An American liberal arts university in the historic center of Rome, Italy
John Cabot University, founded in 1972, offers undergraduate degree programs in the historic Trastevere neighborhood, located between the Colosseum and the Vatican.
JCU is an American university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition to providing English-language undergraduate programs, John Cabot is a popular study abroad and gap year institution.
JCU’s student body of 1,400 hail from over 70 countries. Faculty, who hold advanced degrees from prestigious institutions across the world, are experts in their fields. In small classes of approximately 15 students, professors provide the personalized attention that enables students to excel academically. Students can finance their education with our generous scholarship program, and US citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for federal financial aid.
JCU’s excellent reputation helps students get accepted into prestigious graduate schools around the world, including Columbia University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford.
More than a dozen major and minor fields of study
John Cabot University offers 13 majors for its Associate's degree (A.A.) and Bachelor's degree (B.A.) programs.
Degrees are offered in:
- Business Administration, International Business, Economics and Finance, Marketing
- International Affairs, Political Science
- Art History, Classical Studies, English Literature, History, Humanistic Studies, Italian Studies
Minors are available in all major fields of study (except International Business) as well as in Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Legal Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology. Students may pursue a double major or multiple minors.
Institutes for Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Affairs
Creative Writing, Business, and International Affairs students find opportunities to enrich their undergraduate experience by participating in seminars, workshops, and forums hosted by our institutes.
An extensive and internationally popular study abroad program
John Cabot University attracts study abroad students during the academic year and the summer. It offers 400 courses each semester and over 130 courses in the summer.
JCU also encourages its undergraduate students to study overseas at one of its partner universities around the world. Students may also set up their own independent study abroad programs at accredited institutions.
Globally recognized faculty members
JCU boasts a faculty of academic and industry experts. University president Franco Pavoncello frequently serves as a guest expert on Itailan politics for media outlets including BBC News, CNN, and Reuters.
Pietro Paganini, adjunct assistant professor of Business Administration, has conducted research for universities in Italy and Sweden. Dr. Paganini is co-founder of a geopolitical consulting firm and a founding board member of the European Privacy Association.
Associate professor of art history Lila Yawn specializes in the history of medieval art in Italy and perceptions of the Middle Ages today. Dr. Yawn is a former Rome Prize Fellow and currently serves as advisor at the American Academy in Rome.
Student housing and Trastevere life
Housing is guaranteed. The Gianicolo Residence, Lungara Apartments and Viale Trastevere Apartments are all within walking distance of campus, and independent apartments are available when the main housing options are full. Students have access to Resident Assistants, on-call staff, and an exciting residential life program. All of JCU’s campuses and residences are a short walk from the Vatican, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum.
Campus and city opportunities for engagement
JCU offers 28 student-led clubs focused on multiculturalism, environmentalism, women's leadership, performing arts, and more. Students have the option to volunteer with community associations in Trastevere and greater Rome. Service work done by JCU students includes teaching English at a domestic violence shelter, helping teenagers with learning disabilities, and assisting at a refugee center.
JCU alumni and their continuous role in the JCU community
The JCU Alumni Association is open to all graduates and former study abroad students. Members have access to the library, fitness center, career services, and continuing education opportunities provided by the school. Former JCU students take advantage of networking opportunities through alumni events across the world and social media groups.
Graduates have gone on to successful careers in international organizations and industries such as the World Bank, Bloomberg, the European Union, and Honda. Other alumni have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs at universities including the London School of Economics and Columbia University.
Financial aid options for JCU students
JCU participates in the Title IV Program for Federal Direct Loans for US citizens and permanent residents.
Additionally, JCU sponsors generous scholarships. All undergraduate students are considered for merit-based scholarships, which are renewed annually if grade-point average and progress requirements are met. Returning students may also be eligible for Dean's list scholarships. Assistance grants based on financial need are also available.
John Cabot University’s application process requirements includes a personal statement, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an interview.
US applicants to John Cabot University must submit SAT or ACT scores. Students who have fewer than two years of study at an English-language institution are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English.
Majors & Degrees
|Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Communication, Journalism And Related Programs||Associate||Bachelors|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|English Language And Literature Related|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Classics And Classical Languages|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities||Associate||Bachelors|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|International Relations And Affairs|
|Political Science And Government|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Art History, Criticism And Conservation|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||March 31st||August 5th|
|Out of state Fall freshmen||March 1st||January 1st|
|Early decision plan||November 15th||Not reported|
|Other early decision plan||November 15th||December 15th|
|Transfer||June 1st||June 15th|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||Yes|
|Tuition payment plans offered||Yes|
|Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition||
|College-owned housing||Not Reported|
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||46%|
Thanksgiving Dinner, Spring Fling and Career Services Fair
Student Government, Model United Nations, Student Newspaper, Queer Alliance Club and Grassroots