Quick Facts


HOST INSTITUTIONJohn Cabot University: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs
LANGUAGE & ACADEMIC FOCUSOpen to all Italian levels. Classes are taught in English, except for Italian language classes. Archaeology, Art History, Business, Classical Studies, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Digital Journalism, Digital Media Arts, Economics, Engineering, English Composition, English Literature, Entrepreneurship, Finance, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Humanistic Studies, International Affairs, International Business, Italian Studies, Law, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Natural Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Spanish, Studio Art, Theatre and Film Studies
HOUSINGShared Apartments; rooms are double occupancy. Internet is included. Meals are not included.
The City

You've no doubt heard the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Well, at ASA, we firmly believe it. We encourage our students to engage in the day to-day life of Rome as much as possible to truly get a taste of the Italian existence. Luckily for you, there's no shortage of things to do and see in the Eternal City.

As a student at John Cabot University, the city of Rome will be your campus. There's a myriad of museums to visit, concerts to attend, and monuments to see. There's the world-renowned Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, an untold number of medieval churches concealing artistic masterpieces, and the quaint charm of open-air markets.

Of course, you can't forget all the historically significant and famous sites you've seen a million times in history books: The Coliseum, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel, Vittorio Emanuele monument, St. Peter's Cathedral, and the Pantheon itself are all sure to take your breath away. But you'll also be encouraged to wander off the beaten track and experience all sides of Rome, getting to truly study, know, and appreciate the city as more than just a tourist.

Host Institution


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John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is a U.S. accredited, independent, four-year liberal arts university located in the heart of Rome. At JCU you will be surrounded by the extraordinarily rich offerings of a city of culture, history, art, creativity, business, and international affairs. Students benefit from small classes with professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory.

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 70 countries, JCU offers 13 degree programs as well as study abroad opportunities within the context of an international environment. You’ll be in classes with students from around the world, adding a new layer of global perspective to your coursework and your overall study abroad experience in Rome.

Participation in Student Clubs and Organizations is an exciting and vital part of student life. Individuals have the opportunity to grow and develop skills, including time management, communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution. The university boasts a wide variety of activities for students, from sports, clubs, and trips. Yoga, HIIT, and kick boxing are just a few examples of the exercise classes that JCU offers to students. You can take cooking classes through JCU, or even go on a day or weekend trip organized by the university. If you enjoy performing arts, you can partake in open mics or join the Theatre Society. There are over twenty other clubs to choose from, including Chess Club, Model UN, and the Women’s Leadership Initiative.



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- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.67 (Applicants with a GPA below 2.67 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language Requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Italian

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution should show courses currently in progress.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.



Students live in shared apartments. Rooms are double occupancy. Bathrooms are shared. Apartments are shared with other ASA students.

Meals are not included, but each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen/common area shared by all occupants. Apartments may be coed or single sex; typically 4-6 students per apartment. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.


+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate you if you request to live with a same-sex friend or friends. Coed roommate requests can sometimes be accommodated, but you will not be sharing a room. Apartments may be coed, but rooms are single gender. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can give us the name(s) of those you want to live with.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program. You will receive a detailed description of your apartment and the location, as well as your roommates' names and email addresses.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, you will have a roommate, as well as several housemates/flatmates.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins.

+ Are meals included?

Students will have a very small meal plan included by John Cabot University, which covers about 20 meals. All remaining meals are the responsibility of the student, but each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

+ How far will I live from school?

Most apartments are within a 15-25 minute walk from your classes. Please rest assured that we place a high priority on location, and all ASA students live within a reasonable distance from their classes!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

Yes, a $350 Damage Deposit is required, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. Damage Deposits are refundable after the end of the program, as long as nothing is missing or damaged in your living space. Please note: Damage Deposits cannot be deferred with financial aid.




ASA semester programs include 2 overnight excursions while summer programs include 2 day excursions.

Destinations vary by semester/summer, but here are examples of overnight and day excursions.

  • FLORENCE (overnight excursion): Full of art, history, and amazing food, Florence is one of Italy’s most exhilarating, distinctive, and beautiful cities. 

  • VENICE (overnight excursion): A city that’s built on over 100 small islands in a lagoon, our students love getting lost in the winding streets and taking a gondola ride through the canals.

  • ORVIETO (day excursion): Only 90 minutes from Rome, Orvieto sits perched on a cliff in Umbria. The Duomo dates back to 1290, one of many reminders of its long history.

Course Offerings


Courses for spring, summer, and fall 2020 semesters will be released soon. To see sample course offerings from previous semesters, visit the JCU course schedules page where you’ll find links to the syllabi as well.

Cost & Dates


Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Spring 2020 Mid Jan. 2020 – Early May 2020 (TBA)$17,995Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19RISP
Summer 2020 (3 credits) Mid. May 2020 – Late June 2020 (TBA)$6,475March 1, '20March 15, '20RISU3
Summer 2020 (6 credits) Mid. May 2020 – Late June 2020 (TBA)$8,225March 1, '20March 15, '20RISU6
Fall 2020 Late Aug. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)$18,295May 1, '20May 15, ’20RIF