Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Orientation in Rome

An orientation program is held at the beginning of each semester in Rome, including a three-day orientation excursion during the second weekend. Attendance throughout the program is required for all JFRC students.

Students within their first few minutes at the JFRC.

The JFRC's orientation program offers incoming students a sampling of the best that Rome has to offer. This introduction to the Eternal City includes a three-day tour to cities in Italy "off the beaten path," chosen to deepen students' immersion. Cultural workshops and Italian language sessions led by JFRC faculty and staff members help students become well-versed in the native tongue and culture of their new host country. Students gain a clearer image of the life and history of Italy by visiting cultural and historical sites, and gathering together as a community for authentic Italian meals. ‌

Students are all smiles at the Roman Forum.

Past trips have included walking tours of lesser-known Italian cities such as Gubbio, Orvieto, and Matera. Traditionally, orientation draws to an end as the community comes together for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Chiesa Sant'Ignazio in the historical center of Rome, followed by a community dinner.

Students enjoy an afternoon at a vineyard in Montefalco.

Paestum, Campagna, IT.