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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John Cabot review

The university and surrounding area are amazing. I wish I could attend school here full time. Italy is amazing. The teachers were nice. I learned a lot. But 500 characters is too long for an honest review. I will just say that I loved it thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiioiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much! Can’t wait to come back

  • Education
  • Sights
  • Easy
  • It’s still school
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John Cabot University

I absolutely loved this program. I felt supported and calm even though I was in a different country. It was an abolsutley amazing expierence and i wouldnt trade it for the world. I roomed with my best friend and it was an experience I will never ever forget. Italy was a dream and I wont forget it. People say study abroad is scary but it was anything but that it was calming but I also learned so much. The professors were amazing and I will never forget them because of how helpful they were to me.

  • Italy
  • Friends
  • Food
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John Cabot University

I really enjoyed my time leaving at JCU and embracing the Italian culture. This has been the best experience of my life so far and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to study at John Cabot University. I have learned a lot in my class, and I enjoy the environment all around Rome. If I could, I would come back and do it all over again. The living has been great and I have yet to not feel safe. Everyone is friendly and the food has been great, although I miss my American foods. I have enjoyed everything Rome has to offer.

  • Safety
  • Fun
  • Great food
  • Lots of walking
  • Expensive
  • Very hot
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John Cabot University

I had a great experience at John Cabot University this summer. I felt that the university provided great support from the first day of check-in and orientation. I stayed in the Gianicolo residence with 6 other girls and I felt that the apartment was very spacious and comfortable to share. Everything on campus is also very walkable which made getting around easy. I always felt safe walking around Trastevere and even in the city of Rome, which was a great feeling. I went on one of the JCU sponsored trips to a sailing camp and had a great time. There were many other programs that my friends went on to great places like the amalfi coast and Sapri. JCU did a great job to ensure an enjoyable experience!

  • Traveling
  • Meeting new people
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JCU Review

super fun and safe place to go! My student housing had no air conditioning and was really hot but other than that my experience was amazing! There was so much to see and do and we even got to go to places with the school/ other students. Everyone was really welcoming and kind, and the staff was super helpful if you ever had any questions. My studies were somewhat difficult, but i was taking a hard math course so that made sense. Althought the class was taught over such a short period of time, I do feel as though I got a good grip of the material and am prepared to take classes that follow this one!

  • good food
  • pretty scenery
  • school led to excursions
  • no air conditioning


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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

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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.