ITALY - Rome
John Cabot University (JCU)
Fall: September - December
Spring: January - May
Rome - the Eternal City! You can spend a semester studying in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University (JCU). Depending on what course or courses you take, you can satisfy Lewis major, minor, elective, or General Education course requirements while you live, study, and experience this fascinating city.
John Cabot University (JCU) was founded in 1972 as a four-year college of liberal arts and sciences, with all courses taught in English (except Italian language and literature). Today JCU is a unique accredited independent university with American roots and a distinctively international character, offering its students both European and American degrees.
The structure of the university, as well as its teaching style, is American in nature. John Cabot's main campus is situated near St. Peter's and the Vatican in the charming Trastevere quarter, with a fine-arts annex on the other side of the Tiber River. The central Rome location means that students are literally surrounded by the history and art of thousands of years.
For the Fall and Spring semester programs, you will take a full load of courses - including a required Italian language course at your level - in the subjects of your choosing for a total of usually four to five courses. Since John Cabot is a comprehensive university with its courses taught in English, you have a wide range of courses from which to choose, including:
- Art History
- Studio Art
- Business Administration
- Classical Studies
- Computer Science
- Natural Science
- Political Science
- Theater and Film Studies
You will live in one of two styles of housing- either shared apartments either in the Trastevere or the Vatican City neighborhoods, or in the JCU Gianocolo Residence.
Trastevere is the neighborhood in which John Cabot University is located. Characterized by narrow, winding, cobbled streets, it is full of small trattorie, restaurants, clubs and coffee bars. This is a popular destination for students and young professionals, so it is crowded and vibrant in the evenings.
The Vatican City neighborhood is the area around and behind St. Peter’s and the Vatican, which is approximately 25-minutes by bus from JCU. With more modern buildings and streets, good shopping and easy access to the center, it is a much sought-after residential neighborhood.
The Gianocolo residence is similar to dormitories here in the US and are suites typically with two or more double rooms. The suites each have a kitchen and a bathroom, while some suites also have a shared common room. It has regular cleaning services and on-site maintenance and support.
The apartments are usually four to six students living in shared rooms. Each of the apartments has kitchens, bathrooms, and common living areas. Linens are provided, as is access washing machines either in the apartments or nearby. None of the apartments have air conditioning or clothes dryers, which is very common in Rome and Europe in general. Apartments in Trastevere are in the geographic area between the Trastevere train station and JCU campuses. The Vatican City area apartments are just a short bus ride away from the JCU campus.
Adapting to typical Italian housing allows you to gain a greater understanding of Italian life. When you make a decision to come abroad for a semester or for a year you want to widen your knowledge of the world – not to simply live the same way you have always known.
While JCU residences are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they may vary in aesthetics; students must understand that University housing is Italian by nature in every way, including but not limited to its structure, surroundings, utilities, furnishings, and neighbors.
For the most up to date program costs, please check the Budget Sheets above or contact the Lewis Study Abroad Office. The program costs for the Rome – JCU program include Lewis tuition, airport pick-up in Rome, accommodation, orientation, resident assistant guidance, program-sponsored activities and events, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program cost does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program costs are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now icon.