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John Cabot University (JCU), founded in 1972, is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world. The university is located in a quaint neighborhood of Rome called Trastevere, which means “across the Tiber.” It is the left bank of Rome, the oldest part of the city, which is crowded with narrow winding streets full of restaurants, coffee bars, gelato parlors and boutiques.

JCU is within walking distance to the Botanical Gardens, the Accademia dei Lincei, and is next door to the Villa Farnesina, which houses artist Raphael’s famous frescoes. Buttressed by the Aurelian wall of the Roman Empire, JCU is reached by passing under the Porta Settimiana, built by Pope Alexander VI Borgia in 1498. The people who live in this area, like most Romans, are friendly and normally willing to help you if you have questions while navigating the neighborhood or simply wish to practice the Italian language.

Students who want to be involved in extracurricular activities are welcome to participate in various activities, including the student newspaper, the yearbook, and sports (soccer, basketball, swimming, etc.). There are also musical and dramatic productions put on by the university theatre group, in which past MU students have had lead roles!

Angela, a program alum, lists ten things you should know about studying at JCU

#2 Small class sizes
#5 JCU's excursion program are really coo
#6 Take an Italian class

Check out all ten of her suggestions here: 10 Things to Know About JCU.docx as well as some of Brittany's suggestions here: 10 Things Suggestions for JCU.docx


Students will attend a Marquette orientation prior to departure. In addition, JCU hosts an orientation within the first week of arrival.

Courses offered
John Cabot offers English-taught courses in the areas of arts and sciences, business, economics, and humanities. Students can take four to five classes per semester, though 5 courses is the recommendation (4 content courses and the 1 req'd Italian language course). A minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 17 credits per semester can be earned.

All Marquette semester students who have not take Italian courses previously are required to take the Italian 101 language course (4 credits) during semester study at JCU and should plan their academic schedules accordingly.

Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer, provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned. 

Scholarship Opportunity
We are pleased to announce that the Columbus Citizens Foundation is offering Columbus Guarini Scholarships to incoming study abroad John Cabot University students with the following criteria:
  • Be a study abroad student planning to attend John Cabot University
  • Be a United States Citizen/Resident of same status
  • Be at least 25% Italian descent
  • Maintain at least an 85% or 3.0 overall academic average
  • Demonstrate financial need. Total annual family income cannot exceed $200,000
Deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 16, 2018. For more information on this scholarship, please visit their website or contact:

Antonella Recchia, Director, Scholarships/Opportunities Office
Columbus Citizens Foundation I 8 East 69th Street I New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-249-9923 x 231 I Fax: 212-517-7619

Service Learning
JCU Service Learning "Combining Fieldwork and Education" promotes co-curricular activities for students and graduates interested in working in the humanitarian field; it has been conceived as a resource to prepare them for a life of civic engagement, enhancing their career development by connecting educational goals with service to those in need. It also aims at supporting projects that go towards the development of vulnerable areas in Rome, such as the Tiburtino III district, where JCU operates in partnership with the Italian Red Cross. This fantastic opportunity consists of an internship with a significant fieldwork component at a humanitarian organization. The Service Learning project will include tutoring and orientation, and also seminars, lectures, workshops that the students will be required to attend. You can find more information here.


John Cabot University provides accommodations in residential Rome. Students are placed in one of three housing options: the Gianicolo 230-bed residence hall near campus, the Trastevere apartment housing about a 15-minute walk from campus, or external shared apartments located within a 10-30 minute walk (or bus ride) to campus. Students rank their preferences of housing options and will be placed within JCU housing placements but Marquette students are NOT guaranteed their first choice housing placement. IMPORTANT: If being placed in your first choice housing option is an important aspect of your experience, students are recommended to instead apply for a different study abroad program that has more specific guaranteed housing placements.

There is an optional meal plan offered through JCU, or students can pay in-person at the JCU's cafeteria. Students can also use kitchens in their housing units to cook on their own.

Resident Assistants are available to help students in their residential life experience while at JCU. Resident Assistants live in the same neighborhoods as students and are available to answer questions, organize events, and generally assist students adjust to life in Rome.


UG Semester Tuition (17/18 rates) *    $19,665.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance *   $152.00 
Room and Board   $6,800.00 
Books   $300.00 
Airfare   $1,100.00 
Other   $3,000.00 
Total: $31,017.00

UG Semester Tuition (17/18 rates) *    $19,665.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance *   $152.00 
Room and Board   $7,900.00 
Books   $350.00 
Airfare   $1,200.00 
Other   $3,500.00 
Total: $32,767.00


Rome was, and still is, the cultural and political center of Italy. As the country’s capital and the home of Vatican City, Rome provides students with numerous opportunities to put their academic studies into a global context.

Students will find their classroom work come alive on the city’s cobblestone streets as they jockey through traffic jams around the Colosseum, watch families stroll through the Forum, and join other students for gelato near the Pantheon. The amazing architecture, art, and ruins easily draw students into the stories of the famous thinkers and artists of the Renaissance and history of the Roman Empire..

While the glory of its heritage still resides, Rome is still a modern city of commerce, tourism and industry with the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of all contemporary cities. As one of the larger economies in the EU, it encourages discussions around political science, social justice, international relations and business. The history, life and culture of the city makes Rome a prime location to study abroad

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