Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University

John Cabot University

Why choose John Cabot University?

Study abroad in English at an American liberal arts university in the fascinating city of Rome, Italy. John Cabot University is known for its unique location in a historic Italian neighborhood, with unrivaled access to a wide range of campus facilities and nearby famous historical attractions. As we are accredited, 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 at our renowned university!

Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

The Queer Alliance is a JCU student club founded by members of the student body who identify as either LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) or straight. Its goal is to foster a supportive academic, professional, and personal, environment for both degree-seeking and study-abroad students while attending JCU and living in Rome.

Impact

Sustainability

John Cabot University is committed to building a more sustainable world. By leveraging its liberal arts tradition, JCU aims to create a leadership hub that connects academic excellence and innovation to provide solutions to real-world problems on sustainability.

Reviews

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Tatiana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

I am having a wonderful and enriching experience at this Institution! I am enjoying my time playing a sport at this institution (volleyball) and I am extremely grateful to have broadened my range of friends. I now have friends from all over the world including Italy, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and different states in America. I am excited to go home and recommend this experience to all of my friends! When I get home I will also tell my family all about my experiences living abroad and I will share all the things I have learned.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
My emersión in the language.
Pros
  • Living in Italy full time.
Cons
  • Living half way across the world from my family.
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Lance
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad

John Cabot University is a fantastic place to get an college education. The staff and faculty are hard working people, and the campus is always clean and organized. The food in the cafeteria is often very good and the students can be some very nice people. The housing is also hard to beat because of the close distance to class buildings and functioning amenities. I'm glad I chose John Cabot University for my study abroad experience. I would recommend this school for anyone who wishes to have a top notch American education in Italy

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Eat lots of food
Pros
  • Food
  • Monuments
  • People
Cons
  • Distance between buildings
  • Lack of Clubs
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Vittoria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My lovely experience

I was not supposed to come to Rome but I am enjoying every single thing about it. I am very happy of the major I decided to study, I am enjoying all the classes I chose even though it is my very first semester. I am making so many friends and I am enjoying all the funny things that the university suggests from the sports to the meetings or clubs. It is amazing how a new community is being built up and it is wonderful that these are the years of our lives. I am already sad that it is just three years!

What was your funniest moment?
When I entered into the tennis team
Pros
  • Friends
  • Doing sports
  • Meeting lots of people
Cons
  • No cons
  • No cons
  • No cons
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Elena
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience ever

During my first two years in this university I’ve always felt supported and welcomed. The faculty is amazing and the offices help you out with everything!
The community created is wonderful and mixed and you will never feel excluded. People from all ove the world will expand your horizons and help you develop new skills. Clubs and extracurricular activities are always available: theatre, computer labs, photography and many other more! Some clubs at jcu help also the community around us by cleaning the environment and helping people less fortunate.

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Gretchen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun times abroad!

It was awesome how flexible my schedule here was. I was able to travel to so many places. Not having classes on Fridays was a game changer. I also learned so many new things. I became very comfortable traveling. I tried many new things! Learning Italian was awesome. I will say that my Spanish class was significantly harder than the class I took before it in the US. My living conditions were not ideal as our bathroom had many issues. Other than that, I am thankful for how close my apartment is to everything.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Dunk in Barcelona!
Pros
  • Trying new things
  • Meeting new people
  • Learning Italian
Cons
  • Expenses of traveling
  • Make up Fridays
  • The shower at my apartment

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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.

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.