Spring or Fall Semester at John Felice Rome Center

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Spend a semester or an academic year at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center in Italy! Use your location as a crux for your studies in the classical and contemporary fields. Courses are taught in English and offered in a number of fields, including business, fine arts, architecture, history, science, and theology, to name a few.

Explore the city and surrounding areas while you study at JFRC, and create memories that will last a lifetime! Join our thriving campus community for group dinners, nights at the opera, calcio (soccer) games, volunteer opportunities, excursions into Roman neighborhoods, and much more. Check out the JFRC website today!

  • Founded in 1962, the JFRC is the oldest US study abroad program in Rome
  • Apply for a need-based scholarship - we award an average $100,000 in scholarships per year
  • Gain experience by doing an internship or service learning placement for academic credit
  • Make Rome your classroom with an on-site class
  • Live on our 5-acre campus in Balduina, a thriving residential Roman neighborhood

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based on 17 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.6
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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.

How can 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!
Yes, I recommend this program
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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.

Yes, I recommend this program


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