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Top reasons to study at John Cabot University

  • 1,700 students from 75+ countries
  • 18:1 student professor ratio
  • Small class size
  • 14 Majors and 21 Minors
  • Diverse and multicultural student body
  • English speaking international environment
  • Dedicated professors who act as mentors
  • Networking and career opportunities
  • Merit and need-based scholarships

About John Cabot University

Country Italy
City Rome
Number of courses 16

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an accredited American liberal arts university located in the heart of Rome. The mission of the university is to prepare students for success in today’s world by providing an international experience in an inclusive community.

JCU offers Bachelor’s degrees in 14 areas of study and features 21 academic minors. The University also offers two Graduate programs, which are MA in Art History and MA in International Affairs.

Its dynamic learning environment and small classroom sizes allow for individualized support and guidance, and grant students with an experience of a lifetime.

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Meet Transfer Student Kathryn Williams

Hailing from the Bay area in California, Kathryn Williams transferred to JCU after three semesters at a large university in New York City. She is a senior majoring in Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. In Fall 2022, Kathryn interned at the JCU Web Communications Office.

Why did you choose John Cabot University?
JCU offers students a personalized curriculum that prepares them for the real world with numerous opportunities to jumpstart their professional careers. From the moment I transferred, I knew I had made the right choice. My previous school had a more theoretical approach, and professors hardly knew their students’ names. University is hard enough on its own, so it’s great to have that extra support from your professors and staff.

Why did you choose to study Communications?
I chose to study Communications because I was interested in learning various disciplines. I learned media theory and acquired technical skills for digital editing such as Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and other skills like SEO marketing analysis that will be essential to my career. Writing is a creative passion of mine, and the minor allows me to explore it.

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From Johannesburg to Rome: Meet Communications Alumna Megan Dhlamin

Megan Dhlamini, who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, graduated from JCU in 2021 with a B.A. in Communications. She currently works as Coordinator of Northeastern University’s Italy program at JCU.

You have a B.A. in Communications. What classes and/or professors impacted you the most and why?
The three Communications professors who impacted me the most are Professors Peter Sarram, Kwame Phillips, and Antonio Lopez. In one of Professor Sarram’s classes, we discussed media theory and its application. We watched the documentary Enjoy Poverty (2008) by Dutch artist Renzo Martens, and it brought me to tears because it shows you a world that screams that we all are equal while we are really not. With Professor Phillips, we watched a short film by Arthur Jafa called Love is the Message (2014). Jafa showcased police brutality in the US and how pervasive it is. It made me investigate police brutality within South Africa and that paved the way for my thesis. Professor Lopez, who focuses on media and the environment, helped me see how big companies alter their message to the general audience to make it seem as if they care for the environment. So, customers buy products, and they think that everything that says recycled is in fact recycled, while in reality it’s just shipped to a developing country. These three professors really helped me see the world through a different lens.

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Accommodation Information for Students

The Office of Housing and Residential Life functions in line with this commitment by offering university housing that provides students an opportunity to live in an international community consisting of their peers and staff from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds.

The housing options available through John Cabot University Housing are the Gianicolo Residence, Lungara Apartments and the Trastevere Apartments.

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