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John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world. Over 1,000 students attend John Cabot each year from 70 countries, including a large number of visiting students from universities across the U.S. At JCU, you will learn in small classes from professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory.
John Cabot University offers courses in a wide variety of subject areas. Classes average about 15 students so you'll get to know your professors and share your ideas in class. Some classes will offer field trips throughout the city, enhancing the academic experience at John Cabot. All SJU students should plan to register for five, 3-credit courses while abroad.
To review the list of pre-approved courses for SJU students, please click on the "Pre-Approved Courses" link at the top of this page. You should also visit the John Cabot University website to view the courses on offer for the semester you wish to study abroad.
Student Life/Cultural Engagement
John Cabot offers a comprehensive, four-day orientation upon arrival in Rome. They offer activities that will allow you to navigate and explore the university campuses, JCU services and Rome while getting to know your fellow classmates! In addition, the JCU Student Activities office sponsors a number of day trips, tours, cooking classes and other activities throughout the semester. Visiting students can also stay active by joining a JCU sports team or becoming involved in intramural sports.
Housing and Meals
JCU offers three different housing options: the Gianicolo Residence, the Viale Trastevere Apartments, and independent apartments through a management company (should the first two options reach their full capacity). These options can vary in terms of both proximity to the university and aesthetics, though apartments are roughly standardized in terms of basic amenities. They are all fully-furnished and provide a bedroom, shared bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen (to Italian standards, including a washing machine, but no dryer or dishwasher). They are located in safe residential neighborhoods and allow easy access to public transportation and shopping. An optional meal plan is available to all enrolled students (at an extra cost) and can be used only at the cafeteria in the Tiber Student Center.
JCU housing is not a mandatory part of the university application process. Before applying, please carefully review all of the JCU Housing online materials, the application process, assignments policy, move-in/out dates, and all application and payment deadlines to see if JCU Housing is right for you.
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the JCU website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.
Molly Eugenia O'Flaherty, Spring 2017 Participant
This program is in a great location and it is easy to get to things. The campus itself is separated into two which are about a 10 minute walk from each other. There are a lot of food options and shops between the two campuses. The academics itself are a lot like Saint Joe's in the sense that this school is actually an university, not just a study abroad program. Classes are small, so it is very interactive. The school has resources such at the writing center that is encouraged to be used by a lot of professors. I stayed in the external apartments, and I found it being a little excluded from the rest of the school. If I had to do it again, I would have probably stayed in the dorms just for the purpose of making more friends. Overall, I had a great experience and really enjoyed my time there.
Michael Francis Detlet, Fall 2016 Participant
The only real downside to being at John Cabot is the poor WiFi in the dorms, it can make it difficult to communicate with family, friends, and do homework. It definitely takes a while to adjust to how the school system works in Italy, because it is different than back at SJU, but once you adjust it is a very nice experience. JCU is very close to the center of Rome and many major sights and it is easy to travel to each one of them. The surrounding neighborhood is very nice and provides a lot of different things to do at all times of the day.
Spring 2016 Participant
I loved my time in Rome! John Cabot University's location in Trastevere put us right by some of the best restaurants and shops in Rome and was an easy walk away from some of the major sites of the city. During my time abroad I learned a lot, meet many lasting friends, and had time to travel throughout Europe!
When they say "All roads lead to Rome",they really mean it. From John Cabot, not only is it easy to see all Rome, but it is also very easy to travel to other parts of Italy as well as different countries. The area around the school is very nice and there is a lot of things for students to see and do
— Michael Detlet, Fall 2016
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.