John Cabot University
Graduate Summer 2018
5 weeks / 3 - 6 credits

This unique graduate-level 5 week summer program offers students who hold a bachelor’s degree a deep-dive into creative writing and literary translation. The program, developed in collaboration with American University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, brings together notable faculty with award-winning writers in the heart of the Eternal City. Students enroll in one of the four workshops offered in poetry, fiction writing, literary translation, and literature for creative writers.

Application Deadline
March 2, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

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


  • Award-winning writers and professors.
  • Spend serious time on your writing as you get to know the Eternal City.
  • Take part in a talk and master class with Frederic Tuten.

Program Dates
May 16, 2018 – June 23, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Bachelor’s degree.

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Undergraduate GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 85+, IELTS: 6.5+, or equivalent.

Creative Writing, English Composition, and English Literature

Creative Writing, English Composition, and English Literature

3.0 Credits
Creative Writing | Course #: G-CW 545 | Open
coming soo
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Creative Writing | Course #: G-CW 554 | Open
coming soon
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Creative Writing | Course #: G-EN 585 | Open
coming soon
Contact Hours: 45

Since its founding in 2009, John Cabot University’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation has become a thriving community of and for writers in Rome. With workshops in the major genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) and literary translation, the Institute is the place for creative writing students to spend serious time on their writing as they get to know the Eternal City. The courses, which are open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, are the result of an exchange agreement signed by JCU and the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C. Current MFA students at American University will be in residence in Rome for the summer program.

JCU’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation offers four summer graduate workshops in poetry, fiction writing, and literary translation, as well as the study of literature for creative writers. Faculty for the courses include David Keplinger, poet and professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University; Michael Carroll, award-winning fiction writer; Elizabeth Geoghegan, novelist, nonfiction author, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at John Cabot University; and Elena Buia Rutt, poet and translator.

In addition to working with their professors, students taking the graduate courses have the opportunity to work with Frederic Tuten, award-winning novelist and short-story writer, who will be the 2017 Writer in Residence at the 8th annual Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. During his time at JCU he will read from his work, present a craft talk, and conduct a masterclass for creative writing students.

Courses & Registration
SAI students enroll in one or two intensive graduate-level workshops for a total of 3 – 6 graduate credits. Students select the workshop(s) they wish to participate in at application, and are registered into the workshop(s) upon acceptance to the program.

Application Requirements
A complete program application includes:

  • Official transcript from all post-secondary work to-date (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable)
  • Writing sample of 20 pages of fiction, or 20 pages of poetry/10 poems

Pre-Departure Calendar
March 2 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)
February 15 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 date of acceptance.
March 17 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
March 17 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
April 16 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
May 16 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
May 17 – 19 2018
SAI and JCU Orientation
Mandatory SAI and JCU orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
May 21 2018
Classes Begin
June 21 2018
Classes End
June 22 2018
Final Exams
June 23 2018
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: 3 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
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

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Rome
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $200 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$500 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Rome
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $200 / 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
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • 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.

Welcome Lunch and Walking Tour
SAI welcomes students to Rome with a traditional Roman meal in one of the most charming areas of the city: Rione Monti, the oldest neighborhood in Rome. Following lunch, students take a walking tour to discover some of the hidden gems of the old residential neighborhood, now populated by artists and bohemian shops.

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.

Wine Tasting and Pairing
Nestled in the heart of Campo de’ Fiori is Roscioli, one of Rome’s best-known wine bars. With guidance from a well-known Roman sommelier, students get a behind-the-scenes look at what constitutes a good glass of wine, and how to pair it with food.

Farewell Aperitivo
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 U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI 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.