Italy: John Cabot University - Affiliate Partner

John Cabot University (JCU), an American liberal arts university in the heart of Rome, Italy, welcomes study abroad students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. With 1,400 students from over 70 countries, the University offers more than 400 courses per semester and 130 courses per summer, all taught in English by internationally diverse faculty. There are also Engineering and Mathematics courses offered for STEM majors in the summer.

At JCU, Rome is your campus. The University is nestled along the Tiber River in Trastevere, a beautiful neighborhood in the city’s historic center. The area is like a small village within the city, with narrow cobblestone streets, quaint shops and boutiques, and family-owned restaurants on every corner. There are countless activities for students. They can cheer on their favorite Italian soccer team at the Stadio Olimpico, explore Rome’s 50+ museums, and attend concerts among Roman ruins. Furthermore, JCU’s academic calendar that allows for 3-day weekends encourages travel and exploration.

John Cabot University’s three campuses in the heart of the Eternal City, world-class academic programs, vibrant residential and student life, and ample opportunities to engage in the community through volunteer work or internships create a deeply rewarding international education experience.

Host University Website

$5,000 Ambassador Secchia International Studies Scholarship For Business or Public Administration students 

GVSU's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options. 


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2.5 GPA Required
No Language
Issue Friendly
Internship Option

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Academic Year 2023 (Fall 2023-Winter 2024)

Program Dates: August 24, 2023 - May 4, 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: May 2023 - August 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Fall 2023

Program Dates: August 28, 2023 - December 18, 2023
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023 (Closed)

Winter 2024

Estimated Program Dates: January 2024 - May 2024
Application Deadline: September 1, 2023

See JCU website for program dates. The information available on our website is a very general estimate.


Course Options JCU offers more than 400 courses per semester and 130 courses per summer 

Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE  NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.

Pre-Approved Courses Semester

Pre-Approved Courses Summer

Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process 

For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education 


JCU offers a range of different housing options. Visit the JCU website for details.

Cost and Scholarships

Summer Cost Breakdown 

Semester Cost Breakdown

Program costs can be found on the JCU website. Although John Cabot is listed as a partnership program, it functions as an external program for billing purposes. Students should refer to the financial aid information for external programs in the financial aid guide.

When applying through the John Cabot website, students can enter "JCUPartner" in the waiver code section of the application to avoid paying the $50 application fee.

$5,000 Ambassador Secchia International Studies Scholarship  For Business or Public Administration students 

Secchia Scholars Program


Undergraduate students need to have a minimum of 2.5 GPA. This program is open to all majors.


As of June 1, 2022 a covid vaccination card or equivalent certificate is no longer needed to enter Italy.

Additional Information

Host University Website

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

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