University of Southern California - Fall Semester in Rome
Congratulations on your admission to the University of Southern California beginning Spring semester 2018. Prior to the start of your USC career in January, you are invited to participate in the Fall Semester in Rome program at John Cabot University and earn credits that will transfer directly to USC.
An increasing number of universities are recognizing that studying abroad early in your college career can have a lasting and positive impact on the remainder of your university career and beyond. Studying in a different culture broadens your perspective, can help define or focus your interests, and expands your network of contacts. USC encourages you to consider the advantages of spending the fall semester abroad before your arrival to campus.
As you explore John Cabot University for your Fall semester, remember that you may always get back to this dedicated page by returning to USC’s Fall Opportunities for Spring Admits.
John Cabot University in Rome, Italy
John Cabot University is USC’s partner for the Fall Semester in Rome program. Established in 1972, JCU is an American liberal arts university accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org) and awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in the fields of business, communications, humanities, and the social sciences. All courses are taught in English, and the academic environment and support is typical of that of a university in the U.S. The University values the quality of its academic programs as well as its student support services and its extensive range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
JCU’s diverse student body of over 1,200 students from 70 countries and 40 U.S. states and its outstanding and dedicated faculty come together in Rome to learn and explore following the American liberal arts tradition of critical thinking and communication of knowledge. Class sizes range from 5 to 25 with an average of 15, allowing for an exchange of ideas and opinions within the context of Rome as a global city of cultural heritage, diplomacy, and modernity.
Fall Semester Coursework That Transfers to USC
During the fall semester at JCU you may take courses across a wide range of subjects. Your JCU courses fulfill USC requirements and transfer for credit when you continue at USC beginning in the spring. Most JCU classes are 3-credit courses. A normal semester course load would be 5 courses for 15 credits.
Housing in Rome
USC students will be housed in the Trastevere neighborhood. All JCU residences have 24/7 security, on-call JCU staff, and a community of Resident Assistants to provide support for students during their stay at JCU. All apartments have WiFi, fully equipped kitchens, bed and bath linen, and a washing machine. To learn more about JCU Housing, please visit our website at: JCU Housing
JCU’s Office of Housing and Residential Life upholds the American belief that students living in a community of their peers benefit both academically and socially. However, JCU Housing differs from a typical dorm-style experience and challenges students to take on the responsibilities that come with living in a fully equipped, independent apartment.
Preparing for USC While In Rome
You will already begin cultivating your relationship with USC while studying in Rome in the fall. During orientation in late August you will meet other future Trojans. You will all be assigned the same JCU academic advisor who is familiar with USC requirements and can assist with your academic planning. Toward the end of fall semester you will receive guidance directly from USC advisors as you pre-register for USC courses and plan a seamless transition to the USC campus in the spring.
Tuition and Fees, Financial Aid, and Visas
During your fall semester in Rome you will register as a full-time student at John Cabot University paying JCU tuition and fees. Once you confirm your participation in the Fall Semester in Rome program, you will begin to receive important pre-arrival information to help prepare for your semester in Italy: how to confirm your enrollment, obtain your study visa, reserve your housing preferences, and pay your tuition and fees.
USC Spring Admits who are United States citizens or permanent residents may apply for a private Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan for educational expenses. This is the most common option although some students may find private loans from other organizations.
Additionally, students may explore the John Cabot University Study Abroad Scholarship.
JCU has a well-developed structure to help you obtain your visa for study in Italy. The university will provide the documents and explain the process to obtain your student visa. Citizens of the European Union do not require a visa to study in Italy. Students who live in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles consulate - Southern California (Counties of S. Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial Valley, Orange), Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico - will be able to participate in batch processing, where we collect your visa documents and send them on your behalf to the Los Angeles Consulate.
Your Fall Semester Curriculum
You will enroll in five 3-credit courses during the fall semester at John Cabot University, earning 15 or 16 semester credits. USC has transfer articulations with selected JCU courses so you are assured that your JCU credits will transfer and fulfill requirements in the USC Core Curriculum such as writing, foreign language, and General Education.
In the Fall Semester in Rome program, you may select from a variety of courses that allow you to study onsite at some of the most important cultural heritage sites in the world. Or, you can select classes that provide greater insights into the social, cultural, and political environment of Italy and Europe. Studying with students from all over the world provides you with a rich and unique opportunity to question, learn, and discover international perspectives. USC Fall Semester in Rome program students will register online for USC pre-selected transfer courses before arriving at JCU.
Once your enrollment in JCU is confirmed, you will receive information about online registration.
Applying for the USC Fall Semester in Rome Program
USC Spring admits should apply to John Cabot University as a “Study Abroad Student” using our online application. Students also must submit a separate Housing application.
In your application for admission please list under Education - School Name:
USC Spring Admit USC ID XXXXXXX
This will allow us to fast track your application and receive the required admissions documents directly from USC.
By applying as a USC Spring Admit, you are giving USC permission to exchange admissions documents with JCU. JCU will review your documents in a timely manner and inform you of your admissions status as soon as possible.
* If you would prefer to travel with JCU staff member, please note that we will have admissions staff flying from two major American locations. Please email [email protected] for further information.
Application Forms, Deadlines, and our U.S. Contact
USC "Spring Admit" Students
Note: We will continue to accept deposits after the May 15th priority deadline if space
If you have questions, please contact our Rome-based admissions counselor or U.S. representative:
Study Abroad Admissions Counselor
Assistant Director for US Operations
Frequently Requested Information by Parents
The links below will take you to the relevant section of the John Cabot University website:
Health and Wellness
Housing and Residential Life (N.B. USC Spring Admits will be housed in our Gianicolo Residence)
Student Consumer Information (N.B. U.S. Federal Financial Aid cannot be used for USC Spring Admits)