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China

The Beijing Center

If you are seeking a TRUE immersion into China, The Beijing Center is your destination! Stand out from the crowd as we guide you along a 2 week excursion in the southern...

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Italy

The John Felice Rome Center

The John Felice Rome Center in Italy offers an American undergraduate college experience in the heart of Western Europe. Students choose from more than 40 academic courses...

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Vietnam

The Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh City

Feeling adventurous? Study at the Vietnam Center of Loyola University Chicago based in Ho Chi Minh City and discover the immense beauty of Southeast Asia! Choose from...

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Loyola University Chicago Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The Best Experience of my Life

China is mysterious. And those who choose China as a destination to study abroad are often scared and nervous (like I was). The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) makes the experience the BEST possible experience. The mandarin classes, the living conditions, the social life, the tips, trips and help, everything makes this abroad experience wonderful. They have an amazing space in the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, and the library and study areas are great. They have an amazing staff, prepared to help and answer any questions. The professors are top leaders of their industries in China (great for networking). The friend you will make here will change your life. They will be your friends forever.

Program: The Beijing Center

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Grazie Roma

Grazie, Roma.

(This letter was written during the close of the semester.)

The common experience students have when studying abroad at the John Felice Rome Center is understood to be ‘profound’ and ‘transformative’. Many students describe a positive change so permanent that it will be with them for the rest of their life. Where does this change come from and how does it seem to affect every single person who comes here?

There are a lot of reasons actually.

It’s in the people we've met, some of whom we will never see again, yet who will continue to affect us long after we have forgotten their faces. It’s in the routine things and the unexpected things: the regularity of communal dorm life (Mensa meals), combined with the amazing weekend adventures throughout Europe. It’s in the almost huge difference between who we were when we arrived here and who we will be when we leave. And, of course, its Rome itself.
More so than anything else, the importance of our study abroad experience becomes known to us the first time we look around Rome, see something which was originally so foreign, and perceive it as safe and familiar, as home. Whether it’s looking out our window into the courtyard or a walk past the Pantheon, once Rome becomes like home, it permanently secures an important spot in our lives and our character.
When we leave Rome we are leaving the environment which gave us all this time and freedom to better understand who we are about to become as adults. Leavings all this is scary and it gives me– and what many people I have talked with– a bittersweet feeling. When we leave, we will miss the people who have shaped us, but we will also miss the person we are right now– at this moment, we are still in Rome. In my opinion, the bittersweet feeling we all get from leaving has a name. Cheesy as it may sound, it’s called being present in your life. Having this feeling means were alive and can feel the pain of loving something and having to abandon it. The beauty that comes with this bittersweetness is far more powerful and more important to experience than the actual ‘bitter’ feeling. Let’s count ourselves lucky. This bittersweet feeling is rare.

And, so it is for this feeling, and the joy and beauty that necessarily go along with the ability to feel anything as bittersweet, I would like to thank the JFRC. I thank the SLA’s for their continuous support. I thank the faculty for their dedication to creating a positive environment. I thank the teachers for their respect in balancing schoolwork with our other plans here (aka, thanks for not ridiculous amounts of homework). I thank my peers for their openness to each other and to this experience. I really thank all the people who have worked so hard to let me have this experience in the first place (parents, friends, advisors back home). But most of all, I thank Rome itself, with it’s weird disco’s, funky culture, and beautiful legacy. A legacy we now all part of.

Molto Grazie,
Cameron

Program: The John Felice Rome Center

Overall Rating

10 / 10

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    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

ChinaGreen Summer Program

I had an amazing time on my ChinaGreen Summer program! Not only did I learn a ton from the very talented faculty at the Beijing Center, but I had a great time on the excursions and in Beijing itself. I would definitively recommend this program (and already have to everyone I know!) My only regret is that I could not return to Beijing in the fall to participate in their school year program as well.

Program: The Beijing Center

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

Rome Away from Home

Two years later and I still consider Rome a home away from home. My time at the John Felice Rome Center left me with close friends, memories, and a community I hope to some day return to. During the six months I spent in Rome, I was able to be a part of the JFRC community, while experiencing the local Roman community, through my time spent teaching English at a local school, tutoring, babysitting, and eventually with my host family. I will never forget the incredible experience I had and I am forever grateful to the Rome Center. I absolutely encourage anyone who has the slightest curiosity about Italy, or the world, to attend the JFRC.

Program: The John Felice Rome Center

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

BEST TIME EVER

title says it all. Best experience of my life hands down. I ate mozzarella balls twice a day everyday for 4 months and drank wine in class, what could be better? The Greece trip was also amazing, even though I almost got kicked out the faculty was surprisingly lenient on the level of drinking that was allowed considering the wine never stopped flowing. Italian teacher was grumpy but who can blame her, no one studied and no one took the (arguably most important class) very seriously.

Program: The John Felice Rome Center

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