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About the University 🏫

John Cabot University: Where Rome Meets the World

Brief History

John Cabot University (JCU) is an American-accredited institution situated in the heart of Rome, Italy. Established to provide a unique blend of American education in an Italian setting, JCU has become a hub for international studies and a top choice for students looking for a semester abroad.

Student Life

With a diverse student body representing over 70 nationalities, JCU offers a rich cultural experience. Whether you're pursuing a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or a semester exchange, you'll find a vibrant community that welcomes you into the Roman lifestyle.


JCU boasts three campuses located in the picturesque Trastevere district of Rome. The campuses feature state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities, ensuring top-notch learning experiences. Small class sizes foster individual attention and a close-knit academic community.


The campus is quintessentially Italian, complete with stunning architecture and outdoor spaces. A terrace area allows students to enjoy Rome's mild climate, making it a perfect spot for socializing and studying.

Career Opportunities

JCU has strong ties with multinational companies, offering students valuable internship opportunities. This hands-on experience not only enhances your resume but also expands your global network, setting you on a path to a successful university abroad experience.

Quick Facts

  • American-accredited university
  • Located in Rome's Trastevere district
  • Over 70 nationalities represented
  • Small class sizes for personalized learning
  • Wide range of academic programs


Situated in the historic and vibrant Trastevere area, JCU offers the best of both worlds: the charm of Rome and the quality of American education. The location is ideal for students looking to immerse themselves in Italian culture while benefiting from an American curriculum.

John Cabot University provides an unparalleled educational experience, combining the academic rigor of an American institution with the cultural richness of Rome. Whether you're looking to complete your degree or spend a semester abroad, JCU offers a world of opportunities in one of the world's most captivating cities.

About the city 🌇

Rome: The Eternal City for the Ultimate Study Abroad Experience

A Brief History

Known as the "Eternal City," Rome is a living museum that offers a unique blend of ancient history and modern vibrancy. As you walk through its cobblestone streets, you'll be transported back in time, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance and beyond. It's no wonder Rome is a top destination for international studies and semester abroad programs.

Budget-Friendly for Students

While Rome can be pricey, students can find budget-friendly options to make the most of their study abroad experience. A cup of world-class Italian coffee can cost as little as €1, and you can enjoy a hearty pasta dish for around €8-€12. Public transport is also affordable, with a monthly pass costing about €35.

Must-See Sites

Rome is a treasure trove of iconic landmarks. From the Colosseum, where you can almost hear the roars of ancient gladiators, to the serene Vatican City, home to the Pope and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the city offers endless opportunities for exploration. Don't miss the Forum Romanum, Circus Maximus, and the Pantheon, each a testament to Rome's rich history.

Culinary Delights

If you're a foodie, Rome is your paradise. Indulge in classic Italian dishes like spaghetti carbonara, margherita pizza, and, of course, gelato. Each meal is an adventure in this culinary capital.

Student Life

Rome is not just a city of the past; it's a bustling metropolis that offers a range of activities for students. Whether you're interested in art, music, or simply enjoying the southern climate, Rome has something for everyone. With its high percentage of international students, the city is a melting pot of cultures, making it an ideal location for international university experiences.


Rome's well-connected public transport system and proximity to other European destinations make it easy for students to travel and explore. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway to another Italian city or a quick trip to another EU country, Rome's central location offers endless possibilities.

In Summary

Rome is the ultimate destination for students looking to combine international studies with cultural immersion. From its historical landmarks to its modern-day vibrancy, Rome offers a semester abroad experience like no other. With its affordable lifestyle and rich cultural offerings, Rome is the perfect backdrop for an enriching and inspiring university abroad experience.


Housing Opportunities🏫

Gianicolo Residence

Gianicolo Residence is JCU's studio located in Trastevere, just a 5-minute walk from the Guarini Campus and a 10-minute walk from the campus. The building houses 70 apartments which about 255 students call home. The homes vary in size and can accommodate between two and nine students. There are studio apartments, which include an equipped kitchen, 1-2 bathrooms and a common area. During the autumn semester, Gianicolo Residence is a completely non-alcoholic residence and usually houses new students.

Students can enjoy facilities such as:

- 24/7 security and emergency number

- Wi-Fi

- Regular cleaning of common areas

- Air conditioning and / or heating

- Washing machine

- Towels and linen

- Kitchen equipment (fridge, stove and oven, microwave, pots and pans, plates, utensils)

- Staff available if needed

- Fitness center

- Social lounge area.

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Viale Trastevere Apartments

Viale Trastevere Apartments is home to about 150 students who live in studio apartments with the opportunity to go to the JCU campus within approx. 20-25 minutes or 15 minutes by public transport. Students most often choose Viale Trastevere Apartments to integrate into a building with local Italian neighbors, to live in a classic Italian residential area in the center of Rome. The apartments vary in size and can accommodate between four and nine students. Larger apartments are divided into two triple bedrooms, a double room and a single room with two full bathrooms, an equipped kitchen (including washing machine) and a living room with living and dining area. The common areas are bright and have balconies to enjoy the mild Roman climate. The furniture and facilities are standard across all JCU homes.

Students can enjoy facilities such as:

- 24/7 security and emergency number

- Wi-Fi

- Regular cleaning of common areas

- Air conditioning and / or heating

- Washing machine

- Towels and linen

- Kitchen equipment (fridge, stove and oven, microwave, pots and pans, plates, utensils)

- Staff available if needed

- Balcony

- Social lounge area‍

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Lungara Apartments

Lungara Apartments are conveniently located close to the university campus which provides a perfect combination of independence and comfort. Close to the university and the JCU community, Lungara Apartments have the advantage of integrating students into a building complex with local Italian neighbors.The apartments vary in size and can accommodate between three and nine students. Each accommodation is furnished and has a fully equipped kitchen, common area, washing machine and 1 or 2 bathrooms depending on apartment size. There is regular cleaning service as well as WiFi and heating. At night, the complex is accessible via a code-protected gate, and there is always a guard to ensure security.

Students can enjoy facilities such as:

- 24/7 security and emergency number

- Wi-Fi

- Regular cleaning of common areas

- Air conditioning and / or heating system

- Washing machine

- Towels and linen

- Kitchen equipment (refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, pots and pans, plates, utensils)

- Staff available if necessary‍.

See more here.

The Independent Apartments

When Gianicolo Residence and Viale Trastevere Apartments reach full capacity, John Cabot University offers independent apartments through a third party provider. Independent apartments are traditional Roman-style apartments. JCU Housing relies heavily on choosing apartments that have similar facilities, proper standards and are located in the Trastevere district near the largest campus area. The independent apartments are shared with three to nine students, often grouped together in the same buildings or area in the neighborhood. The units are all accessible within 20 minutes by public transport and are no further than a 40 minute walk to John Cabot University. Living in the independent apartments allows students to experience a traditional neighborhood with the comfort of convenient access to campus.

Students can enjoy facilities such as:

- 24/7 security and emergency number

- Wi-Fi

- Regular cleaning of common areas

- Air conditioning and / or heating

- Washing machine

- Towels and linen

- Kitchen equipment (refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, pots and pans, plates, utensils)

- Staff available if needed‍

See more here.


Admission Requirements

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What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at John Cabot University, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to John Cabot University are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at John Cabot University.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to John Cabot University in Rome can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at John Cabot University.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at John Cabot University vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at John Cabot University ranges from 20.000 EUR to 25.000 EUR per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at John Cabot University for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 9600 EUR.

See more about John Cabot University's tuition fees for international students.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

John Cabot University uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in January, May or September.

See more about John Cabot University's important dates in the academic calendar.

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What the students say

"I attended JCU in the spring 2019 semester and It was the best four months of my life. I got to not only earn credits toward my degree and explore the ancient city of Rome, but I got to live in Italy for those four months on my own and make amazing memories. JCU does not have classes on Fridays, which makes It very simple for students to travel, which I loved and appreciated" - Courtney B.
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