Rome was and still is the cultural and political center of Italy. As the country’s capital and the home of Vatican City, Rome provides students with numerous opportunities to put their academic studies into a global context.
Students will find their classroom work come alive on the city’s cobblestone streets as they jockey through traffic jams around the Colosseum, watch families stroll through the Forum and join other students for gelato near the Pantheon. The amazing architecture, art and ruins easily draw students into the stories of the famous thinkers and artists of the Renaissance and history of the Roman Empire.
While the glory of its heritage still resides, Rome is still a modern city of commerce, tourism and industry with the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of all contemporary cities. As one of the larger economies in the EU, it encourages discussions around political science, social justice, international relations and business. The history, life and culture of the city makes Rome a prime location to study abroad.
The John Felice Rome Center holds the distinction of being the oldest continual U.S. university program in Italy. For more than four decades, the JFRC has served as an American campus, now located on Monte Mario near the site of a former Olympic Village, just 20 minutes north of Vatican City and Rome's City Center.
At the Rome Center, up to 200 students from universities and colleges across the United States live together. This diverse, tight-knit community gathers for traditional Italian meals, cookouts, tours of the Eternal City's famous monuments, nights out at the opera, and weekly student-faculty soccer matches.
The center combines a small American college atmosphere with a European educational experience. Classes are taught on the center's campus in fully equipped classrooms. The city and its sites also serve as a classroom. Students have opportunities to participate in school-sponsored trips in Italy and elsewhere in Europe led by experienced and energetic Rome Center staff.
Minimum Sophomore standing; 3.0 GPA
Courses are taught in English; However, students who have not successfully completed an Italian language course prior to enrollment at the Rome Center must take Italian 101. The people speak Italian, but students will find that even with limited Italian skills, they will be able to communicate sufficiently to get around Rome.
The Rome Center provides an orientation in the first week before classes begin.
The Rome Center is designed to give students an appreciation for Italian culture, history and social background. Offering on-site courses, students use the city of Rome as a backdrop for their course work. The center offers over 40 courses in anthropology, archaeology, art history, classical studies, communication, fine arts, Greek, history, international studies, Italian language, Italian literature in translation, Latin, music, peace studies, philosophy, political science, Rome studies, sociology and theology. Visit the Rome Center's course offerings page for more information.
In the summer the Rome Center also offers a unique education focused program for pre-teachers. The program spans two weeks and students study the philosophy of education from an international perspective.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of "C" or higher is earned.
Historic course equivalencies
Please note that the courses listed here have been approved in general for Marquette credit. However, because each individual academic record is unique, depending on the college, the major and courses taken previously, not every course will qualify to be used toward a Marquette degree. Therefore, current Marquette students must have prior approval from the their college office, before enrolling in these courses. Without this prior approval, any course taken at another institution will likely not be accepted toward the Marquette degree.
Students live in the Rome Center's multi-level residence hall. The residence hall is situated directly on campus in the Balduina neighborhood on Rome's highest hill. The residence hall has a 24-hour door person, a cafeteria with lunch and dinner services, an all-day coffee bar, self-service laundry facilities, a workout and dance studio, an outdoor basketball court, a 24-hour computer lab, wireless internet and a chapel
The program requires students to purchase a partial meal plan for lunch and dinner. The cafeteria service is provided by an Italian catering company, and the menu items are predominantly Italian. Students will find a variety of choices at the JFRC, including salad, fruits, pastas, fish or meat, vegetables and breads.
Students also have the opportunity to eat in any of Rome's restaurants, where everything from street food to dining can be found at its best.
Students are able to study at The John Felice Rome Center for a semester, academic year or for the summer. Typically the fall semester is late-August to mid-December; the spring semester is mid-January to late-April and summer is either May through June or June through July.
|Spring 2013||Summer 2012-Education||Summer 2012|
|Housing move in||Jan. 8||May 19 or June 30|
|Orientation||Jan. 18-20||May 20||May 20 or July 1|
|Classes begin||Jan 14||May 21||May 21 or July 2|
|Exams||April 20, 22-25||N/A||N/A|
|End of Semester||April 26||June 2||June 22 or July 27|
A student visa is required for this program. A workshop will be held shortly after acceptance to help students apply for an Italian Visa. Ulitmately, procuring the visa is the sole responsibility of the student.
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted by the program before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com) are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.
*Other costs include estimated personal expenses.
Billing: Semester Tuition, Housing and CISI Insurance costs are billed and paid through Marquette University’s Bursar Office. All other costs, including summer tuition and housing, are paid directly to Loyola University by the student or are out of pocket costs. Meeting Loyola’s payment deadlines for these costs are the student’s responsibility.
Please note: all cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.
The semester program is a Marquette program, so most financial aid and scholarships apply. To learn more about how the program will affect your specific aid package, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
The summer program is an external approved program, so only federal and state financial aid applies. To learn more about how the program will affect your specific aid package, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.