Admissions at John Cabot University

Frequently Asked Questions by Parents (FAQ)

One of the best things about a John Cabot University education is our location in Rome, Italy, a city uniquely rich with history and culture.

We take full advantage of Rome's resources by incorporating Roman, Italian and European sites, history, literature and politics into our liberal arts curriculum. Rome also offers countless opportunities for enhancing students' education outside the classroom through study excursions, volunteering, and internships with multinational companies, international organizations, government offices, and cultural institutions.

JCU employs a multicultural faculty from diverse backgrounds who enrich classes with their vast experience and varying global worldviews. JCU faculty selection is based on their dedication to teaching as well as concern for the personal growth of our students.


Students who earn degrees at John Cabot University are well-prepared to enter the international workforce. Our alumni are hired by multinational companies, universities, financial institutions, and diplomatic organizations.

JCU graduates are also accepted into some of the finest graduate and professional schools in the world, including Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, King's College London, Oxford University, and Università Bocconi.

Yes. John Cabot University offers scholarships to degree-seeking students from all over the world. We also participate in the U.S. Title IV Program for Stafford Loans and Parent PLUS loans.

Study abroad students can often apply their existing financial aid packages to their studies at JCU. Study abroad scholarship opportunities are also available. For more information, see Financial Aid and Scholarships.

John Cabot University offers apartment-style housing for students. There are a few housing options: the Gianicolo Residence, the Trastevere Apartments, and the Lungara Apartments. On semesters with high enrollment, students may also be placed in independent apartments in convenient locations.

Thanks to Rome's public transportation system, no apartment is more than a short tram or bus ride away from JCU, and most are within easy walking distance. Shared apartments have fully equipped kitchens, bed and bath linens and a washing machine. Amenities also include WiFi and 24-hour security in our residences. On-call JCU staff and a community of Resident Assistants provide support for students during their stay at JCU.

You can find more information about our housing options and pricing through this link.

To secure their place in housing, students must complete the housing application and pay a housing deposit.

Students staying in JCU housing for both the Fall and Spring semesters are able to store luggage with the housing office. Students who do not live in JCU housing must find their own storage solution – there are a variety of options that can be found online.

Rome is a major world capital; however, statistics show that it is safer than many American cities. At Orientation, students receive useful information about living in Rome, and the Student Services staff is always available to answer any questions about staying safe in the city. Students are advised to take the same precautions they would take at any US university. Learn more about student safety. A 24/7 emergency phone service is available to all JCU students, and JCU uses an app called Safey to mass communicate emergency alerts to students and check in with them.

Yes. The meal plan is available to all enrolled students and can be used only at the Tiber Cafe in the Tiber Student Center. Students are issued meal plan points on their JCU ID card. The points can be used to purchase any item at the Tiber Cafe.

Full details about dining services.

Fresh food markets are also plentiful near JCU and many of our students become excellent cooks while studying here. We also offer cooking classes so students can learn to cook all'italiana.

Each student is assigned a mailbox number. Students receive this number via email sometime during the week of Orientation. All mailboxes are located in the Student Lounge at the Guarini Campus.

Students are able to receive mail at the Guarini Campus using this address:
Student name
John Cabot University
Via della Lungara, 233
00165 Rome, Italy

For reasons of space and security, JCU will only accept packages that are no bigger than the size of a shoebox. All packages that are bigger than the appropriate size will be refused and returned to the sender.

The Italian National Health system provides Italians and foreign nationals alike with free emergency treatment in public hospitals and associated clinics.

For the convenience of the student body, John Cabot has an English-speaking general practitioner on campus twice a week. The service is free of charge. The Office of Health and Wellbeing is also available to help students arrange medical care and appointments with English-speaking doctors and specialists off campus. We advise students who take medications to bring enough with them for the duration of their studies; Italy does not allow shipments of medication from non-European Union countries.

John Cabot University works with a team of professional psychologists, providing free counseling services to students having difficulty adjusting or other personal problems.

For more information, click here.

JCU maintains a 24-hour emergency phone line. This number can be found on the back of students' JCU ID card. The JCU staff member who answers will make every possible effort to assist the student and direct him/her to the proper agency or service.

The emergency phone is (+39) 335 775 5474.

At Orientation, we also provide students with numbers to handle emergency situations such as fire, theft, or serious illness.

Due to U.S. and Italian privacy laws, in order to access your student's private information, such as application status, billing information, financial aid, and educational records, your student must complete, sign, and return the JCU FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form to [email protected].

U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens pay tuition and fees in dollars as posted in the schedules or payment plans on the JCU website.

Citizens and residents of all other countries pay tuition and fees in Euros according to the schedules or payment plans posted on the JCU website.

See information on tuition payment policies.

Yes! The University holds a special tour, welcome presentation and reception for parents and families during Orientation. We also encourage parents to visit John Cabot University at any time. Contact [email protected] for more information.

JCU is located in the heart of Rome, so there are numerous options for accommodation. Here's a list of some nearby hotels:

  • Hotel Raphael – Relais & Châteaux (5 stars)
    • Largo Febo, 2, Navona, 00186 Rome
    • +39 06 682831
    • Website:
  • Hotel Ponte Sisto (4 stars)
    • Via Dei Pettinari, 64, Navona, 00186 Rome
    • +39 06 6863100
    • Website:
  • Hotel La Rovere (4 stars)
    • Vicolo Sant'Onofrio 4, 00165 Roma
    • +39 06 68806739
    • Website:
  • Residenze in Farnese (4 stars)
    • Via Del Mascherone, 59, Navona, 00186 Rome
    • +39 06 68210980
    • Website:
  • Hotel Teatro Pace (3 stars)
    • Via Del Teatro Pace 33, Navona, 00186 Rome
    • +39 06 6879075
    • Website:
  • Hotel Villa della Fonte (3 stars)
    • Via della Fonte dell'Olio, 8, 00153 Rome, Italy
    • +39 06 5803797
    • Website:
  • Hotel Trastevere (3 stars)
    • Via Luciano Manara, 24-25, 00153 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
    • +39 06 5814713
    • Website:
  • Roma Trasteverina (Bed & Breakfast)
    • Via Luigi Santini, 21, 00153 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
    • +39 320 6173754 / +39 08 62060174
    • Website:
  • Orti di Trastevere (Bed & Breakfast)
    • Piazza Bernardino Da Feltre, 1, 00153 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
    • +39 06 5896794
    • Website:

These hotels are simply a list of options in the John Cabot University neighborhood and are not endorsed by the university.