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John Cabot University
Rome, Italy
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Summer I,
Summer II
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring,
Summer I,
Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission 01/13/2016 05/07/2016

** 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:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Housing Options:
Apartment
 Minimum GPA:
2.75
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
No
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Business, Economics, History, Various, Marketing
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Founded in 1972, JCU is an independent, four-year liberal arts university that welcomes over 1,000 study abroad students per year on its urban campus in Rome. JCU offers both undergraduate degrees and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world, and since its foundation, over 8,000 American university students have chosen JCU and its beautiful location along the banks of the Tiber River as their study abroad destination.

At JCU, you'll find yourself in a community of young people from all over the world each with a unique story to tell. JCU's courtyards, terraces, and classrooms are full of engaging dialogues that tackle topics ranging from issues of food security, human trafficking, environmental and cultural impacts of globalization, the challenges of starting and running an international business, to more personal issues of how humans understand and communicate across cultures. JCU offers small class sizes, optional internship and community service opportunities, and the chance to engage with other university students through social clubs and sports teams. JCU classes are help Monday to Thursday and students can use the long weekends for traveling or excursions.

Hear a past JCU student reflect on his experience studying in Rome:
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Academics

Academic Eligibility
GPA 2.75 or higher.

Academic Program
John Cabot University offers courses in Business, Economics and Finance, Art History, Marketing, International Business, History, Classics, Italian Studies, Communications, International Affairs, Studio Art, Creative Writing, Mathematics, Media studies and more.

John Cabot University Course Schedules and Syllabi
John Cabot University Course Descriptions

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward  their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

*Please access the budget sheets posted near the top of this brochure page for information on expenses associated with this program*

The program fee includes: tuition for 12-15 credits, housing (double occupancy), international health & emergency insurance, and administrative fees.

The program fee does not include: airfare, passport, books, local travel, meals and beverages not specified, tips, immunization, and any personal expenses. Single room is available for additional fee. Student visas: free of charge (as of 1/1/2011)

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
Example:
      Commitment fee
      + Qualified fees (tution)
      + Non-qualified fees (other costs)
      = Total program fee

Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment.

Scholarship
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the John Cabot University Study Abroad Scholarships.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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Housing

John Cabot University offers two types of housing for students. The Gianicolo residence dorm, which comes at additional cost, is located 6 minutes away from campus and provides students with a full kitchen, 24/7 security, a weekly cleaning service, an internet connection, and air conditioning/heating. Students should note that the Gianicolo residence is an alcohol free zone. The second type of housing is apartments in the residential Trastevere neighborhood, which is about 30 minutes from campus. These apartments include a full kitchen, balcony, easy access to the tram, 24/7 security, a weekly cleaning service, an internet connection, and heating. It also locates students in a building with Italian neighbors.

Note: Students who withdraw their housing application after the application deadline are subject to be charged for the housing deposit. Furthermore, in cases where withdrawal/cancellation occurs after the final payment deadline, studnets are to be charged for the full cost of housing.

Housing information at JCU

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Itinerary

JCU Academic Calendar

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
John Cabot University
John Cabot University Scholarships

Country Information (external links)
Italy - Lonely Planet
Rome - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Italy
Culturegram - Italy
StudentsAbroad

VISA (external links)
Consulate General of Italy in Detroit
Consulate General of Italy in Chicago
NOTE: The Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., announced that as of September 1, 2010, U.S. students will no longer need to apply for a study visa for short-term programs up to 90 days.

WMU Study Abroad Contact:
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
joseph.rasich@wmich.edu
(269) 387-5890

Video Testimonial:
WMU Study Abroad Experiences: Getty Setzke