Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Pre-Departure

Auguri (Congrats)! You have been accepted to the John Felice Rome Center! Now, it is time to take action and prepare yourself for your time in Rome. Once you have been accepted to the JFRC please follow these steps:

Within two weeks of receiving notification of acceptance via e-mail, a student should submit a non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online by credit card, to confirm their "Intent to Enroll" on their student portal. Visiting students whose home institutions are guaranteeing the deposit need only to confirm their "Intent to Enroll." These distinctions will be reflected in the e-mail of acceptance. The deposit will be deducted from the students' total program cost and secures their spot in the program.

  • Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will be prompted to complete the following pre-departure documents through the online application system
    • Housing contract
    • Health Self-Evaluation Form
    • Non-EU citizens: visa appointment confirmation (upload a copy of the confirmation from the Italian Consulate).
    • Flight itinerary confirmation (semester students will have the option for a group flight from Chicago. As soon as you have purchased your flights, keeping in mind the official move-in day, upload a copy of the itinerary or group confirmation letter to your student portal). 

Thanks to generous and dedicated alumni and benefactors, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) offers various awards for students currently enrolled in accredited, baccalaureate-granting U.S. institutions who will be studying abroad at the JFRC. Please note deadlines. Learn more about application and eligibility requirements.

If you have not done so already, speak to a Financial Aid advisor and check out your financial resources.

Semester and Full Year Students (Non EU-Citizens) must acquire a study visa. It is mandatory for studying abroad. (NOTE: You do not need a study visa if you are an EU citizen)

Summer Students:  If you are an EU or USA citizen, you will not need a visa for summer study.  Students of any other nationality must check with the Italian Consulate to inquire if they need a visa and, if so, to learn how to apply for a study visa.

Semester students should purchase a flight as early as possible, independently or through the group flight option (semester students will receive e-mail notifications about a group flight from Chicago). There are no group flights offered for summer students. Be sure to book your flight with the start and end dates listed on the website in mind. 

Loyola Chicago students:

Complete the online pre-departure orientation in Sakai and you have the option to attend an in-person, pre-departure orientation on campus. Students will be e-mailed during the semester with the date and time of the orientation program(s).

Visiting students:

Obtain your University ID (UVID) and learn how to login to Loyola's online systems (LOCUS- Loyola's Online Connection to University Students, Sakai, and Outlook for e-mail). You can access the online pre-departure orientation on Sakai with your LUC e-mail address. Completing the online pre-departure orientation is essential for preparing yourself to study at the JFRC.

Please follow the directions for registering for courses through LOCUS.

Textbooks and materials needed for courses are available for purchase at an off-campus provider in Rome called the Anglo-American Bookstore. This bookstore, which also services other American universities in Rome, has all required JFRC books available for purchase. Loyola's John Felice Rome Center is listed as an option under the Universities Adoptions area at the bottom of the lefthand menu. 

Further details, including location, directions, store hours, and policies will be provided during the JFRC's on-site Fall orientation in Italy.

If you have any questions, please contact the JFRC's Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, Carla Mollica (cmollic@luc.edu).

Prepare yourself for departure. Explore the luc.edu/rome website and read through the links below before coming to Rome.

Preparing Documentation:

Make copies of the following important documents:

  • Three (3) legible copies of the data (photo) page of your passport. Be sure to include the page above with your signature.
  • Three (3) copies of the page of your passport with the visa stamp.
  • Three (3) copies of the entry stamp in your passport issued by Passport Control upon entry into Europe (these you will make at the JFRC after your arrival).
  • Three (3) copies of the official letter of enrollment (lettera d'iscrizione); this is written in Italian, imprinted with the seal, and notarized by the Italian Consulate. Two copies of the official letter are initially provided to each student to submit with the visa application (Students who apply for their visa through the Italian Consulate of Boston will receive this letter in both English and Italian and should bring copies of both). The Italian Consulate will notarize one and return it with the student's passport and visa stamp. Make photocopies of this notarized letter. Failure to bring this notarized letter may result in dismissal from the program.
  • Four (4) passport-sized photos.
  • Three (3) copies of proof of international health insurance coverage (CISI or equivalent).


In this guide you will find advice on what you will need to bring with you to Rome so that you can begin packing your bags. Remember to check with your airline to learn about bag and weight limits so you don't spend more money than you need to!

Check with your physician regarding your prescription drugs.

Contact us with any questions at rome@luc.edu