• Italy
    • Rome
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Advertising Art History Arts Business Classical Studies Communications Creative Writing Economics Engineering English European Studies Film Finance Global Studies History Humanities International Business International Relations Journalism Law Liberal Arts Literature Marketing Media Relations Natural Sciences Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Relations Social Sciences +21
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals
Sep 05, 2023
Apr 24, 2023
63 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Study abroad in the fall, spring, or summer at John Cabot University. As an American university abroad, JCU allows your credits to transfer easily to your home institution. With small, discussion-based classes and students from all over the world, you will learn about the Italian way of life as well as other cultures.

Our services include a comprehensive orientation program with airport pick-up, nearby housing options with resident assistants, and a health and wellbeing office. Get involved in our clubs, organizations, community service programs, and athletics. Be sure to take advantage of the wide variety of trips and activities JCU offers to complement your studies!

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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.



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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 just 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.

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Obtain an Internship While at JCU

Enrich your resume by obtaining an internship through JCU's Center for Career Services. Get valuable experience and develop your professional skills while you study abroad. This is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a professional field. Make your study abroad experience one to remember.

Get Involved In Community Service

Make the most out of your study abroad adventures by participating in JCU's Community Service Program. There are various volunteering opportunities for students who wish to give back to the community. Not only do they become responsible and global citizens but they also have the possibility to be awarded with official Certificate of Participation.

Program Reviews

4.71 Rating
based on 85 reviews
  • 5 rating 74.12%
  • 4 rating 23.53%
  • 3 rating 1.18%
  • 2 rating 1.18%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.4
  • Support 4.4
  • Fun 4.55
  • Housing 4.25
  • Safety 4.6
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John Cabot Spring 2023

I am currently studying abroad John Cabot university for the spring 2023 semester. When I get home, I will recommend this to anybody who will listen because it has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. Not only do I study at one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen, I am in the heart of Rome. This is my dream study and being able to experience life here is a dream come true. On top of that, I have been able to learn and take classes on subjects that I can see in person in Rome. Like ancient history and baroque, art and architecture. All in all, I said stay here!

  • Beautiful city
  • Good food
  • History
  • Homesick
42 people found this review helpful.
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A dream come true

My experience in John Cabot University has been one of the greatest. The professors are really good and have taught me a lot, specially in the line of my study and they have guide me to know what I want for my career in the future. The University program is really good and the University support program too. John Cabot University has permitted me to gain so much knowledge, friends and experiences in one of the best places; Rome. I am happy to be a degree seeking student in John Cabot University.

  • Travel
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Getting sick abroad is challenging
  • Home sick
  • None
44 people found this review helpful.
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Jcu student life

As a US transfer student I had a great time at JCU all my credits where transferred and the advisor provided a very helpful guidance to pick and choose my classes from the wide range of options the university offered. JCU also has lots of extracurricular activities and programs that helped me gain experience and enriched my career and knowledge in my study field. The club and class trips were a great opportunity for networking and gaining hands on experience kn the markek. Overall great experience at Jcu

  • Location
  • Classes
  • Extracurricular
  • Size campus
  • Size classes
  • Duration
42 people found this review helpful.
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JCU experience

I really like john cabot university,especially the atmosphere inside the university. Indeed, the environment of freedom makes everyone confident and at ease. It is beautiful to see how every one is free to express its personality, beliefs,religion, gender without being discriminated. It is also very inspiring being in contact with many different people from every part of the world. The only real challenging thing is the english language for non-native speakers because it makes the study more difficult but obviously it is a key point of the university useful to improve language skills. Overall I would absolutely recommend JCU.

39 people found this review helpful.
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My JCU experience

Since I have moved to Rome and especially participated in the JCU program my life has become a lot more adventurous and filled with more opportunities. I really enjoyed majority of my time here. The professors are great and the experience is amazing as a whole. I learn something new each day. Meeting people from all around the world is especially great and learning about new cultures and traditions that many people participate in. Rome as a whole is great for my major as I am an Art History student. I would recommend it for any one looking for a new experience.

  • Education about the world
  • Meeting new people
  • Becoming more extroverted
  • Lonely at times
  • Homesick
41 people found this review helpful.
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I love being here. I met so many great people and I an so delighted to have choose John Cabot university as my top 1. The Professor are great, they always try to help you and try to make you succeed.
The community here is amazing and the clubs also more. I am part of the performing art community at John va out university and I love it! We perform beauty plays and we created a big family that I am so proud of!!
When I first came here I could not believe I would have find friends for live but now I am sure I did find them!!

41 people found this review helpful.
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Best school ever The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  • Food
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  • Small
41 people found this review helpful.
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JCU - Rome Study Abroad semester

I'm from an Asian country, moved to the US for college and have opportunity to study abroad in JCU, Rome Italy. I learn a lot about a different culture and have opportunity to travel a lot. However, the academic program in JCU is kinda hard, compared to my school in the US. However, they do well in providing housing (I live in Gianacolo residence hall and it's great, better live in Lungara or Gianacolo because it is near the campus). We also do not need to study in Friday, which gives us a longer weekend for travel. Utilize it to travel as much as you can!

  • Travel Opportunity
  • Housing
  • Learn new culture
  • Hard academic
  • Not too much support
  • No other cons
37 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Leah! You do not need to speak Italian to apply!!

Hi Sydney, yes JCU's classes run from Monday to Thursday which provides students with an extended weekend that is perfect for brief trips!

Hi Lauren! It really depends on what kind of living experience you're looking for. The Gianicolo and Trastevere residences house only JCU students in apartments, and provide 24/7 security, as well as onsite RAs; the Gianicolo residence is also entirely substance free. We also offer the option of living in external apartments, in buildings that also house tenants who do not belong to the JCU...

Hi Katelyn, Thank you for your interest in John Cabot University! You do not have to be enrolled at a university in order to study abroad at John Cabot. We have independent study abroad programs which you could apply for. I am attaching a link here where you can find all the information on how to apply. If you have any questions at all feel free to reach out to me directly at oaustin@johncabot.edu...