John Cabot University Reviews
The campus itself is in a beautiful location, and the security is top notch. However, the overall running of a school is pathetic. The school itself doesn't have its own email system, professors are inaccessible, study spaces are sparse, and professors (while passionate) are subpar. There is no place to check grades and no email interface to get into contact with faculty and professors (unless you use your own personal email). Professors are extremely subpar. Many don't actually teach in a way that information can be learned. They don't explain concepts and they talk extremely fast. Additionally, they are very unclear with tests: formats and information covered. While the campus is beautiful, it isn't a place to excel academically. The library is tiny and is always full; not to mention it had very limited hours.
I'm about to start my second semester at JCU and I'm happy with my choice to study here. However, that is because I am a art history student and I think that is the best choice for degree seeking students at JCU. A semester abroad would be a great for other liberal arts majors, in my opinion. The school definitely has organizational short falls that, as a US American, are really frustrating. It is an American school, but it is run by Italians and they just do things differently than we do in the US.
Expensive! I don't think a 4 year degree from here is worth the price to attend and cost of living for American students. Rome can be a very dangerous city which takes most students by surprise.
If you want to have the Italian experience where the entire community knows even at what time you have breakfast, then that's the right place for you! If you want to be stalked in your private life because you are dating someone who works for the institution, welcome to John Cabot University. If you have a problem and you would like to talk to someone, but all they can do for you is either tell you "I'm sorry, I can't help you" or send you a very polite e-mail where they tell you that you are cordially invited not to bother them, welcome to John Cabot again. John Cabot is the typical place where every one pretends not to know you and the moment you turn your back they will start talking about you. It is the place where you are judged and punished by members for innocent things when they secretly do the same. The housing life and safety are the worst you could ever find.
I absolutely love this school. The professors seem to really care about you doing well. Students are nice and welcoming. Its just a nice place to be surrounded by great people and a good environment to be apart of.
Poorly managed. The deans are always confusing. They delegate professors who are careless and busy to do advising and counseling, and it never goes well. The registrar office has the rudest people whatever you ask them, they make you feel like its a burden and it's not their job to help you. Professors are foreigners most of the time, their accents are so thick you have trouble understanding them. Plus they hire a lot of first time professors who never taught before. If you're not a business related major, all the other majors have super limited course options. The university feels like you are going to an American high school. Overall, the school runs like a business and it is designed to accommodate study abroad students. Unless you're going for a semester abroad, this school is not worth it.
I am about to finish my first year at John Cabot University and I have to say that it is one of the best decisions I've ever made! JCU is absolutely perfect for me. The professors are passionate and empathetic. The small classroom size makes me more than just a number here. I've met people from all over the world and I've had the opportunity to live in Rome, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Having no classes on Friday makes traveling around central Europe so easy! My experience so far here has been amazing and I cannot wait to see what is in store for the future here at JCU!
It isn't an important aspect of the school, but the school supports them as well as every other club at the school.
Had the opportunity to attend the ROMUN 2015 confrence, meet many interesting people, and got to travel a lot.
There is very little campus crime because the school is so small and there isn't really a campus. The safety of the city is actually the variable that affects safety walking from class to class. The housing buildings are guarded sufficiently.
There are a lot of intern/job opportunities in the international degrees and in journalism. There is also a board that fliers for job and internship offers are posted in one of the campuses.
There isn't a connected feeling of campus because it is an urban campus with only 2 small academic buildings. Classes were nice because they were small and exempt on Fridays. Attendance is mandatory, though. Some professors are really good, but most are foreign and are either hard to understand because of the language barrier or just not very good teachers.
The price of the provided apartments is very high, $1500 a month. It is much cheaper and more convenient to rent your own apartment near the main campuses. There are cleaners that come to the apartments once a week and clean the floors and kitchen. There are 2 social rooms and one large courtyard. There is little place for privacy, however.
There is no Greek life.
There are 4 sports that you are able to play: soccer, cheerleading, basketball, and volleyball. Soccer is the main sport, barely. Nothing is heard about the teams, the stadiums/courts are located off campus and hard to get to, and the school doesn't post rosters or schedules of the teams. The basketball team is coed.
The school is poorly run. It is an American school in Italy, but is run by the Italians and has the speed and customer service of an Italian business. There are opportunities in International Business, International Affairs, and Journalism, but the rest are extremely limited. There are very few classes to choose from and a major has to be picked as soon as you register for your first classes. Major changes are looked down upon too. The only thing that makes this school special is the fact that it is located in Rome. If it was in America, I wouldn't even consider going to John Cabot University.
You need to have an ID to enter any campus building, this helps to keep campus a safe place
You need to get there early in the morning
Every night there is something going on, you can choose among clubs or just a drink with friends and there is no need to go too far for both