5 Neighboring Countries to Visit While You Study in Italy

 JCU students share diverse cultural backgrounds and a love of travel!

JCU students share diverse cultural backgrounds and a love of travel!

Studying in Rome gives you access to thousands of years of rich Italian history. You’ll also be at the doorstep of dozens of fascinating neighboring countries, each with its own diverse culture and unique appeal.

Unlike in North America – where a trip from coast to coast takes a big investment of time and money – Europe is so compact that students can hop from west to east on cheap flights that take just a few hours! And here at JCU, every weekend is a long weekend (classes are Monday to Thursday) offering you many opportunities to explore your European surroundings.

Here are five neighboring destinations you might want to consider:

1. Germany: Study Abroad Students Can Attend the Original Oktoberfest

When you study in Italy, Germany is just a two hour flight away! Since Germany also uses euros, you won’t have to exchange any currency. And both countries are part of the Schengen area, so you won’t need to go through lengthy border-crossing procedures.

 John Cabot University study abroad students visit Oktoberfest in Munich.

John Cabot University study abroad students visit Oktoberfest in Munich.

Berlin, Germany’s capital, is home to thriving art and nightlife scenes, as well as iconic monuments like the Brandenburg Gate and famous historical sites related to WWII.

International students in Italy can also take the train from Rome up to Munich to experience the original Oktoberfest! And, as the weather gets colder, consider visiting Frankfurt – its gorgeous Römberg Plaza is home to a spectacular annual Christmas market.

2. The UK: A Quick, Quaint Getaway While you Study in Italy

Once you start your JCU program, you’ll be immersed in the centuries-old world of Italian culture. Not far away, the United Kingdom boasts a similarly rich history, and can offer an interesting counterpoint to your experience living and studying in Rome.

A John Cabot University student poses in a famous “red phone booth” with Big Ben in the background

A John Cabot University student poses in a famous “red phone booth” with Big Ben in the background

From Hadrian’s Wall to other traces of ancient Rome, the UK will provide fascinating context for your studies, as well as great memories, cultural exploration, and (of course) photo-ops, from London to Glasgow and beyond.

3. Croatia: Access to the Alps for International Students in Italy

Just across the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a quick trip from where you’ll be studying in Rome. It’s comprised of over a thousand islands, crossed by the Dinaric Alps and scattered with beautiful, ancient castles.

Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most important coastal city, is home to various fascinating museums and massive 16th-century walls encircling the gothic buildings of the center.

“Game of Thrones” fans will recognize Dubrovnik as the filming location of its “King’s Landing” scenes – the epicenter of the show’s fantasy world, and the home of its notorious “Iron Throne.”

4. France: A Weekend of “Douce” France

If you study abroad in Rome, you can certainly take a short flight to Paris, France. You’ll be free to spend any weekend exploring landmarks like the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel tower selfie: a must for any study abroad trip in Europe!

The Eiffel tower selfie: a must for any study abroad trip in Europe!

Survey the picturesque cityscape as you stroll along the Seine River. Indulge in some fabulous shopping. Visit the Mona Lisa at Paris’s famous Louvre Museum. Or just spend an afternoon lounging and people-watching at one of the city’s countless cafes.

5. The Netherlands: Art & Culture Must-Sees for Study Abroad Students

What student European trip would be complete without a visit to Amsterdam?

When you study abroad in Rome, consider planning a trip to Amsterdam, where you can explore the elaborate canal system and colorful local culture of The Netherlands’ cosmopolitan capital city.

Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh. And students can get around cheaply on the bike-friendly city’s 250 miles of cycle paths.

John Cabot University offers a unique educational experience.

John Cabot University offers a unique educational experience.

Travel is such an integral part of the study abroad experience that John Cabot University’s own motto (Explorando Excello) means “I excel by exploring.” Don’t miss out on enriching European exploration when you take the opportunity to study abroad.

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