John Cabot University

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John Cabot University
John Cabot University Guarini Campus, Rome, Italy.jpg
A view of the Guarini Campus
Type Private
Established 1972
President Franco Pavoncello[1]
Academic staff
Students 1214 undergraduates[3]
Location Rome, Italy
41°53′16″N 12°28′02″E / 41.88778°N 12.46722°E / 41.88778; 12.46722Coordinates: 41°53′16″N 12°28′02″E / 41.88778°N 12.46722°E / 41.88778; 12.46722
Colors Blue and White
JCU 40th anniversary logo.jpg

John Cabot University is a small American liberal arts university in the Trastevere district (rione) of Rome, Italy. It is named for the Venetian explorer Giovanni Caboto, until about 1991 it was known as John Cabot International College.[4]:461


The college was founded in 1972 and originally located within a religious school called Pro Deo University,[1] it was named after 15th century explorer Giovanni Caboto, also known as John Cabot.[5]

As of 1978, most students at John Cabot were business majors, though some were getting an Associate of Arts degree,[1] from 1985 to 1991, the university expanded or created programs in Art History, International Affairs and English Literature.[1]

It was formerly academically associated with Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.[6]

In 1991, the school became an independent university under the name John Cabot University and became accredited in 2003, thus endings its affiliation program with Hiram.[1][7]

The library moved, expanded, and was named after Frohring, in 1999.[8]


John Cabot University has academic programs in areas like Political Science, English Literature, Economics and Communications.[9][10] According to Study Away: The Unauthorized Guide to College Abroad, its "especially strong" programs are Art History, Business Administration, and International Affairs.[11]

According to Cool Colleges 101, the University "follows the American system of education with a distinctive European character."[10]

The university offers associate and BA degrees in humanities subjects and in business administration.[12]:55 [12]:55 Classes are taught in English.[2]


The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and authorized by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education.[9][13]

Student demographics[edit]

About 66% of students are female.[2] Students come from more than 70 countries,[3] often in study abroad programs.[9]

The student to teacher ratio is 15:1.[14]


The university has two campuses in the Trastevere neighborhood of central Rome called the Frank J. Guarini Campus and the Tiber Campus, on the banks of the Tiber river,[10][15] the Guarini campus is a former convent with a main three-story building surrounded by terraces and courtyards.[10][15]


  1. ^ a b c d e Williams, Brian (Spring 2000). "A Fragile Bark Launched on a Most Tempestuous Sea". John Cabot University AlumNews. John Cabot University. 1 (2). 
  2. ^ a b c John Cabot University. Peterson's. Accessed July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "John Cabot University". The College Board. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ Daniel N. Joudrey, Arlene G. Taylor, David P. Miller (2015) Introduction to cataloging and classification, eleventh edition. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 9781598848571.
  5. ^ "Study Abroad Rome Italy - An American University Rome - About JCU". Who Was John Cabot?. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Karen Donley-Hayes (17 April 2015). Building A Frohring Legacy. Hiram Magazine. Hiram, Ohio: Hiram College. Accessed July 2016.
  7. ^ "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Study Abroad Rome Italy - About the Frohring Library". An American University Rome. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Bingham, D.; Schools, T.C.I. (2009). CIS Higher Education Directory 2010. John Catt Educational, Limited. p. 1-PA55. ISBN 978-1-904724-69-8. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d Cool Colleges 101 National Edition. Peterson's. 2011. p. 1086. ISBN 978-0-7689-3398-7. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ Balaban, M.; Shields, J. (2007). Study Away: The Unauthorized Guide to College Abroad. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-307-42798-4. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Derek Bingham (2009). CIS Higher Education Directory 2010. Woodbridge: John Catt Educational Ltd. ISBN 9781904724698.
  13. ^ Bosberry-Scott, W. (2011). IB World Schools Yearbook 2011. Ib World Schools Yearbook. John Catt Educational. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-904724-95-7. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Study Abroad Rome Italy - Facts at a Glance". An American University Rome. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Four-Year Colleges 2012. Peterson's. 2011. p. 6018. ISBN 978-0-7689-3573-8. Retrieved January 17, 2016.