Study Abroad in Italy

499 Study Abroad Programs in Italy

Fairfield University - Study Abroad in Italy

Be captivated by the Italian culture in the historic city of Florence with Fairfield University. Students choose from different programs ranging from Anthropology to Sociology, Film to Communications. Participants earn 15 college credits and can opt to enroll in an Italian Language course where they earn an additional three college credits.

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Study in Rome, Florence or Perugia with CISabroad!

CISabroad gives students the opportunity to be in one of the world’s most sought-after tourist destinations while studying abroad. They offer academic courses in Italy that are supplemented with cultural immersion, and leisurely excursions. Students benefit from the comprehensive package CISabroad is famous for.

Study in Italy: Various Academic Options Available

Students in the process of completing their Bachelors degree can participate in Italian study abroad programs with the American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS). Programs are offered in Venice, Rome, and Florence, and are available during all terms of study. Students can study Fashion, History, Italian, and many more subjects with AIFS.

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Semester and Summer Programs in Italy

Athena Study Abroad programs are offered in four different Italian cities. Elective course options range from International Business to Art History and Graphic Design, along with several other subjects. Programs include field trips, tuition, and accommodations.

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CAPA International Education

Explore the historic city of Florence with CAPA International Education study abroad programs in Italy. Participants experience opportunities specifically designed to challenge students academically and help them engage in critical-thinking. Program subjects include Liberal Arts, International Relations, and Ethnic Studies.

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Inspiring Summer and Semester Programs in Italy

Students can learn more about the genuine Italian way of life while engaging in an exceptional academic opportunity with SAI Programs in Italy. Based in five of Italy's most fascinating cities, including Florence, Rome, and Milan, participants can choose from various English-taught courses with transferable course credit offerings. Six different programs are available through SAI in Italy.

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Study Abroad in Italy at The American University of Rome.

Enrolling 500 students a semester from over 40 countries, The American University of Rome has hosted Study Abroad students for 5 decades. Join us for a Summer, Semester or Year, live a unique academic and cultural experience, and earn academic credits toward your undergraduate degree.

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Quality Study Programs in Italy with API

Programs are available throughout the year in five locations in Italy, including Rome, Taormina, and Florence. Undergraduate students can experience the Italian lifestyle, while participating in study abroad programs with Academic Programs International. Participants can study Art, History, and the Italian Language, along with many other course subjects.

University Studies Abroad Consortium

Study Abroad programs offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium provide programs in the areas of Journalism, Art, History, Environmental Studies, or Italian in Italy. The programs feature first-rate academic training and cultural activities. Locations include, Viterbo, Torino, and Reggio Emilia.

Earn College Credits in Rome with John Cabot University!

Live in Italy for up to a semester by studying on location. John Cabot University has study abroad programs based in Rome that focus on various subjects such as Political Science, Linguistics, and Fine Arts. The programs cover tuition and lab fees, organized cultural activities, and occasional tours across the country. The program is open to students from the United States, Australia, and New Z...

Study Abroad in Italy with Temple University

Study with Temple University in the ancient city of Rome. This semester or academic year long program can be in one of four academic fields including Architecture, Liberal Arts and Italian Studies, Visual Arts, or International Business.

The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts

This semester program is provided in locations throughout Italy. Developed by The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, students enjoy studio arts including painting, drawing, and also creative writing within a small group of students. This program is fully-accredited and offers scholarships, grants, and other awards. In order to qualify, advanced students must submit a portfolio.

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Study Arts in Italy

International students can gain a better comprehension of their respective areas of study through study abroad programs in Italy with Studio Art Centers International. Based in the historical city of Florence, participants have the chance to choose from a plethora of academic courses including Design, Creative Writing, and Film making. To meet the diverse student needs and preferences, programs...

Study Abroad at Istituto Europeo di Design

Graduate and undergraduate design students can participate in a year-long program in Italy with Istituto Europeo di Design. Have an academic experience and professional development in selected cities such as Milan, Venice, and Florence. Courses includes Communications, Marketing, and Fashion Design.

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How to Study Abroad in Italy

Mangia Your Heart Out In Italy!

One of the most difficult decisions students will have to make while studying in Italy is which three flavors of gelato will complete the perfect afternoon of wandering through the piazza (less then three scoops is just silly). Italy offers the best study abroad programs to any student looking to enrich their knowledge of history and culture. A simple stroll through a piazza (town square) leaves visitors with a feeling of culture that cannot be read in any book or understood with a picture.

Geography & Demographics

Located in south central Europe, Italy is home to some of the best cities in the world. Each has its own unique characteristic from the ruins of Ancient Rome, to the heart of the Renaissance in Florence, to the fashion capital of Milan. Studying abroad in Italy offers the opportunity to explore aspects of Italian history and culture.

Italy typically experiences four seasons. The summer months can be crowded and very hot; air conditioning is not as popular as it is in the United States. Many hotels will turn off the air conditioning during the day. Typically September to early November is the ideal time to travel to Italy, as well as in the spring months of late March through May, making either the fall or spring semester a perfect time to study abroad.

Food & Culture

Traditional Italian meals go far beyond spaghetti and meatballs so when a fresh hot plate of squash risotto is placed on the dinner table, the first instinct is to dig in! However, there are a few traditions to do first. Be sure to flatten it with a fork, eat the edges first, and continue to flatten the risotto. Since the edges are cooled first, this ensures that each bite of the meal is hot. This can’t be learned in a dorm and it will likely be the best squash risotto to ever touch a palate. Live in an Italian home and dine on traditional foods and learn to enjoy cuisine the way the Italians do.

Students who study abroad in Italy tend to become foodies without even trying. Italian dishes focus on the miracles that can come from the right combination of simple ingredients. Less is more when it comes to many dishes but they tend to be paired with delicious wine, old cheese, and new friends. Some of the staples every student should be sure to try are:

1. Bruschetta: bread topped with a mixture of fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and other veggies

2. Stracciatella: salty broth with shreds of egg, parmesan shavings, nutmeg, salt, and pepper

3. Spaghetti alla Carbonara: a creamy sauce of romano cheese, eggs, spices, and bacon drizzled over pasta

4. Pizza Margherita: most popular of the Italian pizzas, it’s a thin crust topped with olive oil, tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, and basil

5. Saltimbocca: veal layered with prosciutto and sage, then rolled up and cooked with oil, wine, and capers

Things to Do

Italy is the classroom when studying any kind of history or art. The major cities of Italy are all unique and their worldwide popularity is well earned. 

Florence. The city is home of the Renaissance, Michelangelo’s statue of David, and the Uffizi Gallery Museum which holds Botticelli’s most famous works of art. These works of art would not be possible without the patronage of the Medici family, a name any visitor will surely see and hear hundreds of times during a stay in Florence. 

Rome. Italy’s capital and largest city, is in itself, a history lesson.  From the ruins of the Roman Forum to the floors of the Coliseum, the ceiling of the Parthenon, and coins in the Trevi Fountain, there is so much to do in this ancient city. Modern life flows around and between the remnants of  over 2700 years of Rome’s history. It is home to one of the most preserved ancient cities in the world and is known as “The Eternal City.”

Venice. Another place where the architecture and art of Italy shine, but in a truly unique setting. The northeastern city is a myriad of small streams, floating gondolas, and the perfect lighting. It has been called one of the most romantic cities in the world many times over and is also famous for its ornate masks.

Cinque Terre. The “Five Towns” are perfect for those looking for the beach, traditional cuisine, and natural beauty. The villages of Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore make up the area that is featured in endless screensavers and puzzles. Visitors can choose to take a train, ferry boat, or hike through the chiseled mountains to each of the towns. With over 200 local dishes it is the ultimate Mediterranean diet tour. Stop in any restaurant and feast on seafood dishes while visiting the towns.

Monterosso Al Mare. The first or last town depending on the starting point, is a sunbathers paradise; many go to bask in the sun, and enjoy the view. The Liguria Sea, the backdrop for the island hopping, is absolutely stunning, as is the lush plant life along the way. Rocky cliffs can make some hikes vigorous but very worth it, especially when the endpoint is a beautiful beach.  Do not forget the camera, but leave the flip-flops at home.

Studying in Italy

Italy is an extremely popular location for short term programs. So if a whole year, or semester does not fit into your timeline, explore the variety of programs that are one to three weeks long. Some fit into the winter break between fall and spring semesters. Athena Study Abroad offers convenient J-Terms (January programs) in which students can earn credit and experience Florence in under one month. Sound a little too quick and chilly? John Cabot University offers the summer in Rome and since it’s a fully accredited American University, organizing credits is a breeze.

If the program offers homestay accommodation, take the chance; staying with a host family gives the most authentic experience. It helps students learn the day-to-day language and customs of the Italian people. 

Whenever you go, be sure to take some time out to just stroll and people watch in the piazzas and lastly, mangia, mangia, mangia or eat, eat, eat!

Nicole Mecionis

Nicole has a career as a world history teacher and a passion for learning ancient cultures from around the world. After her first trip across the Atlantic, she knew she would have to return. Traveling become a need, not a want in her life. This passion for traveling has helped her in the classroom as well. She has realized that the stories and souvenirs she is able to share with her students are better than any textbook.