Programs for High Schools

As an American institution of higher education in Rome, John Cabot University promotes interaction between the international academic community and its surroundings. JCU offers cultural resources and educational activities to Italian high school teachers and their students, free of charge.


Under a Framework Agreement with the Italian Ministry of Instruction, Universities and Research, Regional Office for schools in Latium  

Programs for High Schools at JCU logo

To capture the spirit of the suite of programs that JCU offers in English and, free of charge, to the local community of educators, we have changed the name to Programs for High Schools (Programmi per le Scuole).
Students can earn PCTO credits by participating successfully in these programs.

Our logo: The box symbolizes the simple, replicable structure of these programs. The olive branch symbolizes our host country, Italy, and the growth we strive for together.
The JCU logo represents our community, an American liberal arts university in the heart of Rome.

Consult the array of activities offered at JCU for Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l'Orientamento (PCTO), formerly known as Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (ASL), deadlines and criteria. 

Impact of Programs for High Schools

Students and teachers at these schools have been involved in one or more of the Programs for High Schools offered by John Cabot University, in English and free of charge, over the past 11 years.

Italy Reads impact           Italy Writes impact
Italy Pitches impact           Italy Starts impact
CV Public Speaking Impact            

Important Dates

31 Jan - EXTENDED to 28 February, Deadline to register your students to participate in Italy Pitches. Students must register using this Registration Form.
28 Feb - Deadline to register for Italy Starts. Teams of university and high school students work together in this Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program to put ideas into action. The weekly afternoon meetings will be held online from May 25 to June 26, 2021. Final prizes for winning teams! Students must apply for selection using this Application Form.
1 Mar - Italy Writes, deadline for submissions. Read the details and how to participate. Contest submissions are to be sent via the Entry Form.

How to Write a Successful CV and Public Speaking

Two webinars are available. All activities will be offered online, in English and free of charge. Level of English (B2) recommended, but documentation of this level is not required.

Each webinar will be held "live" on Zoom from 4:00 to 5:15pm.

Important: Read the Step-by-Step Instructions for this program

Teachers can select the date of one webinar for each topic for their students and request the invitation link from [email protected] 

  • Public Speaking - techniques and strategies for Public Speaking:
    • Friday 5 February, 4:00-5:15pm
    • Friday 5 March, 4:00-5:15pm
    • Friday 7 May, 4:00-5:15pm
  • How to Write a Successful CV - how to write a Curriculum Vitae and the changes taking place in the work force:
    • Friday 19 February, 4:00-5:15pm
    • Friday 19 March, 4:00-5:15pm
    • Friday 23 April, 4:00-5:15pm
    • Friday 21 May, 4:00-5:15pm

Each webinar will be recognized for 1.5 hours of PCTO and will include a 15-minute Quiz.

Italy Reads

Italy Reads

JCU’s English language reading and cultural exchange program, Italy Reads, now in its 10th year, provides a variety of activities around a work of American literature. From 16-120 hours for PCTO certifiable. Read about the activities for PCTO/ASL with Italy Reads.

Italy Writes 

Italy Writes

Italy Writes is JCU’s national Creative Writing Contest for high school students whose primary language of instruction is not English. Since 2010, this contest has encouraged and recognized excellence in students developing their creative voice in the English language. No current offer for PCTO hours. Deadline for entries to contest: March 1. Submit your entry to Italy Writes.

Italy Pitches

JCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship offers this national, English-language pitching competition for Italian high-school students - Italy Pitches. Participating Students will select a non-profit organization, study it, and create a pitch to convince the audience to donate to its cause. Certifiable for 10 hours for PCTO. Students must register using this Italy Pitches Registration Form Deadline: extended to February 28 (formerly January 31).

Italy Starts

Italy Starts, a Peer-to-Peer Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program in English
University students (Mentors) volunteer to work with Italian High School Students (Mentees) to solve real business problems or develop business models for their business or social venture idea. This program is aimed at third and fourth-year students enrolled in Italian high schools. Places are limited. Certifiable for 40 hours for PCTO.

Students must apply for selection for this program by filling in this Italy Starts Application Form Deadline to apply: February 28. 

  • Dates of Italy Starts: 25 May - 30 June 2021

The number of places is limited. PRIZES for the top two teams. 

Programs for Italian High School Teachers

These programs provide professional development courses, teacher training workshops, and online resources to teachers and their students. 

Italy Reads 2021-2022 – Teaching with William Demby's Beetlecreek. Teachers at high schools (scuole secondarie di secondo grado

Past Professional Development Courses for High School Teachers

  • Italy Reads 2020 - Teaching with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
  • Italy Reads 2019 - Teaching with Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass 
  • Italy Reads 2018 - The Mystery of Writing: Teaching with Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories
  • Spring 2018 - Information and Misinformation in a Fake News World  
  • Summer 2014 - Media Literacy For Teaching English - A Workshop for Teachers

Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l'Orientamento (PCTO), formerly Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (ASL)

All or part of the above-listed programs can satisfy PCTO/ASL (Dlg.107/15) requirements for Italian high school students. 

1. Check the map above and the list of schools to make sure that the required agreement for PCTO/ASL has been signed by JCU and your school. Advance registration for each activity is obligatory.
2. JCU Tutor shares a spreadsheet with the school's PCTO Tutor. 
3. PCTO Tutor inserts the names of students from their school participating in JCU's Programs for High Schools. This is a dynamic list. PCTO hours are added by the school's PCTO Tutor as the activities are completed.
4. JCU Tutor provides PCTO Certification to the school's Tutor based on the information communicated in this spreadsheet.

Currently, 71 Italian high schools have signed an Agreement with John Cabot University to participate in at least one of the activities offered for PCTO/ASL.

If your school is not listed above, please write to [email protected].