Partner Institution in Italy

Founded in 1972 and welcoming more than 1,000 visiting students every year, John Cabot University utilizes small classes and professors who encourage dialogue as well as use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory.  Rome is a city rich in culture, history, art, creativity, business and international affairs and John Cabot University encourages its students to explore these areas for professional and personal growth. 

College Compatibility in Italy

The Italy Program curriculum is tailored to meet the academic needs and requirements of students in the following colleges. 

College of Arts and Media Design (CAMD)  

D’Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) 

College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) 

Explore Program for Undeclared Students whose primary academic interest lies within one of the above colleges 

Course Logistics

You will learn more about the host institutions policies and expectations during on-location orientation. 

Class Schedule 

You will receive your finalized class schedule when you arrive in Italy. 


It is recommended that you wait until arriving on-site to purchase the necessary books. Packing textbooks can be cumbersome when traveling abroad. It is also a good idea to review the syllabus for a class prior to buying any materials. Some books may also be available in e-book format. 

MA 190 Calculus for Business: Students enrolled in this course may consider purchasing their textbook prior to departing for Italy. While an e-version is available, here are details for students wishing to purchase a hardcopy.
  • Textbook: Calculus Concepts (Fifth Edition): An Informal Approach to the Mathematics of Change by LaTorre et al, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, 2012 with Enhanced Web Assign (EWA).

Grading Scale 

JCU uses the American grading system, meaning that grades will look similar to those earned in the US. The grade breakdown is explained at the beginning of the semester on each course’s syllabus to ensure consistency and offer a guide from the beginning of the class. 

Academic Resources Abroad

Tutoring and additional support is available to you but you must take the initiative to seek out these resources. You may speak to your lecturer or an staff member to discuss any issues that you may be having academically.

Frohring Library 

You will have access to the Frohring Library located in the Guarini Campus. Take advantage of a variety of resources related to the university liberal arts curriculum including books, multimedia items and online databases. 

John Cabot Writing Center 

The Writing Center allows you to receive one-on-one support from JCU faculty in the form of one-hour consultation appointments and workshops. There are also walk-in hours available Monday through Thursday in the library. 

Math Tutoring Center 

The Math Tutoring Center provides students’ academic support in quantitative subjects. You can book an appointment with a tutor on ground floor of the Tiber Campus.

Learning Disabilities 

If you require accommodations, you must provide documentation directly to JCU prior to departure. To determine feasible and appropriate accommodations, JCU will need recent (no later than four years), detailed medical and/psychological documentation of the disability you would like accommodated.   

Course Selection and Registration FAQ’s

Q. How do I know which courses I should select?
A. You should use the location-specific curriculum course maps and the course description guide available on the Program website to help guide them. If you are still not sure which class(es) to select after reviewing these documents, you should go ahead and pick the courses that you feel best align with your academic needs and interests. Remember that you will have the chance to consult with your Northeastern home college advising office to finalize your course selections before your program launches.

Q. Why are some or most of my classes already selected for me?
A. Many first-year programs of study have a fairly prescribed curriculum. The Program works closely with the colleges and academic departments at Northeastern to ensure that first year requirements can be met. The classes you see that have been pre-selected for you are based on academic requirements for your major.

Q. What do I do if I have AP, IB, or other advanced or transfer credit for any courses I was pre-selected into?
A. Don’t worry! It is not uncommon for students to come in with advanced credits and pass out of certain academic program requirements. You should review your curriculum course map on our website to start thinking about alternative courses that you will need or want in lieu of those that you placed out of. You do not need to email your home college advising office now. Your home college advising office will be contacting you soon! You will discuss course alternatives and finalize these selections with your home college advising office this summer (mid-June through mid-August).

Q. Once I choose my courses in the system, are my selections final?
A. No. You will have the opportunity to work with your home college academic advising office to make adjustments to your course selections over the summer (mid-June through mid-August). You will be able to discuss your classes with an academic advisor, and any necessary adjustments will be made at that time.

Q. What is NUpath? How do I know which ones to pick in my fall semester?
A. Here is more information on the NU Core Curriculum. You should choose an elective course that carries any NUPath attributes that are not otherwise fulfilled by major course requirements in their major. You will speak with your home college advising office this summer to provide guidance on your fall courses.

Q. Will I be able to make any changes to my course selections and schedule once I arrive to my Program location?
A. No. You will finalize your course selection process in concert with the Program and your academic advisor before your program launches. Courses cannot be changed once you arrive on location (in Dublin, London, Rome, or Thessaloniki), unless academically-necessary. Once course selections are reviewed and discussed, any changes made will be shared with our partner institutions, and are considered final. You will have the opportunity to review your final slate of courses for the Fall 2021 semester before departing and may contact the Program if you have any questions or concerns. That is the “add/drop” period for the Program. After that point in time (mid-August), no changes will be considered unless academically-necessary.

Q. What’s my schedule going to be? When do I get my schedule? What time will my classes be?
A. You will receive your final schedule— dates, times, locations of classes— once you arrive in your Program location for the fall semester. Your final schedule will be shared by the Program partner institutions during on-site orientation.

Q. When will I get to select my Spring 2022 courses?
A. There will be an Academic Advising Week for all students this Fall. This typically takes place in late October. You will again have the opportunity to work with your home college advising office to work through the course registration process for spring. There will also be a spring orientation in January where you may have another chance to review your courses with your home college advising office and confirm your classes.

Q. When will I receive my final transcript from my fall semester?
A. You will be able to obtain your official transcript from your fall semester during your Spring 2022 semester. The program office will be reaching out with next steps regarding this process after the Winter break, in January 2022. As a reminder, you must earn a C grade or better in order for your coursework and credits to transfer to your Northeastern undergraduate record.