Study Abroad in Rome

Frequently Asked Questions about Our Study Abroad Programs

Where is the campus located?
John Cabot University is located in the historic center of Rome, along the banks of the Tiber River in the vibrant Trastevere neighborhood.
Here is JCU on a map!

What is the campus atmosphere like?
JCU is an American style university where you will find an academic structure similar to a university in the U.S. The campus is a welcoming community of faculty and students like you from the U.S., Italy and over 70 other countries around the world. The academics are serious as students like you are preparing for graduate studies and careers.

Will my credits transfer back?
JCU is a US regionally accredited University so credits earned here may transfer to your home school, allowing you to stay on track for graduation. Course syllabi are available online. Please check with your academic advisor and/or Study Abroad office for details. Questions about courses can be directed to [email protected].

What classes can I take and how many can/do I have to take?
Students normally take between 12-16 credits (4-5 classes). Click here for course schedules and syllabi

Do I have to speak Italian to attend John Cabot?
All courses are in English.

*Where will I live?
JCU manages its own housing. JCU housing offers shared apartments with fully equipped kitchens and washing machines. You live with other JCU students. Click here to see JCU Housing's options and prices. (*These apartments are for partner and independent JCU students.)

Is it easy to travel around Rome/Europe?
JCU classes are held Monday through Thursday so there are plenty of long weekends available to explore or just relax in a Roman piazza. Some of the most magnificent and historic cities in Italy and Europe are within easy train or plane distance from Rome.

Do I need a visa?
If you plan to study for a semester or longer, are from the United States or another country that is not a member of the European Union, you need a student visa before entering Italy. Obtaining a student visa is mandatory by Italian law and must be obtained before you arrive. Applying for a student visa is a completely separate process from applying to John Cabot University.
During the summer sessions, citizens of the United States or the following countries do not need a study visa, as students may stay in Italy for under 90 days without a visa.
More information on obtaining a student visa.

*How do I get to the University from the airport?
As soon as you get off the plane, JCU representatives will be waiting to welcome you to Italy and bring you to the JCU campus and your residence. Click here for important arrival information and move-in dates for JCU housing.

*What if I come by myself?
Many students come by themselves and quickly find friends as there are many student activities available to help you meet other people, such as wine-tasting, cooking classes, weekend and day trips. Join us on Facebook and make friends with fellow students before you come to Rome! Learn more about Student Life at JCU.

How do I get started?
There are three primary ways students come to JCU.

  • Through a formal partnership* with a student's home college/university
  • Through a third party provider arrangement with a student's home college/university
  • As an independent student applying directly to JCU.

Check with your home college/university study abroad office to determine which student you are, partner, provider, independent. Then follow instruction from your home college/university study office accordingly.

When can I apply?

In addition to the Fall and Spring semesters, JCU holds two summer sessions. See our Academic Calendar for more detailed information.

Just follow these four easy steps:

Once I have applied, how long does it take to find out if I have been accepted?
Once all required materials have been submitted, you will hear from us within two weeks.

Will I get accepted?
Students who are in good academic standing at their home university and have completed at least one year of university study are likely to be accepted to JCU. Applicants whose GPA is low will be reviewed by the Dean's Office who may advise them to as to what classes to take to ensure academic success while studying at JCU.

How much will it cost and when do I need to pay?
Please visit the Anticipated Budget page to see an estimated student budget, which includes tuition fees and expenses.

JCU's Payment deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - July 15
  • Spring Semester - November 15
  • Summer I term - April 30
  • Summer II term - May 30

How do I get my Financial Aid to transfer?
A Consortium Agreement between John Cabot University and your home institution may be established in order to transfer your financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid or Study Abroad office of their home University to find out the policies on financial aid transfer, and visit the John Cabot website. Please submit consortium agreements and direct any specific questions to [email protected].

Are there scholarships available?
Yes! To recognize the important role visiting students have in promoting JCU's mission, scholarships that range from $500 to $2,000 are available for visiting students who qualify. Please fill out a JCU Study Abroad Scholarship application. Find out more about Study Abroad Financial Aid and external scholarship opportunities.

Is there a way to find out what other students say about JCU?
Certainly! Check out our news, take our virtual tour, chat with fellow students on our Facebook Page, and explore our YouTube channel. To be put in touch with a current student, please email [email protected].

What if my question isn't listed here?
Email an Admissions Counselor in Rome at [email protected], call from the U.S. toll-free at 1-855-JCU-ROMA, or call from outside the U.S. at +(39) 06-681-9121. You can also ask your question on Facebook or Twitter.