SAI Study Abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy

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Ancapri
Ancapri
SAI Excursion Trip
SAI Excursion Trip
Colosseum
Colosseum
Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast
My friends and I in front of the Colosseum our last day in Rome!
My friends and I in front of the Colosseum our last day in Rome!
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SAI offers walking tours throughout the semester. This is in front of the Pantheon, it's over 2,000 years old!
SAI offers walking tours throughout the semester. This is in front of the Pantheon, it's over 2,000 years old!
SAI offers excursions throughout the semester. SAI welcomes students to Rome with a visit to the famous Ostia Antica archaeological site. The group follows a guided tour of the site for a glimpse into the life of ancient Romans. Following the visit, we enjoyed lunch of a traditional Italian farm.
SAI offers excursions throughout the semester. SAI welcomes students to Rome with a visit to the famous Ostia Antica archaeological site. The group follows a guided tour of the site for a glimpse into the life of ancient Romans. Following the visit, we enjoyed lunch of a traditional Italian farm.

About

SAI invites students to experience the sweep of Italian history by spending a semester or summer in the heart of Rome! In partnership with John Cabot University (JCU), SAI offers students the opportunity to pursue an exceptional academic and cultural education in one of the most inspiring cities in the world. JCU offers a US-accredited liberal arts curriculum taught entirely in English and the school draws professors from around the world. Semester and summer programs offer students the option to enroll in a wide range of rigorous, elective courses. SAI oversees and coordinates all aspects of student enrollment, including application processing, course selection and credit, housing, visa advising, student health insurance, and transcripts. In addition, SAI provides comprehensive student services, from the moment of application, through the on-site experience, until students return home.

Highlights
  • Study abroad at a US-accredited University
  • Learn in small classes; JCU’s classes average 15 students.
  • Enjoy SAI's 360° Services
  • Option to complete an internship in the summer and semester

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...

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...

Reviews

97%
based on 48 reviews
  • Academics 8.2
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.3
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Tj
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phenomenal Experience!

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Eye Opening Experience

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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Semester

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester Ever!

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the best experiences of my life.

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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic experience

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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SAI was absolutely INCREDIBLE

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
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'd Go Again

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent program for my abroad experience!

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
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Made The Right Choice

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.

What would you improve about this program?
More spaces for the cooking classes/gelato workshops!
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Carlisle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredibly Grateful for SAI

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
8/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Disorganized

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
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Time

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.

What would you improve about this program?
More tips ahead of time on the University, classes, and professors.
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Jae
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Above and Beyond

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.

What would you improve about this program?
More trips around Italy and maybe one other gelato workshop!
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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SAI is fun, helpful, and knows italy

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.

What would you improve about this program?
Living conditions