Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Study Trips

How to register for a Study Trip

The John Felice Rome Center offers educational travel excursions each semester and during summer sessions. Trips vary in length, ranging from one day to as many as ten days. Each excursion is accompanied by a faculty and/ or staff member with expertise in the area of sites visited. The itineraries are prepared with both academic and cultural interests in mind.

  • Sign-up for all study trips will take place in Rome during orientation at the JFRC.

  • Due to limited space, trips will be decided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can sign up for Study Trips during orientation. At that time, students may sign up for ONE study trip. Depending on availability, students may be given the opportunity to sign up for additional trips at a later time. More details on how to register for the Study Trips will be provided during orientation in Rome.

  • Students pay for all Study Trips in the JFRC Business Office. Credit cards are accepted. 

  • Please note: fall semester Study Trips will differ from the spring Study Trip offerings.

Spring 2018 Study Trips

Castel Gandolfo

3 February, 2018

Castel Gandolfo is the home of the Papal summer residence and the Vatican observatory. Many American Jesuits reside here and will give students a tour of the quaint town and the Apostolic Palazzo. Castel Gandolfo is only a short distance away from Rome and is located on the beautiful Lago Albano. The palazzo and observatory are situated on a hill overlooking the lake and are surrounded by beautiful gardens that cannot be missed!

Estimated Cost: €50 Includes transportation, group lunch, and tour. (MAX of 25 students)



16-18 February, 2018


This idea of being in search of life is foreign to many. As a university community, people become accustomed to going through their daily lives. Despite moving to a different country, students live in a privileged state in which they are able to choose their homes. Students sometimes fail to recognize that their expectations reflect their comforts. Students will have sobering, first-hand access to the refugee experience in Malta, while also taking in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands. “The Most Humble City of Valletta,” as its capital is formally known, boasts baroque palaces, gardens, and churches, earning the nickname “Superbissima,” meaning, “most proud”. Throughout the weekend, students will gain insight into the refugee influx by visiting Jesuit Refugee Services sites, meeting UNHCR representatives, and sharing in the daily lives of Valletta’s refugees, while also getting time to explore the beautiful city.‌

Estimated Cost: €400



23-25 February, 2018‌

Starting in Palermo, this trip leads students to the cathedral and cloister of Monreale, the ruins of Selinunte and to the beautiful seaside down of Agrigento. Led by Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Sander Evers, students have the opportunity to learn all about the Valley of the Temples and the mosaics of Villa Romana. The in the evenings students unwind with unforgettable dinners in the picturesque town of Taormina. Students will learn about the ancient Greco-Roman theatre and view the majestic Mt. Etna. Sicily captures the hearts of all students, with its beautiful and varied geography, amazing food, and magic.

Estimated Cost: €300 Includes transportation once in Sicily, lodging, meals, entrance fees and tour services. Does not include transportation to and from Sicily. (MAX of 40 students)


Northern Greece

2-11 March, 2018 Spring Break Trip

Students follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, taste Greek wine, and trek Byzantine walls with sweeping views of the sea. Led by Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Sander Evers, and local tour guide, Dr. Ioanna Kopsiafti, students hike Mt. Olympus to visit the gods, enjoy incredible food, stay in amazing hotels and visit places that are off the beaten path. This trip holds every element of travel: seeing new cities, tasting unique dishes, hearing different languages, mingling with locals, and indulging in transformative pieces of history. S’agapó polí polí! 

Estimated Cost: €1300 Includes all transportation (flight and ground transport), lodging accommodations, entrance fees, meals and tour services. (MAX of 54 students)


The Balkans

2 - 8 March, 2018 Spring Break Trip


The past century in the Balkans has been characterized by both conflict and growth. This trip focuses on the Bosnian & Serbian war following the split of Yugoslavia. Time during this trip is spent between Serbia and Bosnia, visiting the capitals and smaller towns throughout each country. Joined by local guides from both Belgrade and Sarajevo, students are given two diverse local perspectives. This is not an average Spring Break. This trip gives students the opportunity to visit and learn about two countries with intense and deep history. Bosnia and Serbia are hidden gems amidst countries that are saturated by tourists. 

Estimated Cost: €750 Includes one-way flight, transportation throughout the trip, most meals, tours and guides, & lodging. (MAX of 17 students)


Italian Invasion and Roman Resistance in World War II

17 & 18 March, 2018


Learn about the role of Rome and Italy in World War II history from two distinguished JFRC alumni – historian Phil O’Connor, PhD, and former West Point instructor Jim Centner. Students will visit several historically significant World War II sites in Italy. These two day-long trips include visits to Anzio and Nettuno, and areas of Rome not seen by the average tourist. During the visits to Anzio and Nettuno, students will see the US Military Cemetery and understand what young American men and women did during the Italian invasion. In Rome, students will hear about the Roman resistance, visiting the site of an attack against Nazis at Via Rasella. Other visits include the former Gestapo Headquarters and the Fosse Ardeatine – caves just outside the city where 335 Roman civilians were executed by the Nazis as a reprisal for the Partisan attacks on Via Rasella. During both days, outstanding meals will provide an opportunity to discuss what was seen and a chance to get to know Phil and Jim, the two very generous sponsors and leaders of the trips. Click here to read the 12th Edition WWII Guide by Phil O'Connor

Estimated Cost: €25 per day Includes all transportation, lunch, entrance fees and tour services. (MAX of 47 students)


Assisi Pilgrimage 

7 April, 2018

Once a semester, the JFRC community loads onto a bus, and heads up to Assisi for a day of prayer, reflection, and a look into the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. The pilgrimage takes students through the Basilica of St. Francis, where they are given an opportunity to visit and pray at his grave. From there, they have the opportunity to visit the San Damiano Cross, and visit St. Clare’s childhood home. The pilgrimage ends at Santa Maria Degli Angeli, which houses the Porziuncola, the humble chapel that marks the beginning of the Franciscan order. The night concludes with a delicious dinner at a local agriturismo, where the community is able to celebrate the day. Throughout the day, the community prays the Divine Office. 

Estimated Cost: €40 Includes transportation, guided tour of the Basilica of St. Francis, and a four course dinner. (MAX of 50 students)

*Prices are subject to change. If the minimum number of students is not reached for a trip, the JFRC reserves the right to cancel the trip.

Financial Assistance

  • Students in need of financial assistance in order to participate in certain group travel opportunities may be invited by the Dean for Rome Student Life to apply for a Forza Roma scholarship, funds generously contributed for this purpose by JFRC Alumni. Students may contact Dr. Michael Beazley, Dean for Rome Student Life, for details: mbeazl1@luc.edu