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John Cabot University
John Cabot University is accredited by Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education.
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John Cabot University

John Cabot University

Founded in 1972 as a four-year, liberal arts and sciences university, John Cabot University (JCU) is a leading university in Rome. Named for John Cabot, also known as Giovanni Caboto, a Venetian citizen who sailed the world under the British flag, JCU exudes the same feeling of exploration and internationalization as the explorer for which it is named.

Located on two campuses in the famous Trastevere quarter (on the river Tiber in close proximity to St. Peter's and the Vatican), JCU is only a 45-minute bus ride from the CEA Rome Center. Students can expect classes to take place throughout the city as well as inside the classroom. Areas of study include Art History, Business Administration, Classics, Communications, English Literature, Film Studies, History, Italian Literature, Music, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Philosophy and Religion. Regardless of the courses you decide to take, JCU is committed to providing you with an active learning environment.

As a student at JCU, you will have access to both JCU and CEA computer labs, libraries, the American Study Center and on-campus counseling services. In addition, you will attend classes with other American, Italian and international students, giving you the opportunity to encounter many of the world's cultures in one of Europe's most exciting capitals.

JCU runs on the American academic calendar and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Therefore, all credits earned at JCU should be transferable to US-accredited institutions.

Classroom Information

  • International faculty from John Cabot University will teach your elective classes.
  • Assessment is based on participation, exams and both individual and group projects.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will also be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Italy can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges from 15 to 50 students.
  • You will be in class with fellow CEA students, other international students and Italian students.


JCU uses the grading system used by most liberal arts schools in the United States, the 4.00 scale. On this scale, 4.00 is the highest possible score and 0.00 is the lowest. Teachers ascribe letter grades (A,B,C, D, or F, sometimes followed by a + or -) to the performance of each student in his or her particular class, and the University translates these letters into numerical values on the 4.00 scale. See the following table for a grading reference:

Verbal Grade Letter Grade GPA Equivalent
Above Average
Below Average

The University uses the numerical values to compute the student's semester and cumulative grade point averages. The semester GPA is the arithmetic mean of all classes taken in that particular semester (the student's average grade for the semester). The cumulative GPA is the arithmetic mean of all classes taken at JCU (the student's average grade since he began at JCU).

Individual classes count for more or less in computing the GPA depending on the number of credits attached to them. The categories detailed above (outstanding, above average, etc.) are also applicable to the semester and the cumulative GPAs. These three important pieces of information - a letter grade for each course, the semester GPA, and the cumulative GPA - appear on the transcript.