Do you speak Italian? You don’t have to, but you might want to ask yourself, “Why not start my freshman year in Rome?”
The Rome Start program is a chance for incoming freshmen to start their Loyola experience at the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy. For those of you who may not be familiar with Loyola, let alone our Rome campus, Loyola has had a presence there for almost five decades. The campus is nestled in the Monte Mario neighborhood, about a 20 minute bus ride from the heart of Rome.
Rome Start is a new freshman experience for students who will finish high school abroad and are seeking a selective U.S. bachelor’s degree program. Prospective students have a wide variety of academic interests and are applying from all types of high schools across the globe. Students will spend their first year in Rome soaking up all that the ancient city has to offer, including immersing themselves in Roman culture and connecting with faculty who share their knowledge of business, government, and the arts. Trips throughout Italy and in countries like Poland and Greece will encourage discussion among peers and faculty while building a strong sense of community and a close- knit group of classmates.
Rome Start freshmen will also visit Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in the fall to explore the city of Chicago. After their first year in Rome, students will complete the last three years of their degree in Chicago, so they will get to experience two distinct facets of the Loyola community.
This coming week, we welcome a group of college counselors to our Rome campus to sample classes, meet with current students, tour the campus, hear from faculty, learn about orientation programming, and more. I can’t wait to hear about their students who are interested in Rome Start. If you are finishing your senior year abroad and are interested, APPLY TODAY! We are currently accepting applications for Loyola’s Class of 2015, with classes starting in August!
P.S. Check out the Rome Campus for yourself!