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On Semester in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence University of the Arts focuses on creating an outstanding cultural environment where you'll be able to nurture your talents. You can take courses in a wide variety of subjects. Here, you'll experience incredible local restaura...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and historic city of Rome with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 19 credits through a variety of courses studying at Richmond, the American International University. Courses are taught in English or Italian, and no previous Italian language study is required. Students choose from courses in art history, communications, film, history, business, Italian, ...

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Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student culture of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. All offer an array of disciplines covering the spectrum from engineering to art history. Sydney will be your classroom....

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Take part in the Padua Italian Studies Program, which is based at the BU Padua Academic Center. The program is offered in partnership with the University of Padua. The BU Padua Academic Center is strategically situated in the historic center of Padua, which is within walking distance from most departments in the university. To qualify for the program, students must have completed at least t...

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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SU Florence is one of the oldest and most prestigious study abroad programs in all of Europe. Its academic courses and related activities have evolved in the context of a city with an extraordinarily rich history and a contemporary nature. While you may associate Florence with the Renaissance, the city has plenty of modernity to offer. In addition to being a world capital for art, architecture,...

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Study in Rome, at John Cabot University. Low cost. Earn credit. Open to all students and adults worldwide. Transcript issued by John Cabot Univ. Italian Language & Culture courses for all levels. Cultural courses taught in English and Italian. Cultural activities and excursions. Low cost housing options. Semester, Year, Quarter, Summer, and Monthly terms. All levels welcome. Can pay in $U...

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Be inspired by immaculate Renaissance architecture, passionate art pieces, as well as a vibrant and historical culture! Florence is arguably one of the most desirable cities in the world and offers a great learning environment as well as opportunities for internships, service learning, and volunteering. Ideal for someone who doesnt mind the hustle and bustle of a touristy city and for those...

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Study abroad in the vibrant city of Montpellier, and experience its centuries-old history of social tolerance and intellectual advances. Program participants get the chance to enjoy the student-centered community, nightlife, and college-town atmosphere. Students can choose from beginning, intermediate, and advanced French language courses. The program is based at the Paul Valery University, ...

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The Torino program is ideal for students who are interested in studying International Business, Art/Architecture, and Italian Studies in an exciting, cosmopolitan setting. Named the Youth Capital of Europe in 2010, Torino is an excellent location to study and practice the Italian language and to experience Italys rich culture away from the crowded tourist areas. Torino is home to many prominent...

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Spend a semester, a summer, or a year studying abroad in the "Eternal City": Rome, Italy. Join CEA Rome to experience life in a city that's been a center of art, culture, religion, fashion, and cuisine for thousands of years. Experience living history when you study abroad with CEA in Rome! Take classes at the CEA Rome Center, or through our partner institutions, John Cabot University, Provid...

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Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...

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Program Overview Don’t just study in Spain – immerse yourself in the people, places, and events that have made it what it is today. Take part in CIEE’s challenging Advanced Liberal Arts program in Seville. Awaken your senses during excursions and cultural activities. Build your Spanish language skills during homestays, a conversation exchange, and more. And dive into the Spanish history and cul...

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Learn Spanish in one of the most ancient and diverse cities in Spain-- Granada! Spain is a country of fascinating diversity, visible in its people, its countryside, and its profound history. The variety of cultures that have influenced Spain include the Romans, Moors, and Gypsies. While living in Spain, you will learn about the diversity of cultures the country offers. Come experience the fasci...

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Improve fluency in the Italian language in Florence, Italy. The city is where the Renaissance originated, which influenced the entire cultural and spiritual life of Europe. Florence offers countless iconic sites, cultural activities, and amazing cuisines for international visitors. Eurocentres teach the language students need to communicate in real life through undergoing a series of exercis...

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Studying Italian Abroad

Improved memory, a longer attention span, and cross cultural friendships are just some of the benefits of learning a new language, especially Italian, which is one of the most romantic dialects in the world. Whether you strive to appreciate the richness of Italian theatre, literature, opera, or even just understand an Italian menu, knowledge of Italian is essential. Wandering amongst charming cobblestoned streets, people watching from the top of the Spanish Steps, or checking off every type of pizza and pasta on your foodie list is just that much easier with a handful of Italian words up your sleeve.

Why Study Italian Abroad

Learning Italian will come in handy on a regular basis when you’re traveling as it will help you communicate with locals who only speak Italian smoothly and successfully. Plus, if you’re ever trying to make moves on a certain someone (wink, wink), saying, “Vuoi andare ad un appuntamento?” sounds much more romantic than, “Do you want to go on a date?” #datingadvice101

As you first start to study Italian abroad, the difficulty will give you the determination you need to really push yourself to learn and practice; imagine how impressed your date would be if you ordered your dinner in Italian? By studying Italian abroad, you will be more familiarized with the structure of the language, the pronunciation, and the intonation in real life situations. Not to mention practicing and listening to Italian in your daily life will increase the speed of your learning and keep you motivated to improve.

When studying Italian abroad, you won’t just be learning Italian; you’ll be learning about the charming Italian culture, in all its forms. Trying bruschetta or pear pasta for the first time, meeting locals in Piazza Trilussa, and learning about the gory history of the Colosseum, will introduce you to the peculiar social customs dell’Italia

There's no better way to truly begin to learn la bella lingua, than by getting to know the people who have grown up speaking Italian. By meeting Italian speakers and making connections, you may even start to pick up their habits and way of life. Learning Italian abroad will definitely make your experience of study abroad more enjoyable and fulfilling, not to mention the non-verbal communication you’ll learn along the way; Italians tend to use a creative collection of hand gestures while speaking. Bellissimo!

Locations

If you want to experience the true Italian culture, and get a deeper understanding of this beautiful language, the best place to study Italian is obviously in Italy. Surprise, surprise! You’ll find opportunities to study Italian in Italy not only in the main cities, but also in quaint, small towns. Astonishing spots in Italy are just waiting to be discovered; just be sure to stand out from the touristy crowd and impress a local cafe owner when you ask for directions in Italian! Some of the most popular locations to study Italian in Italy include Rome, Florence, and Milan.

Rome isn’t the cheapest city to study Italian abroad in, but it will offer you a “Powerpuff girl-esque” experience, with it’s sugar, spice, and everything authentically Italian. Rome offers endless Italian language courses to choose from and allows you to experience the true Italian way of life. From an endless menu of pasta and pizza to staged gladiator fights in front of the Colosseum, you’ll always find something to engage in on your weekends. The huge student population in Rome adds a spark to this already energetic city, where the streets are always filled with chattering locals at night.

Florence is best defined as the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” with a city center that happens to be a well known UNESCO world heritage site. Florence is a great place for students to immerse themselves in the city where the Italian language was actually formed. As a city that is constantly welcoming droves of international students, it is a study abroad student’s ideal destination, with no shortage of things to do in the evenings. Its lively nightlife will never leave you bored or without friends, especially during karaoke nights.

As the ultimate capital of Italian fashion, designer brands, and exceptional shopping, Milan has something for everyone. Milan is a blossoming metropolis that will introduce you to study abroad programs that will enlighten your passion, creativity, and enthusiasm for the Italian language. The music scene in Milan is extraordinary and international bands regularly tour the city, so be sure to make the most of local nightclubs that are always featuring great live music.

If you are looking for an unconventional place to study Italian abroad, considering venturing to Switzerland. Ticino is the only canton in Switzerland that speaks Italian exclusively, though most residents also speak German as a second language. Study Italian in Switzerland during the fall or winter semester and you’ll find yourself happily stuck in a Swiss-style winter wonderland, complete with delicious chocolate and endless snowy Swiss Alps! Exploring Switzerland’s beautiful mountainous landscapes after a long day of Italian language classes can be like the icing on the top of your study abroad cake.

Studying Italian Abroad

There are many study abroad programs that offer students a wide range of opportunities to study Italian abroad. Therefore, you’ll have to choose a program based on the pace of coursework and the style of learning that works best for you. Many study abroad programs will include courses taught in both Italian and English, so you’ll be able to choose how much you want to commit to an Italian-only policy for your coursework. The most engaging Italian study abroad programs offer real life conversational practice and experience, on top of lectures and demonstrations. Field trips, for example, will help expand your learning outside the classroom; you may even have the chance to sample traditional Italian cuisines and take trips to the local market if you choose just the right program.

It is possible to study Italian abroad any time of the year, but fall and spring semester study abroad programs will provide you with a more genuine and complete academic experience, as you’ll be surrounded by other study abroad students. It is possible to take Italian language courses abroad for few weeks up to an entire academic year. Again, the choice is yours! However, needless to say, the longer you study Italian abroad, the more you’ll learn and understand this romantico language!

Benefits & Challenges

Aside from the most obvious benefit of adding a foreign language to your language dictionary, studying Italian abroad can also boost your career and further travel opportunities. If you’re want a career that involves anything international, then learning Italian can set you apart from the competition; adding a second language to your resume is guaranteed to catch future employer’s eyes. Also, if you’re planning on traveling a lot in the future, knowing Italian will make your travels easier, and that language barrier smaller, especially if you have plans of traveling around Italy. 

As with any foreign language, the process of learning Italian may not be as easy as it seems. Even though the language is strikingly similar to Spanish, it’s also completely different. As you find yourself roaming around your host country listening to locals converse, you’ll realize that any number of high school Italian courses aren’t going to cut it. Unless you already have significant experience in Italian, it’s recommended that you start off in the beginner’s Italian class, then work your way up from there.

As Federico Fellini, one of the most celebrated Italian filmmakers, said, “A different language, is a different vision of life.” The pronunciation of the words is a sound that will make you fall in love with this fascinating language. So, are you ready to fall in love with this bellissimo dialect?

Studying Italian abroad will not only open your eyes and mind to a completely new language, it will open doors and lead you further into the beauty of the Italian culture. Don’t just listen to the colorful dialect, learn it for yourself! Italian language immersion will be life-changing, and your time abroad will have an impact on your way of thinking and of seeing life as whole. Open yourself to a world full of colors and contradictions by taking the plunge and studying Italian abroad! 

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