John Cabot University
Summer 3 weeks IV 2022
3 credits

With a location in the historic center of Rome, and an international student body, a summer at JCU is far more than the typical study abroad experience. Students in JCU’s 3-week summer program select 1 course, earning 3 credits. Courses in this intensive session are geared towards applied, interactive learning. Subject areas include: business, digital media arts, creative writing, archaeology and more!

Application: now open
Closes: April 15, 2022
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

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


  • See our revised policies due to Coronavirus here.
  • Courses emphasize interactive learning
  • Course highlight: Business Consulting Lab: UN Development Goals

Program Dates
June 30, 2022 – July 22, 2022

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+.

Business, Law, Management, and Marketing
Communications, Media Studies, and Journalism
Studio Art

Business, Law, Management, and Marketing

3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: M-BUS/PL 399 | Open
Instructor: Silvia Scarpa
Monday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In this transdisciplinary course, students develop a first-hand project that is commissioned from a real non-profit organization and they learn how to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - including social, economic and environmental sustainability - into it. The students will act as a consultancy unit for the non-profit organization and, under a strict supervision, will submit a proposal for the resolution of the problems that the project implies. The non-profit organization will be significantly involved in the class, the first-hand project will be agreed beforehand, and selected members of the non-profit will provide a detailed feedback on the submitted proposal. The non-profit may propose diverse managerial challenges that help the organization achieve its own objectives, including, for example, the devising of contingency and operational plans, the generation of funds and social communication campaigns.
This course will offer students the capability of managing and solving real-life challenges and directly interact with external organizations and professionals. Students will learn how to discuss a project internally and communicate externally and to combine the priorities of the whole organization with the specific project. In the end, students will gain a first understanding of the financial analysis for program management and performance review. Moreover, this learn-by-doing approach will be accompanied by a sound theoretical framework in which the role non-profit organizations play in the fragmented system of global governance will be analysed, the ways in which they can contribute to achieving the SDGs enshrined in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be examined and the complexities of evaluating interventions are assessed
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: M-MKT 399 | Open
Instructor: Antonella Salvatore
Monday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The main goal of this course is to prepare students for problem solving in the workplace and learn how to submit a marketing consulting proposal. The course provides students with an understanding of the mechanisms regulating the job market and consulting industry. The course is a tool to develop individual soft skills such as leadership style, communication skills, as well as teamwork and organization skills. Attention is also given to external relationships and professional network. Teamwork with peers as well as ability to establish relations with professionals and managers will be developed. Students will meet with their client and work in teams to solve the company’s problem. Class discussions, written works, oral presentations and exams, will help students to develop and improve their ability to work on a team basis. Students will work in class with the instructor and with a company representative. Both, professor and company representatives will evaluate the projects.
Contact Hours: 45

Communications, Media Studies, and Journalism

3.0 Credits
Media Studies | Course #: M-DMA 399 | Open
Instructor: TBA
Monday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Coming soon
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Design | Course #: AS 260 | Open
Instructor: TBA
Monday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: This class requires a materials fee of €75/$85 to cover all basic art supplies
This foundational course provides students with the knowledge and skills to explore and demonstrate a range of fundamental Art and Design principles, production processes as well as materials and visualization skills appropriate to introductory study in 3D art and design. The course encompasses a diverse range of practices from designer-makers (such as fashion designers, jewelers and product designers) to conceptual sculptors and installation artists. Through practical projects, this course will engage with a variety of media and encourage students to think ‘spatially’. Principles such as balance, form, function, ergonomics, scale, and repetition and their relationship to 3D will be explored alongside strategies of making. Students will also explore the relationships between Artist / Audience and Designer / Consumer, allowing this course to be equally relevant to students from studio and non-studio arts backgrounds.
Contact Hours: 45

Studio Art

3.0 Credits
Studio Art | Course #: M-AS 251 | Open
Instructor: James Gardner
Monday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Textiles and fiber are crucial to today’s conceptual and technical creative practices. This?studio-based?course introduces students to a diverse range of textile materials, processes, histories,?traditions and?applications?of fiber and to their relationships to contemporary art?and design.?Projects?engage with?the historical relevance of fibers, its relationship to?issues?such as labor,?identity, decoration, and functionality. These are?taken to be vehicles to explore the use of textiles and fiber within?the expanded field of contemporary art?and design. Emphasis is placed on researching and developing creative ideas through material sampling and exploration of surface and structure. Students investigate dyeing, printing, weaving and manipulation of fabric to investigate imagery, color and form
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
Courses run Monday – Thursday, meeting 2 or 4 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 III: May 18, 2022

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 15 2022
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
April 1 2022
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.
May 1 2022
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.
May 1 2022
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 18 2022
JCU Course Registration Opens
Registration opens at 3:30PM Pacific Time.

On-Site Calendar
June 30 2022
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 2:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
June 30 – July 3 2022
SAI and JCU Orientation
Mandatory SAI and JCU orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
July 5 2022
JCU Classes Begin
July 7 2022
Last Day to Add/Drop Courses
July 14 2022
Last day to Withdraw from a Class
July 21 2022
JCU Classes End & Final Exams
July 22 2022
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 $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 3 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° 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
When applicable, students 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 $1,800
Immigration Services
If applicable
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 a SAI 360° 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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 Day ActivityA Taste of Rome Food Tour
Part walking tour, part introduction to Roman food culture, students get to know their new home by exploring the Trastevere neighborhood and tasting some of Rome’s most celebrated culinary traditions.

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.

Opera Under the Stars
The marvelous archaeological site of the Roman Baths, the Terme di Caracalla, serves as an absolutely unique theatrical stage. A showing of one of Italy’s classic Operas performed in this atmospheric open-air theater is an experience not to be missed.

Farewell Event
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 and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Please note: SAI housing is not related to John Cabot University housing; please do not fill out a housing application through JCU

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 less are not 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.