How Foodies Can Make the Most of Their Study Abroad Experience

July 1, 2024
JCU student at Tiber Cafe

When you study abroad At John Cabot University, located in the heart of Rome, expect a transformative experience. Students can immerse themselves in new cultures, languages, and traditions. For food enthusiasts, or "foodies," studying abroad provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore and savor various cuisines. 

Studying abroad in the heart of Rome allows you to indulge in Italy's rich culinary heritage while broadening your gastronomic horizons.


Embrace Rome’s Culinary Tradition

Rome is a city renowned for its culinary tradition, where food is not just nourishment but an art form and a way of life. As a JCU student, you will be surrounded by an array of delicious Italian dishes, from classic pasta and pizza to lesser-known regional specialties. 

Take the time to explore local markets, trattorias, and gelaterias. Each visit will be a lesson in Italian culture and cuisine.


Enjoy Rome’s rich culinary heritage when you study abroad at JCU 


The Tiber Café: Your Culinary Hub at JCU

At the Tiber Café, you will find great food prepared and served with care in a friendly atmosphere. Whether you're interacting with faculty or meeting other students, the sense of community at Tiber Café is an integral part of the JCU educational experience.

Special Dietary Needs

The Tiber Café pays close attention to special diets and allergies, offering allergy-friendly alternatives to all guests. The Tiber Café Tutorial provides detailed information for those with special dietary needs. Don't hesitate to contact the staff for personalized assistance via, when you study abroad at JCU. 

Menu, Hours, and Location

From home-style favorites and vegetarian cuisine to Mediterranean recipes and international dishes, the Tiber Café provides a variety of choices. The staff loves trying new recipes, so the menu varies each semester, always considering student requests. 

Variety and Freshness

The Tiber Café menu changes daily, offering students the choice between hot items of the day and personalized salads. The salad bar is always filled with freshly cut vegetables. Students can enjoy cakes, fresh fruit, and frozen yogurt for dessert.

Coffee Bar

Savor the taste of Italy with an espresso or a creamy cappuccino paired with a freshly baked croissant, available all day long at the Tiber Café’s coffee bar.



The Tiber Cafe offers study-abroad students a variety of delectable meal options 

Broaden Your Culinary Horizons When You Study Abroad

Rome is a city where every meal can be an adventure. Exploring local markets such as Campo de' Fiori can provide an immersive experience in fresh produce, cheeses, and meats. 

Trying regional specialties beyond the familiar pasta and pizza is another exciting way to delve into the culinary scene. Dishes like supplì (fried rice balls), cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and pepper), and carciofi alla romana (Roman-style artichokes) offer a taste of authentic Roman cuisine.

Taking a cooking class is a fun way to learn how to make traditional Italian dishes while meeting new people. It’s an engaging way to take a piece of Italy home with you. Joining food tours is another excellent option to explore Rome’s culinary scene with a guide, often including tastings at different restaurants and eateries. 

Additionally, making the most of your time at the Tiber Café by trying new dishes and interacting with the JCU community can enrich your experience. The variety and freshness offered at the café provide ample opportunities to expand your palate, and you can always suggest new recipes or dietary preferences.

As a foodie, when you study abroad in Rome, you receive a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the world's most celebrated culinary traditions. With the Tiber Café as your culinary hub and the city's rich gastronomic landscape at your doorstep, every meal becomes an opportunity for discovery and connection. 

Embrace the flavors of Rome, broaden your culinary horizons, and make the most of your study abroad experience. Buon appetito!


See what it’s like to learn in Rome: 


Are you ready to attend our university in Italy

Contact John Cabot University to learn more! 



View all posts

Subscribe and stay up to date

Subscribe and stay up to date

Request Info »