The City

It has been said that more than a lifetime is needed to experience all that the city of Rome, Italy’s capital, has to offer. It is a city layered with art and antiquities encompassing 2,500 years of history–from the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Roman Pantheon, to Vatican City, with the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museum.

The city of Rome is a global center of business, diplomacy, religion, film, art, and fashion. Since its legendary founding in 753 BCE Rome is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe and perhaps this is why it is often referred to as the “Eternal City”. It is regarded as a birthplace of Western civilization and wears its history for all to see, with its historic center designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it is a major tourist destination, Rome maintains an authentic and traditional atmosphere in the peace of its small streets and the splendor of its piazzas bursting with people and life.

Rome is surrounded by stunning landscapes, beaches, and mountains that are easily accessible for day or weekend trips outside of the bustling city. An efficient rail system and two main airports easily connect Rome’s residents to the rest of Italy and Europe.


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The School

SAI offers students the possibility of studying for a Semester, Summer, or for a full Bachelor's degree at the renowned John Cabot University in Rome.

John Cabot University (JCU)

Since 1972, JCU has offered students from around the world the opportunity to pursue an exceptional academic and cultural education in the heart of one of the most inspiring cities in the world. JCU is accredited in the U.S. by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and offers a liberal arts curriculum taught entirely in English. Students studying abroad at JCU are integrated into the diverse and international degree-seeking student body. The school draws professors from around the world who are committed to a multicultural environment, and to imparting a global understanding.

JCU maintains two nearby campuses in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, which is one of the city’s oldest and most lively areas, with art in abundance and excellent outdoor restaurants enjoyed by both Romans and visitors. The main campus is located on the grounds of the Accademia dei Lincei, the National Science Academy where Galileo was a member. This historic building takes full advantage of Rome’s mild climate, opening onto patios, terraces and a spacious courtyard where students regularly congregate to study and socialize. JCU’s Tiber campus, located on the banks of Rome’s famous Tiber river, is a spacious, state-of-the-art building with smart classrooms, a student lounge and offices such as Student Services and Counseling.

Courses Offered:

Bachelor's Degree

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JCU Departments

  • Art History and Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business, Law, Management, and Marketing
  • Classical Studies
  • Communications, Media Studies, and Journalism
  • Computer Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science
  • Creative Writing, English Composition, and English Literature
  • Economics and Finance
  • History and Humanities
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

Student Life

Students in Rome are quickly swept up into the profound history of this enchanting city. Walking by St. Peter’s Cathedral in Vatican City, the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture, is a treat that never ceases to amaze. Lessons learned in coursework can be applied throughout daily life in Rome–whether art history, business, philosophy or language–from museums to volunteering to internships in leading global firms.

Students make their homes in the unique, welcoming spaces of each of Rome’s neighborhoods, with local and authentic restaurants, cafes, and shops. Rome is packed full of beautiful spaces to relax, study or meet friends. Students in Rome can enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine in a beautiful park, savor a gelato on the Spanish Steps, or study art history overlooking the Trevi Fountain.