John Cabot University
Fall Semester Elective 2018
12 - 17 credits

Students studying at JCU select 4 or 5 courses from the wide range of disciplines offered for a total of 12 - 17 credits. Courses available include Art History, Business, Political Science, and Communication, among many others. Semester students have the option of enrolling in the SAI Global Leadership Certificate or Honors Program, or completing a part-time internship, to further their academic and community involvement.

Application Deadline
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
JCU Italian privacy consent form


  • Study with degree-seeking students from around the world
  • Earn a Global Leadership Certificate
  • Complete an internship

Program Dates
Late August 2018 – Early December 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 85+ (internet based) or IELTS: 6.5+.

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Global Leadership Certificate
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with the SAI Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), designed to enrich students’ experiences and to acknowledge their academic and service work by providing an additional credential beyond a university transcript. Students enrolled in the Global Leadership Certificate program broaden their awareness of global issues and deepen their knowledge of the host community’s role in an increasingly interconnected world through exploration of research, engagement in community service and interaction with experts and leaders. Students interested in applying for the GLC should select the program at application. GLC applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Semester students with junior or senior class standing can apply for a part time credit or non-credit internship to be completed as part of their elective program. JCU’s selective internship program offers a wonderful opportunity for motivated students to pursue a major or minor field of study under the guidance of an internship supervisor. For more information on internships see JCU Internships.

Honors Program
Students can supplement a regular JCU semester of studies with the Honors Program, in which students enroll in at least one honors course and participate in additional community service and seminars to enhance their academic and cultural experience. Honors courses are designated as such because students complete additional assignments (e.g., research papers or portfolios, attendance at interdisciplinary honors lectures), and delve more deeply into the subject with the support of their instructor. In addition to the JCU honors course, students work with the SAI honors coordinator and participate in activities arranged by SAI, such as community service and scholarly seminars, as well as produce a final reflection paper. For more information on the Honors Program see JCU Honors Program.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship
JCU offers a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, which provides students with a taste of the entrepreneurial world early on in their careers. Students that successfully complete the program will acquire a good understanding of how to identify, evaluate and execute business ideas; meet entrepreneurs, investors and scholars in the discipline; apply their new knowledge to a real project or situation; and gain a tangible way to signal their interest in entrepreneurship on their resume. To apply, students must register for at least one pre-approved entrepreneurial course (see below) and fill out an application once in Rome. To earn the certificate, students attend 3 entrepreneurship events throughout the term and write summaries of each, and produce a final reflection paper.

Pre-approved entrepreneurial courses:

  • BUS 305 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 335 International Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 410 Strategic Decisions in Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 398 For-credit internship with a startup company

Courses & Schedule
JCU courses run Monday – Friday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with JCU through their JCU student account. Students receive their student account login about 2 weeks before registration opens. JCU courses are competitive, and students should complete their course registration on the registration date. JCU course registration begins on the following date.

Fall Semester: May 2018

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
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June 1 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
July 1 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
August 1 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
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Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 5:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
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SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at JCU and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
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JCU Academic Orientation
JCU holds several-day orientation activities. In addition to the mandatory orientation, students have opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors.
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JCU Classes Begin
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JCU Drop/Add Deadline
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Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
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Thanksgiving Holiday (no class)
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JCU Classes End
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Study Day
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Final Exams
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Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
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Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
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International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Rome
$900 $1,100
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$250 $275
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $100 / course $300 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$650 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Rome
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • 20 meals at Tiber Cafe

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Ostia Antica and Welcome Lunch
SAI welcomes students to Rome with a visit to the famous Ostia Antica archaeological site. The group follows a guided tour of the site for a glimpse into the life of ancient Romans. Following the visit, students enjoy lunch of a traditional Italian farm.

Survival Italian Language
Students are offered two 3-hour survival Italian lesson during orientation week. Each lesson covers basic Italian conversation taught both in the classroom, and out and about in the city. Students learn to shop at local fruit vendors or order cappuccino at the local cafe.

A Taste of Rome Evening Food Tour
Students get to know their new home by explore the Trastevere neighborhood and tasting some of Rome’s most celebrated culinary traditions.

Colosseum Night Tour
Students visit the Eternal City’s most important monument by moonlight. The group is guided through the Colosseum’s history, and explores the most important areas, including the underground chambers and arena floor, both of which are usually closed to the public.

Gelato Workshop
Students learn to make gelato with a professional Roman Gelataio (Italian for gelato maker). The workshop provides an inside look at one of the yummiest Italian traditions.

Weekend Excursion to Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy
Students experience the beautiful and unspoiled hill towns in the verdant region of Umbria, full of olive groves, sunflower fields and emerald pastures. Students stay in an historic local farm with a rich history dating back to the 1300s, and participate in a chocolate workshop and a tour of the Frassasi caves, and then travel to the beautiful medieval town of Assisi. The weekend ends with a visit to the amazing Marmore Falls built by the ancient Romans.

Italian Cooking Lessons
Students join Italian cooking lessons taught by local Roman Chef Andrea Consoli. Each lesson covers how to make a traditional Roman three-course meal that is easy to recreate independently. At the end of the lesson, students enjoy their own homemade Italian meal.

Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting
Students are led by award-winning winemaker Sergio Mottura in a tour of his vineyard and a lesson on wine-growing techniques. After a visit to the wine cellars, students enjoy in a delicious wine and food pairing.

Opera Night
Students dress up and spend an evening at the world famous opera house Teatro dell’Opera to see one of the seasonal performances.

Ancient Appian Way Bike Tour
Students enjoy a guided bike ride down the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road that went to the eastern tip of Italy. After a morning of biking, the group stops for lunch in the Roman countryside.

Farewell Evening
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.