John Cabot University
Summer 11 weeks III 2018
6 - 12 credits

The 11 week summer program is offered as a combination of JCU’s two back-to-back 5 week summer programs, giving summer students the chance to enjoy an extended amount of time in Rome. Students enroll in 1 or 2 courses in each of the two 5 week sessions, for a total of 6 - 12 credits. In addition to the unique coursework offered, students have the chance to participate in the Summer Institute in Creative Writing during the first 5 week session. The institute offers a deep-dive into creative writing among a passionate community of students.

Application Deadline
March 2, 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


  • Earn up to 12 credits in the summer
  • Join a JCU Institute for a unique deep-dive into your discipline
  • Combine two 5 week programs and save up to $2,000!

Program Dates
May 16, 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+.

Summer III

Summer III

3.0 Credits
Summer III courses | Course #: * * * * | Open
The Summer III program is a combination of Summer I and Summer II.

Students select courses from each of those sessions.

Please refer to Summer I and Summer II (right hand navigation bar) for available courses.
Contact Hours: 45

JCU Summer students can select to participate in the Creative Writing Summer Institute that occurs alongside the Summer I session. The Institute allows passionate students to engage more deeply in their field of study, and gain access to leaders in their field. The Institute offers additional activities on top of regular coursework that include seminars, special events, and networking dinners.

Summer I Institute: Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation
The Summer Institute offers students the opportunity to work with passionate professors in creative writing. Faculty include Susan Bradley Smith, poet and professor at Curtin University in Australia; Michael Carroll, award-winning fiction writer; Elizabeth Geoghegan, novelist, nonfiction author, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at John Cabot University.

Students wishing to participate in the Summer Institute should apply as regular JCU Summer III students. Once accepted, students must register for at least one of the following creative writing or literary translation courses during the first 5 week term:

  • CW 450 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • CW 454 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • EN 485 Advanced Creative Writing and Literature: How to Read Like a Writer

In addition to working with their professors, students taking the undergraduate courses will have the opportunity to work with celebrated novelist and professor of Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C., Dolen Perkins-Valdez, who will be the 9th Annual Writer in Residence at the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. During her time at JCU, Perkins-Valdez will read from her work, present a craft talk, and conduct a masterclass for creative writing students.

Courses & Schedule
Courses run Monday – Thursday, meeting 4 or 2 days per week. Students register for 1 or 2 courses in each back-to-back 5 week program (Summer I and Summer II), for a total of 2 – 4 courses over 11 weeks.

Course Registration

Students register for each of the two 5 week sessions separately, and registration is completed directly with JCU through each student’s JCU account. Students receive their student account login about 2 weeks before registration opens. Courses listed with a section beginning with a 1 are offered during the first 5-week session (Summer I), while courses beginning with a 2 are offered during the second 5-week session (Summer II). JCU courses are competitive, and students should complete their course registration on the registration date. Course registration begins on the following dates:

First 5 week program (Summer I): April 10 2018, 3:30pm PT
Second 5 week program (Summer II): April 17 2018, 3:30pm PT

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 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 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.
March 17 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
April 10 2018
JCU Course Registration Opens: Summer I
April 16 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due
April 17 2018
JCU Course Registration Opens: Summer II

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
JCU Summer I Classes Begin
June 21 2018
JCU Summer I Classes End
June 22 2018
Summer I Final Exams
June 23 – 27 2018
Intersession Break
Students do not have classes during this break, but SAI housing continues.
June 28 2018
SAI Welcome Lunch
Students mingle with the newly-arrived Summer II students.
July 2 2018
JCU Summer II Classes Begin
July 4 2018
Make up day will be July 6.
July 6 2018
Make up day
For July 4 holiday.
August 2 2018
JCU Summer II Classes End
August 3 2018
Summer II 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: 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 12 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

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 area
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
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • Frequent 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.