9/22/2021 Update: The TCU-In Rome Program is full. We are no longer accepting applications for this program.
COVID-19 Travel Requirement: For more information, see our COVID-19 Travel Requirements page and the specific requirement for TCU-in Rome students below.
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.
COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
Covid-19 vaccine required (including any booster or other requirement imposed by Italian authorities or host country provider.)
The Italian government requires a Green Pass (CDC proof of vaccine) to enter educational facilities and many indoor spaces.
Students must provide documentation to TCU (Protect the Purple) demonstrating they are fully vaccinated, per the host country or host provider definition, at least 30 days prior to the start of the program.
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.
- John Cabot University Course Catalog
- Italian language course guidance for students with previous Italian
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 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.
Group advising available to explain course options and the credit approval process
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.
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.
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.
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.
Semester Costs for 2021-2022
- Rome Program Fee: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 – $6900, collected as:
$500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
$6400 Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
— 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
- TCU Tuition: $25,785
- 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: $200
— Italian Visa Fees: $100
— Books: $200
— Class Excursions: $300
— Meals/Groceries: $2,000
— Local Transportation: $200
— Personal Expenses: $1,000
— Travel Expenses: Highly variable
Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.
|Percent of Program Fee:|
|70-90 days prior to the start of the program||25%|
|50-69 days prior to the start of the program||50%|
|15-49 days prior to the start of the program||75%|
|0-14 days prior to the start of the program||100%|
- To withdraw from a program, you must notify the Center for International Studies (email@example.com) in writing. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded and cannot be used towards penalty amounts.
- In the case that TCU must cancel the program, the program fee (including deposit) and tuition will be fully refunded. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded.
- Financial penalties will be billed to your student account.
- TCU Tuition refunds are subject to TCU policies :(See TCU Undergraduate Catalog: http://catalog.tcu.edu/undergraduate/, Bachelor’s Degree, Definitions and Regulations.)
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
|Fall 2021||Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM)||August 26|
|Fall 2021||On-Site Orientation||Aug 26-28|
|Fall 2021||Classes Begin||August 30|
|Fall 2021||Final Exams||Dec. 6-10|
|Fall 2021||Program Ends||December 11|
|Spring 2022||Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM)||January 11|
|Spring 2022||On-Site Orientation||January 11-15|
|Spring 2022||Classes Begin||January 17|
|Spring 2022||Mid-Semester Break||March 21-25|
|Spring 2022||Final Exams||May 2-6|
|Spring 2022||Program Ends||May 7|
Applications for Fall 2021 will open in late February
- 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)
- Fall Programs:
- Priority Deadline: April 1
- Regular Deadline: April 15
- Spring Programs
- Priority Deadline: September 15
- Regular Deadline: October 1
If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission.
- Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
- This step includes completing a Credit Approval Form for your courses abroad.
- Submit the JCU Study Abroad Application. Do not pay the application fee or tuition deposit. All are waived for TCU students.
- Submit your completed Credit Approval Form and two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.) to Reed 214.
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.
Managing your health and safety is an important component in having a positive experience abroad. TCU provides you with a number of resources to assist you:
- Prior to departure, you will need to attend the mandatory orientation which covers specific health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
- Upon arrival, you will have an orientation to reiterate health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
- TCU provides you membership to On Call International, a premier Global Assistance program. You can call On Call for any kind of travel, health, safety, or emergency issues, including:
- help replacing a lost passport
- help translating and interpreting
- help with lost luggage, along with reimbursement for items needed while luggage is lost
- assistance finding general and specialty health care
- assistance with emergency refills of prescription
- health insurance for your time abroad.
For more information, please see Health, Safety & Emergencies
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.
You must attend the mandatory TCU-In Rome orientation. You should also review the TCU-In Rome Handbook and information about Preparing to Depart.
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