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TCU-In Rome

TCU-In Rome allows students to experience an international and historically-rich environment, while studying at John Cabot University, an American style university in the heart of Rome. The JCU student body consists of 1,250 students: 650 degree-seeking students from 70 countries; 600 visiting students from 150 universities.

Students study and live in Trastevere, along the Tiber River in the heart of Rome. TCU-In Rome offers many types of courses and internships, with strengths in Business, Communication, Fine Arts and Liberal Arts. No prior language is required to be accepted to the program.

John Cabot’s Guarini Campus

TCU-In Rome students take classes at John Cabot University (JCU), an American-style university. There are no language prerequisites, but students are required to take one Italian language class while attending JCU. Students then select four additional classes that are taught in English.

Credit returns as TCU credit and applies towards the TCU GPA. As part of the application, students must have 10 – 12 courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form. After admission, students will receive instructions from John Cabot on how to register for courses.

Internships

Internships are available to juniors and seniors. If taken for-credit, they replace one class. Interested students apply before arriving in Rome and must complete an interview to be accepted. More information is available on the JCU Internships page.

For more information about how credits work, see our Study Abroad Basics page.

JCU’s Frohring Library

TCU students are required to live in John Cabot University Housing, which is Italian by nature in every way. All housing is fully-furnished with varied floor plans, aesthetics and furnishings. The Viale Trastevere Apartments are the most popular, but TCU students may also choose to live in the Gianicolo Residence, Lungara Apartments or Independent Apartments. All housing options are included within the program fee. For more detail on housing options, visit the JCU Housing website.

Students rank their housing preferences in the JCU application and should select the Basic Option unless they wish to pay an additional fee for a Single Room. Students may request one TCU roommate. Housing consists of JCU students from all over the world. Any damages to housing will be posted to student accounts upon return.

Viale Trastevere Apartments

The Viale Trastevere Apartments are home to JCU students. These apartments can house up to 9 students and include a full kitchen, common areas, bathrooms, and balconies. Located in a residential area of Trastevere, these apartments are steps from the tram line and about a 20 – 25 minute walk to the academic campuses.

Gianicolo Residence 

The Gianicolo Residence includes JCU student apartments and the JCU Housing Office. Each apartment can house two to nine students and includes a full kitchen, bathroom(s), bedrooms, and common areas. The Gianicolo Residence houses mostly freshman students and is entirely alcohol-free. Its located steps away from the Guarini Campus and is a short walk to the Tiber Campus.

Lungara Apartments 

The Lungara Apartments are located across the street from the Guarini Campus and are a short walk to the Tiber Campus. Students live in apartments with other JCU students, in a building with local Italian neighbors. Layouts vary, but each apartment houses three to nine students and includes a full kitchen, common area, washing machine, and 1 – 2 bathrooms.

Independent Apartments

JCU contracts independent apartments through a third party provider when the other options are full. These apartments offer the same standard amenities as JCU’s housing options (full kitchen, bathrooms, common areas) and can house 2-9 students. No two independent apartments are alike, creating a unique and charming Roman experience.

Overlooking Trastevere

Semester Costs for 2020-2021

  1. Rome Program Fee: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 – $6800, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $6300 Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Housing (all JCU options included)
    — JCU campus services and amenities
    — TCU-led activities at start-up and mid-term
    — Students requesting a Single Room pay an additional fee
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. Estimated Additional Expenses: For outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
    — Airfare: $1,400
    — Italian Permit to Stay: $180
    — Books: $200
    — Class Excursions: $300
    — Meals/Groceries: $2,000
    — Local Transportation: $200
    — Personal Expenses: $1,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Billing & Withdrawals

Tuition and Program Fees are posted to TCU Student Accounts, just like any other semester at TCU. Students admitted to the program will be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 by orientation, and then TCU will invoice students for the Program Fee and tuition prior to the beginning of the semester. Withdrawals are subject to official TCU policies outlined in the TCU Student Handbook. Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale set by John Cabot in Rome. More information is available in the TCU-In Rome Handbook.

Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. In particular, TCU-In Rome applicants should look at the:

  • TCU Center for International Studies Scholarship
  • John Cabot Columbus Guarini Scholarship

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Semester Event Date
Fall 2020 Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM) August 24
Fall 2020 On-Site Orientation Aug 24-29
Fall 2020 Classes Begin August 31
Fall 2020 Final Exams Dec. 7-11
Fall 2020 Program Ends December 12
Spring 2021 Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM) January 11
Spring 2021 On-Site Orientation January 11 - 16
Spring 2021 Classes Begin January 18
Spring 2021 Mid-Semester Break March 8 - 12
Spring 2021 Final Exams May 3 - 7
Spring 2021 Program Ends May 8

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Applications will open TBA

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA; petitions may be considered
  • At least two semesters in residence at TCU by the start of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • A valid passport (that will not expire until at least 6 months after your return)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Programs: March 16
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: TBA
    • Regular Deadline: TBA

Application Steps

If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission.

  1. Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
  2. Complete the Credit Approval Form with all signatures. (Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.)
  3. Submit the JCU Study Abroad Application and the JCU Housing Request Form – which require students to create two separate accounts. Do not pay the application fee, tuition deposit, or housing deposit. All are waived for TCU students.
  4. Submit the TCU-In Rome Application to Reed 214, along with:
    — An Official TCU Transcript in hard copy or sent electronically to studyabroad@tcu.edu
    — Two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
    — Completed Credit Approval Form

Study Abroad programs often include field components that require the ability to perform tasks beyond what is expected in a typical classroom. Many programs require extensive walking and/or the ability to stand for extended periods of time; the ability to independently use public transportations; and/or sleeping in shared quarters. Program and housing facilities may lack central heat and air-conditioning, elevators, and other conveniences. Unless prior accommodations have been made through TCU Student Disabilities Services, students must be able to transport and manage own luggage through airports and public transportation centers.

Italian Visas

Italy requires a visa for all semester or year TCU-In Rome students. The Italian Consulate prefers that TCU act on behalf of students applying for visas. Students will be given visa paperwork to submit to TCU along with their passports for the Italian Consulate.

Students should not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to the semester abroad because passports are surrendered with visa applications. Visa processing for Italy can take 4 weeks.

Before Departure

You must attend the mandatory TCU-In Rome orientation. You should also review the TCU-In Rome Handbook and information about Preparing to Depart and Health, Safety & Emergencies.

Arrival and On-Site Information

We recommend that students arrive on the program start date at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) before 5 pm. John Cabot begins its in-depth orientation at the airport and buses students to their housing on that day.  During the first few days in Rome, students will participate in the JCU Study Abroad Orientation, a comprehensive and personal introduction not only to John Cabot University but also to life in Italy.

Because students are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder during the semester abroad. Classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to the TCU record.

For more information about making the most of your experience abroad, see our While Abroad page

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