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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S.A.
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
Fall break would be great
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Tina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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

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!

What would you improve about this program?
To provide better beds. And more blankets.
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Alyssa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Can't think of anything!
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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
I would look to give students metra passes for their transportation here during the semester.
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Dani
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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

Excellent Program

SAI was so accommodating in every step of the study abroad experience. Before arriving in the Rome the Admissions staff was very helpful and then once abroad the staff was unbelievably terrific. They were always overly willing to help and they planned amazing trips. Needless to say I am so Rome sick and wish I could do it all over again! Thanks SAI!

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Julie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SAI ROME

I've never spent a day in Rome feeling unsupported by SAI. They have helped make my semester abroad such an amazing experience. Between everyone that works in the Rome SAI office and the free activities, I would recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad in Italy!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing!
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Heidi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Experience with SAI

The staff members are all really personable and they are always willing to go out of their way to help students. The events they offer are always so much fun and a great way to experience Italian culture.

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Amie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program, definitely would recommend.

I think I 100% made the right choice with SAI. The staff is friendly, accessible, and always ready to help, no matter how serious or trivial the problem. They are very easy to get in contact with and it is a small enough program that I got to know the staff members personally. From picking you up at the airport to helping you get around your new neighborhood, they are extremely helpful when acclimating to life in a new country. The events they organize are fun and help you meet everyone in the program right from the get go. They have just the right amount of involvement in the students life I think, helping you when you have questions or problems but also giving lots of independence to figure things out on your own. Housing is more than adequate and they try their best to match you with roommates you will get along with (my roommates are my best friends here). Altogether a great program, I wouldn't go any other way.

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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Change your Life with Study Abroad in Rome at John Cabot University

Descriptions on how to make the most of everyday and your experience abroad. The ability to go on excursions or par take in activities one may never have thought of. Along with being able to come to the office for help with anything from directions to consolation.

What would you improve about this program?
Potential vespa rentals.
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Christy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great semester

SAI was a great program. I'm so glad I chose them because they were always helpful and gave us AMAZING housing arrangements for us. It was a nearly perfect semester thanks to SAI. When I had to go to the doctor, SAI contacted a local practice that spoke English, made me an appointment, and sent my insurance without me having to do a thing. I was very please with the service they provided overall and it was a nearly perfect semester thanks to SAI.

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Ryan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Semester in Rome

I loved my semester abroad in Rome. I feel that it is one of the best places to study abroad and SAI does a fantastic job of planning events and setting us up for the semester. I highly recommend studying abroad in Rome and using SAI!

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Kaila
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great program, great semester

I thoroughly enjoyed going abroad to Rome with SAI/JCU. The staff at SAI Rome is super helpful and very accommodating. They're young too so they understand and if you need to talk, they're there to listen. I really like the extra programs such as cooking classes, vineyard tours, etc. that were offered to SAI program students only. These are included in the program and are a great way to meet other people on the program and get immersed in Italian culture. I would definitely recommend going to Rome with SAI!

What would you improve about this program?
My housing location and apartment in general were subpar. Our neighbors hated us from day one which made living in our apartment difficult at times but this was not SAI's fault at all. SAI was very accommodating with our situation and paired with Comforts of Rome Housing to make sure that everything pertaining to our apartment was taken care of quickly and accurately.
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Haley
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life

The best decision I ever made was choosing to study abroad. SAI made it easy and helped me out greatly when I needed it. School was important but I could never have learned life experiences like I did moving to a new country without knowing a soul. I'm still very close to the friends I met there even though we are all over the US now. And we've all taken a reunion trip back! I definitely recommended SAI for anyone and everyone!