Gap Year in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University

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John Cabot University is an American-accredited university in Rome, Italy, offering degree and study abroad programs to students from over 70 countries. Spending your gap year at JCU will allow you to explore Italy and Europe while earning credits that will transfer easily to an American university. You can apply for one or two semesters or summer sessions.

Gap year students are not required to adhere to our core curriculum, allowing you to choose from our 400 course options while earning college credits. Our professors and staff serve as mentors who can help you decide what you would like to study when you officially enroll in an undergraduate program.

  • John Cabot University's student body represents over 70 countries, so your university experience will be truly international. Explore different perspectives in the classroom and learn more about other cultures simply by spending time with your new friends
  • Our campuses in the historic center of Rome are beautiful, and our central location provides easy access to Rome's train stations and airports, facilitating weekend trips throughout Italy and Europe.
  • JCU's professors are international experts in their fields who hold advanced degrees from the world's top institutions, and continue to work and conduct research while teaching. Our small class sizes allow professors to get to know students individually.
  • Our comprehensive student life program includes clubs, community service, athletics, performing arts, cultural activities, and trips throughout Italy, which allow you to make friends while you gain leadership and team-building skills.
  • Rome is Italy's capital, home to government institutions, embassies, multinational corporations, museums, etc. so you will be able to partake in internships that would impress any employer.

Waived application fee!

John Cabot University has waived the application fee for upcoming study abroad programs. Currently accepting applicants for fall 2020 and 2021 semesters! Be sure to take advantage of this deal and the 89-day no visa requirement for US passport holders.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life

Great professors, interesting courses and breath-taking location. I've taken classes from multiple departments and each one of them has been incredibly inspirational. They don't want to fill your head with notions here, they really want you to think and grow culturally. Besides academics, student life is great. There are so many clubs and organizations, there's always a fun event go to and interesting people from so many different cultural backgrounds to meet! It is also a good opportunity for degree seekers and visiting students to mix and become friends.

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Yes, I recommend this program

A Home Away From Home

I have never felt so comfortable in an uncomfortable situation in my life. Rome was magical and the people I met, the classes I took, and the experiences I had were incredible. It was the greatest time of my life and I am so grateful to have attended JCU.

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Awesome Time in Rome

Rome is one of the greatest cities in the world and I discovered this through my gap year at John Cabot. I met a ton of friends and they were extremely kind. We still are in contact and I truly loved discovering the city. I lived in Trastevere, one of the nicest parts of the city and it was amazing.