BC-JCU Italy Exchange

Brooklyn College Exchange with John Cabot University
(Rome, Italy)

The Brooklyn College exchange program with John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome is open to all undergraduates with at least 45 completed credits. Students selected for this program will have the unique opportunity to study for a semester or year in Rome while only paying CUNY tuition, roundtrip airfare, and onsite living costs. Students can choose from a wide range of academic courses that are administered in English, with the exception of Italian language and studies. Applications are due no later than April 1. This program is competitive, and spaces are limited. As such, interested students should submit their applications by March 15 to get preferential consideration. Students not accepted for the exchange have the option to enroll directly with John Cabot University at a discounted John Cabot tuition rate.


This program is open to all college students, though preference is given to Brooklyn College students. Applicants should have:

  • a 3.00 minimum GPA,
  • 45 college credits, and
  • a clear academic and disciplinary record.

Academic Credit and Course Offerings

Students receive credit and grades for the courses taken at John Cabot University. Prior to the end of the semester before studying abroad, all participants should obtain written approval for credit equivalencies. The Study Abroad Course Equivalency Form (pdf) provides information on how to do so.

Academic offerings available for study include, but are not limited to, art history, business administration, classical studies, creative writing, English literature, history, international affairs, Italian studies, political science, and psychology. Most JCU courses are taught in English. For specific courses, consult JCU’s most recent course schedule.

JCU Academic Calendar/Program Dates

  • Fall Semester: August–December
  • Spring Semester: January–May

Estimated Costs for One Semester (2015–16)

  • CUNY tuition and fees
  • Roundtrip Airfare: $1,200
  • JCU Housing and Meal Plan: $6,295
  • Italian Insurance: $72.93
  • Visa: $140
  • Books and Supplies: $500
  • Personal Expenses (Permit to Stay, local travel, Internet, phone, etc.): $3,055
  • CUNY mandated CISI Health/Travel Insurance (pdf) ($42.58 per month): $170.32

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the Notification of Study Abroad/Brooklyn College Study Abroad Application.
    • IPSA applications must be submitted to IPSA no later than April 1 (March 15 for preferential consideration) for fall semesters, and October 1 for spring semesters. Due to limited spaces, interested students should submit their applications as early as possible.
  • After initial acceptance by IPSA, students will need to submit a JCU online application directly to John Cabot University.
    • JCU applications must be submitted no later than May 15 for fall semesters, and October 15 for spring semesters.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most scholarships and financial aid that a student receives for semester study at Brooklyn College can be applied on semester abroad exchange programs. Students should consult the Office of Financial Aid about specifics on how their financial aid applies. Scholarships are also available for semester study abroad. Refer to the IPSA website or visit the Brooklyn College Office of Scholarships. If you are not a Brooklyn College student, any financial aid you are currently receiving is administered by your home institution’s Office of Financial Aid. Questions about financial aid should be directed to that office.

Housing Information

Students may live in one of the several JCU-administered residence halls, in apartments shared with other students, or find their own lodging in Rome. See the JCU website for information on housing options.

After admittance to JCU, students will receive a copy of their acceptance letter, along with a link to apply for housing and to pay the housing deposit fee. Students will be contacted by the housing department soon after they apply to make the deposit. John Cabot Housing applications and housing deposits are due before June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

  • JCU-administered housing is in high demand. Early application, especially for spring term, is strongly encouraged.

Student Visa Information

Students participating in the BC-JCU Exchange program are responsible for securing their own student visas. This process should begin two to three months before the date of departure. Students should consult the Italian consulate for details and information.

Non-U.S. citizens applying for a visa should meet with Brooklyn College’s Office of International Student Services to ensure that their current visa for study in the United States remains valid. Also, non-U.S. citizens should review the Italian consulate website for any country-specific restrictions.

For More Information

International Programs & Study Abroad
1108 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5189

John Cabot University Resources

John Cabot University Study Abroad
Via della Lungara 233
00165 Rome, Italy
P: 1-855-JCU-ROMA
E: admissions@johncabot.edu

The Consulate General of Italy in New York
690 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
P: 212.737.9100
F: 212.249.4945
E: newyork.info@esteri.it

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