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John Cabot University Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Rome, Italy




2.67 GPA, good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

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

Program Cost:

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John Cabot University, 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.

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.

For Credit Internships

John Cabot offers for credit internships during the Fall and Spring semesters. A list of potential internship partners can be found in this document JCU Internship OptionsPDF

NEW! Engineering Courses Offered for Summer 2015

Interested in taking Engineering courses this Summer in Rome? John Cabot University is offering the following courses on Summer I:
• ENGR 210: Engineering Fundamentals: Statics
• ENGR 213: Engineering Fundamentals: Thermodynamics

These courses count towards the Engineering major coursework at the University of Iowa. For further information, please set up a time to meet with Amy Bowes by calling 319-335-0353.

University of Iowa Participates in Iowa Writes Program at John Cabot

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Program Dates

Dates for John Cabot University vary by semester. 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

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


John Cabot University maintains two campuses in Rome, each with its own distinct personality.

Walk through the Porta Settimiana (built in the third century) and you will find JCU's Frank J. Guarini Campus. Located on the grounds of the Accademia dei Lincei, the National Science Academy, where Galileo was a member, this historic building takes full advantage of Rome's mild climate, opening onto patios, terraces and a spacious "Lemon Tree" courtyard surrounded by bougainvillea. Students regularly congregate in these open spaces to study and socialize.

In addition to classrooms, the Guarini Campus houses the Aula Magna Regina auditorium, which hosts lectures, concerts, plays and films; the Frohring Library, with its study rooms, multimedia lab and media room; as well as JCU administrative offices.

JCU's Tiber Campus, located on the banks of Rome's famous Tiber river and a five-minute walk from Guarini, is a spacious, state-of-the-art building with smart classrooms, a student lounge and JCU offices such as Student Services and Counseling. Designed by the Italian modernist architect Angelo di Castro in 1958, it was completely renovated to accommodate 21st-century learning styles and technologies, while maintaining the architectural integrity of this former elementary school.

Both John Cabot University campuses are wireless and set up to encourage dialogue and collaboration among our international student population.

Living Arrangements

All UI students are required to use John Cabot housing and choose the Gianicolo Residence. If you choose the apartment option, you will be charged the housing fee for the Residence. If the Residence is full when you apply, please discuss options with your study abroad advisor.

For more information see John Cabot's housing site.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Rome, taking advantage of any frequent-flyer options and/or internet specials available to them. The cost of travel is not included in the program fee. Information about airport pick up will be given at orientation. Students should book airfare to correspond with the arrival and departure dates listed on the academic calendar.



Prior to departure there were be at least two orientations for Iowa students attending John Cabot. The first orientation will discuss the Credit Approval Form, visa information, and registration. This orientation will be held prior to the application deadline to accommodate the visa process, those who apply after the orientation or those who are unable to attend will be asked to schedule individual appointments with the advisor and participant services coordinator.

A representative from John Cabot will visit the campus closer to departure and hold the second orientation. This orientation will address questions students have about life in Rome, what to pack, classroom structure, etc.

Finally, all students at Iowa are invited to a general orientation, TIPS. TIPS is for every student studying abroad through the University of Iowa and addresses issues such as safety abroad, goals, independent travel, budgeting, etc.


Students must have a 2.67 GPA, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university at the end of the semester, too.  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.

Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.67 are welcome to meet with the Study Abroad advisor for this program. You can schedule a meeting by calling 319.335.0353.

Participants are awarded U.S. letter grades on a University of Iowa transcript, and the courses 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.

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
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline 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.

Once John Cabot notifies you of your acceptance into the program, please fill out the housing application. After the deadline for admissions passes, Study Abroad will contact you with further information about orientations and final documentation.

Post Acceptance Documents

The following documents must be completed and returned to Study Abroad (UCC 1111) within 30 days of acceptance into the program. Accepted applicants must attend the orientation to receive the Credit Approval Form and those going to John Cabot for the Spring or Fall term must meet with the Participant Services Coordinator to obtain a student visa. Further instructions will be given in the orientation.

Medical AssessmentPDF

John Cabot Confirmation of AcceptancePDF

•A clear copy of the identification page of your passport

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