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The John Felice Rome Center holds the distinction of being the oldest U.S. university program in Rome. For more than five 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.
The Rome Center provides an orientation day-trip at the beginning each summer session. There is also an orientation held at Marquette prior to your departure.
Summer Courses Offered
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 some of their course work. In the summer, the JFRC offers two summer sessions. MU students can enroll in one or both of the month-long sessions. You are required to take two courses (3-credits each) per summer session. English-taught courses are available as well as Italian language. See the link below for exact courses being offered.
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.
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $76.00
Host Program Tuition $4,332.00
Room and Board $1,870.00
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.