Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


January Term Faculty Led Program in Rome and Malta










Program Description

This eleven-day program immerses students directly into the issues facing international refugees that seek asylum in Rome and the Mediterranean island country of Malta. The course begins with 4 days in Rome, where students will meet with the Jesuit Refugee Service staff, visit men’s and women’s shelters, soup kitchens, and offices dedicated to refugee aid. Students will then travel to Malta for 6 days of intensive site visits including the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, the General Workers Union, and various NGO’s committed to assisting refugees with legal council, integration into European culture, and work assistance.  While in Malta, students will also have the opportunity to directly help refugees by teaching English during the program.  This course also includes visits to major sites in Rome, including a New Years Day papal mass at the Vatican, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, as well as visits to Malta’s archaeological sights in Valletta (home of the Knights of Malta), the ‘Silent City’ of Mdina, and other historical sights and museums.

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Dr. Edward Zammit is a professor of Industrial Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Malta. He received his Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Literature at Oxford University, as well as his Bachelor's degree at Loyola University Chicago.  He knew the namesake of the Rome Center, Mr. John Felice.  

Currently he serves as Chairman of the Employment Relations Board, Board Member of the Malta Statistics Authority and the Foundation of Human Resource Development. Formerly he was also Chairman of the Cooperatives’ Board and Deputy Chairman of the Employment and Training Corporation. He is member of the International Industrial Relations Association, the International Sociological Association and the International Institute of Sociology. He has collaborated on a number of research projects under the auspices of the European Trade Union Institute, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, and the European Commission - particularly on social dialogue. He has issued a number of academic publications on various aspects of work, labour relations and social dialogue with particular reference to Malta.



Students participating in this course will receive 3 credit hours.  This course fulfills the following academic requirements:

  • Rome Studies 390 Elective
  • Engaged Learning CORE requirement
  • 300-Level International Studies Elective
  • 300-Level Peace Studies Elective
  • 300-Level Catholic Studies Elective
  • 300-Level Social Work Elective
  • General Elective 


Housing & Meals

During this traveling course students will stay in shared apartments at the Residence Medaglie D’oro in Rome and shared rooms at the University of Malta Residence.  Most meals are included. 



December 30 - January 11, 2014


Important Dates:

 11/1      Application Deadline

TBD      Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation

12/30    Students Arrive in Rome—Program Start

 1/3       Students Arrive in Malta

1/10      Students Depart Malta—Program End

1/11      Students Depart Rome


Program Costs


  • Most meals
  • All accommodations
  • Flight between Rome and Malta
  • Local transport in Rome and Malta


  • 3 Credit hours of Loyola January term tuition
  • Lectures from local experts
  • All academic excursions and program activities


TOTAL COST: $3,520

Not Included: $100 OIP non-refundable application fee, airfare, personal spending money, other meals, optional baggage and travel insurance, and incidental expenses.  All students will be required to purchase the Loyola CISI international health insurance separately(approximately $20).


Application Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 1, 2013

Space is limited—apply today!

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact Lauren Miranda in the Office for International Programs at lmiranda@luc.edu or 773-508-2551; Jessica Ciraldo jciraldo@luc.edu or Bianca Davis,  bdavis7@luc.edu or 773-508-3899