Study Abroad in Rome

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?
In addition to the Fall and Spring semesters, JCU holds two summer sessions. See our Academic Calendar for more detailed information.

How do I get started?
Just follow these four easy steps:
1. Apply online
2. Pay the application fee
3. Send in official transcripts from your college or university
4. Apply for JCU Housing

Once I have applied, how long does it take to find out if I have been accepted?
Once all required materials have been submitted, you will hear from us within two weeks.

Will I get accepted?
Students who are in good academic standing at their home university and have completed at least one year of university study are likely to be accepted to JCU. Applicants whose GPA is low will be reviewed by the Dean’s Office who may advise them to as to what classes to take to ensure academic success while studying at JCU.

Can I study as a visiting student if I am just out of high school (taking a gap year)?Students who are taking a gap year or have received deferred acceptance to a university are welcome to study abroad at JCU. Please see our Admissions page as you would have to provide high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.

Do I need a visa?
If you are from the United States or another country that is not a member of the European Union, you need a student visa before entering Italy. Obtaining a student visa is mandatory by Italian law and must be obtained before you arrive. Applying for a student visa is a completely separate process from applying to John Cabot University. 

During the summer sessions, citizens of the following countries do not need a study visa, as students may stay in Italy for under 90 days without a visa.

For more information on obtaining a student visa, click here.

What classes can I take and how many can/do I have to take?
Students normally take between 12-16 credits (4-5 classes). Click here for course schedules and syllabi.

Will my credits transfer back?
JCU is a regionally accredited University so credits earned here may transfer to your home school, allowing you to stay on track for graduation. Course syllabi are available online. Please check with your academic advisor and/or Study Abroad office for details. Questions about courses can be directed to [email protected].

How much will it cost and when do I need to pay?
Please visit the Anticipated Budget page to see an estimated student budget, which includes tuition fees and expenses.

JCU's Payment deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - July 15
  • Spring Semester - November 15
  • Summer I term - April 30
  • Summer II term - May 30


How do I get my Financial Aid to transfer?
A Consortium Agreement between John Cabot University and your home institution may be established in order to transfer your financial aid.  Students should contact the Financial Aid or Study Abroad office of their home University to find out the policies on financial aid transfer, and visit the John Cabot website. Please submit consortium agreements and direct any specific questions to [email protected].    

Are there scholarships available?
Yes! To recognize the important role visiting students have in promoting JCU's mission, scholarships that range from $500 to $2,000 are available for visiting students who qualify. Please fill out a JCU visiting student scholarship application. You should also check out external scholarship opportunities here.

Where is the campus located?
John Cabot University is located in the historic center of Rome, along the banks of the Tiber River in the vibrant Trastevere neighborhood.

Here is JCU on a map!

Where will I live?
JCU manages its own housing. JCU housing offers shared apartments with fully stocked kitchens and washing machines. You would be living with other JCU students. Click here to see JCU Housing’s options and prices.

Do I have to speak Italian to attend John Cabot?
All courses are in English. There are classes offered in French and Italian languages in all levels.

Is it easy to travel around Rome/Europe?
JCU classes are held Monday through Thursday so there are plenty of long weekends available to explore or just relax in a Roman piazza. Some of the most magnificent and historic cities in Europe (including London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, Budapest, and Athens) are within easy train or plane distance from Rome. Even Cairo, Istanbul, Dubai and Jerusalem are within reach.

How do I get to the University from the airport?
As soon as you get off the plane, JCU representatives will be waiting to welcome you to Italy and bring you to the JCU campus and your housing. Click here for important arrival information and move-in dates for JCU housing.

What if I come by myself?
Many students come by themselves and quickly find friends as there are many student activities available to help you meet other people, such as wine-tasting, cooking classes, weekend and day trips. Join us on Facebook and make friends with fellow students before you come to Rome! Learn more about Student Life at JCU.

What is the campus atmosphere like?
JCU is an American university where you will find an academic structure similar to a university in the U.S. The campus is a welcoming community of faculty and students like you from the U.S., Italy and over 70 other countries around the world. The academics are serious as students like you are preparing for graduate studies and careers.

Is there a way to find out what other students say about JCU?
Certainly! Check out our news take our virtual tour, chat with fellow students on our Facebook Page, and explore our Youtube channel. To be put in touch with a current student, please email [email protected].

What if my question isn't listed here?
Email an Admissions Counselor in Rome at [email protected], call from the U.S. toll-free at 1-855-JCU-ROMA, or call from outside the U.S. at +(39) 06-681-9121.  You can also ask your question on Facebook or Twitter.