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John Cabot University

Rome, Italy


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John Cabot University


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 of Rome located between the Colosseum and the Vatican.

JCU is an independent, non-profit American university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ( in the United States. In addition to providing undergraduate programs for English-speaking students, the university is a popular study abroad and gap year destination for students from around the globe.

It currently enrolls 1,400 students from more than 70 countries. Faculty members, who hold advanced degrees from prestigious institutions across the US and Europe are international experts in their fields. With an average class size of 15 students, faculty members are able to provide the personalized attention that enables students to excel academically. Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and need and the University is Title IV and accepts FAFSA.

JCU’s excellent reputation helps students get accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the world including Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford, and Bocconi University.

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.

BA Degrees are offered in:

  • Business Administration, International Business, Economics and Finance, Marketing
  • International Affairs, Political Science
  • Communications
  • Art History
  • English Literature
  • Classical Studies, History, Humanistic Studies, Italian Studies

Minor courses of study are available in all major fields of study as well as in creative writing, entrepreneurship, philosophy, and psychology. Students are encouraged to tailor their degrees to their career goals, and may pursue a double major or multiple minors.

Institutes for Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Affairs

Creative Writing, International Affairs, and Business students find opportunities to enrich their undergraduate experience by participating in the University's multiple institutes, which host speakers, seminars, workshops, and forums for research and assist students in preparing for the workplace.

An extensive and internationally popular study abroad program

John Cabot University (JCU) is well-known for its study abroad options both during the academic year and the summer. It offers over 350 courses each semester and over 100 courses each summer.

In addition to hosting its own study abroad programs, JCU encourages its degree-seeking students to study overseas at one of its direct exchange partner universities in the US, Europe, Asia, or Africa. Students also have the option to set up their own independent study abroad arrangements at accredited schools around the world.

Globally recognized faculty members

JCU prides itself on having a faculty composed of academic and industry experts in a variety of fields. University president Franco Pavoncello frequently serves as a guest expert on Italian and international affairs for media outlets including BBC News, CNN, and Reuters.

Pietro Paganini, adjunct assistant professor of Business Administration, has conducted research in his field for universities in Italy and Sweden. Dr. Paganini is also a co-founder of a Washington, DC-based geopolitical consulting firm and a founding board member of the European Privacy Association.

Assistant professor of art history Dr. Lila Yawn focuses on the intersection of Italian medieval art, religion, and politics, both historical and modern. Dr. Yawn is a former Rome Prize Fellow who advises at the American Academy in Rome in addition to teaching art history courses at JCU.

Student housing and Trastevere life

Housing is guaranteed for all four years. The Gianicolo Residence, Lungara apartments and Viale Trastevere Apartments are all within walking distance of campus, and independent apartments are offered 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, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona, and the Colosseum.

Campus and city opportunities for engagement

Students at John Cabot University have founded 25 student clubs focused on business, environmentalism, women's leadership, art history, and performing arts, among other topics. Students also have the option to volunteer their time with community associations in Trastevere and greater Rome. Service work done by JCU students includes teaching English to domestic violence survivors at a local shelter, helping teenagers with learning disabilities, serving at a local soup kitchen, and donating blood at Fatebenefratelli Hospital.

JCU alumni and their continuous role in the JCU community

The JCU alumni association membership is open to all former students, graduates and study abroad students alike. Members have access to the library, fitness center, career services, and continuing education opportunities provided by the school. Former JCU students can also make the most of social and professional networking opportunities through the alumni association's newsletters, social media groups, and alumni events across the world.

JCU graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industries and organizations, such as the World Bank, Bloomberg, the European Union, and Honda. Other alumni have been accepted to graduate programs at universities including the London School of Economics and Columbia University.

Financial aid options for JCU students

Costs at John Cabot University include tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan. As a Title IV university, American citizens and US permanent residents can apply for financial aid through the US government.

Additionally, JCU sponsors several scholarships and grants for degree-seeking as well as study abroad students. All transfer and first-year 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, as are tuition reduction grants for the siblings and children of JCU students and alumni.

Admissions requirements

Individuals interested in attending John Cabot University complete an application process that includes a personal statement, an application fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

US applicants to John Cabot University must also submit SAT or ACT scores. Furthermore, students who have fewer than two years of study at an English-language institution are required to provide evidence of their proficiency with the English language.

Location & Contact

Address Via Della Lungara 233
Contact Ms. Stefania Corrado
Associate Coordinator of DS Admissions
Phone: 39 066819121

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Acceptance Rate



Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Interview
2 recommendations
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Other requirements: English Proficiency for non-US applicants

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen March 1st April 1st
Out of state Fall freshmen March 1st January 1st
Other early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Transfer November 15th December 15th

Tuition & Fees

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Student Body

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College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 46%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Thanksgiving Dinner, Spring Fling and Career Services Fair

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government, Model United Nations, Student Newspaper, Queer Alliance Club and Grassroots

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Men's Sports

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Women's Sports

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 35
Part-time - 115