As the capital of Italy and its largest city (2.8 million people), Rome combines a rich cultural heritage with the fast pace of a major metropolitan area. Breathtaking monuments appear around every corner, making it no surprise that Rome continues to be a favorite destination for students, tourists and religious pilgrims alike. Innumerable social, political, and cultural events provide constant opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the local way of life and truly "do as the Romans do."
John Cabot University
John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world. JCU is located in the heart of Rome surrounded by the extraordinarily rich offerings of a city of culture, history, art, creativity, business and international affairs.
Students at JCU can choose from a wide array of courses in Italian language, studio arts, art history, business, and the humanities. Class sizes are small and attendance is mandatory. Classes are usually taught in the American style, and students are encouraged to participate, ask questions, and debate with their professors.
Students must take one required language courses (placement tests will be given to all students registering for Intermediate or higher), as well as three electives.
Accommodations and Meals
JCU housing provides accommodations to students in residential areas in order to promote an authentic study abroad experience. Students housed with JCU are given the opportunity to live like Romans and should be mature, open to new experiences and ready for an international 'off-campus' housing experience. Living in JCU Housing will give students a better understanding of urban Italian life.
For the most part, JCU apartments are grouped in areas within 30 minutes of the university. The clustered apartments make it easy for students to get to know their JCU neighbors and commute to campus easily on foot or by bus.
All students in JCU Housing are assigned Resident Assistants who are available to help students in their residential life experience while at JCU. Resident Assistants live in the same neighborhoods as students and are available to answer questions, organize events and generally assist students adjust to Roman life. JCU also provides a meal plan that can be used at the Tiber Cafe in the Tiber Student Center. Participating students are issued vouchers that can be used for a full meal at lunch time.