Undergraduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions About Undergraduate Programs

Once I have applied, how long will it take to receive an admissions decision?
Please view our notification deadlines. For summer and spring applications, you will likely hear from your admissions counselor 5-10 days after your application has been completed.

How should I pay? Do I need to pay in dollars?
US Citizens and Canadians pay in US dollars while all other applicants pay in Euros. Payment can be made online or through one of our other payment options. Please do not send the $50 check to the Rome Office or U.S. Mailing Address.

What types of transcripts are accepted?
Official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary school work to date are required. These transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution when possible. If applying from a school system where official transcripts are not mailed, it is the student's responsibility to present the original or authenticated copy of his/her academic documentation. Documents in languages other than English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation? What should the letter include?
Transfer students should submit one letter from a college administrator or college counselor at the applicant's last school or university summarizing the student's experience there. First year applicants should submit two letters from recent teachers, professors, or high school counselors. Letters should comment on the applicant's scholastic abilities and potential, character and contributions to extracurricular and community life. Download the Teacher Evaluation Form.

Do I need to submit SAT or ACT scores? How can I send my scores to JCU?
We require SAT or ACT scores only from students who are applying from a high school located in the United States. You can send your scores directly to JCU - our SAT code number is 2795, and our ACT code number is 5283.

Do I need to submit evidence of English language proficiency? How do I submit my test scores?
We require evidence of English language proficiency from students who have not spent at least two years studying in an English language high school or university. You may send your TOEFL scores to us directly - our TOEFL code number is 0784.

I have taken the TOEFL/IELTS test. Do I still have to take the English Language Placement test and the Composition Placement test?
If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS test and your scores are at or above the required scores for admission to John Cabot University, you do not need to take the English Language Placement Test. All degree-seeking students must take the English Composition Placement Test, as this test provides information about your writing skills that are not revealed in the TOEFL or IELTS tests. The Composition Placement Test helps us place you in the appropriate JCU composition course.

Do I have to take placement tests during Orientation?
Placement exams in English composition and math are administered to all incoming, degree-seeking students to determine your proficiency and placement in these two areas. In addition, an Italian language placement exam is administered to students with some knowledge of Italian who plan to enroll in an Italian course, in order to determine proper course selection. All placement exams are administered during the Orientation Week as well as at scheduled intervals before the semester begins.

What is the University’s disability policy? What assistance is available for disabled students?
Students seeking disability accommodations should identify themselves at the time upon confirming their intentions to enroll at John Cabot University. Students requesting accommodations for medical or physical disabilities should contact the Dean's Office directly, and students requesting accommodations for learning disabilities should contact the Coordinator of Learning Disability Accommodations (Dr. Gene E. Ogle). Learn more about our disability policy.

Does John Cabot University give AP, IB and other advanced standing credit?
It's possible that you can receive credit for college-level work completed in secondary school or through independent study. Advanced standing may be awarded for the Italian Maturità, International Baccalaureate diploma, or other 13-year national university entrance certificates. Students who have an Italian Maturità conferred by an equipollenza may not receive advance standing if the original diploma was received after only 12 years of education. Advanced standing may be awarded for passing grades in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement examinations with a score of 4 or above. Learn more about credit transfers.

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. More information on the Immigration Services page.

Can I defer my acceptance to a later semester?
A student who has been accepted to the University, but who cannot enroll immediately, may request a deferral. Once granted, a deferral can be extended up to one academic year, after which the student must re-apply for admission to the University.

Is John Cabot University accredited?
Yes. John Cabot University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the United States' major accrediting bodies. The academic degrees conferred by John Cabot are recognized for admission to the + 2 in Italian universities, pending further requirements, when accompanied by the Dichiarazione di Valore. Learn more about our accreditation and memberships.

How is the academic year structured?
John Cabot University maintains a schedule similar to most universities in the United States. The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each, one beginning in September and the other in January. You will normally take five three-credit courses each semester, earning a total of 15 credits per semester or 30 credits for the year. Two summer sessions of five weeks each allow you to take one or two additional courses per summer session.

How is the curriculum organized?
To graduate from John Cabot University with a bachelor's degree, you must earn at least 120 credits (or 40 courses). Typically, one class is worth three credits, which reflects the number of academic hours (45 minutes) spent in class each week. Most students enroll in five classes every semester (one-half of the school year), earning a total of 15 credits. If you enter JCU with zero credits, as do many American high school graduates, you will typically earn enough credits to graduate in four years (eight semesters) of study.

American colleges and universities often apply the following titles to students to define progress toward graduation: Freshman (first year; 0 to 30 credits), Sophomore (second year; 31 to 60 credits), Junior (third year; 61 to 90 credits) and Senior (fourth and final year; 91 to120 credits).

How does American classroom instruction differ from the typical European model?
American liberal arts universities pride themselves on the personal attention they give to students. At JCU you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will guide you through your choice of courses, graduate school decisions, post-graduate employment, in addition to remaining available to help with other problems.

Classes generally have between 10 and 25 students (an average of 15). The JCU liberal arts program places great emphasis on student participation with in-class presentations and discussion, projects, and research papers as a normal part of the learning experience. There is also a practical component that underlies many courses that includes analysis of business cases and presentation of material. Requirements such as these help you develop critical thinking, communication, and research skills which are now a necessary part of career development.

Who are the professors at JCU?
John Cabot University prides itself on the geographic diversity not only of its students, but also of its faculty. The faculty of John Cabot University have earned degrees from such internationally respected colleges and universities as Harvard University, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, the University of Rome "La Sapienza," New York University, Stanford University, The London School of Economics, and Oxford University. As part of the hiring process, JCU professors must demonstrate their teaching excellence and are periodically evaluated to ensure continued teaching excellence and best practices.

Can I study in another country while I'm a student at JCU?
Yes. John Cabot University's Study Abroad program, Go Global, offers degree-seeking students the opportunity to study at universities throughout the world. This allows you to acquire educational and life experience in another country and better prepare yourself for life as a global citizen, an international career, or prestigious graduate school. John Cabot University has agreements with a number of outstanding universities in the United States and other countries.

What grading system does JCU employ and what does it mean?
JCU uses the grading system used by most liberal arts schools in the United States where professors ascribe letter grades (A,B,C,D, or F, sometimes followed by a + or -) based on a 100 percent scale assessing students' work. Then following U.S. university practice, JCU translates these letters into numerical values on the 4.00 scale with 0.00 being the lowest (F) and 4.00 being the highest (A).

JCU uses these numerical values to compute your semester and cumulative grade point averages. The semester GPA (grade point average) represents the average of all classes taken in a semester. The cumulative GPA averages all classes taken at JCU. Individual classes are weighted in calculating your GPA based on their number of credits. Students may access their grades online. The online transcript shows: a letter grade for each course, semester GPA, and cumulative GPA. Students at JCU who do not maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA do not qualify for graduation.

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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.