Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University

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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!

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.

Waived application fee!

John Cabot University has waived the application fee for upcoming study abroad programs. Currently accepting applicants for fall 2020 and 2021 semesters! Be sure to take advantage of this deal and the 89-day no visa requirement for US passport holders.

Questions & Answers

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...

Yes, this institution offers postgraduate courses.

Reviews

9.42 Rating
based on 31 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 83.87%
  • 7-8 rating 12.9%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 3.23%
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  • Academics 8.2
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.1
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Robin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had quality education and fun with people

Professors were very well prepared and lessons are not all frontal, but they made us discuss and create argumentation understanding the issues. The campuses are really nice and very well maintained. Maybe Tiber campus needs some renewal. Mine is a business degree, and is tough. However, study is compensated with fun I had with my friends I met there. The library is nice and unique, and all the books u need for your courses can be found there for scanning and ebook.
Recently, there's plenty of semester abroads and Degree seekers coming to that university because is really Americanized.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The university has changed positively last years offering more services, majors, and oppportunities. I wish I could have started past year.
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Courtney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spring 2019

I attended JCU in the spring 2019 semester and It was the best four months of my life. I got to not only earn credits toward my degree and explore the ancient city of Rome, but I got to live in Italy for those four months on my own and make amazing memories. JCU does not have classes on Fridays, which makes It very simple for students to travel, which I loved and appreciated. Trastevere is a beautiful area, and Rome is right across the Tiber River. There is so much to explore on both sides of Rome, along with Vatican City being such a short walk away.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make every moment count! You only get to do this once! Nasones have the cleanest water you will ever taste. You can have gelato everyday, you'll walk It off. Don't eat at any restaurants where they have pictures of "their" food on the menus outside, that's a tourist trap and It won't be as good or authentic. Leave some weekends free to stay in Rome and explore! There is plenty of time to travel Europe.
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Emily
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Location is everything... but everything else sucks.

Trastevere is beautiful but John Cabot is not. Here are the biggest problems I encountered:

1) Housing Department: JCU has a regressive drinking policy, checking even students' trash for alcohol containers that exceed its per person limit. Further, we were not allowed to have any guests over past 11:30pm. I suppose JCU would prefer that we go to bars after curfew because we can't hang out with our friends in the comfort of our own safe homes (this is what most students resorted to)...

I was sent home after one month at JCU due to the coronavirus, and JCU refused to even partially refund housing. My home university, along with the majority of schools in the US, refunded housing without question. This was a grossly unethical decision on JCU's part.

The wifi also NEVER worked in our apartment, so I couldn't complete any homework at home. JCU housing is so expensive that students should at least be able to expect wifi.

2) Career Department: I was offered an internship in Rome before I arrived, facilitated by the career department, and they essentially forced me into the decision. Within 12 hours of receiving the offer, JCU Career Services demanded that I accept. Later on, they urged me to work more hours than I initially agreed to, at the expense of my coursework. It is very clear that this university prioritizes their industry reputation above the academic success of their students.

There are also issues with faculty responsiveness, but these are more difficult to manage. I once had a professor tell the class that he simply "doesn't check his email," so we shouldn't expect him to respond to questions about the course.

Overall, I loved Rome but I wish I had chosen a different university. I've talked to many full-time students at JCU and they also dislike much about the university.

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eleonora
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience in my life

I am Eleonora, a Communication student at John Cabot University. I'm from Rome but every time I enter in th JCU's buildings it's like entering in another world. There's a truly international atmosphere that is exactly what entices students to travel and study at JCU. Here, we get to know and discover new cultures and traditions. JCU abounds of extracurricular activities such as Clubs, that attract students making them an active part of the student life. Last year, I joined the Fashion Club where I had the opportunity to travel around Italy to visit and get to know the brands that have made the "Made in Italy" a business model appreciated all over the world. In short, a truly unique experience for those cannot stand still. Another experience to try here at JCU is the Athletics department. You can be part of the sports teams, compete at national and international level, always travelling in the name of sport and fun. I'm grateful to be a John Cabot student, I really couldn't have made a better choice than this.

What was your funniest moment?
During my second semester, since I was part of the fashion club's board, I had to organize the multicultural fashion show. It was a big event that needed the participation of musicians, cameraman, models, make up artists, and hair-stylists. Obviously, they were all JCU students who had the opportunity to put in practice their passions. It was a magic experience. we were so excited when we listened at the final audience's prolonged applause that made us so proud of what we did. We really had lot of fun and from that moment, every semester we reorganize the fashion show trying to recreate that exact atmosphere.
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Carolina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad at JCU

What makes JCU such an academically and culturally rich university is its student body and professors. Additionally, JCU combined the best qualities of an American liberal arts college with the history and culture of the Eternal City, which have challenged me both personally and professionally. Another unique characteristic of JCU is the small clasroom size, which allows you to study the topics in depth. Rome is also a great city to travel from. Countless opportunities for students who would like to be challenged, such as doing an internship or travel every week.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Discover Rome and the italian culture as much as you can
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Mouss
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

JCU BY MOUSS

Well-Rounded University with helpful professors and a diversified student body. Expect to study to avoid any surprisingly complicated assignments and you'll be fine for the academics.
Academics are well balanced between courses that require a much-needed level of rigor and others that do not require rigor at all. It depends on your program and bachelor. Financial Accounting is complicated while the intro to Office Applications is not, for example...
Studying at JCU is a personal and cultural experience. The time I've spent here in Rome has definitely been worth the money. In addition, JCU tuition is cheaper than US private school tuition fees. Life in Europe is also pretty cool from the aspect of being able to afford traveling, as its much cheaper than in any other economic region.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Some friends of mine and it went to Todi, I ate a roasted pigeon, straight up.
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Letizia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunities in Rome!

John Cabot University was the key that opened many doors such as: life experiences, internships and great friendships. I have been studying at JCU in Rome for two years now,
I was born and raised in Sicily but I lived in the States for a year where I finished my high school, and right after I fell in love with the American School System, right after I decided to pursue my education in an American University and that's how I found JCU, honestly I could not have wished for something better. Thanks to the Career Service Center I got an internship at the American Embassy of Rome, which is truly changing my life, especially since my biggest dream is being a diplomat. Professors are very competent and always available for any kind of problem you might have in Rome, in your life or, of course, academically. I think I'll remember most of my lectures for life because professors at JCU have something special, they are "humans" and really get you. Moreover, John Cabot is where I met people from all over the world, that truly showed me how to look at the world from different points of view, it's great to interact with people that have very different background or stories. I could not have wished to study in any other place, if not, in the heart of Rome.

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Letizia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunities in Rome!

John Cabot University was the key that opened many doors such as: life experiences, internships and great friendships. I have been studying at JCU in Rome for two years now,
I was born and raised in Sicily but I lived in the States for a year where I finished my high school, and right after I fell in love with the American School System, right after I decided to pursue my education in an American University and that's how I found JCU, honestly I could not have wished for something better. Thanks to the Career Service Center I got an internship at the American Embassy of Rome, which is truly changing my life, especially since my biggest dream is being a diplomat. Professors are very competent and always available for any kind of problem you might have in Rome, in your life or, of course, academically. I think I'll remember most of my lectures for life because professors at JCU have something special, they are "humans" and really get you. Moreover, John Cabot is where I met people from all over the world, that truly showed me how to look at the world from different points of view, it's great to interact with people that have very different background or stories. I could not have wished to study in any other place, if not, in the heart of Rome.