Undergraduate Admissions

John Cabot University Undergraduate Program FAQs

Please contact [email protected] should you have further questions about JCU Admissions.

Yes. John Cabot University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the United States' major accrediting bodies. The academic degrees conferred by John Cabot are recognized for admission to the + 2  programs in Italian universities, pending further requirements, when accompanied by a Statement of Comparability or a Dichiarazione di Valore. Learn more about our accreditation and memberships.

Yes, all of the classes are in English (except for Italian language and literature classes).

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 PLUS.

JCU also offers scholarships to qualified study abroad students. As a visiting student you might be able to transfer your existing financial aid package to JCU.

Learn more about financial aid at JCU.

Please view our notification deadlines. For summer and spring applications, you will likely hear from your admissions counselor 5-10 days after your application has been completed.

We require evidence of English language proficiency from students who have not spent at least two years studying in an English language high school or university. You may send your TOEFL scores to us directly - our TOEFL code number is 0784.

Placement exams in English composition and math are administered to all incoming, degree-seeking students to determine your proficiency and placement in these two areas. In addition, an Italian language placement exam is administered to students with some knowledge of Italian who plan to enroll in an Italian course, in order to determine proper course selection. All placement exams are administered during the Orientation Week as well as at scheduled intervals before the semester begins.

JCU Placement Test Policy for Composition classes EN 103, 105, 110 

All students are required to take a placement test in composition on admittance to the University. These tests are administered on specific days and times and students receive notification about test dates by email. Students are responsible for ensuring their attendance at the required time. Those students who fail to take these tests will automatically be placed in EN 103. 

Students who register late as degree-seeking students at John Cabot 

Students who are admitted to the University after the scheduled dates of the Composition placement tests have the choice to either take automatic placement in EN 103 or they can wait to take the placement test in the following semester when it is scheduled. 

Where the student’s failure to take the placement test is due to an administrative error, a placement test can be arranged at the discretion of the coordinator of the exam.  

Students seeking disability accommodations should identify themselves at the time upon confirming their intentions to enroll at John Cabot University. Students requesting accommodations for medical or physical disabilities should contact the Dean's Office directly, and students requesting accommodations for learning disabilities should get in touch with the Coordinator of Learning Disability Accommodations (Associate Dean Pamela Harris). Learn more about our disability policy.

It's possible that you can receive credit for college-level work completed in secondary school or through independent study. Advanced standing may be awarded for the Italian Maturità, International Baccalaureate diploma, or other 13-year national university entrance certificates. Students who have an Italian Maturità conferred by an equipollenza may not receive advance standing if the original diploma was received after only 12 years of education. Advanced standing may be awarded for passing grades in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement examinations with a score of 4 or above. Learn more about credit transfers.

If you 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. More information on the Immigration Services page.

Yes. John Cabot University welcomes U.S. Veterans and dependents of Veterans and we are proud to certify enrollment to students studying on the GI Bill. Learn more about Veterans Aid and Education Benefits at JCU.

John Cabot University prides itself on the geographic diversity not only of its students, but also of its faculty. The faculty of John Cabot University have earned degrees from such internationally respected colleges and universities as Harvard University, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, the University of Rome "La Sapienza," New York University, Stanford University, The London School of Economics, and Oxford University. As part of the hiring process, JCU professors must demonstrate their teaching excellence and are periodically evaluated to ensure continued teaching excellence and best practices.

Yes. John Cabot University's Study Abroad program, Go Global, offers degree-seeking students the opportunity to study at universities throughout the world. This allows you to acquire educational and life experience in another country and better prepare yourself for life as a global citizen, an international career, or prestigious graduate school. John Cabot University has agreements with a number of outstanding universities in the United States and other countries. 

The Admissions Office is your first step to beginning your international education in Rome, Italy. Whether you are able to meet us in person, over the phone, or online, our multicultural and multilingual admissions counselors are looking forward to getting to know you throughout the application process. 


Rome Admissions Office
John Cabot University
Via della Lungara 233
00165 Rome, Italy
Tel: +(39) 06-681-9121
email: [email protected]

U.S. Mailing Address
John Cabot University
One Metro Center
700 12th Street NW Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20005 
Toll free number: 1-855-JCU-ROMA