John Cabot University in Rome is located in one of the city's most beautiful districts. Taken from a Latin phrase meaning "across the Tiber," the name refers to Trastevere's location on the west bank of the city's river.
Historically a center for artisans, immigrants as well as the rich and famous (Julius Cesar had a villa here), Trastevere retains its bohemian appeal. Stucco buildings and homes dating from the 16th century drip with ivy, their rose, terracotta and ochre colors bleached by the Roman sun. Cobble stones line the winding streets. Laundry and flower-filled window boxes hang above the district's narrow alleys.
The Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere serves as the center of the neighborhood's social life. At night the lit façade of the Basilica di Santa Maria (built in the 4th century, Santa Maria is the oldest church in Rome) illuminates the square with its cafes, shops, restaurants—and crowds of people walking after their evening meals.
Trastevere is also the home of the famous Porta Portese Flea Market, wonderful fruit and vegetable markets, and Gianicolo, the second-tallest hill in Rome, which serves up breathtaking views of the city's domes, towers, and ancient monuments.
Among the city’s resources are an abundance of museums, fountains, churches, and architectural monuments. Some of Rome’s most visited sites include the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. If you want to live “la vita bella” — the good life, there is no better place than “Roma.”
John Cabot University is an American liberal arts institution of higher education in Rome, Italy. The mission of the University is to provide an educational experience firmly rooted in the American tradition of the liberal arts and solidly international in orientation. The academic programs are designed to use to the fullest extent the special resources of a multicultural faculty, an international student body and the extraordinarily rich culture and history of Rome and the surrounding region.
John Cabot University maintains two campuses in Rome, each with its own distinct personality.
Walk through the Porta Settimiana (built in the third century) and you will find JCU's Frank J. Guarini Campus. Located on the grounds of the Accademia dei Lincei, the National Science Academy, where Galileo was a member, this historic building takes full advantage of Rome's mild climate, opening onto patios, terraces and a spacious "Lemon Tree" courtyard surrounded by bougainvillea. Students regularly congregate in these open spaces to study and socialize.
JCU's Tiber Campus, located on the banks of Rome's famous Tiber river and a five-minute walk from Guarini, is a spacious, state-of-the-art building with smart classrooms, the Tiber Café and JCU offices such as Student Services and Immigration. Designed by the Italian modernist architect Angelo di Castro in 1958, it was completely renovated to accommodate 21st-century learning styles and technologies, while maintaining the architectural integrity of this former elementary school.
SDSU Fowler College of Business students can only be nominated for the exchange program. All other majors can apply for the John Cabot University (Direct Enroll) for any academic term.
Business students should review the information on the CBA Study Abroad website concerning course articulation.
At John Cabot University, SDSU considers 300+ level courses as upper division.
NOTE: Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 U.S. credits (usually equivalent to four courses) in order to be a student at John Cabot University and to be able to apply for a study visa, which is required to study abroad in Italy.
At John Cabot University in Rome, degree-seeking and visiting students alike will discover a distinctly American learning experience enriched by our location in Rome and our international student population and faculty.
JCU is a liberal arts university offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in 13 majors:
- Art History
- Business Administration
- Classical Studies
- Economics and Finance
- English Literature
- Humanistic Studies
- International Affairs
- International Business
- Italian Studies
- Political Science
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At JCU, your academic environment is American, your surrounding community is Italian and your neighbors come from all over the world. The Office of Housing and Residential Life supports the American belief that students living in a community of their peers benefit both academically and socially. However, JCU Housing differs from a typical dorm-style experience, and challenges students to take on the responsibilities that come along with living in a fully equipped, independent apartment. Students choosing to live in JCU Housing will gain a true understanding of how to "do as the Romans do" while studying at an American university.
The housing options available through John Cabot University Housing are the Gianicolo Residence and the Viale Trastevere Apartments. For Fall and Spring semesters, External Apartments become available only after the Gianicolo Residence and Viale Trastevere Apartments have reached capacity. It should be noted that, although the External Apartments include the same basic amenities and services as the primary housing options, they are managed by a third party contractor and all related cleaning services and maintenance requests are coordinated and overseen by the third party company.
Students should understand that John Cabot University housing is Italian by nature in every way. Our apartments can have varied floor plans, aesthetics and furnishings. Quiet hours are to be respected and are strictly enforced in an effort to maintain a good rapport with the local community.
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The mission of Student Services at John Cabot University is to provide quality non-academic programs and services in a rich, engaging environment that facilitates student growth and success.
They aim to address and respond to the needs of our students through providing leadership, support, and co-curricular activities, as well as a variety of programs and services that reflect the JCU identity and values as a multicultural university.
The Cultural Program encourages all students to take advantage of the many activities and trips it provides throughout the semesters. These cultural activities and trips have been created to educate students about Italy in a fun, "hands-on" method. The Cultural Program organizes local guided tours, Italian cooking classes, visits to the theater, wine tastings, day trips and weekend trips.
JCU students are integrated in the Roman community and partake in many volunteer activities. The opportunities include helping the homeless, working in a soup kitchen, helping abused women, assisting at a refugee center, working with shelter cats, or supporting an English-language library. JCU students have also been actively involved raising money for international relief efforts. For more information about volunteer opportunities please visit the JCU Community Service web page
Student Services at JCU's motto is: Explore, Excel, Experience and Grow Together!
Student Services comprises Community Service
, Cultural Programs
, Clubs and Organizations
, and many others.
All US passport holders intending to study in Italy for more than 90 days must obtain a Student Visa. Check the website of the Italian Consulate in your area to see their specific requirements. You must schedule an appointment with the Italian Consulate and bring ALL documents listed. If you do not bring all required documents, you will be turned away and asked to come back at a later date. The Visa office operates by appointment only. The earliest an appointment can be scheduled is 90 days prior to departure. Do not wait to schedule your appointment! Appointment slots fill up quickly and visa processing can take up to 60 days.
For students who are not US citizens, please see visa regulations for your country
For those with questions about obtaining an Italian study visa, please refer to our handy FAQ video