held on Loyola-Chicago's Lake Shore Campus during the semester prior to a student's planned attendance at the Rome campus. It is mandatory for ALL Loyola University Chicago Students! Visiting students will have a mandatory interactive pre-departure orientation learning module to complete online.
Upon arrival in Rome for the semester, all students will participate in an orientation on and off campus. The excursion offers an opportunity for the community of students to prepare for the busy semester to come, while getting to know one another. For more information on the orientation, please view the schedule.
Students who study at the Rome Center for the summer program have a one-day orientation on the weekend prior to the start of classes.
All students must purchase and provide proof of International Health Insurance. Please see our health insurance requirements for Loyola Students and Visiting Students.
Students may not move into their rooms on campus until the specified group arrival date each semester. If students are traveling independently and arrive in Rome earlier than the official move-in date, they must themselves arrange their own accommodations elsewhere until they are allowed on campus. Please check out this recommended list of hotels and hostels within walking distance of the Rome Center.