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We invite you to spend your summer with API in Rome, Italy! You can select from a wide array of classes taught in English in the fields of arts, business, communications, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and more. Study alongside students from across the world, earn valuable academic credit toward your degree, learn Italian, explore this magnificent "Eternal City" and its remarkable monuments and architecture, enjoy the warm hospitality of the Roman people, and experience life in one of the world's most visited cities!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation



Medical and Life Insurance


Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Meal Plan (20 meals)



Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Italian speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jun 27, 2023 - Aug 5, 2023

Pricing Additional Information

Students enrolling in two courses will incur an additional fee of $1,200.

Mar 15, 2023 No Extension Apr 14, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Rome programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Amalfi Coast/Enchanting Isles

    The Lazio region includes Rome and the three surrounding provinces: Sorrento, Capri, and Vesuvius. Day trips vary with season and terrain, from hill towns to seaside. The Castelli Romani area is dotted with hillside towns like Frascati, famous for its white wine, and Castel Gandolfo, the summer home of the Pope. Students may also visit Latina, a province known for its mozzarella production and numerous seaside towns such as Terracina and Sperlonga, linked along the coast by national parks and archaeological sites. To the west, Tivoli has offered an escape from Rome since the times of Emperor Hadrian, who built his villa there. Up the hill from Hadrian’s Villa, the Renaissance Villa d’Este has been recognized as the most beautiful park in Italy for its majestic, fountain-filled gardens.

  • Lazio and Umbria: Off the Beaten Path

    The charming region in central Italy between Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and green hills with paths that link lovely ancient villages perched on cliffs overlooking untouched landscapes. Medieval towers and cathedrals, small dwellings fashioned out of colored stone, artisan shops and picturesque family-run taverns dot the surrounding green valleys and offer a perfect glimpse of a life without hustle and bustle.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 credits per session (up to 12 total)

Students who choose to study abroad in Rome with API at JCU take 1-2 courses and receive 3-6 credit hours per semester session or approximately 3 credits per course. The program fee for one course includes a maximum of 3 credits per summer session. The program fee for two courses includes a maximum of 6 credits per summer session. Italian language courses are taught at all levels (beginning through advanced) and are taught in Italian. Most other courses are taught in English.


Offered during the Summer 1 term as part of JCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship, this Certificate Program provides students with a taste of the entrepreneurial world early on in their careers. To earn the Certificate students will have to satisfactorily complete the following:

  • One entrepreneurial course.
  • Attend 3 entrepreneurship events, workshops or visits organized by IFE.
  • Write a 3- to 5-page reflection paper.

Students may apply prior to arrival or once on-site. This certificate is open to both degree-seeking and visiting students of all majors.


Students who register for one creative writing course will be able to participate in JCU’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. Offered during the Summer 1 term, this session features a large selection of creative writing workshops, readings, films, lectures, and concerts, as well as writing and translation contests, and more. The 2018 Writer in Residence at the 9th Annual Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation will be Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of two critically acclaimed historical novels: the New York Times-bestselling Wench and Balm. Former Writers in Residence include Mark Strand, Billy Collins, Joyce Carol Oates, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edmund White, and Frederic Tuten.

Upon completion of the term, JCU will award a certificate to participating students.


Students who register for one communication course during the Summer 2 session are automatically enrolled in JCU’s Summer Institute in International Communication. As part of this program, students have access to special guest lectures, film screenings with Italian directors, and other extracurricular events. Upon completion of the term, JCU awards a certificate to participating students.


JCU offers a selection of engineering courses that fit in well with fundamental courses any engineering major may need! Students can select 1-2 courses each session for a total of 3-6 credits per session. Students who take both Summer sessions are eligible to earn up to 12 credits total. Below are a sampling of courses previously offered:

  • Statics (Summer 1)
  • Fluid Mechanics - 2 sections (Summer 1 & 2 combined)
  • Thermodynamics (Summer 1, Summer 2)
  • Mechanics of Materials (Summer 1, Summer 2)
  • Material and Energy Balances (Summer 1)
  • Circuits 1 (Summer 1, Summer 2)
  • Fluid Mechanics (Summer 2)
  • Microcontroller Program and Applications (Summer 2)


API students will receive a transcript from John Cabot University upon completion of the program. John Cabot University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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    Rachel Bianchi

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JCU offers both lower division and upper division courses. Course numbers are as follows: 100-299 freshman, sophomore or other introductory level courses; 300-399 junior or senior-level courses (requires a background in the material); 400-499 seniors only. Course registration is conducted online prior to departure. Some courses will fill so it is advised to have 1-2 alternates pre-approved for each class. API recommends students obtain pre-approval from their home university for courses that they plan on taking abroad.

Not all courses are offered every session. The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may require additional fees for books, labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost. Students are encouraged to make course selections from the online listings when completing the program application as course listings, descriptions, prerequisites and/or lab fees are subject to change.

Please note that not all courses are offered every session or every year.

Be sure to check for any course additions, cancellations, or closures, and remember to pay close attention to class times in order to avoid conflicts. Please make your course selections from these online listings when completing the program application.

If you have any questions while looking at the course schedule or filling out your application, please call the API office at (800) 844-4124.


API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. credits each.

Courses at John Cabot University (Summer Full Curriculum)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at John Cabot University (Summer Full Curriculum)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at John Cabot University (Summer Full Curriculum)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

  • Classes taught in English and Italian with Italian, international, and American students
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (John Cabot University)
  • “Early Bird” scholarship opportunity
  • API/JCU diversity scholarship opportunity
  • Engineering scholarship opportunity
  • Internship opportunities
  • AACSB and Middle States accreditation

API students in Rome live in apartments with other API students. Apartments are typically a 25-45 minute commute from JCU. Some API apartments can house as many as 7 students, although students typically share a room with another student. All apartments come equipped with a kitchen, 1-2 bathrooms, and common areas. Washing machines are available, and students are responsible for their own meals, although all JCU students receive a meal plan good for 20 complimentary meals on campus during the session. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

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