University of Southern California - Trojan Transfer Plan for Freshman Year in Rome
Congratulations on your invitation to the USC Trojan Transfer Plan (TTP) – Freshman Year in Rome program. The TTP program gives you the opportunity to take your freshman year classes at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome as part of a direct transfer pathway to USC in your sophomore year.
JCU recognizes that your first priority is to have a successful transfer into USC after a year of studying with us in Rome. We work closely with USC to ensure that we offer the courses you need to meet the Trojan Transfer Requirements.
JCU also understands that this will be your first year of university. JCU has many freshmen from the US and other countries who will also be starting college a bit farther from home – so you are not alone in your decision to study in Rome!
USC recognizes the value of an extended international experience early on in your college career. When you live and learn in another country, you develop a deeper understanding of and respect for intercultural differences, greater flexibility and adaptability, and an openness to new ideas. These characteristics are valued by companies, organizations, and universities and will distinguish you as you move along in your life and career.
While JCU provides you with the freedom for intellectual and personal growth in a different culture, at the same time, you will be surrounded by the familiar structure of a solid American academic and student service environment. This combination of both "foreign" and “familiar” is exciting and refreshing. Students who enjoy being independent, have a strong desire to reflect and learn, and wish to challenge themselves in an international setting, will thrive in this context.
As you explore John Cabot University for the TTP, please remember that you may always get back to this dedicated page by going to the John Cabot website and searching under “USC Trojan Transfer Plan.”
John Cabot University in Rome, Italy
John Cabot University is USC’s partner for the Trojan Transfer Plan – Freshman Year in Rome program. Founded in Rome 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). JCU 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 are typical of that of a university in the U.S.
JCU values the quality of its academic programs as well as its student support services and its extensive range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities. While the academic environment is decidedly American, our location in the historic center of Rome makes learning here unique. Rome is an ancient yet cosmopolitan city that hosts a vast range of international organizations and institutions, UN agencies, as well as embassies to both Italy and the Holy See.
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 explore and learn, following the American liberal arts tradition of critical thinking and sharing 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.
TTP students will not be alone in their educational journey as JCU’s community is welcoming and friendly. You will be housed in our Gianicolo Residence together with other USC TTP students as well as JCU’s own freshmen so that you are surrounded by opportunities to participate in our residential life activities, forge new friendships, and enjoy the security of JCU housing. Our Assistant Dean of Students, with an office in the Gianicolo Residence, dedicates special time to the USC TTP to ensure a successful year. She will be a great resource for you.
Transferring to USC
Admission to USC requires a high level of success, in courses likely to be more rigorous than those you have experienced in high school. Successfully completing this plan demands hard work and focus. If you meet the following requirements during your year at JCU in the TTP-Freshman Year in Rome program, USC Admission states with a high degree of confidence that you are likely to be admitted as a transfer student:
- Complete 30 transferable semester units, earning A’s and B’s.
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 in USC-transferable courses, with no individual grade below C (2.0). You might notice that the Trojan Transfer Plan typically requires a 3.6 GPA or higher; USC recognizes the challenges faced by students who choose to study overseas for their freshman year and so has lowered the traditional GPA requirement.
- Complete USC’s lower division writing requirement by a successful grade in JCU's course, EN110 Advanced Composition.
- Complete MA 101, Intermediate Algebra (if you didn't complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with C's or better in every semester in high school).
- Take courses in areas of general education (at least two courses), foreign language (if needed for your major), and any lower division courses needed for your intended major.
Your JCU academic advisor will be familiar with the conditions of your intended transfer
to USC through the TTP-FreshmanYear in Rome program.
Is this a guarantee of admission to USC? This is a path to admission - not a guarantee of acceptance. USC typically finds a space for each student who submits a suitable application, avoids misconduct, and meets the conditions specified above.
USC cannot guarantee admission to a specific major, particularly in cases where space is limited, or for which an audition or portfolio are required, or when lower-division prerequisites are not yet satisfied. Students who meet these terms are typically offered a space at USC, either in their first- or second-choice major, or in "open/undeclared" status. Students admitted without a declared major -- a common situation at USC -- will receive academic advising to help direct them toward a program of study that is in line with their goals.
Coursework and Registration
During the fall semester at JCU, you may take courses across a wide range of subjects. Your JCU courses fulfill USC requirements as part of the TTP. Most JCU classes are 3-credit courses. A normal semester course load would be 5 courses for 15 credits.
In addition to the specific courses required by USC, JCU offers a large selection of courses which fulfill USC general education requirements. 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 insight 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.
Once your enrollment in JCU is confirmed, you will receive information about online registration.
Housing in Rome
USC TTP 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 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.
Tuition and Fees, Financial Aid, and Visas
Beginning with the fall semester in Rome you will register as a full-time study abroad student at John Cabot University paying JCU tuition and fees. Once you confirm your participation in the TTP Rome program, you will begin to receive important pre-arrival information to help prepare for your year in Italy: how to confirm your enrollment, obtain your study visa, reserve your housing preferences, and pay your tuition and fees.
Students 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. JCU will provide the documents and explain the process required 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.
Applying for the USC TTP - Rome Program
In your application for admission please list under Education – School Name: "USC – TTP USC ID xxxxxx". This will allow us to fast track your application and receive the required admissions
documents directly.USC TTP students should apply to John Cabot University as a “Study
Abroad Student” using our on-line application. Students also must submit a separate
By applying as a USC TTP-Rome student, you are giving USC permission to exchange admissions documents with JCU. JCU will review your admissions 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 Contacts
Deadlines for the “USC Trojan Transfer Plan” students are below. Space in the program may be limited so decisions will be made based on a rolling basis.
USC Trojan Transfer Plan Students
Frequently Requested Information
To learn more about the USC Trojan Transfer Plan for JCU in Rome we suggest the following:
- Return to this website on a regular basis for updates on specific topics, including transfer requirements, orientation and housing.
- For questions related to USC and the terms of your transfer offer, contact Jessica Frey, USC Senior Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions at 213 740 2972 or [email protected]
- If you have questions, please contact our Rome-based admissions counselor or U.S.
Lauren RiceTricia Realbuto
Study Abroad Admissions Counselor
Assistant Director for US Operations
The links below will take you to the relevant sections of the John Cabot University website.
Health and Wellness
Housing and Residential Life (N.B. USC TTP students will be housed in our Gianicolo Residence)
Student Consumer Information (N.B. U.S. Federal Financial Aid cannot be used for TTP students)