• Italy
    • Rome
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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
Jun 06, 2024
70 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

4.70 Rating
based on 99 reviews
  • 5 rating 72.73%
  • 4 rating 25.25%
  • 3 rating 1.01%
  • 2 rating 1.01%
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  • Academics 4.35
  • Support 4.4
  • Fun 4.55
  • Housing 4.2
  • Safety 4.65
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Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Review

I am able to both learn important things in Italy, such as the history and language of the country, while having the best experience of my life thus far. I can travel, gain knowledge of Europe itself, and feel lots of support and fun from the University itself. I have learned how to use the public transportation, speak some italian in useful situations, such as in restaurants or at a bar, and learn how to be a independent traveler and student being so far away from my family and friends. I am very happy with choosing JCU.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried crab legs and was terrified even though I love crab.
  • Tasted amazing
  • I was scared of the legs
7 people found this review helpful.
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Being in Italy has been a dream and JCU made that possible! The academics were challenging but worth it for the experience! Be aware that professors will not go easy on you just because you are studying abroad, there will be lots of work.There are many school organized events and trips making it easy to immerse yourself in the experience! Location of the school is amazing since Trastevere is a truly fun and vibrant neighborhood. The building for classes are always clean and easy to get to no matter where you’re staying.

What was your funniest moment?
Orientation! Everyone is exhausted and it’s jusy delirious giggles
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  • Difficult academics
  • Expensive housing
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17 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Loved it

Super great. Really loved the experience.

12 people found this review helpful.
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Study Abroad

Very rigorous university. Definitely be aware that you will spend a lot of your time studying. The location is fantastic though, truly in the heart of Rome. Trips and Activities staff is great! This school was difficult but a worthwhile experience overall. I recommend coming but being aware that your GPA will be affected as grading is extremely difficult. The program is full of very interesting people and worthwhile if you put yourself out there. Good country I say it’s important to travel to smaller cities around Lazio.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would bring more snacks from home when coming here!
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  • GPA
12 people found this review helpful.
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Study Abroad!

John Cabot was a very fun study abroad experience. It was really cool to experience Rome through the eyes of a Roman. Trastevere is the best area in Rome (I might be biased), so it was really cool having it as our home base. The teachers were lovely and the students were amazing!! I found myself very much at home in Rome. The food was also amazing. Being in Rome it is very easy to travel to other destinations, I saw the majority of Italy and many other places in Europe. Overall it was an amazing experience and I learned a ton!

16 people found this review helpful.
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it was new and fun

studying at john cabot was a dream come true. i liked that i felt safe in my apartment. i also enjoyed that the location was ideal. we lived in a quiet part of town but were still close to a lot of beautiful view points and sights to see. i would love to have studied here another semester over and over. i think i got such a new and unique experience here with challenging academics. i would really recommend that other people do this program because they were thorough and provided so many resources for us

17 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing opportunity for growth!

I loved my time at John Cabot! I was super hesitant about studying abroad before the semester started, but once I got there I was blown away by how fulfilling the experience was. The university gives students many opportunities to get involved with the community through service projects and field trips! I’m going to miss my walk to classes where I felt immersed in the culture around me. I’m also felt like I learned a lot about the Italian lifestyle from my professors and fellow students! Not to mention the food is amazing

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to always ask for help, which I know sounds obvious but you’d be amazed how long people will go without getting support. No one is expecting you to know everything! Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors, students, friends, and RAs.
  • Amazing food
  • Independence
  • Learn about a new culture
  • Homesickness
  • Long commutes
  • Language barrier
16 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Experience I Will Never Forget

I really enjoyed my experience at JCU. Coming into this program, I had no idea what to expect but after about four months here Trastevere feels like a second home. I was incredibly lucky to have my apartment right in the middle of the neighborhood which was amazing. The academics were challenging but also rewarding. The safety precautions the school takes are absolutely top notch. I was so impressed at how seriously the school takes the safety of the students. I would recommend JCU to anyone who is thinking about studying abroad.

What was your funniest moment?
When I was on the airport I saw my friend Jack who I grew up with and had not seen it years. After a little while we realized that we were both studying at JCU for the semester. It has been nice to catch up with him these past couple months.
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  • No Classes on Friday
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18 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...