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!
Students will attend a Marquette orientation prior to departure. In addition, JCU hosts an orientation upon arrival in Rome.
John Cabot offers English-taught courses in the areas of arts and sciences, business, economics, and humanities. There are two summer sessions - each session being about one-month in duration. Students can enroll in one or both summer sessions and choose to take one or two classes in each summer session.
All students in JCU housing are assigned Resident Assistants who 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.
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.
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $76.00
Host Program Tuition $2,130.00
Room and Board $1,650.00
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.