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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/11/2021 05/08/2021
NOTE: We have already allocated the 1 student exchange slot to a student. All other applicants must apply to this program as a direct study abroad student, paying all tuition and fees (higher than UMass Boston in-state tuition), directly to JCU. If we receive another exchange slot for Spring 2021, we will notify students. Please note you can use financial aid as a direct study abroad student, but not merit scholarships. Please contact the Office of Global Programs with questions.
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Housing Options: Apartment (shared)
Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, Art History, Business, Classical Studies, Communications, Economics, English, History, Italian Studies, Marketing, Political Science/International Relations Program Category: Service Learning, Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

****At this time, we are out of exchange places at JCU. Please check with our office for updates.You can still study at JCU by applying directly as a direct enroll student. To learn what this means click here. For questions, email 

UMass Boston   Rome, Italy - John Cabot University

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John Cabot University  is an American university in Rome where degree-seeking and visiting students alike will discover a distinctly American learning experience enriched by our central location in Rome and our international student population and faculty. The university has two separate campuses that are both located along the banks of the Tiber River in central Rome. JCU is a liberal arts university offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in 13 fields. Emphasizing the development of critical thinking, communication and research skills, your JCU education will enhance your knowledge about ideas and culture, but more importantly, it will teach you to think and adapt. At JCU you will learn in small classes (average about 15 students) from professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory. 

UMass Boston student Emma Hays who studied at JCU in Fall 2015 said this about her time in Rome:

"For a student looking for incredible food, culture, and beauty, I would suggest Rome be at the top of your list. Pieces of me now belong to each new friend I made there and each place I explored, and even though those pieces will remain scattered around the world, I’ve never felt happier or more whole. Beyond the experience itself, Rome was the beginning of incredibly meaningful friendships, a life of adventure, and a journey of self-discovery." To read the full report click here. 

For more information on what it's like to live in Rome, watch this video.

To apply for the Direct Enroll Program: 

  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. You will also need to submit the direct enroll study abroad application through JCU:

If you are granted an exchange slot for this program, instead of the direct application you will need to fill out the exchange application on JCU's website after you are nominated by UMass Boston. 

For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf

There are a variety of courses taught in English and Italian in humanities, arts, and business. To find a list of courses, click here. At the bottom of the page, choose a field of study under "Course Search." You will be able to find a list of courses with course descriptions

JCU Summer Session courses for Engineering includes:
ENGR 210 Statics
ENGR 211 Mechanics of Materials
ENGR 213 Thermodynamics
ENGR 220 Fluid Mechanics
ENGR 230 General Electrical Engineering
MA 491 Linear Algebra
MA 495 Differential Equations
(JCU also has Calculus I and Calculus II)

JCU Summer Sessions
JCU summer sessions can give you an opportunity to earn up to 12 credits. The University has also added reduced prices for their sessions to all partner universities.
John Cabot University summer pricing for students who enroll for both 5-week Summer I and Summer II sessions (potentially earning a maximum of 12 credits) is given below: 

  • Waiver of application fees
  • 10% Discount on Tuition and Fees for Summer I
  • 20% Discount on Tuition and Fees for Summer II
  • Free housing between sessions
  • Students who have declared majors in engineering will receive an additional $500 off of tuition (after the tuition discount) for each summer session they attend

Students must study full time at the home and host institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer toward your degree at UMass Boston. 

University of Massachusetts Boston students only. Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. No language requirement is necessary. However, it is strongly suggested that at least one semester of Italian be taken prior to participation to insure maximum benefit of this study abroad program.

Umass Boston’s Reciprocal Exchange programs are based off reciprocity with partner institutions, meaning exchange slots are limited and vary by semester. Please check with the Office of Global Programs in advance for additional information. 

See Budget sheet. 

Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our Umass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

JCU offers student housing close to campus.

Please do not miss to apply to Pescosolido Family Scholarship Foundation, Inc.: awarded once a year for at least $1000. The scholarship is for study at accredited and acceptable educational institutions in Italy. Applicants should be residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and have exhibited ability and serious interest in, or commitment to, the study of the Italian language along with the civilization, culture and history of Italy. It is awarded once a year. The deadline is May 15. Students are responsible for sending completed scholarship applications and materials to the address listed on the Pescosolido website. 

JCU Trasteever apartments RomeRome view

Gianicolo Hill Rome Emma Hayes

See video made by UMass Boston student Emma Hays who studied at JCU in Fall 2015


You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

All students who are studying in Italy for more than 90 days must make an appointment to go to the Italian Consulate in person to obtain a visa. Students can apply for a visa up to 3 months prior to the start of their study abroad program. Appointment times are limited and fill up quickly, so students are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as they are able. After the appointment, students should expect the visa processing time to be an additional 1-3 weeks. Students may check with the consulate for cancellations to move up their appointment date. Please see the Boston Italian Consulate website to make an appointment and for information on required documents. For more information, visit the NAFSA website. Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa. 

Be sure to check out the following Visa Process link provided by NAFSA for more information:

Download: Italy Country Information and Visas.pdf

Course Transfers Reference Table:
Course # abroad Course Title  Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
As 204 Beginning Painting 3 ART Painting Workshop 3
AH 190 Cities, Towns, and Villas: Rome, Ostia, Pompeii 3 ANTH 9000   3
AH 190 Cities, Towns, and Villas: Rome, Ostia, Pompeii 3 CLSICS 278 Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum 3
CL 260 Classical Mythology 3 CLSICS 284 Greek and Roman Mythology 3
PS 207 Cognitive Psychology 3 Psych 250 Learning and Memory 3
As 289 Digital Photography 3     3
AS 110 Drawing (Rome Sketchbook) 3 Art 200 Level   3
PH 302 Existentialism 3 Phil 327 Meaning and Being 3
As 212 Figure Drawing and Painting 3     3
PL325 Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery 3 Sociology9000   3
IT202 Intermediate Italian II 3 ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I 3
IT 101 Introductory Italian 4 ITAL 101 Elementary Italian 1 4
AH 296 Italian High Renaissance Art 3 Art 210 Studies in the History of Art 3
CL 278 Lit. and Society in Roman Culture 3 CLSICS 281 Greek and Roman Civilization 3
MGT 330 Operations Management 3 MSIS 301 Operations Management 3
MGT 310 Organizational Behavior 3 MGT303 Managing Organizations 3
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3 MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
EN 235 The Literature of Crime and Punishment 3 CLSICS 376 Greek and Roman Comedy 3
COM 221 Writing Across the Media 3 ENG 307 ENG 307 3
NS 202 Global Warming 3 ENVSCI Elective ENVSCI Elective 3
CMS 365 Selfie and Beyond: Exploring Networked Identity 3 COMM 315 COMM 315 3
CMS/PL 312  Social Media, Social Movements and Social Change 3 COMM 840 COMM 340 3


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. Once nominated, students need to apply on JCU's website here: The deadline for applications in the Fall is October 15th. For the Spring it is March 15th. Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.