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) (Dlg.107/15), formerly known as Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (ASL), deadlines and criteria. 


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

Online activities

The content for the programs for PCTO, when online, is delivered using Google Classrooms, Zoom, or Teams. Students and teachers will need to use an email account that allows them to access this platform.

How to Write a Successful CV and Speak in Public 

This program is offered on Google Classrooms. Level of English (B2) recommended, but documentation of this level is not required. Certifiable for 3-23 hours for PCTO. All material is asynchronous, not in live streaming.

All three sessions are equivalent. Teachers indicate ONE SESSION for their students when registering them. All activities relevant to the session must be concluded within the 7 week duration of the session. 

SESSION I - 10 October - 30 November CLOSED
SESSION II - 10 December - 28 February CLOSED
SESSION III - 10 March - 30 April (Registrations accepted through 7 March 2022)

Register your students for this program using this Registration Form. You will be asked to upload the list of names of your students in an Excel spreadsheet. 

Italy Reads

JCU’s English language reading and cultural exchange program, Italy Reads, now in its 11th year, provides a variety of activities around a work of American literature. Certifiable for 2-100 hours for PCTO. Read about the activities for PCTO with Italy Reads.

Find out about events, teacher training workshops, etc.. for teachers and students with Italy Reads. Write to [email protected] 

Important Dates

18 January (formerly 10 Jan.) - Deadline for high school teachers in Italy to apply for the Italy Reads 2022-2023 Professional Development Course "Teaching Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes in 1843" taught by Prof. Jenn Lindsay. This course is recognized for 30 hours of professional development and will be held online on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00pm, 18 January - 6 May 2022). Apply to become an Italy Reads 2022 Scholar.
25 January - Student presentations (online) of Interview and Digital Newsletter project.
7 February (formerly 24 January) - Deadline for students to submit their 3-minute video inspired by Beetlecreek to the Italy Reads Student Video Contest
16 March - Italy Reads Student Video Contest Award Ceremony, online.
17-22 March 2022 - Italy Reads Theatre, a production of an adaptation of Beetlecreek by The English Theatre of Rome (details forthcoming)

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. Now available for certification of up to 10 hours for PCTO. JCU will provide resources to teachers interested in guiding their students in structured preparation for the Italy Writes Contest.

1 March - Deadline to submit entries. All students enrolled in a scuola secondaria di secondo grado whose primary language of instruction is NOT English are eligible to participate. PCTO certification available ONLY in collaboration with teachers at the school. The award ceremony will be held online in June.

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 an organization, study it, and create a pitch to convince the audience to support its cause. Now, completely online and certifiable for 30 hours for PCTO. Students must register using this Italy Pitches Registration Form Deadline: February 28.

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. It will be conducted online. 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 EXTENDED to April 25. Dates of Italy Starts: 25 May - 30 June

Professional Development for Italian High School Teachers

These programs provide professional development opportunities and online resources to teachers and their students. 

Teachers: apply to participate in the Italy Reads 2022-2023 Professional Development Course. See the above link to the Application Form.

Italy Reads 2009 - Teaching with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
Italy Reads 2010 - Teaching with Thornton Wilder's Our Town
Italy Reads 2011 - Teaching with Carson McCullers's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Italy Reads 2012 - Teaching with F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby 
Italy Reads 2013 - Teaching with Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake
Italy Reads 2014 - Teaching with Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms
Italy Reads 2015 - Teaching with Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
Italy Reads 2016 - Teaching with Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie
Italy Reads 2017 - Teaching with Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems
Italy Reads 2018 - Teaching with Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories
Italy Reads 2019 - Teaching with Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Italy Reads 2020 - Teaching with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Italy Reads 2021 - Teaching with William Demby's Beetlecreek

Information and Misinformation in a Fake News World, Visiting Professor Deanna Lee

Media Literacy for Teaching English - a workshop for teachers, Professor Antonio Lopez

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

All of the above-listed programs can satisfy PCTO (Dlg.107/15) requirements for Italian high school students. The following is required:

  • An Agreement for PCTO must be stipulated between JCU and the school. Once the agreement has been signed, the school will appear on the map "Impact of Programs for High Schools with John Cabot University (see above)
  • The teacher/PCTO Tutor for the school registers their students according to the instructions and deadlines for each program
  • At the end of each program, the teacher/PCTO Tutor verifies completion of all activities for the program and submits a Request Form for PCTO Certification

Write to [email protected] for further information about Programs for High Schools at JCU.

Schools across Italy (165) have participated in at least one of the Programs for High Schools, and 102 of them have signed an Agreement with John Cabot University to participate in at least one of the activities offered for PCTO. If your school is not included in the map (at point 1) above, please write to us at [email protected].