Orientation week is designed to help you smoothly transition to life at John Cabot University and the city of Rome.

The mission of the Orientation Program (OP) is to provide new incoming students and their families with an introduction to John Cabot University in order to allow a successful transition into the JCU community as well as to life in Rome. To do this, Orientation offers a combination of both educational and interactive sessions.

Orientation Dates and Schedules

Please note that the University reserves the right to modify the schedule as needed. 

SPRING 2020 

Monday, January 13 - Saturday, January 18

Arrival Days:

January 13
Returning students, Degree Seekers, Transfer, ENLUS, and Gap year students, Freshman Programs and the following Visiting programs:   

•  Iowa State University
•  Rutgers
•  Sacred Heart University
•  St. Mary's College
•  Texas Christian University
•  University of Delaware

January 14 
All other students

Pre-Departure Orientation Checklist (Please complete by December 10th) 

Schedules will be uploaded soon


Tuesday, January 14

English Family Orientation
Italian Family Orientation

*To attend the Family Sessions, please RSVP at [email protected]

Pre-departure Information

Please be sure to check out these important links before Orientation:

Orientation Process

Orientation check-in:

  • Receive your orientation schedule and lanyard
  • Get you JCU ID ( remember to send your ID picture before you arrive)
  • JCU Housing check-in (if applicable)
  • Safety Session 
  • Immigration Step 1

JCU Housing Check-in (if Applicable)

  • Passport Scan
  • Contract signature
  • Housing Workshop
  • RA Housing (later in the week)

Mandatory Orientation Activities:

  • JCU Welcome Session – Learn about services the university provides
  • Wellbeing workshop – get to know the JCU Councilors and learn about stress management and Culture shock
  • Campus Tour – Learn how to get around our urban campus
  • Immigration Step 2 (only Fall)
  • Navigation 101 – Learn how to navigate Rome with its public transport system

Only Degree seekers:

  • Placement exam (if assigned)
  • Skipper Meeting – Meet your skipper and learn how to best start your JCU career
  • Advising & Registration – Meet your advisor and register for your first classes at JCU 


Student Testimonials

Orientation at JCU video


Email: [email protected]
Director of Orientation: Ariana Damaske