John Cabot University is an American 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. 

Top reasons to study here

  • At JCU you will learn in small classes from professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory.
  • You will also have opportunities for internships at multinational companies, international organizations, NGOs, consulates, government offices, and museums.
  • Students who graduate from JCU are accepted at prestigious graduate schools worldwide including Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Oxford, Cambridge.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



The college was founded in 1972 and originally located within a religious school called Pro Deo University.It was named after 15th-century explorer Giovanni Caboto, also known as John Cabot.


Whether you are pursuing a four-year degree or are seeking to study abroad, you will do so in the heart of Rome surrounded by the extraordinarily rich offerings of a city of culture, history, art, creativity, business and international affairs. 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.


The Center for Career Services is dedicated to helping students and alumni prepare for and successfully enter the workforce.

To get the most out of our office, make an appointment to meet the Career Services team early in your university career. Our services are open to both degree-seeking and study-abroad students.


Student services

Student Services are there to provide quality non-academic programs and services in an engaging environment that facilitates student growth and success. 

Housing services

The off-campus housing gives study abroad students the opportunity to live in a residential neighborhood in Rome while  building relationships with fellow students from all over the world. Residential life at John Cabot is truly a unique experience.

  • The Gianicolo Residence
  • The Viale Trastevere Apartments
  • Do As the Romans Do

Library services

Located in the Guarini Campus, the Frohring Library is a unique, dynamic, and highly appreciated learning environment open to all the members of the University community. It provides access to one of the best academic English language collections in Rome. 

ICT services

John Cabot University's four computer laboratories and the new Library Multimedia Laboratory provide a central point for students to work on computer science projects, prepare business presentations, write compositions and papers, check and send e-mail, and accessing internet.

Medical services

The JCU office of Health and Wellbeing works to connect students with physical and mental health resources in order to enable them to better achieve their educational and personal goals. Specifically, students may request assistance with on and off campus doctors, directions to different medical institutions, and help with the insurance claims process.

Student Life

Campus life

John Cabot University's two urban campus centers are located along the banks of the Tiber River in the historic center of Rome.

The Guarini campus hosts the Aula Magna Regina auditorium as well as the Frohring Library, one of Italy's most comprehensive English language libraries. The Guarini campus also hosts numerous study rooms, a multimedia lab and media room, a meditation garden, as well as JCU administrative offices.

JCU's Tiber Campus is located on the banks of Rome's famous Tiber river and a five-minute walk from Guarini. In addition to classrooms, the Campus houses offices such as Student Services and Immigration Services. It is also home to John Cabot University's cafeteria.

Sports facilities

Located inside the Gianicolo Residence, the gym is a top-rate facility open to the JCU community. It has treadmills, bicycles, and various cardiovascular machines as well as nautilus and free weights. Bilingual personal trainers and trained student assistants are on hand and ready to provide exercise and weight training support. The activity room hosts a number of classes including Latin dance, Zumba, Hip Hop, Pilates, Fitcross, Functional Training, and Aikido.

John Cabot University welcomes students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Recreational Sports Program. The program is designed to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, while encouraging participants to have fun.

Student clubs

Participation in Student Clubs and Organizations is an exciting and vital part of student life. Individuals have the opportunity to grow and develop skills in a variety of areas including time management, communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

  • Art History Club
  • Business Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Economics and Finance Society
  • Fashion Club
  • Film, Media and Communication Society
  • Grassroots
  • International Relations Society


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

Student Reviews

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 beautiful cities in the worl...
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 motivate me to try my harde...
The courses I have taken so far were great. The teachers are...
Ekaterina Soubeva rated 5 out of 5 stars
The courses I have taken so far were great. The teachers are very ambitious and are always trying to engage students with contemporary issues and problems.