University of Southern California - Spring Admits Fall Semester in Rome
Congratulations on your admission to the University of Southern California beginning
Spring semester 2024. Prior to the start of your USC career in January, you are invited
in the Fall Semester in Rome program at John Cabot University and earn credits that will transfer directly to USC.
Due to increased participation in our programs and limited space in JCU residence halls, a housing waitlist has been created for spring admits for fall 2023. You may still apply and pay the tuition deposit within the deadlines after which we will provide resources on finding independent housing near JCU. Feel free to reach out to our Study Abroad Office at [email protected] for more information.
An increasing number of universities are recognizing that studying abroad early in your college career can have a lasting and positive impact on the remainder of your university career and beyond. Studying in a different culture broadens your perspective, can help define or focus your interests, and expands your network of contacts. USC encourages you to consider the advantages of spending the fall semester abroad before your arrival to campus.
As you explore John Cabot University for your Fall semester, remember that you may always get back to this dedicated page by returning to USC’s Fall Opportunities for Spring Admits.
Please view a recording of the USC Spring Admit Info Session here.
John Cabot University is USC’s partner for the Fall Semester in Rome program. Established in 1972, JCU is an American liberal arts university accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org) and awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in the fields of business, communications, humanities, and the social sciences. All courses are taught in English, and the academic environment and support is typical of that of a university in the U.S. The University values the quality of its academic programs as well as its student support services and its extensive range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
JCU’s diverse student body of over 1,400 students from 80 countries and 40 U.S. states and its outstanding and dedicated faculty come together in Rome to learn and explore following the American liberal arts tradition of critical thinking and communication of knowledge. Class sizes range from 5 to 25 with an average of 15, allowing for an exchange of ideas and opinions within the context of Rome as a global city of cultural heritage, diplomacy, and modernity.
USC Spring admits should apply to John Cabot University as a “Study Abroad” Student through our JCU Student Portal. Students are required to apply for JCU housing through the same portal once they have been admitted. Students must turn 18 by August 27, 2023 in order to qualify for the program.
In your application for admission please list under Education - School Name:
USC Spring Admit.
In the ‘date enrolled from’ field please enter 8/15/2023. This will allow us to fast-track
your application and receive the required admissions documents directly from USC.
By applying as a USC Spring Admit, you are giving USC permission to exchange admissions documents with JCU. JCU will review your documents in a timely manner and inform you of your admissions status as soon as possible.
During the fall semester at JCU you may take courses across a wide range of subjects. Your JCU courses fulfill USC requirements and transfer for credit when you continue at USC beginning in the spring. Most JCU classes are 3-credit courses. A normal semester course load would be 5 courses for 15 credits.
USC students will be housed in the Trastevere neighborhood. All JCU residences have 24/7 security, on-call JCU staff, a staff Resident Director, and a community of Resident Assistants to provide support for students during their stay at JCU. All apartments have WiFi, fully equipped kitchens, bed and bath linens, and a washing machine. There will be at least two USC students in each apartment. Students may request up to three roommates in the housing application. To learn more about JCU Housing options and pricing, please visit our website at: JCU Housing
JCU’s Office of Housing and Residential Life upholds the American belief that students living in a community of their peers benefit both academically and socially. However, JCU Housing differs from a typical dorm-style experience and challenges students to take on the responsibilities that come with living in a fully equipped, independent apartment.
During your fall semester in Rome you will register as a full-time student at John Cabot University paying JCU tuition and fees. Once you confirm your participation in the Fall Semester in Rome program, you will begin to receive important pre-arrival information to help prepare for your semester in Italy: how to confirm your enrollment, obtain your study visa, reserve your housing preferences, and pay your tuition and fees.
USC Spring Admits who are United States citizens or permanent residents may apply for a private Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan for educational expenses. This is the most common option although some students may find private loans from other organizations.
Additionally, students may explore the John Cabot University Study Abroad Scholarship.
JCU has a well-developed structure to help you obtain your visa for study in Italy. The university will provide the documents and explain the process to obtain your student visa. Citizens of the European Union do not require a visa to study in Italy. Please book your visa appointment right away through your local Italian Consulate, as summer appointments book well in advance.
You will enroll in five 3-credit courses during the fall semester at John Cabot University, earning 15 or 16 semester credits. USC has transfer articulations with selected JCU courses so you are assured that your JCU credits will transfer and fulfill requirements in the USC Core Curriculum such as writing, foreign language, and General Education.
In the Fall Semester in Rome program, you may select from a variety of courses that allow you to study onsite at some of the most important cultural heritage sites in the world. Or, you can select classes that provide greater insights into the social, cultural, and political environment of Italy and Europe. Studying with students from all over the world provides you with a rich and unique opportunity to question, learn, and discover international perspectives. USC Fall Semester in Rome program students will register online for USC pre-selected transfer courses before arriving at JCU.
Once your enrollment in JCU is confirmed, you will receive information about online registration. Online registration will start on June 6 at 6:30 pm EST.
The links below will take you to the relevant section of the John Cabot University website:
Tuition and Housing Fees
Health and Wellness
Housing and Residential Life
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Consumer Information (N.B. U.S. Federal Financial Aid cannot be used for USC Spring Admits)