About JCU

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to speak Italian to come to JCU?

Are the classes taught in English?

Does JCU offer scholarships and financial aid?

What can I do with a degree from JCU?

Is a JCU degree recognized by European institutions?

Is JCU accredited?

Does John Cabot offer any graduate programs (MBA, etc.)?

After I graduate from JCU, can I continue my education at an Italian university?

How do I request a transcript?

Who was John Cabot?


Do I need to speak Italian to come to JCU?

No. We do, however, highly recommend that you take a course in Italian at JCU as part of your curriculum. Studying Italian will make you feel more comfortable in Rome and give you a language skill to put on your resume. Courses are offered in Italian each semester at all levels for students wishing to study the language.

Are the classes taught in English?
Yes, all of the classes are in English (except for Italian language and literature classes).

Does JCU offer scholarships and financial aid?
Yes. John Cabot University offers scholarships to degree-seeking students from all over the world. We also participate in the U.S. Title IV Program for Stafford Loans and PLUS.

JCU also offers scholarships to qualified study abroad students. As a visiting student you might be able to transfer your existing financial aid package to JCU. 

What can I do with a degree from JCU?
John Cabot University's liberal arts education will give you broad exposure to the ideas and culture that have shaped Western Civilization and do so in an international context. Emphasizing the development of your critical thinking, creativity, communication and research skills, John Cabot University prepares you to transfer these skills to a variety of careers.

JCU graduates with strong records enter the most selective and demanding graduate programs in the world, or work as international businesspeople, financial analysts, journalists, lawyers, humanitarians, writers, curators and more.

Is a JCU degree recognized by European institutions?
Following the guidelines of the EU Bologna Accords, JCU's American Bachelor of Arts degree is recognized as a Level 1 European degree which allows students to apply to graduate programs - Level 2 (Masters) throughout the EU. For more information on the Bologna process, click here.

Is JCU accredited?
Yes. John Cabot University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org).

Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an expression of confidence in an institution's mission and goals, as well as its performance and resources. Accreditation by a regional accrediting association certifies to other educational institutions and the public that an institution has been evaluated, meets or exceeds established standards, and is achieving its own goals.

Does John Cabot offer any graduate programs (MBA, etc.)?
The University does not offer any graduate degree programs at this time, but we do offer a number of summer graduate courses. Our Career Services Office assists and advises JCU students and graduates on obtaining advanced degrees.

After I graduate from JCU, can I continue my education at an Italian university?
Yes. JCU graduates may apply for admission to Italian degree programs such as the laurea magistrale ("+ due"). To apply for an Italian degree program, you must submit a Dichiarazione di valore (Certified Degree Equivalency).

This is the standard procedure for all students who have earned a degree at a foreign (non-Italian) institution. Issued by an Italian consulate abroad, this document states that the degree is authentic and that the institution has degree-awarding powers. The Registrar's office at JCU provides assistance to students in obtaining this document.

Admission to Italian degree programs is granted by the selected university on a case-by-case based on the academic requirements of the program being pursued. Students may be required to complete additional courses (debiti formativi) before starting the degree.
JCU graduates have continued into graduate programs at Italian universities such as Università Bocconi, Università di Roma La Sapienza, RomaTre, and Tor Vergata, Università degli Studi di Pavia, and Università degli Studi di Milano.

How do I request a transcript?
Your first JCU transcript request is free of charge. However, there is a small fee for each additional transcript. Requests cannot be taken over the telephone or via e-mail. Transcripts cannot be produced for anyone whose record has been blocked (for outstanding University obligations – tuition and fees, library hold, and so forth). Transcript orders are processed within two business days.*

If necessary, transcripts may be sent UPS mail for an extra charge. Please indicate this preference on your Transcript Request Form.

* JCU is not financially responsible for transcripts lost in the mail.

For more information, click here, call +39.06.68191218 or email: [email protected].

Who was John Cabot?
John Cabot or Giovanni Caboto was an Italian explorer from the 15th century who "discovered" Newfoundland and Cape Briton in North America. Though he lived in England as an adult, he was a citizen of Venice.

His dual English-Italian identity and his fearless expeditions to the New World make him the ideal symbol of John Cabot University, a university that embraces both its American heritage and Italian location and educates students who are intellectual explorers themselves.