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!


Via della Lungara 233
00136 Rome RM


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Yes, I recommend this program

As a history buff, I loved being in Rome for my junior year! John Cabot offers a variety of on-site classes, which further enhances any study abroad experience. There is truly nothing like meeting at the Roman Forum for your history class!! The professors expect you to be in class so make sure you know their attendance policy. It's a great opportunity to meet friends from all over the US, Italy, and the world in your classes at JCU. Also, JCU plans activities for students to participate in-- you simply, aren't "on your own". The housing provided by the university was updated and clean. Trastevere is a great neighborhood in Rome to take classes and live. Around every corner you will find something new- a church, a restaurant, or cafe- you can really never stop exploring this city. Overall it was fabulous experience!

What would you improve about this program?
It would be great if more classes could be offered.
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Yes, I recommend this program

John Cabot gave me the academic challenge I wanted, while also allowing me to travel frequently. I felt like I was learning in multiple aspects. In the classroom and in the city, I enjoyed an incredibly enrichening experience. John Cabot aided me with all the resources I needed to feel safe and confident while abroad. Whether it was asking for directions or getting my washing machine fixed, John Cabot was always there for support. The apartment housing is in a prime location and a terrific neighborhood suited for an authentic experience.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Could not have had a better semester abroad in Rome at JCU. The students,staff, and apartments we're amazing.

The administration strives to make your experience as easy as possible. When you arrive they provide an extensive orientation program. The professors are experts in their field and provided me the best possible education abroad. My apartment was a 5 minute walk from the campus. It was also close to many shops and restaurants as well as the center of Rome. The apartment was spacious and clean.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Overall I had some mishaps being in a new country, however, all struggles I had were worth it. The language isn't as much of an issue as people claim it to me. I had a worse time adjusting to relaxed scheduling of Europeans. They are almost accustomed to things going wrong so people are often late. No one seems to get angered as easily about messing another's routine up either. The academics could be enhanced by giving more attention to students who wish to seek it. However, a lot of this program encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and to find my own answers.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish my RA understood American norms so we could've had a better connection.
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Yes, I recommend this program

John Cabot is a great place to study abroad! The campuses are in a great location in Trastevere also known as the college neighborhood but the school is also close to all of the major attractions in Rome. The classes are relaxed but still engaging and the school is a great way to meet other American students but also other students and professors from around the world. They also have many events and opportunities on campus to get involved. I would highly recommend John Cabot for anyone looking to study abroad or study at a four-year school.


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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.
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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.

Stefania Corrado

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International Admissions Counselor
Stefania Corrado is an International Admissions Counselor at John Cabot University. She is a native Philadelphian who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. During her own study abroad experience in St. Petersburg, Russia, Stefania fell in love with international education and, upon graduation, moved to Rome to pursue a career in this area where she has been living for the past two years.
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Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Yes, I had a wonderful study abroad experience! When I started University, I really wanted to challenge myself and learn a completely new language.

So, I registered for Basic Russian 101 and two years later I found myself in chilly St. Petersburg, Russia. Once I started learning the language, I became so much more intrigued with Russian culture and history which inspired me to jump out of my comfort zone and do something different.

Which study abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

This is a very interesting question for me as my opinion on the subject has changed throughout my years of living in many different places. During my experience in Russia, my classmates and I were proud of ourselves for venturing into the cold, unknown of Russia while our University friends were all going to the same, typical locations in Europe.

However, after living in Rome for two years now, I can easily say that there is no such thing as an "over rated" destination. Every study abroad destination from Barcelona to Zanzibar can offer something new and inspiring to students.

However, students must remember that studying abroad is meant to be a learning experience. They should choose a location that will offer them exactly what they are looking to learn and explore while, of course, always enjoying themselves in the meantime.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Growing up in a trilingual family, language and culture have always been big parts of my life. However, I never realized their true importance until my first social studies class on ancient civilizations in 7th grade.

That was the moment that I learned how important other cultures are in the growth of my own culture and identity through the exchange of ideas and tools. It inspired me to focus my college career in intercultural communication because I love the idea of bringing cultures and people around the world together.

I believe I have learned the most outside of my country immersing myself in the ideas of different peoples and cultures and this has become something I strive to pursue in my career working with international students from around the world and bringing them into one classroom. The learning possibilities become endless!

What was your favorite traveling experience?

To date, I have traveled to 47 countries either on my own or with friends, colleagues, and family which I consider a small indent on the world.

However, despite all the irony, my favorite traveling experience has been my first time in California where I recently just road tripped from Portland, Oregon to San Diego, California with a stop at the Grand Canyon with my all-time best and oldest friend.

After being away from the US for so long, it was such an amazing feeling to reconnect to my country and explore a side of it I didn’t know.

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