John Cabot University

John Cabot University

Rome, Italy
Not Reported
student ratio
total students
$23,900 | $23,900
in-state | out-of-state tuition
June 1 - See Admissions Section
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


An American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy

John Cabot University has offered undergraduate degree programs in the historic Trastevere neighborhood of Rome since 1972. Classes are taught in English, and JCU has become a popular study-abroad destination for summer and gap-year students from around the globe. John Cabot University was founded in 1972 and is an independent, non-profit university and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the United States.

JCU currently enrolls 1,200 students from more than 60 countries. Faculty members hold doctoral degrees from important institutions across the US, Europe, and beyond, and many are considered international experts in their fields. The current average class size at JCU is 15 students.

More than a dozen major and minor fields of study

John Cabot University offers 13 majors for its associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs. Among the most popular programs are the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BBA), the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Business, the Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and the Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. Other major fields of study at JCU are

- Art History

- Classical Studies

- Economics and Finance

- English Literature

- History

- Humanistic Studies

- Italian Studies

- Marketing

- Political Science

Minor courses of study are available in all JCU major fields of study, along with 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, International Communications, and Entrepreneurship

Creative Writing and Communications students find opportunities to enrich their undergraduate experiences by participating in the Institute in International Communications and the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. The Institute for Entrepreneurship provides future entrepreneurs with a forum to gain the skills they need to thrive in the in international workplace.

An extensive and internationally popular study abroad program

John Cabot University is well-known for its study abroad options during the semesters and summer. JCU offers over 300 courses each semester and 130 courses each summer. JCU also offers two Summer Institutes each year that are open to study abroad and full-time students: the Institute for Creative Writing & Literary Translation and the Institute for International Communication in Rome.

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, Greece, Korea, the Netherlands, and Sweden. John Cabot University students also have the option to set up their own independent study-abroad arrangements at accredited schools in the US and elsewhere.

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, Reuters, and major newspapers.

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 Elizabeth 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 seven art history courses at JCU.

Student housing and Trastevere life

JCU's student housing is "Italian by nature in every way" and is based in neighborhood apartment buildings. JCU students make up all the residents in the Gianicolo Residence, while the Viale Trastevere Apartments house a mix of JCU students and local residents. The campus, residences, and Trastevere neighborhood are on the west bank of the Tiber River.

Nearby points of interest include Rome's oldest Catholic church, open-air produce markets, and a popular flea market. JCU is a short walk from the Vatican, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, and the Colosseum.

Campus and city opportunities for engagement

Students at John Cabot University have founded more than a dozen student clubs focused on business, martial arts, women's leadership, art history, and investments, among other topics. JCU students also have the option to volunteer their time with nine community groups in the 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 an area soup kitchen, and donating blood at Fatebenefratelli Hospital.

JCU Alumni and their continuous role in the JCU community

JCU alumni association membership is open to all former students, including both graduates and study abroad students. Members have access to the campus 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 accounts, and alumni events across the world.

JCU graduates have gone on to work for international firms such as the World Bank, Bloomberg, the League of Arab States, and Honda. Other alumni have been accepted to graduate programs at universities including the London School of Economics and Johns Hopkins University.

Financial aid options for JCU students

John Cabot University is a Title IV university, allowing American citizens and US permanent residents to apply for financial aid through the US government. Additionally, JCU sponsors several scholarships and grants for degree-seeking students. All transfer and first-year students are considered for merit-based scholarships, which are renewed annually if grade-point 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.

Location & Contact

John Cabot University

Via Della Lungara 233
Roma, Italy I-00165 Roma

Danette Anderson

Interim Director of Admissions

Phone: 39 06 681 9121
Fax: 39 06 589 7429

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Italian Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled1,274
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.10
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 475 605
    • SAT Math 470 583
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$23,900
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,900
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$9,600
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,274
    • Male Student Percentage34%
    • Female Student Percentage66%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state StudentsNot Reported

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 46%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Not Reported
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Business Club, Model United Nations, Student Government, Universities Fighting World Hunger, Stand
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty109
    • Full-time Percentage19%
    • Part-time Percentage81%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported




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