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Loyola University Maryland in Rome, Italy


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Rome is the capital of Italy and most populous metropolitan city in the country. It is located in the central-Western portion of the country and on the banks of the Tiber River. Known for its food, art, architecture, and history, Rome's central location in Europe also makes it a great destination. 

Beginning in the fall 2018, Loyola University Maryland started a new program in Rome with John Cabot University.  JCU was established in 1972 and is a 4-year Liberal Arts University.  John Cabot offers a full range of classes taught in English; subject areas include History, English, Philosophy, Business, Psychology, Italian, and more.  Some classes are held on-campus in a typical classroom and others are held onsite throughout the city of Rome.  Students can benefit from the university's clubs, organizations, and trips.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Typically sophomores with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 may apply.
  • Students must fit the five courses offered in Rome in their Loyola degree program.
  • Students must not be on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems.

Criteria for Remaining in the Program

Studying abroad is a privilege that students earn by receiving and maintaining the required cumulative GPA set forth by the study abroad program of their choice. All students must also demonstrate through their disciplinary record (both on and off campus) to the Office of International Programs that they are able to represent Loyola University Maryland and the United States through the display of personal responsibility, honesty, and integrity for self and others by making wise choices and avoiding risky and/or harmful behavior that could jeopardize their privilege to study abroad and/or harm the reputation of Loyola University, the host university and their fellow students.

Therefore, once you are conditionally accepted into the Rome program, it is also your responsibility to keep your ‘spot’ in the program. This includes maintaining both your academic and disciplinary records at Loyola University which the Office of International Programs reviews a second time prior to your overseas departure.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 by the end of the semester prior to going abroad. Failure to maintain the required cumulative GPA could result in your removal from the Rome program. Summer school (at Loyola or away) will not be considered as a remedy to improve an insufficient GPA. Students will be financially responsible for any expenses incurred by the Office of International Programs on the student’s behalf. This includes but is not limited to airline tickets, housing fees, tuition deposits, etc. The student will be billed for these items.

In addition to maintaining the academic requirement to study abroad, students must also meet the standards set forth in the disciplinary requirement and not get into any disciplinary trouble after being conditionally accepted into the Rome program. Disciplinary troubles occurring after acceptance into the program strongly indicates to the Office of International Programs that the student has not taken the opportunity he/she has been given to study abroad seriously—and it could also be an indicator of future behavioral problems while abroad. If a student receives any disciplinary sanctions after being accepted into the Rome program then he/she can be removed from the program and will be financially responsible for any expenses incurred on his/her behalf. This includes but is not limited to airline tickets, housing fees, tuition payments, etc. The student will be billed for these items.


  • Beginning in the fall 2018 students are required to take one Italian language course.
  • Students take four other courses.  Courses are available for some upper-level core courses and there are some major courses available.  John Cabot University has a full range of courses in many subject areas. 

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

Length of Stay

  • This program is for one semester: fall or spring. 
  • The fall runs from late August to mid-December. The spring runs from the beginning of January to mid-May.


  • John Cabot University is located in the ancient Roman neighborhood of Trastevere.  Classes, activities, and administrative offices are located at three different campuses and are all within walking distance of one another.    


  • Students will live in apartments in the city of Rome.
  • Most apartments have 7-8 students per apartment.
  • Typically they are 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen and a sitting room.


  • Loyola tuition
  • Loyola housing
  • Program fee
  • Reduced comprehensive fee
  • Visa
  • Resident Permit
  • Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the federal work-study program. Students studying abroad for a semester or full academic year will forfeit the value of a federal work-study assignment.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online Loyola study abroad application form. Form must be submitted by the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break for the fall or spring.  After acceptance by Loyola, student will complete the John Cabot University application.  This will be submitted the semester before the student goes abroad. 

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*Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.

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Phone: 410-617-2910
Office: Humanities 132

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In order to apply, all students must attend a Study Abroad 101 session before the application deadline. The application deadline for all Fall, Spring, and year-long opportunities during academic year 2024-25 is December 6, 2023.

The deadline for opportunities taking place during academic year 2025-26 will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester.

Study Abroad 101