Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University

John Cabot University


Study abroad at an American liberal arts university in the fascinating city of Rome, Italy. John Cabot University is located in an historic Italian neighborhood, with unrivaled access to a wide range of campus facilities and nearby famous historical attractions. Credits can easily transfer to your home university and all classes are taught in English. Contact John Cabot University today to begin your Italian adventure!


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Unforgettable and Enriching Experience

I studied at JCU during the Spring of 2018. It was such a magical experience that I think about often. I lived in the Trastevere neighborhood, which was close to both the main campus and the train station. Honestly looking back on my time in Rome now feels like a fairytale. The multicultural exchange, beauty of the city, unbelievable food, intellectual challenge, and endless opportunities for travel are just the big things that made studying at JCU a once in a lifetime adventure. I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat. If you are college age and get the chance to do something like this absolutely sign up and do not look back.

  • Exciting city
  • Stimulating classes
  • Great people
  • Strict house rules
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John Cabot University

I studied in the fall of 22 and at first it was super hot and we didn’t have AC but after the first month the weather was perfect! Staff has been super supportive and the classes I took were hard but they only had 1 stats 2 teacher who legitimately was the worst teacher I have ever had in my life. But night life super fun! Super safe!

Also residential sucks though. People kept getting sick and res life just through there hands up also bed bugs are present and they don’t do anything.

Other than that history of the city takes up a lot of my curiosity

  • Night life
  • History of Rome
  • Safety
  • Housing
  • Teachers
  • They campus closes early and opens late so no late night studying at the library
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Great Experience

The uncertainty of living and attending school in a new country gave me much anxiety but the ease of moving in and attending classes that John Cabot provided made this study abroad experience already an unforgettable part of my life. The university’s presentations about the city, safety, and academics made me feel included and part of this school which I was unsure I would receive as I am not a degree seeking student here. Overall, the academic and social life the schools provides is extraordinary and definitely something everyone should experience.

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Great American education Experience in Rome

Both of the student housing (Gianicolo and Lungara) are great because of the security available 24/7 and proximity to the campuses. Guarini is the closest campus, Tiber is a bit farther, and Critelli is the farthest. It helps if you are taking general classes, so that you are not missing out on any major-specific courses from your home institution. There are so many great restaurants, bars, and gelato places, so there is no shortage of great Italian food. Just be aware of pickpocketers, have common sense, and have a great time in Rome!

  • English Speaking
  • In Rome
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John Cabot University – Summer Session I

I had never been to Europe before, and can at times be hesitant to get out of my comfort zone. This experience forced me to come out of my shell and be uncomfortable in the best way possible, and has forever changed me for the better… I feel much more confident in who I am and have a broader perspective about the world in which I live. I made so many new friends and explored places that I never could have dreamed of seeing. Life is beautiful – this is something I already knew. But now, after spending over a month in Rome, I realized that life is so much more beautiful than I ever could have imagined!

  • Great professors
  • Wonderful location
  • Immaculate Vibes
  • Covid restrictions
  • Could not go to other residence halls
  • Grading policies


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Mehal Jivan

Mehal is a Junior at University of Colorado Colorado Springs -- pursuing a dual major in Finance and Management with a minor in Economics. His passions including traveling, trying new foods, and photography.

Do you think your program changed you as a person?

This study abroad experience truly altered my perception of the world. Even months after returning from Rome, I constantly noticed myself drifting towards the subject and sharing stories with people I meet. In a matter of months, my view of life had completely changed. I was forced to adapt and now no longer consider myself an introvert. My communication skills and cultural sensitivity was increased substantially. After 19 years, I was finally able to have a conversation without feeling intimidated. I worked in group projects with individuals from all over the world, each added a unique aspect and proved that the so called American way is not always the best. And most importantly I learnt to live with others and doing so taught me that it’s okay to be different, because we all are.

What made this study abroad experience unique and special?

I was living in history surrounded with architecture that is unrivaled, food that made my mouth water and people that truly inspired me. Strangers became friends in the matter of days. The dynamic group of individuals I met all played a key role in my personal growth. We were each other's travel companions, support systems, each others family. We would make it a routine to have weekly dinner followed by enjoying the finest night life Rome had to offer which was laying on the cobblestone in front of the colosseum. It was those nights that bonds were created followed by memories that will last a lifetime.

Describe your program socially and academically

At the end of every day I was able to say I lived. Attending John Cabot University allowed me to continue my studies in business. However, I was also able to venture out of my comfort zone and pursue classes such as photography and video art. Some of my art was actually presented at an exhibition in the heart of Rome. It brought out a creative side that I wasn’t aware of and probably would have never unlocked if it wasn’t for this experience.

You see the key to achieving something in life is to cross over to that side where you aren’t comfortable. Because that other side forces you to learn and it makes you a better version of yourself, and for me that other side was Rome.

What was the best place you visited outside of your study abroad city?

Throughout my journey I was able to make memories in 19 cities throughout 7 countries. My adventures consisted of taking a solo trip to the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, Germany where I was able to experience a childhood dream. We had a guys trip to Monte Carlo in where we inspired to work hard now and eventually enjoy the so called good life with all the yachts and supercars of Monaco. My cousin and I opted to sleep in the park in front of the Eiffel Tower as were stranded in Paris. Lastly, forty of us spent the day on the beautiful island of Capri enjoying sunshine and relaxing after a stressful week of midterms. It’s these flashbacks that come to me on a daily bases and even months after returning I can still not name a single place that was my favorite, all had a unique aspect.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Lauren Rice

Job Title
Study Abroad Admissions Counselor
Lauren is from Boston, Massachusetts. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy as a junior in college and fell in love with the city. After graduating, she found her way back to Rome to help students have their own amazing experiences in the Eternal City.
Lauren Rice

What is your favorite travel memory?

The best part of living or studying in Europe is that there are so many amazing yet varied cities and counties within a short plane, train or even bus ride. I have countless amazing travel memories exploring Europe's capitols, floating in the Mediterranean, or biking through the countryside.

One of my favorite memories is the first time I skied the Italian alps - the views were breathtaking, the ski conditions were perfect and the food was delicious. There was even a World War I museum at the top of the highest peak to get a history lesson while warming up!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

John Cabot University is a very international environment, both in terms of the student body and the staff. It has been a great experience learning to work with people from all over the world. When collaborating with such diverse individuals you get ideas and perspectives that push projects in unexpected directions. I have also learned a new language - Italian!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A student once told me that 'studying at JCU is like traveling around the world in one building.' Students make friends from all over the world and I love when former students tell stories of their strong bonds with international friends from backgrounds so different from their own. Often students continue to travel the world long after their study abroad experience has ended to visit their new lifelong friends.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

JCU is based entirely in Rome, but our Student Services office plans trips that students can partake in. I would love to join the Pompeii and Amalfi Coast trip - it is the perfect combination of visiting an important and fascinating historical site in Pompeii followed by relaxing excursions in some of Italy's most beautiful beach towns.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

JCU has grown quite significantly in the last few years. Even though the university is expanding, the team has worked very hard to ensure we maintain what makes JCU so great academically, small classes and individualized attention led by world-class faculty. We have more than 1,500 students for the first time yet are still able to maintain the atmosphere of a tightknit community.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think that a large factor in JCU's success is that we don't settle for what is good: we are constantly looking for new ways to improve. A perfect example of this is the improvements that have been made to offer a more well-rounded student experience - from adding new volunteer opportunities, additional trips, a 24/7 access to an English speaking doctor or counseling, and fascinating new courses year semester.

There is always something new and exciting going on at JCU.