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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Residence Hall
Community Based Learning: No Ability to work abroad: No
Program Exception Flag: None Program Sponsorship: JFRC
Visa required for U.S. passport holders: No Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:


Loyola University Chicago:  John Felice Rome Center

Roman Catholicism: Theology of Pilgrimage

DATES:   Students should depart on an overnight flight on Friday, May 18, 2018 to plan arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport by 8:30 am on Saturday, May 19thYou MUST arrive on the JFRC campus between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on the 19th.  The program is 6 weeks in length and concludes with departure from JFRC (John Felice Rome Center) on Friday, June 29, 2018.  There is a seaside orientation on Sunday, May 20th and classes begin on Monday, May 21st.   This program includes two additional excursions (options include Assisi, Herculaneum, Tivoli and Orvieto).  Final exams end on Thrusday, June 28th, with departure the following day, Friday June 29th.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The Summer Rome Program is held from mid-May to mid-June at the Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center (JFRC).  The campus is located in the Monte Mario district, Rome’s highest hill, nestled in a neighborhood just a short bus ride from Rome’s center.   Students take the equivalent of two Holy Cross courses:  1) whatever level of Italian Language and Culture (including “Beginning” – no prior experience) a student places into and 2) Roman Catholicism and Pilgrimage will offer an intense, on-site encounter—intellectually, artistically, and spiritually—with Christian pilgrimage throughout the centuries as a way to understand the Roman Catholic faith.  With Rome as your classroom, you will investigate the theological, historical, sociological, and literary contours of pilgrimage in order to arrive at a theological understanding of Roman Catholicism.  For your benefit, there will be times during the week/weekends when you will be invited to join in excursions to Assisi (Francis and his spiritual legacy) and Orvieto (where the feast of Corpus Christi was inaugurated in the Church) to complement the course (other options may be Herculaneum and Tivoli).  During each week, excursions to various sites throughout the city are an integral and exciting part of the course; one day a week is set aside for lengthier excursions. In addition, students are required to take a credit-bearing course in Italian Language and Culture.  Students with limited, or no, knowledge of Italian take an introductory language class.  Students with prior knowledge are placed into a required Italian class at the appropriate level. The JFRC provides classrooms, library, administrative space, as well as computer and Internet access.

CREDIT: Students receive the equivalent of two Holy Cross course credits.  The Common Area Requirements fulfilled by this course are Cross-Cultural and Religious Studies

HOUSING and MEALS: Students will reside in double rooms in residence halls on the JFRC campus.  The rooms are fully furnished with a bed, closet, desk and chair for every student.  Rooms also include a refrigerator, sink and ceiling fan.  Bathrooms are shared.  Included are breakfast and lunch at the JFRC campus 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday).
COSTS: The estimated cost of the six-week program is approximately $6,300 - $6,800.  This includes tuition, housing on the JFRC campus, breakfast and lunch Monday – Thursday, and 3 full-day excursions (seaside orientation, Assisi, Herculaneum, Tivoli or Orvieto), bus passes, museum passes and mandatory Italian health insurance.  Students should expect to spend a minimum of $750 on additional meals.  NOT INCLUDED:  round-trip airfare, transportation to-from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, passport expenses, books, personal expenses, and meals other than those listed.  Very limited financial aid is available for this program.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 17, 2017 via the online application system at

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Prof. Brit Smith at, call Study Abroad at 508-793-3082, or visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith Hall 216.



Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.