Learn, Intern, and Live Abroad at the John Felice Rome Center

Video and Photos

Foro Romano and the Capitoline Hill, Rome
Foro Romano and the Capitoline Hill, Rome
Rinaldo's, the campus cafe
Rinaldo's, the campus cafe
a street scene in Balduina, Rome
a street scene in Balduina, Rome
the JFRC orange grove
the JFRC orange grove
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Spring 2019 group shot
Spring 2019 group shot
The Pantheon, Rome
The Pantheon, Rome
bike tour of Monte Mario, Rome
bike tour of Monte Mario, Rome


Spend a summer, semester, or an academic year at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center! Our faculty and staff provide support and share their passion for la bella vita with students year-round, creating a community unlike any other you'll find in Rome.

Studying at the JFRC is more than taking classes. Students intern with professionals across fields, volunteer in the local community, take advantage of Rome's cultural legacy with group dinners and nights at the opera, and take part in the ever-popular calcio (soccer) league.

They say all roads lead to Rome. Take your first step by joining us at the JFRC.

  • Founded in 1962, the JFRC is the oldest US education abroad program in Rome
  • Roughly $100,000 in additional need-based scholarships are available each year
  • Intern for credit, volunteer in the local community, and build a unique Roman experience
  • Many classes meet on-site around Rome, using the city as your classroom
  • Live on our 5-acre campus in Balduina, a thriving residential Roman neighborhood

See the Rome Center for yourself

Want to see your home in Rome? The JFRC virtual tour is the next best thing to being there. Check out our campus, from the dorms and classrooms to the cafe and lawns.

Questions & Answers


based on 18 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best year of my life

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!

What would you improve about this program?
The wifi is pretty spotty and needs to be improved in the dorm rooms.
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Yes, I recommend this program

They make Rome home!

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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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Yes, I recommend this program

JFRC is a Great Study Abroad Program!

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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Italy in general is known for its "Dolce Vita" lifestyle that keeps people in a state of never-ending bliss while traveling here. In Rome you will experience ancient ruins, all of the pasta you can stomach, and timeless works of art.


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