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ITALY - John Felice Rome Center

The John Felice Rome Center in Italy offers an American undergraduate college experience in the heart of Western Europe.

Students choose from more than 40 academic courses each semester and live together to form a tight-knit community in one of Europe’s largest and most captivating capital cities with considerable cultural and religious importance for more than 2,000 years.

Because the Rome Center is an actual campus and academic center of Loyola University Chicago, it is fully accredited and credits earned are easily transferable to other American universities.

Drawing from the best in European culture, JFRC courses take full advantage of the sights, sounds, and locations in and around Rome.  Amid a host of classical and contemporary studies, you will quickly discover the benefits of Rome as your new home and classroom.

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the Embassy of Italy website


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. (Transfer students may participate after the first semester on campus)  Junior status or higher is strongly preferred.
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Study with faculty at sites of historical significance.  The JFRC offers a variety of courses for students including Classical Civilization, Fine Arts, Film, Music, Fashion, Architecture, Sculpture, Communication, Political Science, History, Literature, Philosophy, Business and many other fields of study.  Our staff in Chicago and Rome are happy to help you customize your experience.  

Though letter grades will appear on the Lake Forest transcript, they will not factor into a student’s GPA except in calculations of honors or the Dean’s List.  Students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours to obtain the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest College credits.

More information about courses can be found on the LUC website.

The John Felice Rome Center program uses the US semester credit system, in which 1 credit = 42-45 in-class hours, and 2 hours of out-of-class work per credit hour.

To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 15-16 US semester credits.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 12 US semester credits.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

Internship Opportunities

JFRC Internships abroad are transformative experiences for students personally, professionally and academically. By turning the city of Rome into their classroom, eligible full-year students gain practical, real-world work experiences through an academic course offering. This experience is especially valuable for students wishing to one day make they’re living abroad. View more information.

  Volunteer Opportunities

Social justice is a core tenet of the Jesuit philosophy of faith and service, with a particular call to defend the weak, the oppressed, and the marginalized. The John Felice Rome Center takes up that charge through service opportunities that bring students into direct contact with the less fortunate members of Italian society.

You will have the option to reach these individuals by serving at a number of charitable organizations. Service work is focused in part on helping the homeless. Other outlets cater to refugees from war-torn regions, such as Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan. View more information.

Housing and Meals

All students are housed in the comfortable residential area of the John Felice Rome Center and in a local Italian hotel.

Our traditional residence hall offers double-room occupancy with community bathrooms. All rooms are fully furnished with a bed, closet, desk, and chair for every student. Rooms also include a refrigerator, sink, and ceiling fan.

Our off-campus housing option offers a double-room occupancy in a local Italian hotel. The Zone Hotel, located in the Balduina district, is just a 20-minute walk from campus and provides students with a fuller language and cultural immersion experience in Rome. For more information, click here

The cafeteria service is provided by an Italian catering company, and the menu items are predominantly Italian. Italian cuisine is among the most delectable in the world, and discovering its variety is an integral part of a student’s experience. Students will find a variety of choices at the JFRC, including salad, fruits, pasta, fish or meat, vegetables, and bread. The variety of choices also accommodates dietary needs such as gluten intolerance and is amenable to students who are vegetarian.

As stipulated in the Room Application and Contract, the Rome Center provides two meals (lunch and dinner) per day in the cafeteria. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for the Loyola University John Felice Rome Center program includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, internship placement, housing, some meals, and some excursions.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office