Information for Parents

Families of Prospective Students

The transition to university abroad is a huge journey for students, and we understand that you’re on that journey with them.

As the family member of a John Cabot student, you will see your relative supported every step of the way. From arriving at the airport, to adjusting to residential life, to registering for classes and learning how to balance academic responsibilities with self-discovery and personal growth, John Cabot will be there for them while you cheer them on.

It is our strong belief that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, and this is never truer than during the experience of studying abroad - be it for a summer, semester, or a full four-year degree. We strive to give your students the tools they need to be successful to take full advantage of their time in Rome. We want to help make this journey easier for you and your family. Whether it’s planning a campus visit, preparing the application materials, or researching scholarships, we are here to help you along the way.

The best way to experience John Cabot University and see if it is the right fit for you and your student is to visit us!

Campus visits are available Monday through Friday. Each visit consists of a private meeting with an admissions counselor and a walking tour of our facilities. Students can also request to sit in on one or more classes or have lunch with us to try out our Tiber Cafeteria.  Sign up here, or for more information, email [email protected].

We also regularly host Open Houses, which include information about JCU's academics, student life, housing, financial aid, scholarships, the application process, a campus tour, and the opportunity to ask questions to admissions counselors and current students. Sign up here for an upcoming Open House, or for more information, email [email protected].

With a student body from over 80 countries, we understand that traveling to Rome for a campus tour is often impossible. We encourage you to take our  virtual tour to learn more about life at JCU and to check out the rest of the videos on our  YouTube channel to learn more. 

All roads may lead to Rome, but it's helpful to have a little guidance once you get here. We have compiled some information that should make planning your trip and finding your way around once you're here much easier:

Information for Visitors
Maps and Directions 

The diversity of our student body at John Cabot University is one of our greatest sources of pride. We bring together degree-seeking and study abroad students from across the globe, creating a unique community that thrives in the Italian capital city.  

For parents of students considering pursuing their undergraduate degree at John Cabot University, click here for admissions information.  

For parents of students who are enrolled at another university that would like to study abroad for a summer session, semester, or year at John Cabot University, here is general study abroad admissions information and information about our American accreditation. Students should speak with their home university's Study Abroad Office for specific application information. To learn more, contact [email protected].  

John Cabot also offers a gap year program for students who wish to spend time abroad before commencing an undergraduate program and an intensive English language program for students whose level of English does not yet qualify them for entry to the University's undergraduate program. 

As an overseas American liberal arts university in Italy, John Cabot's mission and goal is to create a community of both degree-seeking and study abroad students by making JCU affordable as possible for every student and family.  

For parents of students considering pursuing their undergraduate degree at John Cabot University, click here for information about financial aid opportunities.  

For parents of students who are enrolled at another university that would like to study abroad for a summer session, semester, or year at John Cabot University, click here for information about financial aid opportunities. 

For many students at John Cabot University, English is not their first language. Learn more about the University and admissions in your native language: 

Italian-speaking families 
Spanish-speaking families 

Our free  online information sessions are conducted by a JCU Admissions Counselor and feature a detailed presentation about pursuing your degree or studying abroad in Rome, followed by a question and answer session. 

Our admissions counselors travel to nearly 50 states and over 20 countries around the world each year to meet prospective students on the road.  Find out when we will be visiting a city near you, or email  [email protected] to be put in touch with an admissions counselor for more information.  

Not coming to a city near you? Feel free to schedule a virtual Zoom meeting with an admissions counselor.  

"I was impressed with John Cabot's diversity, the caliber of educators, and the university's infrastructure. My daughter's experiences – and ours – only further validated that John Cabot University was the best choice."
Phyllis L. Mirabella, mother of Micayla Mirabella, John Cabot University Class of 2020
Read Phyllis' testimonial 

"Our daughter discovered John Cabot University at a local college fair. It was a match made in heaven! Every interaction our family experienced with JCU representatives has felt like chatting with family." 
Kenneth and Candy Johnson, parents of Kehisha Johnson, John Cabot University Class of 2022
Read Kenneth and Candy's testimonial  

Read more parents' testimonials.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Admissions Team via: 

Email: [email protected] 
WhatsApp: +(39) 335-795-0428 
Office Number: +(39) 06-681-9121 
Toll Free Number: +(1) 855-JCU-ROMA 

We look forward to hearing from you! 


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