John Cabot University

  • Location: Italy - Rome
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: None.
  • Program Structure: Direct enrollment
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: John Cabot University
Program Dates
Term Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 August 26th, 2024 December 14th, 2024
Spring 2025 January 13th, 2025 May 10th, 2025

These dates are tentative. Confirm program dates before booking travel.


This program is open to students who are at least first-semester sophomores. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to participate.

Where: Rome, Italy

Rome, the capital city of Italy, is known for its fascinating ancient history and architectural wonders like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.  Rome has a little over 2.5 million inhabitants.  Allegheny’s study abroad partner in Rome, John Cabot University (JCU) is located in the heart of the Trastevere neighborhood with housing just a short walk away from the school and easy access to other parts of the city via public transit.

JCU has about 1,600 students in total; 50% of these students are degree-seeking students and the other 50% are visiting study-abroad students. JCU has students from 50 different countries around the world.


JCU is a Global Liberal Arts Alliance school (GLAA) and is one of the largest American liberal arts universities operating internationally. It focuses on being a small, student-centered school and stands out in a number of academic departments including business and economics, communications, psychology, art history, humanities, international affairs, and political science. 

The entire institution operates in English and JCU offers around 400 courses in the fall and spring.  They also offer an interesting for-credit research assistantship to students to give them an opportunity to deepen their research skills while conducting a more advanced research project in a specific disciplinary area. Faculty submit a request for research assistants to the Dean of Students office which then announces all projects to interested students so they can apply. 

Academic Structure

Students enroll directly in university courses open to visiting international students. Students take classes alongside local Italian and other international students. The class size averages about 15 students and the learning environment is meant to be similar to an American-style liberal arts education.

Course Credit

JCU uses the same credit system as Allegheny. So, three credits at JCU equals three credits at Allegheny.  The normal course load at the University is 15 credits per semester.  


Check out the many offerings within JCU’s course schedules and syllabi. You can read course descriptions, too!

Housing & Student Life

The University has carefully selected housing locations close to the main campus buildings and in nearby residential areas that encourage students to integrate into the local community. At JCU, your academic environment is American, your surrounding community is Italian and your neighbors come from all over the world. Study abroad students can live in furnished JCU apartments located a short 5-15 minute walk from campus. Review all of JCU’s housing options.

Students have access to kitchens in their apartments and can grocery shop and cook for themselves. In addition, all students have the option of adding a meal plan at any time to eat at JCU’s Tiber Cafe.

Application Process

Allegheny students must apply for approval to study off-campus from the Global Education office AND apply directly to their chosen program. For this program, students should work on the Allegheny approval application at the same time as the host program application. The Allegheny approval application deadline is February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Study away approval applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. The separate application deadline to apply directly to this program will vary and could be before or after Allegheny’s approval application due date. Check directly on their website (linked at the top of this page) for deadline information. For more information about the study away application process, please visit the application steps page.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens need to apply for a student visa in advance of their study abroad period in Italy. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country’s Italian embassy or consulate.

Fees & Costs

Below find information on estimated costs for a semester abroad. You will receive a bill from Allegheny College, as you normally would, for the amount shown under “Costs Paid to Allegheny College.” All other study away program costs will be paid directly to a non-Allegheny entity and are listed in part two below. These amounts are estimates and will vary depending on individual choices. A total estimated cost of attendance for this program is shown at the bottom.

All financial aid awards can be applied to study abroad costs with the exception of federal work-study awards and certain tuition exchange scholarships. For more information, visit our page about Financing Study Away.

Part One: Costs Paid to Allegheny College

Tuition (12 to 20 credits)
Students do not pay tuition directly to UCC. Instead, students continue to pay tuition to Allegheny College. This covers tuition at UCC.
Study Away Fee $800
SUBTOTAL Paid to Allegheny College $28,710

Part Two: Costs Paid to non-Allegheny Entity

– Paid directly to JCU; JCU has a variety of housing options and costs at each facility vary from about $5,200-$7,650 per term. The cost quoted here is for basic housing in the Trastevere apartments. Students could pay more or less than this estimate depending on their housing selection.
Estimated Costs for Meals
– Students live in non-catered housing without a meal plan. Students grocery shop and cook on their own but also have access to adding a meal plan to eat at JCU’s Tiber cafe. Quoted here is approximately $20/day for independent meals.
Estimated Airfare $1,200
Estimated Visa and Immigration Expenses $300
Estimated Books and Academic Materials $500
Estimated Local Transportation $160
Estimated Personal Expenses
Personal expenses include: the basic expenses for laundry, toiletries and other incidental expenses. It does not include an estimate for personal travel, entertainment or social outings.
SUBTOTAL Paid to NON-Allegheny entity $10,010


Subtotal Part One: Fees paid to Allegheny College (in section 1. above) PLUS $28,730
Subtotal Part Two: Fees paid to non-Allegheny entity (in section 2. above) $10,010
***Compare this to the cost of a semester at Allegheny in Meadville: $37,694.


Study Away Fee includes: administrative support, transcript translation and processing, pre-departure orientation, and emergency travel insurance.