John Cabot University
Summer 5 weeks II 2018
3 - 6 credits

Students in JCU’s 5 week summer program select 1 or 2 courses from the unique offering for a total of 3 - 6 credits. SAI offers two Summer 5 week sessions at JCU, each with different start dates and course options: Summer I and Summer II. JCU offers a unique Summer Institute in International Communication that students can participate in as part of their Summer II term.

Application Deadline
April 13, 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


  • Courses taught in English
  • Join the Communication Institute for a deep-dive into the discipline
  • Courses emphasize exposure to the city

Program Dates
June 27, 2018 – August 4, 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+.

Art History and Archaeology
Business, Law, Management, and Marketing
Business, Management, and Marketing
Classical Studies
Communications, Media Studies, and Journalism
Computer Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science
Creative Writing, English Composition, and English Literature
Foreign Languages
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Political Science
Social Sciences: Sociology and Psychology
Studio Art

Art History and Archaeology

3.0 Credits
Archeology | Course #: AH 271 | Open
coming soon
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: AH 290 | Open
Pre-requisite: On-site activity fee 40 euros or $52
Rome City Series - This on-site course considers the art and architecture of ancient Rome through visits to museums and archaeological sites. The course covers the visual culture and architecture of Rome beginning with the late Bronze Age and ending with the time of Constantine. A broad variety of issues are raised, including patronage, style and iconography, artistic and architectural techniques, Roman religion, business and entertainment. On site activity fee may apply. On Site Activity Fee may apply.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: AH 294 | Open
Pre-requisite: Activity fee 25 euros or $33
Rome City Series - This on-site course will study the monuments of Renaissance Rome: painting, sculpture and architecture produced by such masters as Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo, all attracted to the lucrative service of popes, cardinals and nobles of the Roman court. On-site classes will investigate examples of palace and villa architecture, chapel decoration that encompasses altarpieces and funerary sculpture, as well as urbanistic projects where the city itself was considered as a work of art. In-class lectures will introduce historical context and theory allowing the student to understand artworks studied conceptually and place commissions of painting and sculpture within a socio-historic framework.
Contact Hours: 45

Business, Law, Management, and Marketing

3.0 Credits
Law | Course #: LAW/PL 368 | Open
Instructor: Michael Grace
This course introduces students to key concepts of intellectual property rights and their philosophical foundations. Students will explore different theories of property as put forward by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, and Locke, and interpret US, UK, and EU judicial opinions on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights.
Contact Hours: 45

Business, Management, and Marketing

3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: BUS 220 | Open
Pre-requisite: EN 110
This course considers management problems of founders, owners, managers, and investors in small business. Acquisitions, location, organization control, labor relations, finances, taxation, and other topics of interest to entrepreneurial business management will be analyzed.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: BUS 301 | Open
Instructor: Pamela Harris
Pre-requisite: Junior standing
This course considers some of the most important ethical issues in business today. Students will examine such issues as businesses’ responsibilities to shareholders, workers and consumers, the pros and cons of a "free market," the challenges raised by globalization and environmental destruction, the idea of "ethical" consumption, and the particular dilemmas faced by Western businesses working in foreign countries. Issues will be studied through a selection of contemporary cases, arguments, and broader theories, along with much class discussion, with the aim of helping students develop a familiarity with the issues and the ability to discuss and defend their own opinions.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: MGT 301 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore Standing
Introduction to the manager's role and the management process in the context of organizations and society. Focus on effective management of the corporation in a changing society and on improved decision making and communication. Processes covered: planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling. Teamwork and individual participation are emphasized.
Contact Hours: 45

Classical Studies

3.0 Credits
Classical Studies | Course #: CL/HS 231 | Open
This course tells the story of Italy and Rome from the Late Iron Age (8th Century BCE) to the end of the Roman Empire in the west (476 CE). The course will cover the culture of the Etruscans, Western Greeks, and the ancient peoples of Italy that dominated the peninsula for many centuries. Along the way we will study the semi-mythical Kings and later Emperors. We will look at the development of the expanding Roman Empire both across the Alps and the Mediterranean, and its great wars of defense and conquest. We will pay particular attention to the most exciting and best documented generations, those of the Civil Wars that started the decline of the Republic, and of the Julio-Claudian Empire that ended it. We will also examine the institution of the Empire by Cesar Augustus, its flourishing well into the second century CE, and its evolution and decline.
Contact Hours: 45

Communications, Media Studies, and Journalism

3.0 Credits
Communications | Course #: CMS 280 | Open
An exploration of some of the historical and political conditions that make intercultural communication possible, the barriers that exist to effective intercultural communication, and possible solutions to the problem of intercultural misunderstanding. The course examines examples of differences in communication styles not only between cultures but also within. As a result, issues of race, nation, class, gender, religion, immigration, and sexual orientation will be of significant concern. The course stresses the notion that knowledge of human beings is always knowledge produced from a particular location and for a particular purpose. As a result it encourages students to think carefully about the discipline of Intercultural Communication, ”its conditions of possibility, its assumptions, and its blind spots, as well the need to be mindful of the limitations and interests of our positioning as investigating subjects.

* Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course *
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communications | Course #: COM 101 | Open
This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of rhetoric and how they are applied in oral communication. In addition, Students should begin to acquire basic skills in critical reasoning, including how to structure a thesis statement, support it through a specific line of reasoning, and organize their support effectively and efficiently.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communications | Course #: COM 311 | Open
Instructor: Nicholas Boston
Pre-requisite: COM 220
This course provides students with a number of theoretical approaches to critically assess how digital media function and their expanding and expansive role in contemporary culture. The course further investigates digital media convergence in order to develop a critical lexicon that can both chart its development and engage in intellectual interventions in its use within the transformations occurring in more traditional cultural forms such as television, film, popular music, print and radio. Special emphasis will be placed on the specific cultural, political, economic and social issues raised by digital media forms.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Journalism | Course #: CMS 330 | Open
Instructor: Clelia Clini
Pre-requisite: COM 220
This course is an introduction to the current debate around the relationship between globalization and the media. By linking theoretical conceptions with hands-on empirical research and analysis, students will develop a richer and multi-layered perspective around the increasingly relevant yet contested notion of globalization, and specifically on the role that the media have in advancing, challenging and representing social, political and cultural change across multiple regions of the world.

* Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course *
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Media Studies | Course #: CMS 353 | Open
This course introduces the issues that feminist theories pose for the analysis of films and culture. These issues are usually framed in reference to women"s access to and roles in the production of media and women"s representation within these media. Correspondingly, the course offers two major sections of investigation. First, we will explore the historical development of women"s roles in the cinema as creative artists. Second, we will explore the various ways in which women"s roles in the film industry intersect with the wider identity political issues of race, class, sexuality, and national identity.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Media Studies | Course #: CMS/ITS 243 | Open
Instructor: Tijana Mamula
CMS/ITS 243 Cinematic Rome (This course carries 3 semester credits)
An analysis of the social, aesthetic, political, and rhetorical implications of cinematic representations of Rome, from silent films to the present. This course will evaluate and discuss ten primary films, along with excerpts from a number of others. We will consider five main topics: Images of Ancient Rome; Before and After World War II; "Americans" in Rome, and Rome in America; Fellini’s Rome; and Urban Angst, Roman Style. As the semester progresses, we will consider how Rome functions as a "character" in the movies, as well as how The Eternal City comprises the mise-en-scène. We will assess the artistic representations of Roman monuments and streetscapes on movie sets, as opposed to location shooting. Special attention will be given to memory construction, as well as the rhetoric of "places and spaces" (how the physical/symbolic setting influences us). In this course, students will visit cinematic landmarks in Rome and write about their experiences

Contact Hours: 45

Computer Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science

3.0 Credits
Mathematics | Course #: MA 208 | Open
Pre-requisite: Placement into MA 197 or completion of MA 100 or MA 101 with a grade of C- or above
An introduction to descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, and inferential statistics. Included are: mean, median, mode and standard deviation; probability distributions, binomial probabilities, and the normal distribution; problems of estimation; and an introduction to hypothesis testing.
Contact Hours: 45

Creative Writing, English Composition, and English Literature

3.0 Credits
Creative Writing | Course #: CW/DJRN 346 | Open
Instructor: Andrea di Robilant
Pre-requisite: EN110 with a grade of C or above
This creative nonfiction workshop explores the long tradition of travel writing, fostered by the keen observation and thoughtful documentation of landscape and culture that travel inspires. Students will gain exposure to several subgenres encompassed by the term travel writing including, but not limited to, the travel memoir, the travel essay, guidebooks, and food and humor pieces that tandem as travel writing. The course offers instruction in the research and mechanics of travel writing aimed at the generation of articles and essays for newspapers, magazines, guidebooks, the Internet, as well as how to begin drafting ideas for longer-form works.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
English Composition | Course #: EN 110 | Open
Instructor: Silvia Ammary
Pre-requisite: Completion of EN 103 with a grade of C or above OR completion of EN 105 with a grade of C or above
This course reinforces the skills needed to write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays. Elements covered include thesis development, critical reading, organizing and outlining, paraphrasing and summarizing, and citation and documentation standards. Techniques of academic research and the use of the library and other research facilities are discussed. In addition to regular in- and out-of-class reading and writing assignments, students are required to write a fully documented research paper. Students must receive a grade of C or above in this course to fulfill the University English Composition requirement and to be eligible to take courses in English literature. Individual students in EN 110 may be required to complete additional hours in the English Writing Center as part of their course requirements.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
English Literature | Course #: EN 211 | Open
Pre-requisite: EN110 with a grade of C or above
By examining short stories, this course develops students’ critical abilities in reading and writing about narrative fiction. The students are introduced to a comparative perspective on literature and learn to identify and evaluate the short story’s formal elements, acquiring the skill to read fiction critically, to look beyond the content, to appreciate the ambiguities and complexities of the literary text, and to communicate their findings in critical papers of academic quality. The selection of short stories may vary, offering a historical perspective, a thematic one, or a selection of masterpieces in the genre.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Engineering | Course #: ENGR 211 | Open
Instructor: Kathleen Hinge
Pre-requisite: ENGR 210
The course provides a study of the fundamentals of solid mechanics of deformable bodies. The engineering structures covered in this course are determinate and indeterminate assemblies of tension members, columns (including buckling), beams (flexural members), shafts (torsional members), and thin-walled pressure vessels (tanks). The course also contains an introduction to common categories and types of engineering materials and their failure mechanisms. The importance of safety factors and their application in the Allowable Stress Design philosophy is emphasized throughout the course, leading to an enhanced awareness of the professional and ethical responsibilities inherent to the role of the engineer.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Engineering | Course #: ENGR 213 | Open
Instructor: Reza Toossi
Pre-requisite: Principles of Chemistry; Introduction to Physics
This course provides an introduction to Thermodynamics, a branch of physics concerned with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. It defines macroscopic variables, such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure that partly describe a body of matter or radiation. It states that the behavior of those variables is subject to general constraints that are common to all materials, not the peculiar properties of particular materials. These general constraints are expressed in the four laws of thermodynamics, which can be explained by statistical mechanics, in terms of the microscopic constituents. The course includes basic elements of classical thermodynamics, including first and second laws, properties of pure materials, ideal gas law, reversibility and irreversibility, and Carnot cycle; control volume analysis of closed simple systems and open systems at steady state; engineering applications, including cycles; psychrometrics.
Contact Hours: 45

Foreign Languages

3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT 101 | Open
Instructor: Elisa Marani
This course is designed to give students basic communicative ability in Italian. By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course also seeks to provide an introduction to Italian culture and society. Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: IT 102 | Open
Instructor: Gina Siddu Pilia
Pre-requisite: Placement or IT 101
A continuation of IT 101, this course aims at developing and reinforcing the language skills acquired in Introductory Italian I, while placing special emphasis on oral communication. Placement is required or IT 101.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Latin Language | Course #: LAT 101 | Open
Instructor: Thomas Govero
Introduction to Latin syntax, vocabulary, and simple sentence structures. This first-semester course will complete all the first three declensions of nouns, present, imperfect, future and perfect verb tenses, subject, object and possessive pronouns. Study of cognate words in Latin/English will be a frequent subject of study. The course will also examine the Roman cultural context such as history, daily life, religion mythology and politics. Students will translate sentences for practice from English to Latin and vice versa on a daily basis. There will be an introduction to continuous prose passages from the original authors or adapted for study to be translated throughout the course.
Contact Hours: 45

Philosophy and Religious Studies

3.0 Credits
Philosophy | Course #: PH 210 | Open
This course outlines the rise of philosophical thinking, from Pre-Socratic thought to St. Augustine. The first fundamental philosophical questions will be discussed and assessed: What is change? What is being? What is the relationship between thinking and being? Do we know the world through sensations or through ideas? What is matter? How did the universe begin? Does it have finality? Is a universal ethic possible?
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Religious Studies | Course #: RL 221 | Open
Instructor: Erik Walters
The history of the Catholic church is essentially intertwined with the history of Western Civilization over the past 2,000 years. The aspirations and struggles of Christendom constitute the fabric of the Christian tradition as it unfolds throughout time. This course represents an historical survey of the Church from its primitive beginnings in Jerusalem (c. 33 A.D.) to the Pontificate of John Paul II (1920-2005). The development of the course will trace the major events, ideas and people that went into the shaping of the Western Church, without ignoring the fundamental importance and influence of the doctrine of Jesus Christ regarding the institution he founded.
Contact Hours: 45

Political Science

3.0 Credits
Political Science | Course #: PL 340 | Open
Instructor: Jack Mangala
The purpose of this course is to explain why such a wide variety of political systems can be found in the Third World. Attention will be paid to problems of nation-building and the role of charismatic leadership, as well as the problems of policy implementation in these countries. Students must have Junior standing to take this course.

* Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course *
Contact Hours: 45

Social Sciences: Sociology and Psychology

3.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PS 399 | Open
coming soon
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: SOSC/ITS 226 | Open
Instructor: Ferruccio Trabalzi
This on-site course, which will be conducted in English, aims to introduce students to a sociological analysis of contemporary Rome. It focuses on the changes which are occurring in the citys populations, its neighborhoods and patterns of daily life and commerce, and challenges conventional images of what it is to be a Roman today. On-site classes will be held in a variety of neighborhoods in the city in order to analyze the area's role as a social entity and its relationship with the wider urban context. We will examine the issues and problems facing Rome today, such as housing, degradation and renewal, environmental questions, transportation, multiculturalism, wealth and poverty, social conflict and political identities. These issues will be contextualized within theories of urban sociology and also within an explanation of Rome's urban development over the centuries and, in particular, since it became the national capital in 1870. Through readings, film clips, interviews and guest speakers, students will also analyze the way the city is narrated by some of its residents.
Contact Hours: 45

Studio Art

3.0 Credits
Studio Art | Course #: AS 110 | Open
Instructor: Pola Wickham
This course makes use of the unparalleled resource that is the city of Rome itself; each class meets at a different site around the city. Students work in sketchbook form, creating over the course of the term a diary of visual encounters. Instruction, apart from brief discussions of the sites themselves, focuses on efficient visual note-taking: the quick description of form, awareness of light, and the development of volume in space.
Contact Hours: 45

JCU Summer students can select to participate in either of the Summer Institutes that occur alongside the Summer 5 week sessions. The two Institutes allow passionate students to engage more deeply in their field of study, and gain access to leaders in their field. The Institutes offer additional activities on top of regular coursework that include seminars, special events, and networking dinners. Students who complete an Institute program receive a certificate in addition to their regular course transcript.

Summer II Institute: Institute for International Communication
Each Summer II session JCU brings together students and faculty from around the world to study communication in Rome. The International Communication Institute chooses a theme each year and provides various activities throughout the city, as well as forums for deep-dive discussions on global communication subjects with guest scholars.

Students wishing to participate in the Summer II institute should apply as regular JCU Summer II students. Once accepted, students must register for at least one of the following communication courses:

  • COM 101 Public Speaking: Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • COM 220 Media, Culture, and Society
  • COM 315 Survey of Rhetoric
  • COM 380 Intercultural Communications
  • COM 399A Special Topics in Communication: Communication Law: Freedom of Expression
  • COM 399B Special Topics in Communication: Religion and the Media
  • COM 399C Special Topics in Communication: Global Media Seminar: Television and Democracy in Italy
  • BUS 220 Business Communications
  • CMS/TH 241 Italian Cinema

Courses & Schedule
Courses run Monday – Thursday, meeting 4 or 2 days per week. SAI students are free to enroll in any available course.

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:

Summer II: coming soon

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 13 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)
March 15 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.
March 29 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.
Coming Soon
JCU Course Registration Opens
April 28 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 28 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 27 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 27 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.
June 28 – 30 2018
SAI and JCU Orientation
Mandatory SAI and JCU orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
July 2 2018
JCU Classes Begin
July 4 2018
Make up day will be July 6.
July 6 2018
Make up day
For July 4 holiday.
July 25 2018
Last day to Withdraw
August 2 2018
JCU Classes End
August 3 2018
Final Exams
August 4 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).
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Program Fee: 6 credits
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.
Coming soon
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 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $200 / 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
  • 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 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.