John Felice Rome Center- Fall/Spring Semester in Rome

By Loyola University Chicago   Reviews (10)   95% Rating

Spend a semester or academic year at Loyola University's John Felice Rome Center in Italy! Use your location as a crux for your studies in the classical and contemporary fields. Courses are also offered in a number of other fields, including fashion, fine arts, architecture and business to name a few. Opt to stay with an Italian host family for a full immersion experience into Italian culture. Student residencies are also available.

Rome is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, and is home to so many must see attractions. Explore the city and surrounding areas while you study at JFRC, and create memories that will last a lifetime! Check out the Loyola University website today!

Program Info

Location: 
  • ItalyRome
School Term: 
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Cost: 
$15,000 - $20,000 (USD)
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Degree Level: 
College Freshman+
Subject Areas: 
Art History
Art/Fine Arts
European Studies
History
International Relations
Italian Language
Liberal Arts
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Theology
Languages: 
Italian
Housing: 
Home-stay
Student Dormitory
Travel: 
Some travel is required during the program.
Application: 
Online Application
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Program Reviews (10)

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  • Academics
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  • Support
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  • Fun
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  • Housing
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  • Ellen
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    cincinnati,oh
    JFRC rome
    11/12/2014

    i studied at the jfrc, but was studying under Xavier university professors. We had fantastic trips to florence, Siena, assisi, and reggio Amelia. Very affordable. Jfrc campus is far from downtown (25 minute bus ride)

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish the campus was closer to downtown.

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  • Olivia
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chicago, Illinois
    Loyola University Chicago
    The Best Decision You'll Ever Make..
    09/29/2014

    Apart from Rome being an amazing city, not many study abroad programs offer rigorous courses. However, at the JFRC, I was able to take many of my upper level Political Science courses with incredible, highly acclaimed professors. Their wonderful internship director even set me up with an internship at a huge international corporate firm. Living in Balduina gives you a small town Roman vibe and also forces you to get out and explore. Not once did I ever feel nervous or unsafe at the JFRC or out in Rome. The staff at JFRC truly care about you; they will become your family- you will NOT get that with any other program. Such an amazing experience. I would choose the JFRC tens times over again.

    How could this program be improved?

    Definitely wifi in all the rooms; as a university, that's unacceptable.
    Including monthly bus/metro passes in tuition.

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  • NHM
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chicago, IL
    Loyola University Chicago
    John Felice Rome Center- Rome, Italy
    09/19/2014

    This was by far the most amazing summer of my life. If I could have spent the whole year at the JFRC in Rome, I would have. The campus is absolutely beautiful and in a great location! Rome itself can be kind of overwhelming with the amount of tourists and activities going on, but the JFRC is located in a great spot just 30 minutes outside of the city center, which is easily accessible via public transportation. The academics here are great, along with the professors--who are kind and helpful. My friends and I were able to travel during the weekends which was great! These places included: Spain, Greece, France, Northern Italy (Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast), UK, and Germany. It is so worth the experience and if you are unsure, DO IT! The JFRC is a perfect place to partake in the study abroad experience. I hope I can go back to visit one day!

    How could this program be improved?

    The wifi should be accessible everywhere. Also rooms need A/C during summer (although there are fans and you don't spend that much time in your room anyways)

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  • Fall 2014 Student from Saint Louis University
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    St. Louis
    Saint Louis University
    Definitely Less Immersive
    09/19/2014

    There are a lot of programs in Rome to pick from. J-Force is definitely among the best, but be warned that the experience is less immersive than some others. The location in Balduina, a nice suburb northwest of the Vatican makes it much safer and quieter than most, but cuts you off from a lot of opportunities for interaction with locals. Campus ministry is the best part of the program, with numerous outings and programs throughout the year that provide a unique look at the city's Catholic Identity.

    How could this program be improved?

    Less hands-on from administration, especially regarding alcohol, which is legal. Location could be better.

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  • Corbin
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Berkeley
    Santa Clara University
    You Cant Beat This
    09/19/2014

    Rome has so much to do. And the JFRC gives you all the tools to make your study abroad unforgettable. Whether you want to travel every weekend or immerse yourself in Roman/Italian culture the staff here will provide unparalleled wisdom and support. The teachers here are the type that you want to grab a beer with after class, or a glass of wine in this case. Campus is a little far from downtown, but situated in an extremely safe neighborhood in a very cute and functional campus. You truly can't beat the JFRC!

    How could this program be improved?

    Not possible

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  • Sahar
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New York, NY
    Fordham University
    La dolce vita
    09/19/2014

    There is no need to sell the idea of living in Roma for a semester or full year because the beauty of the city is enchanting on its own. They say you have not lived if you have not lived in Italy, and I agree.

    I loved living in a small town outside the main center because we were able to be fully immersed in an authentic Italian town which sometimes can be lost in a major city. However, we were still close to the center that we were able to go in on a whim.

    There are no words that can fully describe the experience at JFRC. You sign up in order to explore a new culture and challenge yourself but what you get in return is so much more. The community serves as a safe haven and your professors, fellow students, administrators and SLAs become a second family.

    The memories and friendships I have will no doubt last for a lifetime because there is a certain bond you build amongst the JFRC family that can never be broken.

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  • Spring 2012
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chicago, IL
    Loyola University Chicago
    Spring 2012
    09/19/2014

    My study abroad experience was wonderful. The campus is located in a nice neighborhood about a 20-30 minute bus ride away from the heart of Rome. When you first arrive it can be a bit challenging to get back because the Italian buses do not announce the stops. However, you learn quickly and its straightforward for the rest of the semester.

    Classes only meet M-Th so that students have time to travel on the weekend. I recommend taking an on-site class where you meet somewhere in Rome for each class. It is a great way to get out in the city and learn a different perspective on the buildings and monuments that you pass when you are exploring.

    The staff and professors are great and the classes were always enjoyable. There is a JFRC Calcio (soccer) league that many students participate in that is a lot of fun.

    I highly recommend the John Felice Rome Center for a study abroad experience in Rome.

    How could this program be improved?

    The wifi can be spotty on campus.

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  • Fran Homan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chicago, IL
    Loyola University Chicago
    Best year of my life
    09/19/2014

    Studying abroad at the JFRC was the best experience of my college career. It changed who I am as a person and helped shape my future goals.

    The staff is so friendly and helpful, and I made the best group of friends. Living in Italy is the most incredible opportunity and I cannot wait until the day I can return.

    The JFRC is an incredible institution and would I hands down recommend studying abroad there to anyone!

    How could this program be improved?

    The wifi is pretty spotty and needs to be improved in the dorm rooms.

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  • Emily
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    South Hadley, MA
    Mount Holyoke College
    They make Rome home!
    09/19/2014

    I enjoyed my time here! Most of my classes were fun and engaging, the location of the campus was nice (a little out of the way, but it's really not THAT far from the city centre) and really let you feel like you really lived there, and weren't just a tourist.

    The staff were so supportive, the other students awesome, and the extracurricular activities (trips, CALCIO, service projects, etc.) were well-planned.

    How could this program be improved?

    I didn't really like Mensa (the cafeteria) that much, but while I was there they were building a knew one with more options and a better layout, so they were aware of the problem and were looking to fix it!

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  • JFRCStudent2011
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Rome, Italy
    Lubbock Christian University
    JFRC is a Great Study Abroad Program!
    11/02/2011

    Life at Loyola University's John Felice Rome Center is great. The campus is located about 15 minutes outside of downtown Rome, so we're super close to so many amazing sight such as Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. The program is small so it's very much like a community. You create friendships here that will last. The campus is small and the rooms are cozy.

    The classes are challenging but not at all unbearable. Many professors make sure that you have plenty of time to travel on the weekends to all the amazing places that are relatively close such as Venice, Naples, and Florence. Even places outside of Italy are able to be visited during the 3 day weekends, such as Paris, Barcelona, and Prague.

    Best of all, the learning experiences are literally life changing. You won't leave the same.

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Global Awareness. It's an essential part of the Loyola experience and one of the five characteristics of a Jesuit education. From opening the John Felice Rome Center in 1962, becoming the first American university in Vietnam, and our rooted partnership with The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, we've established a wide global presence.

Each Global Center provides students with a unique, global perspective in the classroom, a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and fully accredited Loyola University Chicago courses.