Excelsior Study Abroad Program
Excelsior has partnered with John Cabot University, an American university in the heart of Rome, to provide you with the opportunity to live and study in one of Europe’s most iconic cities.
No matter your age, studying or interning abroad is a life-changing experience that shouldn’t be missed. As an adult learner, studying internationally is a culturally immersive way to develop your global perspective, advance your career, and build your professional network.
With Excelsior’s undergraduate summer study abroad program, you will learn, and live in the heart of Rome surrounded by the Eternal City’s extraordinarily rich offerings of culture, history, art, creativity, and business.
About John Cabot University
Founded in 1972, John Cabot University is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world. At JCU you will learn in small classes from professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory.
How to Get Started
Learn more about summer study abroad opportunities at John Cabot University. Review the FAQs and attend an Excelsior-hosted information session.
Speak with your Excelsior Advisor
If you want courses taken abroad to be accepted into your Excelsior degree program, you must receive approval before you apply to go abroad. It is possible to have specific course credits approved for acceptance in your degree program in advance. Not speaking with your academic advisor about your course choices could mean the credits you take are not accepted upon your return! Be sure to come prepared to your advising session with a list of courses you are interested in taking.
Financial Aid: Confirm your eligibility for aid with Excelsior’s financial aid department. You must complete at least 6 credits in a summer term to qualify for federal financial aid. If eligible, you must complete a Consortium Agreement form through Excelsior’s Financial Aid office before you go abroad.
Continuous Enrollment: Confirm you will meet Excelsior’s continuous enrollment expectations. You may only take off, or abroad, a maximum of either a) two consecutive 8-week terms or b) one 15-week term from first term of enrollment or reactivation.
Apply online and upload your transcript using the John Cabot University Application Portal. Use code “JCUPARTNER” to bypass the application fee. You may also be asked to submit additional documents such as a recommendation letter and personal statement. You should expect to receive an admissions decision within 2 to 3 weeks following receipt of all application materials.
Please note, if you require housing or academic accommodations due to a learning or other disability, you must request them at the time of application. To do so, you must send documentation of your disability and information about the accommodations you currently receive at Excelsior to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org respectively.
Confirm Your Participation
Confirm Your Participation with John Cabot University. Once accepted, you must confirm your participation within 2 weeks by submitting a deposit.
Complete Post-Acceptance Materials
Complete your Study Abroad Post-Acceptance Materials. After confirming your participation in the program, John Cabot University will provide you with additional paperwork to complete, as well as with further program-specific information such as flight dates, immigration, deadlines, and course offerings.
Attend an online pre-departure orientation with Excelsior University. Meet other Excelsior students studying abroad and learn more about how to prepare and what to expect as a study abroad student.
John Cabot University summer study abroad tuition and fees are available on their website. Please note, Excelsior does apply a $300 post-admission credit evaluation service fee to study abroad courses.
As an Excelsior student participating in a partner study abroad program, you remain eligible for federal financial aid should you receive it and choose to take at least 6 credits of coursework during the term. To apply federal financial aid to your study abroad program you must complete a consortium agreement process. Please consult with the Financial Aid office for more details.
Use code “JCUPARTNER” to bypass the application fee.
- Summer I, running from late May to the end of June (5 weeks, 3-6 credits)
- Summer II, running from late June to early August (5 weeks, 3-6 credits)
- Summer II Mini Term, running from late June to late July (3 weeks, 3 credits)
- April 1st for the Summer I term
- May 1st for the Summer II and Mini terms
Use code “JCUPARTNER” to bypass the application fee.
All questions not related to the approval of credits into your degree plan and financial aid information should be directed to John Cabot at email@example.com.
These FAQs were compiled by Excelsior University, but you may also want to view FAQs compiled by John Cabot University on their website.
John Cabot University offers summer internships for study abroad students. This can be a great way for you to experience the work culture of another country, pursue a career path with an international focus, and gain competencies in intercultural communication.
You will need Excelsior’s approval to pursue an internship for credit and have it applied to your degree program. For more information, contact your Excelsior University Academic Advisor.
- If you hold citizenship in a country that is on Italy’s list of Visa Exempt Countries you will not need to apply for a study visa, but you will have some paperwork to complete upon arrival in the country. John Cabot University will assist in this process.
- If you hold citizenship in a country that is NOT on Italy’s list of Visa Exempt Countries you will need to apply for a study visa with the Italian Consulate with jurisdiction over your permanent residence or University location. If you are attending a Summer Session for less than 90 days and you are from a country that is not Visa Exempt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and information about the study visa application process. If you need to apply for a visa, you must do so before you go to Italy. It is your responsibility to start the process as soon as possible as a visa may take up to two months or longer to obtain.
There are several housing options available to John Cabot University Study abroad students, including those that are managed by the University and independent apartments.
If you choose to stay in John Cabot University managed housing, there is a housing application process and deposit required. A housing application for the summer term is usually due in mid-April for Summer I courses and mid-May for summer II and mini summer term courses.
More information about housing options, locations, and costs is available on the John Cabot University Office of Housing and Residential Life website.
Eligibility and Academics
Yes! There are many scholarships and financial resources listed online to support your study abroad experience. Reach out to the Excelsior University Financial Aid office to see if you are eligible for any institutional scholarships. A few external scholarships you may consider are as follows:
Provides up to $5000 offered to enrolled students with financial need. This is a competitive application. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a U.S. Citizen, receive a Pell Grant, and be accepted on a study abroad program that is longer than 3 weeks in length. The summer term deadline is usually in early March. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship program, including deadlines, helpful links, and full instructions for applying, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.
Provides awards of $5,000 for child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.
As an Excelsior student participating in an Excelsior partner study abroad program, you remain eligible for federal financial aid should you receive it if you complete a financial aid consortium agreement and elect to take at least 6 credits of coursework during the summer terms, (3 credits with John Cabot University and 3 credits with Excelsior, minimum). The courses must be designated as part of your academic program at Excelsior to be eligible for federal aid. Speak with your Excelsior Academic Advisor to ensure the courses you wish to take abroad will apply to your Excelsior degree. Consortium paperwork is required to ensure receipt of federal financial aid. Reach out to the Excelsior Financial Aid office for more details.
John Cabot University summer study abroad tuition and fees are available on their website. Use code “JCUPARTNER” to bypass the application fee.
Federal financial aid will most likely be disbursed after the date your tuition or early expenses are due. Thus, it acts as a reimbursement rather than an up-front payment. • Summer I disbursement is on or near June 9th
• Summer II disbursement is on or near July 20th
• Summer II Mini Term disbursement is on or near July 20th (remember, you must be enrolled in 6 credits approved for your degree program to receive federal financial aid)
Upon completion of your courses abroad, John Cabot University will send your transcript to Excelsior using the online system Parchment. Your grades will be available as soon as they are entered into Excelsior systems.
Please be certain that you have completed any necessary authorizations to have your grades sent to Excelsior and that you have no account holds (possibly due to unpaid charges or missing library books, etc.) at John Cabot University before you return home. Your John Cabot University will send your grades to Excelsior as soon as they become available.
You must be in “good academic standing” and not on academic probation to participate in a study abroad program. In addition, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 or higher prior to apply at John Cabot University.
Students are subject to all the academic standards and regulations of the university where you are taking classes. Attendance and assignment requirements and grading criteria are determined by John Cabot University. Regular class attendance is important and expected.
As soon as possible! We strongly encourage you to speak with your academic advisor before you apply or go abroad. It is possible to have specific classes taken approved for inclusion in your degree program in advance. Not speaking with your academic advisor about your course choices could mean the course(s) you take are not accepted upon your return!
You can get help in selecting the course or courses that meet your academic needs and satisfy your enrollment and degree requirements.
If you want courses taken abroad to be accepted by Excelsior University and into your degree program, you must speak with your academic advisor before you apply or go abroad. It is possible to have specific classes taken approved for inclusion in your degree program in advance. Not speaking with your academic advisor about your course choices could mean the courses you take are not accepted upon your return.
Upon completing your John Cabot University courses, you must request that these courses are reviewed and applied to your degree program through Excelsior’s Post-Admission Credit Evaluation Service. There is a $300 fee for this service.
Review a list of academic subjects offered at John Cabot University in the summer terms to start your exploration.
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