Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
95% Rating
(11 Reviews)

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers

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 to becoming the first American university in Vietnam, we've established a wide global presence.

Our mission is to provide students with transformative education abroad experiences that equip them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage societal problems – locally and globally – and to truly understand differing social and cultural realities. 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.

What are you waiting for? Make the extraordinary a reality at the Loyola University Chicago Global Centers!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Sylena
Female
22 years old
Shoreview, MN
Loyola University Chicago

Hẹn gặp lại Việt Nam!

10/10

I studied abroad at the Loyola Vietnam Center spring semester of 2016, and I couldn't have made a better decision. It was such an immersive and eye-opening experience, nothing short of life-changing. Some of my favorite experiences abroad include canyoning in Đà Lạt; watching the sunrise over the sand dunes in Mũi Né; eating tarantula in Cambodia; exploring Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia; kayaking in Hạ Long Bay; teaching English in Saigon; and meeting some of the most wonderful people along the way. If you’re looking to step outside of your comfort zone, immerse yourself in a rich and vibrant culture, and have the experience of a lifetime, then the Loyola Vietnam Center is the program for you! Hẹn gặp lại Việt Nam - I'll see you again soon!

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Ellen
Female
24 years old
cincinnati,oh

JFRC rome

9/10

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 can this program be improved?

I wish the campus was closer to downtown.

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Olivia
Female
24 years old
Chicago, Illinois
Loyola University Chicago

The Best Decision You'll Ever Make..

10/10

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 can 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
Female
24 years old
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center- Rome, Italy

10/10

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 can 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
Male
24 years old
St. Louis
Saint Louis University

Definitely Less Immersive

8/10

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 can this program be improved?

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

Program Listings

Italy

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
Spend a semester or an academic year at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center in Italy! Use your location as a...

Vietnam

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
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Italy

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
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