ETSU forms partnership with John Cabot University

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JOHNSON CITY (March 24, 2014) – Regardless of their academic major, students at East Tennessee State University are now eligible to spend a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy, thanks to a new exchange agreement negotiated through the ETSU Honors College.

The partnership is with John Cabot University, an independent, four-year liberal arts university accredited by the Middle State Commission. The American university serves over 1,000 students from the United States, Europe and other countries, and all courses are taught in English.

ETSU students will have the opportunity to take courses that have been pre-approved for transfer to ETSU.  More than 100 John Cabot University courses have been approved for transfer toward ETSU general education and Bachelors of Arts degree requirements, as well as courses within specific programs of study, including art history, English, political science, history, advertising, public relations, marketing and international studies.  Students may elect other courses, as well, but will need to seek approval for them to transfer to ETSU.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our ETSU students,” stated D.J. Roberts-Jessee, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication and the liaison for the John Cabot University program. “Our summer study abroad programs continue to grow and more students are electing semester programs via our partner institutions. This new semester program with John Cabot University is the first partnership with courses pre-approved for transfer home to ETSU.

“It has taken many hours of work, from me, Dean Rebecca Pyles and others on campus, but the dream is now reality. The fact that students can live and study in Rome for 15 weeks because of the general education offerings opens up endless possibilities for them to develop skills, understanding and friendships that will propel their success in the global marketplace.”

Roberts-Jessee pointed out that a 10-year study within the University System of Georgia found that students who participated in a study abroad experience had improved academic performance, higher graduation rates, better knowledge of cultural practices and context, and greater depth of understanding and conceptual learning in academic disciplines.

A 2009 study from Indiana University found that 95.3 percent of study abroad students graduated within six years, compared to 68.5 percent who did not study abroad, she added.

Costs for the semester-long study abroad program currently range from $9,675 - $15,340, depending on housing and meal plan options. Additional fees, such as airline travel and application costs, are required.

ETSU students will receive a 10 percent discount on fees from John Cabot University.  Up to $6,000 in financial assistance is available through the ETSU International Education Scholarship and a special John Cabot University Scholarship, provided by generous donors within our community.  John Cabot University may also assist in processing student loan programs, such as Stafford loans and the PLUS program.

For more information, contact Roberts-Jessee at or visit

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