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John Cabot University

Rome, Italy


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An Accredited 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 and has also received AACSB accreditation.

John Cabot University has:

  • 3 campuses in the heart of Rome
  • 1500 students from 75 countries with an international environment
  • Small classes of 15 students per class
  • Faculty hold degrees from prestigious universities around the world
  • Over 1000 Internship opportunities 
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Generous Scholarships and US students are 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.

14 majors and 20 minor fields of study

John Cabot University offers 14 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
  • Communications
  • Psychological 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, Gender Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology. Students may pursue a double major or multiple minors.

Guarini School of Business and AACSB Accreditation

Founded in 2018, John Cabot University’s Frank J. Guarini School of Business, located in the heart of Rome, is ideally placed to educate a new generation of business leaders.

The School of Business achieves its mission by supporting and developing synergies among the dedicated missions of the Department of Business Administration, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Continuing and Professional Education.

John Cabot University’s Frank J. Guarini School of Business received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2022. The fundamental purpose of AACSB accreditation is to challenge business educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement in their business programs. John Cabot is one of fewer than 6% of business schools worldwide, and the first American university in Europe to have earned this prestigious accreditation.

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 Italian 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 20 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.

Admissions requirements

John Cabot University’s application process requirements includes an application, personal statement, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an interview. 

JCU has two start dates every year, in September and in January and transfer students are welcome.

JCU is test optional.

Location & Contact

Address Via Della Lungara 233
Contact Michaela Lauritano
Coordinator of DS Admissions
Phone: 39 066819121

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
Italian Studies Checkmark Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/letters, Other Checkmark Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark Checkmark
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
Economics, General Checkmark Checkmark
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Political Science And Government, General Checkmark Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark Checkmark


Acceptance Rate



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

Application Deadlines

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

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 590 540 640
SAT Math 566 510 620

Tuition & Fees

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Room & board
Room only

Student Body

Total Undergrad students


Male (30.94%)
Female (69.06%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 60%

Student Activities

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

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
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Most popular organizations:
Student Government, Model United Nations, Business Club, Queer Alliance Club and Grassroots

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark Checkmark No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
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Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark Checkmark No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
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Weight Lifting Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 47
Part-time - 97
John Cabot University