John Cabot University

John Cabot University

At John Cabot University, Rome is your campus. JCU combines the best qualities of an American liberal arts college with the history and cultural heritage of the Eternal City. With its world-class faculty and students hailing from over 80 countries, JCU offers fourteen degree programs as well as study abroad opportunities within the context of an international environment. 

Top reasons to study here

  • A large percentage of the graduates pursue further studies and careers in international settings. Internationally-educated students find that their credentials.
  • JCU produces graduates who are sought after by and successful in the international communities of business, public service and academe.
  • JCU offers undergraduate students generous merit-based scholarships and need-based assistance grants.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Humanities (1)



Founded in 1972, John Cabot University is an English-language liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees and study abroad opportunities to students from around the globe. 


Classes average about 15 students, so you'll get to know your professors and classmates. You'll also write analytical papers, give presentations, and participate in class discussions.


JCU’s Center for Career Services helps students prepare for and successfully enter the workforce by offering workshops, internship opportunities, and job placement assistance.

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Student services

Our Student Services Office organizes and supports a variety of co-curricular activities that reflect our values as a multicultural university, from clubs to spiritual life to weekend trips.

Housing services

We believe that students living in a community of their peers benefit both academically and socially. JCU housing also challenges students to take on the responsibilities that come with living in a fully equipped, independent apartment.

Library services

The Frohring Library provides access to the most extensive academic English-language collection in Rome, as well as a quiet location to study or work on projects.

ICT services

John Cabot University's computer labs and multimedia lab provide a space for students to prepare presentations, write papers, or carry out multimedia projects.

Medical services

The Office of Health and Wellbeing connects students with physical and mental health resources. JCU provides an on-campus doctor and counseling clinic. Students may also request assistance with off-campus doctors and the insurance claims process.

Student Life

Campus life

John Cabot University's campuses are located along the banks of the Tiber River in the historic neighborhood of Trastevere.

The Guarini campus hosts the Aula Magna auditorium as well as the library. It also has study rooms, a multimedia lab and digital TV studio, a meditation garden, and the Registrar’s office.

JCU's Tiber campus is a five-minute walk from the Guarini campus. The campus houses classrooms, the cafeteria, the Student Services Office, the Immigration Office, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship.

The Critelli campus, a five-minute walk from the Tiber campus, has classrooms, administrative offices, and the Career Services Center.

Sports facilities

John Cabot University offers recreational sports teams, trips, and classes to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

The Fitness Center is equipped with treadmills, bicycles, cardiovascular machines, and free weights. 

Students involved in competitive team sports have the opportunity to develop their athletic skills and form long-lasting friendships with teammates.

Student clubs

JCU students have the opportunity to develop soft skills when they participate in student clubs, including communication, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving.

  • Art History Club
  • Business Club
  • Chess Club
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Economics and Finance Society
  • Film, Media and Communication Society
  • Model United Nations
  • Queer Alliance Club


John Cabot University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Student Reviews

I couldn't have chosen better
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The professors are excellent, super prepared and passionate about their questions. The lessons are interesting and the material stimulating. The teachers demand a lot but this pushes the students to give their best and to aspire to the best.

Best decision I've made!
Micayla Mirabella rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am about to finish my first year at John Cabot University and I have to say that it is the best decision I've ever made! JCU is absolutely perfect for me. The professors are passionate and empathetic. The small classroom size makes me more than just a number here. I've met people from all over the world and I've had the opportunity to live in Rome, one of the most...

Earning an American Degree in Rome
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I will graduate John Cabot University (JCU) this coming May 2017, and could not be happier with my undergrad experience. JCU is more than just a four year university, it is a tight-knit community of diverse students and staff. Due to the small class size I received incredible one on one attention from professors, which helped me to understand topics more in depth and...

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