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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll plus ND course(s) Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Apartment Language Prerequisite: 1 semester of Italian with a grade of 'B' or better
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Special Opportunities: Internships, Other Opportunities, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: None
Program Information:
Rome General Education Banner
Rome is the Eternal City, where history and great art come alive. The Vatican, with its masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, showcases the Pieta, the Bernini fountains, and the renaissance architecture of St. Peter's Basilica. Archeological sites where ancient cultures are uncovered abound. This is Rome, a vital European center for religion, business, film and art. In our increasingly connected world, Rome is an ideal place to study.

As a student at John Cabot University (JCU), you will find yourself in one of the most stimulating environments available to any undergraduate anywhere in the world. The picturesque Trastevere neighborhood becomes the campus when school is in session. Students congregate in local cafes, or head to one of the local trattorias for a pizza, a panino, or a dish of pasta. An important part of attending JCU are the interactions with faculty, staff, and other students that take place outside the classroom.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Late August through early December
Spring Semester: Mid-January through early May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • John Cabot is a private, independent, four-year university in the Eternal City with strong ties to the American educational experience.
  • It is located in the center of Rome in the historic Trastevere quarter, a few steps from the Tiber River, the Villa Farnesina—a lavish Renaissance palace—and the Botanical Gardens of the University of Rome.
  • Courses completed at JCU will be entered on the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades will be computed into the Notre Dame grade point average.
  • All students participating in the Rome program are required to enroll in:
    • All Roads Lead to Rome (AL 24107): Is it possible to understand the immense phenomenon of Rome in a semester of site visits, historical studies, literary readings, film viewings and lectures? Of course not. Nevertheless, students in this course will start to understand Rome by experiencing the complexity of its urban network; by studying the ruins of antiquity and the splendors of Renaissance, Baroque and 18th Century Rome; by tracing the epic adventure that reunited Italy and led to the establishment of Rome as its capital after twenty centuries (so that today, Rome is at the heart of two states: the Italian Republic and of Vatican); by revisiting the tragedies of modern times, including fascism and the civil war; and by learning about the Rome of postwar and contemporary Italy.
    • At least one Italian language or literature course during their semester/year abroad. This Italian course must be taken for a letter grade. Pass/fail options are not allowed.
  • All remaining courses are to be taken at John Cabot University (JCU). Review JCU Course Options
The Rome program is open to sophomores and juniors.

For Juniors:
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Apply as a sophomore
  • Either: 
    • At least one semester of college-level Italian (or the equivalent) with an average grade of 'B' or better is required; two semesters is recommended  
    • At least two semesters of college-level Latin (or the equivalent) with an average grade of 'B' or better is required
For Sophomores:
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Apply as a freshman
  • Either: 
    • At least one semester of college-level Italian (or the equivalent) with an average grade of 'B' or better is required; two semesters is recommended
    • At least two semesters of college-level Latin (or the equivalent) with an average grade of 'B' or better is required
Special Opportunities
  • Internships in a variety of areas and disciplines are possible. Internships may be taken for credit.
  • John Cabot University can help facilitate student involvement in service activities, such as volunteering with the St. Egidio Community and other community and service organizations.

Housing and Meals
Students will reside at the Notre Dame Villa, mere steps from the ND Rome Global Gateway.  The Villa has a 24-hour security guard, shared cooking facilities, and provides linens. The local neighborhood has an abundance of restaurants, trattorias and small marketplaces. The Villa is only a 3-5 minute walk to the Rome Global Gateway and approximately a 30 minute walk from John Cabot University. Notre Dame will provide a monthly meal allowance to help partially defray some of the living expenses, including food costs. Students are responsible for housing and meals during the vacation period between semesters as well as before/after the academic term begins/ends at John Cabot University.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.