SAI Programs: Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University

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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!

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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 42 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.2
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Antonia
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
9/10

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.

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.
Yes, I recommend
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Taylor
10/10

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!!

Yes, I recommend
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Liz
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
More spaces for the cooking classes/gelato workshops!
Yes, I recommend
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Carlisle
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Imani
8/10

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

No, I don't recommend
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Alicia
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
More tips ahead of time on the University, classes, and professors.
Yes, I recommend
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Jae
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
More trips around Italy and maybe one other gelato workshop!
Yes, I recommend
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Victoria
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
Living conditions
Yes, I recommend
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S.A.
10/10

Amazing Semester Abroad at JCU

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
Yes, I recommend
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Tina
10/10

Best Experience of My Life!

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.
Yes, I recommend
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Shelby
10/10

Study Abroad Experience in Rome

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.
Yes, I recommend
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Alyssa
10/10

Can't Imagine Rome without SAI

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!
Yes, I recommend
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Alexander
10/10

SAI: Rome at John Cabot University

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.
Yes, I recommend
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Dani
10/10

Best program in Rome

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.
Yes, I recommend

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