Fall 2017 Orientation
General Background Information:
Each year, and each semester, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) begins a new and exciting series of events and trips with a new group of students. Our first days together are geared toward providing you with necessary information; settling into your accommodations; and introducing you to one another, the staff, the city, and to Italy. From August 31-September 4, there are activities and group meetings scheduled, most of which are required or highly suggested. Don’t worry: there will be plenty of time to explore the city and travel in Italy and Europe. Your first two weeks, however, will be occupied with official orientation.
We will be ready to welcome you starting on Wednesday, August 31 at 10:00AM. If you plan to arrive in Rome before August 26, you will need to find accommodations. Consider some of the lower cost hotels listed in the Guest Accommodation section of the JFRC webpage. Let us know that you have arrived so we can anticipate your coming to JFRC when doors are ready to open.
You will want to have about €200 cash in hand for a variety of activities. It may be easiest to exchange dollars with your bank in the US or at the Airport when you arrive. For added convenience, there is also an ATM (bancomat) located on campus.
During these first days, there will be two optional Orientation meals that are partially subsidized by the JFRC, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The first of these is a group dinner hosted at a local restaurant in our neighborhood (Students pay €25 for the dinner). The second meal follows the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a special event that marks the beginning of the semester and the closing of Orientation. Following the Mass, students will have a meal in the historic district of Rome (which will cost participants €20). Although these meals are optional, students are strongly encouraged to join the JFRC community for a taste of Italian life and to build relationships. During Orientation, students will be given an opportunity to register for one or both of these meals.