JCU Responds to Covid-19

John Cabot University Responds to COVID-19

John Cabot University continues to implement a comprehensive and evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check this page for regular updates on health and policy measures both on and off-campus, scheduling and class information, and resources available to students.

The JCU community is hard at work to ensure that our students are safe and receive an excellent education during this challenging time. The spirit and dedication that allowed faculty and staff to adapt all courses to online delivery within just two weeks in Spring 2020, continues.

If you have questions about COVID-19 and John Cabot University, you can reach out via email: [email protected]


August 26, 2020 Update

The Italian government has decided that schools and universities will be re-opening in September under strict health and safety regulations.

Our Fall 2020 semester updates are:

  • Based on our conversations with experts, and our understanding of previous government directives, JCU students will be allowed to enter Italy for their studies after meeting certain criteria depending on the country of origin. See complete details on immigration and travel requirements for entering Italy.
  • Fall 2020 semester classes are planned to be held on site and in person. All classes have been designed to incorporate remote flexibilities to accommodate any individual that may need to comply with a mandatory quarantine or isolation. Some classes include additional flexibility to accommodate social distancing.
  • Campus will be following required health and safety protocols with respect to social distancing, sanitation, and health controls such as measurement of body temperature, masks, and hand sanitizers.
  • JCU Housing will also be following required health and safety protocols to include placement of students in individual bedrooms. Apartments will be furnished with sanitation products as well as undergoing weekly cleaning by staff.
  • JCU has its own 24/7 on-call doctor and dedicated staff as well as strict protocols to support students that may exhibit suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Both current and new students will undertake additional orientation regarding how to comply with the health and safety protocols to ensure a successful semester.

We continue to monitor both Italian and European directives as they are issued.

Please remember that we have built into our Fall 2020 semester a delayed opening (classes begin September 21), a shortened semester of 89 days for students from visa waiver countries (such as the US), and JCU tuition and housing deposits are refundable before classes begin or housing is occupied.

We look forward to welcoming you to JCU in Rome in Fall 2020!

See the complete Fall 2020: Information for Parents and Students.


See the Safety and Health Alerts page for important communications to the JCU community regarding procedures, protocols, and safety measures related to COVID-19 based on directives from the Italian government. 

John Cabot University is located just three miles away from the Istituto Lazzaro Spallanzani, one of Italy's top infectious disease hospitals. JCU's Dr. Andrea Guerriero offers 24/7 house calls to JCU students. He is available to give free consultations via phone call, text message, or WhatsApp (+39 320 406 5709). Learn more about Health Services at JCU.

Stay at home if you are feeling unwell. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. JCU students in Rome should call the JCU emergency number (+39 327 848 0210); JCU faculty and staff should call the Lazio regional number (800 118 800) and then update JCU via the emergency number. 


John Cabot University has waived the SAT/ACT requirement for students applying for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 semesters, given the inability of many students to take the tests.


Summer sessions I and II will be held online at a reduced tuition rate. Tuition for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will remain the same as Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.


The Fall 2020 semester will be limited to 89 days, which will facilitate students attending from visa-waiver countries. Nationals of these countries and territories, such as the USA, do not require a visa for visits up to a maximum of 90 days, for a variety of activities including study. To see if you require a visa and to get more information, please refer to the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The John Cabot University Admissions Office is here to guide and support you through this important time in your life as you prepare to move to Rome to begin your studies or to study abroad. Until we can be together in person, we have created virtual events and opportunities for you and your families to participate in. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at [email protected].


In addition to successfully implementing online classes using the Moodle platform during the second half of the Spring 2020 term, most JCU offices began to work remotely while remaining fully operational. Summer Sessions I and II 2020 were also held online. The University plans to resume on-campus academic and student life activities in Fall 2020. However, JCU classes have been designed to have the flexibility to transition between both on-campus and remote learning deliveries to accommodate student and faculty needs, such as mandatory quarantine periods, late arrivals, and any social distancing and community health protocols. See Emergency Protocols for Fall 2020.


John Cabot University's Office of Career Services is active and has recently signed new partnership agreements with companies that are seeking JCU graduates to work remotely. Contact [email protected] to learn about internship and job opportunities.

Library Services

The Frohring Library offers services compliant with COVID-19 regulations to the members of the JCU community.


Health resources, wellbeing support services, fitness programs, and virtual activities are available from the safety of your remote location in order to maintain the continuity of your student life experiences. Visit the Virtual Student Life Hub.


If a campus tour is out of the question, why not sign up for a free webinar and learn more about pursuing your degree or studying abroad in Rome? Our online information sessions feature a presentation by a JCU Admissions Counselor followed by a brief Q&A session. Online services are also available in Italian.


In order to help schools and teachers deal with the sudden need for online materials, JCU has decided to offer free English classes to Italian high schools.

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