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Summer Abroad Programs- Rome

Take classes to lighten your load for the fall while seeing the world. What could be better? From classical mythology to international relations, we've handpicked the best parts from a JFRC semester and present them to you in this exciting summer abroad package (perfect for students with other commitments throughout the year). Choose one or both sessions with an optional intercession course in Greece.

CALENDAR for Summer 2013Session ISession IIDay
Due at JFRC May 18 June 29 Saturday
Seaside Orientation May 19 June 30 Sunday
Classes Begin May 20 July 1 Monday
Final Exams End June 20 July 26 Thursday/Friday
Departure June 21 July 27 Friday/Saturday

Session I

Five-weeks in length. Classroom lectures in Session I will meet for one hour and forty minutes Monday through Thursday; on-site classes will meet twice a week for three hours and twenty minutes. The final exam is scheduled for the last class meeting of each course. All classes are taught by Rome- or Chicago-based faculty. Students are required to take two (2) courses. Each course carries three (3) semester hours of credit. Departure for Session I students is on Friday, June 21st.

Session II

Four weeks in length. Classroom lectures will meet for two hours and five minutes Monday through Thursday; on-site classes will meet for four hours and ten minutes twice a week. All final exams are scheduled on Friday, July 26. All classes are taught by Rome- or Chicago-based faculty. Students are required to take two (2) courses. Each course carries three (3) semester hours of credit. Departure for Session II students is on Saturday, July 27th.


Between the first and second summer abroad sessions, the JFRC offers students who enroll either in Session I or in Session II an optional ten-day course / study trip: an exploration of the artistic heritage of classical Greece. This combination class/study trip will begin Friday, June 21st, and return to the JFRC on Sunday, June 30th.

For details about costs and procedures for enrolling for the inter-session, please click here.

Schedule of courses

See Summer 2013 Course Offerings Click onto the title of a course to view the syllabus for that course.

Basic program fee

The basic Rome program fee for each summer abroad session covers tuition (entitling enrollment in six semester hours), room and partial board (breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday), activities' fees, select additional course fees, and three day-long trips: the initial orientation trip (to the seaside), a trip to Pompei, and a trip to Assisi in SS I, and the seaside orientation, a trip to Herculaneum, and a trip to Orvieto in SS II.

Roundtrip airfare (USA-Rome-USA) and international student health insurance are not included in the program fee and are the personal responsibility of the student. An optional week-end trip to Abruzzo or to Tuscany in SS I, and to Minturno in SS II, is also not included but will be available at a student's own expense. Likewise, the inter-session course (3 semester hours) will be offered at a separate cost covering tuition, lodging, travel, and meals (click here).


Summer I Session

Tuition (6 s.h.): $4,050
Housing: $1,700
Technology Fee: $30
Activities, Meals, Day-Long Exursions: $1,500
TOTAL: $7,280

Summer II Session

Tuition (6 s.h.): $4,050
Housing: $1,400
Technology Fee: $30
Activities, Meals, Day-Long Exursions: $1,400
TOTAL: $6,880

Double Summer Session

Tuition (12 s.h.): $8,100
Housing: $2,960*
Technology Fee: $60
Activities, Meals, Day-Long Exursions: $2,900
TOTAL: $14,020*

*Students who enroll in both the first and second JFRC Summer Sessions are offered a slightly discounted rate for housing during the second session.

Included in Cost


Friday, May 25, 2012
This is a one-day Study Trip to the Roman city of Pompeii which was buried by ash falling from Mt. Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. Except for a lucky few, Pompeiians suffered a live burial. The amazing exhibits are visible all over the ancient site. The excavation is ongoing, from the first unearthing in 1784 through the present. Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch is included. 7:30 am departure and return to the JFRC by 6 PM

Saturday, June 9, 2012
This day trip will transport students to the medieval town of Assisi, a three-hour drive northeast of Rome, situated in the center of the Umbria region, extremely rich in historical and cultural interests and the birthplace of St. Francis. Payment for this trip is included in student fees and lunch is included. 7:30 am departure and return to the JFRC by 8 PM

Herculaneum & Naples Day Trip
Friday, July 6, 2012
Visit Herculaneum, a beautifully preserved ancient Roman town, found in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Herculaneum was destroyed by volcanic lava along with Pompeii in 79 AD. Herculaneum was a smaller town with a wealthier population. Students will have lunch in nearby Naples while having a chance to explore the bay area.

Orvieto Day Trip
Friday, July 20, 2012
On this trip, students will have a day to taste and see what Orvieto has to offer its visitors. Orvieto, a city that dates to the time of the Etruscans, is nestled in the hills of Umbria and is home to - among other things - a stunning 14th century cathedral. The Duomo, as it is called, is most noted for its frescoed Signorelli Chapel.Orvieto is also known for its vini bianchi (white wines) and is part of the slow food movement. If you're a "foodie," if you're interested in seeing beautiful hillside scenery, or if you just want to enjoy a beautiful day in a beautiful town, this trip is for you.

Optional study trips for summer abroad programs

Session I

Abruzzo Weekend Trip
Friday, Sunday June 1–3, 2012
On this study trip Professor Jim Schwarten will lead you to the Swiss looking Roveto Valley in Abruzzo, peninsular Italy’s most mountainous region. If you love the outdoors, great food, and taking part in an ―off-the-beaten-track experience, then this trip is for you. Students will learn first-hand about local history and food preparation, as well as encounter the rustic beauty of the region while hiking to the central Apennine mountains’ longest waterfall, on mountain roads to a thousand-year-old hermitage, and (weather permitting) atop Mount Viglio—the valley’s highest peak. Proper outdoors gear and physical endurance are a must.

Approximate cost is €275 (The cost includes all transportation, 2 nights' accommodation in rustic cabins, daily breakfast, two dinners, guided tours, and all museum entrance fees. This cost is to be paid in full at time of registration.)

Tuscany Weekend Trip
Friday, Sunday, June 15–17, 2012
If you love food and wine, then the Tuscany trip is for you. Loaded with various tastings, students who go on the Tuscany trip are given the opportunity to experience Tuscan food and wine in renowned local wineries and restaurants. To top it off, students will see first-hand the famous beauty of the Tuscany countryside as well as explore the Tuscan treasure city of Siena.

Approximate Cost: €375*

Session II

Minturno Weekend Trip
Friday, Sunday, July 13–15, 2012
Minturno is a small seaside town in Southern Italy, situated on the border between the Campania and Lazio regions of Italy. Originally founded as Minturnaeand inhabited by Romans, Minturno became an important port city and was situated toward the southernmost limits of the Via Appia. This trip will include a visit to a Roman site, the medieval Minturno, a local agriturismo for a taste of the local mozzarella di bufala and vino, and some time on the beach.

The approximate price of this trip is €285. Students must sign up and pay in the JFRC Business Office.

Spots are limited to 25 participants, open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Things to Consider

Please be aware that, when you are making your flight reservations, participants in the JFRC summer abroad program are expected to arrive at the JFRC on Saturday morning: May 18th for Summer Session I or June 29th for Summer Session II of 2013 [an exception is made for students enrolled in the inter-session course]. Students are required to depart on Friday, June 21st, if only doing Session I; otherwise, all students must leave by July 27th.

There are no school-sponsored student group flights during the summer; all students must book their own round-trip tickets and get themselves to the JFRC campus. Students will reside in double rooms on campus while enrolled in the program. Administrative and student life support will be provided by JFRC staff.

Students enrolling for both JFRC Summer Sessions will be allowed to remain on campus over the interval between sessions if they are not enrolling in the inter-session course to Greece.

Students must select two courses [six (6) semester hours] from the scheduled offerings in each session for which they plan to enroll. Courses may be subject to cancellation if enrollment is low.

Application deadline

Friday, April 19, 2013 for Summer Session I and Friday, May 31, 2013 for Summer Session II; if space remains available in a session, the deadline will be extended.

All applications ideally should be submitted no later than the deadline specified. Students waiting to apply should be aware that registration for 2013 summer classes opens on February 11, 2013, so some classes in each session may have already closed at their maximum enrollment well before a deadline.

Application procedure

Applications are reviewed when completed. Offers of admission are sent to all applicants via e-mail.

The following items constitute a completed application for summer study at the JFRC:

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