Degree Seeking Scholarships and Financial Aid

External Scholarships for John Cabot University

John Cabot University has compiled a list of outside resources to help you find additional scholarships to fund your degree or study abroad experience at JCU in Rome, Italy.

National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarship

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has an education budget of $1 million. The NIAF awards scholarships and grants to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards are made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups:

General Category I:
Italian-American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

General Category II:
Students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievement.

Scholarship awards range from $2,500-$10,000. Each scholarship award can be applied to cover tuition and university-provided room and board. As a NIAF Scholarship recipients you are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholarship money not used during one academic year is not transferable to the following academic year. You are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

For further information, please contact the Education Director, The National Italian American Foundation, 1860 19th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009-5599, USA. Or visit the NIAF website at

JCU/University of Rome "Roma Tre" Student Exchange

Each year, up to five JCU students (either degree-seeking or visiting) will be allowed to attend a maximum of five courses at Roma Tre covered by scholarships. Students will be evaluated according to Roma Tre assessment methods and criteria. Final grade must be at least 23/30 in order to pass the course and obtain transfer credit at JCU. Students will receive a grade report from Roma Tre’s Segreteria Centrale.

Majors and minors in Italian Studies and students interested in taking Law courses such as Diritto Privato, Diritto Costituzionale, and Diritto Privato Comparato are encouraged to apply.


  • Junior or Senior status (at least 60 or 90 credits taken at JCU).
  • Fluency in Italian. IT 302 course with a grade of B is the minimum requirement. A proficiency exam will be administered to students who have not taken IT 302.

In order to apply, please submit the following to Prof. Federica Capoferri (through Faculty Support):

  • an application letter in English,
  • a copy of your transcript,
  • a 500 word essay in Italian describing why you would be interested in studying at Roma Tre and how you think this experience would benefit you.
  • Course Away form signed by Dean Mary Merva, Dean Pamela Harris or Dean Andrea Lanzone.

The application deadline for Fall and the following Spring is September 10.

For further information about the exchange, contact:

Federica Capoferri (Department of Modern Languages and Literature, JCU: [email protected])

Scholarships for University of Rome "Roma Tre" Students

Each year JCU offers scholarships to up to five students of Roma Tre's Dipartimento di Lingue e Culture Straniere, to take a maximum of five courses per semester. Students enrolled in both the laurea triennale and the laurea magistrale are eligible to apply. 
Roma Tre's Collegio Didattico in Lingue e Culture Straniere will make the final decision regarding the awarding of the scholarships, based on grade point average and knowledge of English, which cannot be lower than B2 level. John Cabot University reserves the right to administer an English Proficiency test to students selected by Roma Tre in order to ensure that their level of English is sufficient. The cost of the test is €25, which will be paid by the student.

Roma Tre students will receive all the benefits of being a regular JCU student, including academic advising. Students will be appointed an advisor to help them select courses appropriate to their program of study. The JCU Registrar will release official transcripts to the student who must sign the FERPA form so that the transcripts may also be released to the Roma Tre Department of Modern Languages (Collegio Didattico in Lingue e Culture Straniere).

The names of the students selected will be communicated to the JCU Chair of Department of Modern Languages and Literature, which will submit the names to the JCU Registrar and Admissions Office so that the scholarship may be applied.

Each student must register and take the course as a regular student for credit.

For further information about the exchange, contact:
Marinella Rocca Longo (Presidente, Collegio Didattico in Lingue e Culture Straniere, Roma Tre: [email protected])
Federica Capoferri (Department of Modern Languages and Literature, JCU: [email protected])

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Students interested in external funding opportunities may find these websites helpful in their search. Please note that all legitimate scholarship searches should be free of charge. If you receive an external scholarship, please send a copy of the award letter to [email protected].