SAI Programs: Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University
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(42 Reviews)

SAI Programs: Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University

John Cabot University is an American university located in the historic Trastevere section of Rome; from this vantage, the splendors of the city are withing walking distance. JCU welcomes students coming from all over the world and offers courses in a variety of subjects, including Business and Economics, Political Science, Classical Studies, and many others.

Join SAI and John Cabot University for a life-changing experience abroad!

Locations
Europe » Italy » Rome
Europe » Italy
Subject Areas
Accounting
Advertising
Art History
Communications
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
English Literature
European Studies
Finance
Global Studies
Liberal Arts
Philosophy
Social Sciences
Sociology
Degree Level
Associates
Bachelors
Timeframe
Fall
Spring
Summer
Accommodation
Apartment
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Statement of Purpose
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD

Questions & Answers

Sai offers premium housing every semester that offers a more central location and often newer interiors. It does cost extra money, but those are the best apartments. However, all the apartments are great! Sai does a great job of getting apartments in the area and they're all nice. The farther you get from JCU usually the larger the apartments. The closer you are normally it's slightly less space b...
Apartments are located all over the neighborhood Trastevere which is where John Cabot is located. They're all totally different and some are two blocks away while others are a little over a mile. My apartment was one of the farther ones, but I was still able to walk there in fifteen minutes without taking any public transportation. Everyone had between 4-5 people total living in their house. I hop...

Program Reviews

  • Academics
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  • Support
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  • Fun
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  • Housing
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  • Safety
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Program Reviews (42)

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Emily
Female
20 years old
Mississippi
University of Mississippi

Study abroad is the best experience ever!

10/10

Choosing to study abroad was the best decision I have ever made. It is an experience unlike any other and I would recommend it to anyone. It was amazing to fully immerse myself in a country that I had never been before. Rome was a beautiful city with so much history and culture to learn about. I was able to become so familiar with all the places around me and really started to feel like a local. It was also so much fun being able to travel on the weekends. I studied abroad for 5 weeks and then stayed an additional 3 weeks afterwards. During my program I never once felt like I was there for too long, if anything I was not there long enough! I had the time of my life studying abroad and cannot wait to go back!

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Antonia
Female
21 years old
United States
Suffolk University

R(home) Sick

10/10

My study abroad experience was very unique because I was able to learn more about myself, my family heritage, and different cultures. I am so glad I chose SAI Programs and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. If it wasn't for SAI Programs, I probably wouldn't have met the people who have become my life-long friends. SAI Programs were extremely helpful in my transition from the United States to Italy. I enjoyed orientation and the excursion trip that was included in our program. My favorite memory is my trip to the Amalfi Coast. Not only did I fall in love with the view, but I overcame a fear. I pushed myself to take the ski lift to the top of Anacapri. It was the most breathtaking view that I will never forget. I felt like I was on top of the world and could handle anything. My life has changed tremendously since coming back home. I am in love with traveling and learning more about different cultures. I recommend SAI Programs to every student who is considering studying abroad because it will be the best experience of your life.

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Jonathan Cole
Male
Tuscaloosa, AL
Acadia University

SAI Programs Study Abroad Summer 2017 Review

10/10

Studying abroad through SAI was one of the best experiences of my entire life. I met new people from all over the United States and Europe and got to make connections with them that will last a lifetime. I got to jump right into the summer in my local Italian apartment in Trastevere, Roma and was surrounded by local italian culture 24 hours of the day.

SAI was extremely helpful with everything from figuring out where classes/monuments were to being a bit of a mentor to talk with about anything on your mind. Extremely happy I chose SAI and I hope I have the opportunity to take another trip some day.

How can this program be improved?

More warning about how much food and doing things costs.

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Sydney
Female
22 years old
United States
University of Missouri- Columbia

SAI Rome

8/10

If you are interested in studying abroad I highly recommend going through SAI. A good way to describe the SAI/student relationship is like a big brother or sister type of relationship. They help you with not only the documentation but making sure you are transitioning well into your new environment. My SAI advisors were very hands-on and got to know us pretty well. Documentation is one of the hardest parts about studying abroad and SAI was very proactive with making sure we had everything we needed and that it was turned in on time.

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Christina
Female
21 years old
Columbia, Missouri
University of Missouri- Columbia

Amazing program and amazing summer!

10/10

This summer, I had the best time of my life. SAI provided me with the perfect balance of support and safety, and independence. I learned a lot about traveling and interactions abroad, and felt deeply immersed in the Roman culture. I lived in a perfect location (Trastevere), my apartment was among other Italians, markets, and restaurants. I gained independence, traveling experience, and an open mindedness about other cultures.

How can this program be improved?

I think they do a great job of giving students support, yet fostering independence. No improvements necessary.

Kate
Female

SAI made my experience abroad run smoothly!

10/10

SAI was very helpful in addressing all my questions and concerns. The people I lived with have become life long friends. Everyone should take the chance to go abroad, you wont regret it. Traveling in Europe is super cheap and I recommend everyone take the opportunity to travel as much as they can. With the three day weekends guaranteed at JCU and the possibility for four day weekends, it makes for just enough time to travel to new places.

How can this program be improved?

N/A

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Juliette
Female
23 years old
Irvine
University of California- Irvine

Semester of a lifetime

10/10

SAI has given me the opportunity to grow in so many ways after studying in Rome, Italy. They have influenced me to be more culturally sensitive, adventurous, and humble. It was a great way to see the world, experience a different learning environment, and to meet new friends. I don't have anything bad to say about what SAI had to offer. The staff was always welcoming and helpful, the excursions offered were always fun and expanded outside of Rome and into other various parts of Italy. Although JCU wasn't the best school to take classes for my major (Social Ecology), I was still able to complete many courses that fulfilled my General Education requirements that were needed to graduate. When studying in Rome, I was also able to travel to other European countries which inspired me to want to continue traveling and explore the world. I would highly recommend SAI programs because they offer so much for the student and are very helpful in guiding you throughout your study abroad experience.
My study abroad experience with SAI was a pivotal point in my college career because it was an experience that influenced me to want to inspire other students to travel abroad, but to also keep on traveling and to seek other on-campus programs that allowed me to expand my college experience. During my winter quarter of 2017 I was able to go to Washington DC for an academic internship program. Without the experience of studying abroad with SAI, I don't think I would have been empowered to take on new academic programs that gave me the opportunity to experience and improve my educational experience.

How can this program be improved?

SAI was a great program, but JCU would be great they could improve their variety of course offerings.

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Felicia
Female
22 years old
Wisconsin
Carroll University

Experience of a Lifetime!

10/10

SAI provided me with the experience of a lifetime! The academics at John Cabot were once in a lifetime; they offer many unique classes you cannot take anywhere else, including an on-site history class, neighborhoods of Rome, and so many more! I learned a new language and made friends of a lifetime. Volunteer opportunities are highly encouraged and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the local Refugee Center with other John Cabot University students.
The onsite support was incredible and the excursions were indescribable. If you ever have any questions, your onsite staff are readily available with insider information! Studying abroad with SAI was by far one of the best decisions I could have made!
The housing options were very nice. I lived in the center of Rome 5 minutes from John Cabot, surrounded by amazing smells and history around every corner. Each semester I shared a room with one other student in an apartment with 4 or 6 students total. There were two bathrooms, which was greatly appreciated, a homely kitchen, and a lively living room- a place to call home.
Best food ever. Hands down. Without a doubt. You are in Italy- known for its pasta, pizza, and gelato. You cannot go wrong. Definitely enjoy the authentic gelato while you can! 10/10
I had the opportunity to have Italian neighbors, classes with international students from all over the world and on site classes that taught me the history of ancient Rome. Volunteer opportunities also added a sense of belonging.
I felt completely safe and at ease the entire year while abroad. The location is incredible and I never once worried about my safety, even lost at 5 in the morning. Most people know English and it can be a fun experience to get a little lost. Be aware of your surroundings and be responsible but I never once felt unsafe.
I never had any health issues while abroad but there are pharmacies with English speaking doctors and the onsite staff can always direct you in the right direction. You are also provided with health insurance through SAI, which helps put your mind at ease.
SAI was the best possible option for me in the best city in the world! (No, I'm not biased ;) Words cannot describe the amazing experience I had, in Rome, at John Cabot University, and with SAI! I gained a sense of self-worth and understanding while abroad. I am not afraid to go out of my comfort zone and I owe everything to this incredible experience.

How can this program be improved?

This program offers the best of everything. I sound cliche but it was the best experience of my life!

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Megan
Female
22 years old
Nashville, TN
Auburn University

Best Experience of My Life!

10/10

Studying abroad in Rome with SAI was definitely the best and most rewarding experiences of my life! Living in a city with such a diverse and unique culture and being able to travel around Europe at my own leisure was incredible. Not to mention the amazing staff of SAI to help out with anything and everything I needed made me feel a little more at home. I met some of my best friends, traveled to the most beautiful places, and learned more about myself than I ever thought I could.

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Tj
Male
22 years old
Ashburn, VA
College of William and Mary

Phenomenal Experience!

10/10

SAI Rome was a phenomenal study abroad experience to be a part of! Everything from picking us up at the airport upon arrival to determining housing was completed by SAI. They provided numerous excursions throughout Rome and Italy that were great experiences, including a weekend-long trip to Tuscany. They also were available at any time to answer questions about transportation or life in Rome in general. Would heavily recommend!

How can this program be improved?

Have the program's apartment housing be located near each other. Most of the apartments were at least a 15-20 minute walk away from each other, which made it difficult to establish friendships with everyone in the program. If the housing was all located within the same street or group of blocks, it would have allowed for a more tight knit community within the SAI program as a whole.

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Lexi
Female
23 years old
Brownsville, Wisconsin
Concordia University- Wisconsin

An Eye Opening Experience

10/10

My semester at John Cabot University was a great experience. SAI was extremely helpful every week and was always there to help with things that I needed. My mom decided to send me a package and it got lost in the mail and Jess and Jordan helped me locate it and talk to the Italian postal service to get my package to me. I really enjoyed all the trips of the semester and learning about the Italian culture was great and SAI (Jess and Jordan) really opened our eyes to that! Cheers to a great semester!

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Jessica
Female
23 years old
Boston
Suffolk University

A Life Changing Semester

10/10

Studying abroad is one of the biggest ways a person can live outside of their comfort zone. When faced with such an exciting but nerve-wracking opportunity, it is helpful to have a study abroad provider that is helpful every step of the way. SAI made sure I could study abroad with ease, helping be get through the dreaded visa acquisition, offering transportation from the airport to our apartments (which they also set up), and planning amazing excursions throughout the semester. Studying abroad was the best thing to ever happen to me. I got to travel to 7 different countries and explore all of Italy. It is an experience I wish I could live again and again, and thanks to SAI I was able to enjoy it all without any stress!

How can this program be improved?

I loved the program! If I had to change one thing I would say to allow a few days between finals and returning home just to give students a change to enjoy their final days in beautiful Roma!

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Mariah
Female
23 years old
South Carolina
University of South Carolina

Best Semester Ever!

10/10

I spent my Spring 2015 semester in Rome, Italy studying at John Cabot University. John Cabot University is an amazing college to attend while abroad. It is an American university located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, Italy. I participated in two business courses and two history courses during my semester abroad. All four of the classes I participated in were interesting, engaging, and exciting to attend. My favorite part was the small class sizes that allowed my classmates and I to engage in great discussions about our subjects.

The On-site SAI staff in Rome was AMAZING. Jess and Jordan are both great people who will do anything to help the students enjoy their time abroad. Jess was always available to help me schedule train tickets or find the best shopping in Rome. She also took me to the doctors office when I became sick during my first few weeks. Seriously - Jess is so great!

Also, Trastevere is a great neighborhood of Rome. It is within easy walking distance of the super touristy areas but far enough away to feel authentic. I loved wandering the streets and interacting with the local Romans.

How can this program be improved?

This program is really great and has a lot of good things going for it. The one thing it could improve upon would the first week orientation. SAI students could have had more activities together to meet each other.

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Noreen
Female
24 years old
New York, NY
Belmont University

One of the best experiences of my life.

9/10

I owe John Cabot and SAI a huge thank you for making my experience in Rome one of the best in my life. I have grown and learned so much from my time there, and I can't wait to go back. I will never forget the incredible food and people I met there.

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Alexis
Female
24 years old
Rome, Italy
University of South Carolina- Columbia

Fantastic experience

10/10

I have loved living and studying in Rome! I would go to class then get gelato and walk around and explore Rome with my friends. With no class on Friday we would usually start traveling on Thursday and I got to seed some incredible places around Europe. I never wanted to leave and will always love my time in Rome.

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Antonia
Female
24 years old
New York, New York
Pace University

SAI was absolutely INCREDIBLE

10/10

I have no complaints whatsoever when it comes to have been apart of the SAI program during my time abroad. The staff was friendly, extremely helpful and wonderful. The orientation and getting to know our new home was smooth and went off without a hitch. The trips that we were able to be apart of through SAI were spectacular. There is not a negative thing I could possibly say about SAI. Thank you for an experience I will NEVER forget!

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Alexandra
Female
24 years old
Nashville, TN
Belmont University

I'd Go Again

9/10

I loved the experience overall it was great. The Tuscany trip was fun and fell at a perfect time in the semester. I loved the cooking class experience and also the gelato class, the owners were absolutely great. They were so much fun and were great for getting to spend some time with other SAI students.

How can this program be improved?

Overall the program is great. I think it would be helpful to have gone on more tours around Rome, but obviously there are opportunities we can find for those experiences. I also would have liked to be located more closely to campus or in an area other than trastevere. It was a great experience and the team really helped me out when I had both my wallet and phone stolen.

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Taylor
Female
24 years old
Rome, Italy
Other

Excellent program for my abroad experience!

10/10

Going to John Cabot University through SAI has made my abroad experience so much better. The program is well organized and has a caring staff. Great activities for SAI students and I appreciate knowing there is always someone here to help me if I need it. An overall amazing program!!

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Liz
Female
24 years old
United States
University of Mary Washington

Made The Right Choice

9/10

I found SAI through their program book in my school's Study Abroad Office. I even looked at applying to JCU on my own, without being SAI, to save money and the application looked straightforward. But SAI's support extends beyond just living in Rome, starting with the visa process. Program coordinators do a lot to make students feel welcome and try to learn names as soon as possible.
In short, I am incredibly glad I chose to study abroad with SAI. For what it's worth, living in an external apartment seems to be much more "fun" and in line with the typical upperclassman American college student lifestyle... read: the JCU dormitory is incredibly strict. Furthermore, my apartment is beautiful and very large.

How can this program be improved?

More spaces for the cooking classes/gelato workshops!

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Carlisle
Female
24 years old
Novato, California
Saint Mary's College of California

Incredibly Grateful for SAI

10/10

The SAI staff are exceptionally personable and accommodating. I have greatly appreciated their openness to my every question (big or small) I've had throughout the experience. They've helped me with everything from housing help, to travel plans, and simply making my transition to life in Rome as smooth as possible. The cultural activities they offer have also introduced me to places and things I might not have otherwise experienced on my own. Can't imagine studying abroad without them.

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Imani
Female
24 years old
Rome, Italy
University of Mary Washington

Disorganized

8/10

This program basically tells you your on your own, which is fine. But they put on the guise that they are super organized and helpful and put-together which they're not. One should use this program only if they are willing to be on their own for most of it.

Response from SAI Programs

Thanks for your feedback! I’m very sorry to hear that you weren’t completely satisfied with your experience in Rome. A certain amount of disorientation is totally natural when studying abroad and the SAI team works hard to help students overcome this challenge. But we’re always looking for ways to improve! If you would like to discuss your experiences in greater detail, feel free to reach me by calling SAI’s 800 number.

Best,

Ben Strevens
SAI Director of Communications

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Alicia
Female
24 years old
Moraga, CA
Other

Great Time

10/10

Studying abroad through SAI was amazing. The housing was nice, although we did have to put in a lot of requests right away to fix things. The location we stayed within the city was the best. The staff are so helpful!! The excursions were also really cool and helped me see things I normally wouldn't have seen.

How can this program be improved?

More tips ahead of time on the University, classes, and professors.

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Jae
Female
24 years old
Escondido, California
Old Dominion University

Above and Beyond

10/10

Rome has changed my life forever. Having to immerse oneself in a culture where virtually NO things are American tends to be challenging, for me it was a welcome challenge. I loved trying to speak Italian with shop owners and waiter, I loved seeing grown men and women ordering gelato at 10 AM simply because they wanted it. Seeing "la dolce far niente" played out every day was a blessing, and has changed my personal views on life forever. I am back in the States doing the same old things, but the way that I feel about them and see them has changed forever. Rome changed my life, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

How can this program be improved?

More trips around Italy and maybe one other gelato workshop!

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Victoria
Female
24 years old
Boston, MA
Suffolk University

SAI is fun, helpful, and knows italy

10/10

SAI offers tons of FREE day and weekend trips that would cost at least $50 each if you were to do them on your own. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE! The staff is always available to answer questions regarding anything at all. My only complaint was the quality of my apartment, but its location was unbeatable.

How can this program be improved?

Living conditions

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S.A.
Female
24 years old
Delaware
University of Delaware

Amazing Semester Abroad at JCU

10/10

JCU was great. The classes were moderate as far as difficulty goes, it really just depends on what classes you take. The school and apartments they put you up in are in Trastevere which is one of THE BEST neighborhoods in Rome. It is extremely safe, there are security guards all over. The cafeteria food was pretty good, especially the croissants and cappuccinos for breakfast. The apartments are nice and big, small kitchen but that's to be expected. No Friday class ever!! But also no fall break like some other universities have. Overall though, it's an amazing place and I would 100% recommend studying abroad at JCU in Rome.

How can this program be improved?

Fall break would be great

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Tina
Female
24 years old
Dayton, Ohio
University of Dayton

Best Experience of My Life!

10/10

The way of life living in Italy was so much more laid back and relaxed than anything I have ever experienced in the United States. We would have time to socialize with locals over cappuccinos, see the sights, taste the food, and explore the rest of Europe. The relationships I made with the other SAI students and staff made my experience incredible and worth while. The entire experience was amazing and I loved every second of it!

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked to have SAI help with the transition period because the culture shock was really intense and hard to cope with.

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Shelby
Female
24 years old
Moraga
Saint Mary's College of California

Study Abroad Experience in Rome

10/10

I had the most wonderful and perfect study abroad experience with SAI. The trips provided were fabulous and provided memories that will never be forgotten! The staff were always there for us when we needed help or advice! Thank you SAI!

How can this program be improved?

To provide better beds. And more blankets.

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Alyssa
Female
24 years old
Moraga, California
Saint Mary's College of California

Can't Imagine Rome without SAI

10/10

SAI greatly enhanced my experience in Rome. They provide so much support and are always there to answer any questions you may have. They organize events (cooking lessons, opera and ballet night, hiking and bike tours, weekend trip to Tuscany) that allow you to make new friends and get closer to your old ones. When planning one of my first trips, I had no idea how the train system worked. But one of the SAI employees took the time to sit down and help me figure it out. I also had to cancel my hostel reservation but was worried that there would be a language barrier that would make it difficult to cancel the reservation. I asked an SAI employee to make the call for me and they were happy to do it. Whenever I contacted them outside the office, they were very prompt and return my emails/calls/text quickly. I always felt like I was being looked after. I couldn't recommend SAI more! My study abroad experience was so much better because of them and I am so thankful for them being here for me from the beginning to the end. Thanks SAI!

How can this program be improved?

Can't think of anything!

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Alexander
Male
24 years old
De Pere, Wisconsin
Saint Norbert College

SAI: Rome at John Cabot University

10/10

Everyday was a new adventure and even when coming home from class. I was able to explore and take advantage of the available SAI programs they offered. My days included walking to class and taking in the scenery and finding new outlets such as running in the park.

How can this program be improved?

I would look to give students metra passes for their transportation here during the semester.

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Dani
Female
24 years old
Ann Arbor
University of Michigan

Best program in Rome

10/10

This program has everything you need, without being overbearing at all. They are there for help with doctors, classes, housing, etc. and always provide amazing support round the clock. Very reliable and qualified.

How can this program be improved?

Plan more social events mid-week, because if I travel on the weekends I can't make it to the cooking class or wine tasting, etc.

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