About JCU

About John Cabot University

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world.

Whether you are pursuing a degree or are seeking to study abroad, you will do so in the heart of Rome surrounded by the extraordinarily rich offerings of a city of culture, history, art, creativity, business and international affairs.

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Small university, big impact

At JCU you will learn in small classes from professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory. You will also have opportunities for internships at multinational companies, international organizations, NGOs, consulates, government offices, and museums, as well as opportunities for study and travel beyond Italy's borders to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and throughout Europe.

Students who graduate from JCU are accepted at prestigious graduate schools worldwide including Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Bocconi, and many more.

Because of the global nature of the JCU degree, students also start careers at major multinational companies, financial institutions, foundations, cultural organizations and diplomatic organizations, including Bloomberg, Arab African International Bank, Crowne Plaza – Rome, Heidrick & Struggles, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Honda, IBM, J. Paul Getty Museum, the World Food Program, the World Bank and the League of Arab States.

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Who was John Cabot?

Giovanni Caboto or John Cabot, as he was later called when he sailed under the English flag, was a skilled Italian navigator and explorer of the 15th century who opened the channels for further exploration of North America and thus forged a link between Italy and the Americas that has lasted over five hundred years.


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Year Founded: 1972
PresidentFranco Pavoncello
VP and Dean of Academics: Mary Merva
Degree-Seeking Students: 700+
Visiting Students: 1000+ every year



Language of Instruction: English