Undergraduate Admissions

University of Southern California -Trojan Transfer Plan for Freshman Year in Rome

The Trojan Transfer Plan gives you the opportunity to take your freshman year classes at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome as part of a direct transfer pathway to USC in your sophomore year.

JCU recognizes that your first priority is to have a successful transfer into USC after a year of studying with us in Rome. We work closely with USC to ensure that we offer the courses you need to meet the Trojan Transfer Requirements.

JCU also understands that this will be your first year of university. JCU has many freshmen from the US and other countries who will also be starting college a bit farther from home – so you are not alone in your decision to study in Rome!

USC recognizes the value of an extended international experience early on in your college career. When you live and learn in another country, you develop a deeper understanding of and respect for intercultural differences, greater flexibility and adaptability, and an openness to new ideas.  These characteristics are valued by companies, organizations, and universities and will distinguish you as you move along in your life and career.

While JCU provides you with the freedom for intellectual and personal growth in a different culture, at the same time, you will be surrounded by the familiar structure of a solid American academic and student service environment. This combination of both "foreign" and “familiar” is exciting and refreshing. Students who enjoy being independent, have a strong desire to reflect and learn, and wish to challenge themselves in an international setting, will thrive in this context.

As you explore John Cabot University for the Trojan Transfer Plan, please remember that you may always get back to this dedicated page by going to the John Cabot website and searching under “USC Trojan Transfer Plan.”

Information Session
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John Cabot University is USC’s partner for the Trojan Transfer Plan – Freshman Year in Rome program.  Founded in Rome 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).  JCU 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 are typical of that of a university in the U.S.

JCU values the quality of its academic programs as well as its student support services and its extensive range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities. While the academic environment is decidedly American, our location in the historic center of Rome makes learning here unique. Rome is an ancient yet cosmopolitan city that hosts a vast range of international organizations and institutions, UN agencies, as well as embassies to both Italy and the Holy See.

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 explore and learn, following the American liberal arts tradition of critical thinking and sharing 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.

Trojan Transfer Plan students will not be alone in their educational journey as JCU’s community is welcoming and friendly. You will be housed together with other USC Trojan Transfer Plan students as well as JCU’s own freshmen and other visiting students so that you are surrounded by opportunities to participate in our residential life activities, forge new friendships, and enjoy the security of JCU housing.

About JCU | Student Enrollment Profile

USC TTP students should apply to John Cabot University as a "Study Abroad Student" using our online application. Students must also submit a separate Housing application once they have been admitted. 

In your application for admission please list under Education – School Name: "USC – TTP ." In the ‘date enrolled from’ field please enter 8/15/2022. This will allow us to fast track your application and receive the required admissions documents directly from USC. 

By applying as a USC TTP-Rome student, you are giving USC permission to exchange admissions documents with JCU. JCU will review your admissions documents in a timely manner and inform you of your admissions status as soon as possible.

Academic Calendar
Admissions:  On-line application
Housing: On-line application

Deadlines for the “USC Trojan Transfer Plan” students are below. Space in the program may be limited so decisions will be made based on a rolling basis.

USC Trojan Transfer Plan Students

Application Deadline

Deposit Deadline

Admissions Application


June 1st

Housing Application

June 1st

June 1st


Note: We will continue to accept deposits after the May 15th priority deadline if space is available.

If you have questions, please contact our Rome-based admissions counselor:

Michel Rosuelo
Coordinator for Partner Schools Admissions

Admission to USC requires a high level of success, in courses likely to be more rigorous than those you have experienced in high school. Successfully completing this plan demands hard work and focus. For students starting at JCU in Fall 2021, if you meet the following requirements during your year at JCU, USC Admission states with a high degree of confidence that you are likely to be admitted as a transfer student: 

  • Complete 30 transferable semester units, earning A’s and B’s.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 in USC-transferable courses, with no individual grade below C (2.0). 
  • Complete USC’s lower-division writing requirement by a successful grade in JCU's course, EN110 Advanced Composition.
  • Complete MA 101, Intermediate Algebra (if you didn't complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with C's or better in every semester in high school).
  • Take courses in areas of general education (at least two courses), foreign language (if needed for your major), and any lower division courses needed for your intended major.

Your JCU academic advisor will be familiar with the conditions of your intended transfer to USC through the Trojan Transfer Plan in Rome. 

Is this a guarantee of admission to USC? 
This is a path to admission - not a guarantee of acceptance. USC typically finds a space for each student who submits a suitable application, avoids misconduct, and meets the conditions specified above. 

USC cannot guarantee admission to a specific major, particularly in cases where space is limited, or for which an audition or portfolio are required, or when lower-division prerequisites are not yet satisfied.  Students who meet these terms are typically offered a space at USC, either in their first- or second-choice major, or in "open/undeclared" status.  Students admitted without a declared major -- a common situation at USC -- will receive academic advising to help direct them toward a program of study that is in line with their goals. 

During the fall semester at JCU, you may take courses across a wide range of subjects. Your JCU courses fulfill USC requirements as part of the Trojan Transfer Plan. Most JCU classes are 3-credit courses. A normal semester course load would be 5 courses for 15 credits. 

In addition to the specific courses required by USC, JCU offers a large selection of courses which fulfill USC general education requirements. 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 insight 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.

Once your enrollment in JCU is confirmed, you will receive information about online registration. Online registration will begin May 18th at 6:30pm EST. 

USC - JCU Course Transfer Articulation |  JCU’s Fall semester schedule of classes

USC Trojan Transfer Plan 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 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.  

Beginning with the fall semester in Rome you will register as a full-time study abroad student at John Cabot University paying JCU tuition and fees. Once you confirm your participation in the Trojan Transfer Plan in Rome, you will begin to receive important pre-arrival information to help prepare for your year in Italy: how to confirm your enrollment, obtain your study visa, reserve your housing preferences, and pay your tuition and fees.

Students 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. JCU will provide the documents and explain the process required 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.

The links below will take you to the relevant sections of the John Cabot University website. 

Tuition and Housing Fees
USC TTP Online Information Session
Student Life
Health and Wellness
Housing and Residential Life
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Student Consumer Information  (N.B. U.S. Federal Financial Aid cannot be used for TTP students)