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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Shared Apt.
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

You will directly enroll in John Cabot University (JCU). JCU is a small, private, liberal-arts college which conducts its entire academic program in English. The majority of degree-seeking students are European; however JCU accepts several hundred study abroad students from many U.S. universities each term. You can choose from a wide variety of courses offered at JCU and can participate in all campus extra-curricular activities.


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You will take courses at John Cabot University (JCU), located in the eclectic Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. JCU is an American-style institution, but with a distinctively Italian feel. All non-language courses are taught in English.

ColoseoEarn a full semester of American University (AU) undergraduate credit. You will  generally take 4-5 courses in a range of subjects while at JCU. Most courses are worth three credits. You are not required to take an Italian language course, but this is strongly recommended.

Some courses include on-site lectures that bring the lessons of the classroom into the ancient structures that make up the city of Rome. A full listing of current JCU course descriptions may be found on the JCU Website. (Course offerings vary by term) Certain courses may require local excursions required for the class. The cost of these short field trips are NOT included in the cost of the program.

Students will be required to secure course equivalencies.  Syllabi for the current term will be available during the registration period after students have been accepted. 


You can now secure an internship if you are attending JCU for one semester!  You must have a 3.3 gpa and be in junior standing during the study abroad period and have a completed program application with AU Abroad.  If you are interested in securing a non-credit bearing internship, you must follow the application and procedures established by the JCU Career Center located here.  Credit-bearing internships are only available in the second semester for students studying at JCU for the full year.  Please consult with the AU Abroad advisor for more details. 

Student Life

TrastevereRome 's warm people and three millennia of history, culture, and cuisine captivate all who visit. You will see firsthand the many personalities of this at once ancient and thoroughly modern city. The frenzy of industry, the tumultuous political scene, the crazy cab drivers, and the whirlwind of cosmopolitan activity all contribute to making Rome an amazing city.

You will livie and learn among a diverse student population from all over Europe and the rest of the world. AU students are encouraged to truly become part of the JCU student body by joining the club soccer league, the school newspaper staff, the school business club, volunteer in community service or join another student group. 

A note for students with disabilities:  You are encouraged to review JCU's Disability Policy and consult with your counselor in the  Academic Support Center and/or Disability Support Services, prior to starting your application.

Housing & Meals

Roman PiazzaYou are responsible for organizing your housing with the JCU Housing Office

The Gianicolo Residence is JCU’s housing option geared towards first and second year degree seeking students and is most like a dormitory. The residence combines the classic architectural features common to the neighborhood with modern amenities and furnishings. This learning and living community is just steps away from the Guarini campus and a short walk to the Tiber Campus Student Center and its dining services. Apartments house between two and eight students and include a kitchen, bathroom(s) and a common living space. The building offers 24/7 security, a regular cleaning service, internet connection, and air conditioning. The Gianicolo Residence is home to the JCU Housing & Residence Life Office and houses Resident Assistants (RAs) throughout the building.

Students who are not placed in the Gianicolo Residence will be housed in a wide variety of apartments in several different parts of Italy's capital city, mostly with other study abroad students. JCU takes full advantage of many of the colorful Roman neighborhoods when finding housing for students. In the past, students have had views of the Colosseum, the Vatican, and Rome's many reigning obelisks, all from the comfort of their cozy apartments!

JCU employs 3 housing coordinators for its students.  All apartments are single-sex, non-smoking, simply furnished and accessible to some form of public transportation. The average student commute to school ranges between 25 and 45 minutes. While the apartments range in size and amenities, all include kitchen facilities where students can prepare their own meals when not partaking of the fabulous food in Rome.

John Cabot University's Student Services Office coordinates a variety of on-campus cultural events or short trips outside of Rome.  Most of the on-campus activities are included in the $450 program fee charged by JCU each term, while most of the off-campus events require an additional fee to be paid by the student. 

Visa Information

Vatican staircaseUpon acceptance and payment of all deposits, JCU and AU Abroad staff will provide students with letters to obtain a student visa. You are responsible for contacting the Italian Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa and meet all deadlines and documentation requirements.  You will not be allowed to enter Italy without the appropriate student visa.

Upon arrival, all students without Italian Citizenship must also obtain a "Permit to Stay" with the assistance of John Cabot University There is a $200 fee for the Permit to Stay.

You will be able to contact alumni for this program when you start an application.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/06/2017
Varies by program 01/09/2018 05/05/2018
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/29/2018 05/11/2019
NOTE: The start date is your arrival date in country. You are responsible for ensuring you arrive in Rome on this date.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/29/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: The start date is your arrival date in country. You are responsible for ensuring you arrive in Rome on this date.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Varies by program 01/16/2019 05/11/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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