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John Cabot University Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Location:

Rome, Italy

Credit:

Transfer

Eligibility:

2.67 GPA, good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

Fall 3/4, Spring 9/24, Summer 3/4

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

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John Cabot University in Rome, Italy was founded in 1972 and is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world. You will study abroad in the heart of Rome surrounded by the extraordinarily rich offerings of a city of culture, history, art, creativity, business and international affairs. Semester and summer opportunities are available, as well as credit-bearing internships.

Academic Program

Street view of John Cabot

Students can choose coursework from a wide variety of disciplines including art, humanities, history, business, political science, communications, international affairs, and Italian studies. In the summer, John Cabot offers some engineering coursework including Statics and Thermodynamics. All courses are taught in English and taken alongside American and international students. Class sizes are small and taught in an American style that encourages group interaction and discussion. UI students will receive transfer credit for courses taken at John Cabot. A current list of courses can be found on the JCU website: JCU Course Schedules and Syllabi

Embedded, Credit-Bearing Internships

John Cabot offers credit-bearing internships that can be completed alongside other coursework during the Fall and Spring semesters. A list of potential internship partners can be found in this document JCU Internship OptionsPDF

Cultural Activities and Excursions

John Cabot's Student Life Office offers many opportunities to engage with the local community and explore Rome and Italy, at large. Join the football team (soccer) or read with elementary school kids through Italy Reads, take part in a tour of Trastevere or join an Italian Cooking Class. All of these opportunities and more can be found on the John Cabot Activities and Trips page JCU Activities and Trips.

Program Dates

Dates for John Cabot University vary by semester. In general, the Fall semester runs from the end of August until mid-December, the Spring semester runs from mid-January until mid-May, Summer I runs from mid-May until the end of June, and Summer II runs from the end of June until early August. For exact dates, please check the academic calendar

For More Information

Amy Bowes, Advisor
The University of Iowa
Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax:319-335-0343
Email: amy-bowes@uiowa.edu


John Cabot University, an American university in the heart of Rome, Italy

Rome

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Rome, the eternal city, is literally eternal. It has endured for over 2,700 years, with an ambiance like no other. Embedded in centuries of history and culture, it is Italy's capital and largest city (2.6 million people), offering far too much to see in one visit. In this city a phenomenal concentration of history, legend, and monuments coexists with an equally phenomenal concentration of people busily going about their everyday life.

Italy

Aside from the unending, tangible history in Italy, the nation has beyond remarkable landscapes which bring any visit to an entirely new level. You can go skiing in the Alps, visit Roman ruins and Greek temples, or explore the Grand Canal in Venice.

As one of the world's best-loved destinations, Italy is also the land of la dolce vita meaning "the sweet life". After an adventure tourists can unwind, relax, and be pampered by staying at one Italy’s high end spas or simply enjoy Italy's sophisticated dining pleasures, such as family-owned places where you can experience real Italian cooking.

People and Culture

Despite its rich and magnificent art and architecture, there's no reason to be intimidated. Italian people are very hospitable and are rarely indifferent. Hundreds of local festivals take place across the country in any given day to celebrate a saint or a local harvest, including the daily domestic ritual of passeggiata, a collective evening stroll celebrated by the young and old alike in towns and villages across the country. If there is one special national characteristic Italians are known for, it's that they know how to live life to the fullest.

Living Arrangements

All UI students are required to use John Cabot housing and choose the Gianicolo Residence as their 1st choice of housing. Later applicants may be placed (by John Cabot) in Viale Trestevere or External Apartments. In all cases, these housing options are vetted for safety and a resident assistant will be made available to help address any problems or concerns.

Gianicolo Residence

Gianicolo Residence

Located in Rome's popular Trastevere neighborhood, the Gianicolo Residence consists of over 75 varying apartments, as well as the JCU Housing and Residential Life Office itself. The residence combines the classic architectural features common to the neighborhood with modern amenities and furnishings. This learning and living community is just steps away from the Guarini Campus and a short walk to the Tiber Campus. The apartments can house from two to nine students and each apartment includes a full kitchen, bathroom(s). bedrooms, and common areas. The Gianicolo Residence also offers security guards on duty 24/7, a regular cleaning service, internet connection, and air conditioning / heating. The Gianicolo Residence houses Resident Assistants (RAs) throughout the building for student support. Please note that from the Fall 2015 semester, the Gianicolo Residence will be housing many freshman students and it will be an entirely alcohol free residence.

For more information see John Cabot's housing site.

Transportation

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Rome, taking advantage of frequent-flyer options and/or internet specials available to them. The cost of travel is not included in the program fee. John Cabot arranges an airport shuttle that operates between Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and your apartment, provided that you arrive on the move-in date(s). If, for any reason (delays, missed flights, booking mistakes, etc.) you are unable to meet the JCU representatives at the Hilton Airport Hotel during the hours of operation (9AM to 7PM,) you will need to arrange for your accommodations and transportation to the Housing Office at the Gianicolo Residence on Vicolo della Penitenza, which is open from 9AM to 6PM on weekdays. Please note that if your plane arrives before 9AM, you can wait for the first shuttle at the Hilton Airport Hotel.

The Arrival Survival Guideis a great resources for students and parents!

Within Rome, students will utilize public transportation such as buses, metro, and trains. Italians are also very used to walking, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes!

Orientation

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Prior to departure there were be a mandatory large group orientation for all Iowa students attending John Cabot. The orientation will discuss the Credit Approval Form, visa information, and registration. In addition, a representative from John Cabot will be on hand to address questions students have about life in Rome, what to pack, classroom structure, etc.

John Cabot students are also required to complete the mandatory online Study Abroad orientation distributed through ICON prior to departure. Optional pre-departure sessions are available as well. Past topics have included: First-Time Solo Flyers, Packing, and Traveling in Europe. Information will be emailed directly to students and past information can be accessed here: Prepare for Departure

Eligibility

This program is open to students in good academic and disciplinary standing with a GPA of 2.67 or higher. You must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university until departure.  If you are not in good standing at the end of the semester your acceptance will be revoked and you will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

Participants are awarded U.S. letter grades on a University of Iowa transcript and coursework may not be taken on a pass/non-pass basis unless approved by Study Abroad prior to departure. The Italian visa requires that student take a full time load of courses (12 credit hours for Fall or Spring). No visa is needed for the summer term, so students are free to take whatever number of credits they wish, although 6 credits is full time for Financial Aid purposes.

Program Cost Sheet

Spring 2015 John Cabot Cost Sheet

These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Federal Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation and up to 60 days prior to Departure Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $0
60 days prior to Departure Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $1,000
After Departure Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

John Cabot Application

Steps to Completing Your Application
• Schedule an appointment to meet with Study Abroad advisor by calling 319.335.0353
• Fill out Iowa Study Abroad Application
• Fill out John Cabot Application. Do not pay the $50 application fee to John Cabot (this is collected in the Iowa application) and do not submit a transcript (your advisor will submit a grade report on your behalf).

NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. In the UI online application under “Offering” you will be asked to choose between “Codes” A, B, or AB.

Code A=Summer I

Code B=Summer II

Code AB=Summer I & II

Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the dates you wish to be abroad. If you need help with this, please consult your study abroad advisor.

Post-Acceptance

John Cabot sends automated reminders to pay housing deposits or application fees, please disregard these emails. The University of Iowa is paying all fees as per our agreement directly with John Cabot; these fees will appear on your U-bill the semester you are abroad.

Acceptance is made by John Cabot directly via an email to you, at this time you will be asked to fill out the housing application. Housing with John Cabot is MANDATORY for all UI students; please fill out the form as soon as you receive your acceptance. Roommate choices can be designated on the form, but the requests must be mutual (so be sure your choice puts you on their form, too).

After the application deadline you will be informed of an orientation session. At orientation we will go over the credit approval process, visas, and other logistical information (airfare, travel, etc).

Pre-Departure Preparation

Flight/Travel Arrangements

John Cabot Library

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Rome, taking advantage of frequent-flyer options and/or internet specials available to them. The cost of travel is not included in the program fee. John Cabot arranges an airport shuttle that operates between Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and your apartment, provided that you arrive on the move-in date(s). If, for any reason (delays, missed flights, booking mistakes, etc.) you are unable to meet the JCU representatives at the Hilton Airport Hotel during the hours of operation (9AM to 7PM,) you will need to arrange for your accommodations and transportation to the Housing Office at the Gianicolo Residence on Vicolo della Penitenza, which is open from 9AM to 6PM on weekdays. Please note that if your plane arrives before 9AM, you can wait for the first shuttle at the Hilton Airport Hotel.

The Arrival Survival Guideis a great resources for students and parents!

Dates of travel should be determined using the Academic Calendar found on JCU's webapage.

Visas

U.S. citizens will need a visa for the semester program only. Non-U.S. citizens should reference theItalian Consulate Webpage to see what is required of them. We will have group advising for Italy visas and assist students with processing. The visa process can begin 90 days prior to departure, no earlier.

Program Payment

You will be billed for the program on your U-Bill through the University of Iowa's billing office. Billing occurs the semester you're abroad and is due with the first U-Bill of the term, this allows for financial aid and scholarships to disperse BEFORE the bill is due.

John Cabot sends automated reminders to pay housing deposits or application fees, please disregard these emails. The University of Iowa is paying all fees as per our agreement directly with John Cabot; these fees will appear on your U-bill the semester you are abroad.

Helpful Information

John Cabot's Website

Information for Admitted Students
Course Schedules and Syllabi

Rome Information

Public Transportation- Metropolitana
Things to do in Rome
Frommers Travel Guide to Rome
Lonely Planet Rome