Study Abroad in Italy

The decision to study abroad is accompanied by a high-class question: where to go. You have most of the world to choose from, so the question about where to study abroad may be pleasantly difficult. One choice to make is to study abroad in Italy. It is a place with Old World charm and modern luxuries, art, culture, rich history, and amazing architecture. It has some of the best food you’ll ever taste. Italy has something to offer every student who wants to learn and study in a foreign country.

When you study abroad in Italy, you can expect to see some of the world’s most recognizable historical sites like the Coliseum in Rome and the canals of Venice. Not only will you be able see fantastic sights, you will also meet and interact with amazing people. Every study abroad experience is unique and different, but you can always expect to meet new people who will become like family to you. Keep an open mind so that you can truly get the most out of your trip. Below are other benefits to enjoy during your stay in Italy.

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Where to Study

Italy is full of world-renowned colleges and universities, so try find a school in a part of Italy in which you can imagine yourself living. It is also important to find a school that supports the type of study you want. It is in your best interest to research schools in which you could potentially see yourself studying. To help you get started, here are a few of the best-known universities in Italy:

  • University of Bologna: Located in Bologna, Italy, which is located in the north-central part of the country, the University was founded in 1088 and is home to approximately 100,000 students. The University of Bologna is considered by many to be the oldest university in Europe and is a highly-ranked institution.

  • Sapienza University of Rome: Sapienza is Rome’s largest state-funded school. Because the university is located in Rome, you will have many chances to travel around the city, take in the architecture, and meet new people.

  • University of Pisa: Located in the city home to the famous Leaning Tower, the University of Pisa is known as one of the best universities in the Europe and the world. Besides the school, the city and the Tuscany region in which it’s located have plenty to offer.

  • University of Milan: The University of Milan is located in one of the fashion capitals of the world. However, that does not mean the school is all about clothing and fashion. The University of Milan is one of the most research-intensive schools in Italy.

  • University of Padua: Located in the northern city of Padua, the University of Padua is one of the oldest and most popular cities in Italy and Europe. It was first founded as a law university, but has expanded to include more than 30 different departments.

What to Study

While considering your choice of school, you also need to think about what you are going to study. Different areas around the world are known for different programs. There is a chance that while you study abroad in Italy, you will take general courses that may fulfill requirements at your home campus. Here are a few subjects and programs you may want to consider studying while in Italy:

For architecture students, you will have firsthand access to some of the world’s most brilliant architectural achievements.
  • Language: One of the best reasons for studying abroad is to hone your skills in another language. In the case of studying abroad in Italy, you improve your Italian skills or perhaps begin learning Italian. Living in Italy and interacting with native speakers will enable you to learn and perfect your Italian through immersion.

  • History: Italy has been a major player in European and world history, so you can study that past not only in the classroom but by sightseeing and exploring museums. Your classes may go on field trips to gain further insight.

  • Art and Architecture: Some of the world’s most famous art has come from and still lives in Italy. With so much natural and man-made beauty, it is hard not to be inspired. For architecture students, you will have firsthand access to some of the world’s most brilliant architectural achievements.

  • Culinary Arts: Italy has some of the best culinary programs in the world. Depending upon where you choose to study, the types of food you learn how to make will change. Programs tend to be classical in nature, and you will return home having learned proper Italian cooking techniques.

  • Continuing Education: Another option you may want to pursue is to simply continue on your current education path. If you are a student already enrolled in a college or university, you should consider finding a school in Italy that will allow you to continue working toward that degree.

Where to Travel

Classroom study is important, but it is not the only place for learning when you study abroad in Italy. Studying abroad gives you the chance to learn about another culture firsthand. Get out of the dorm and out of the classroom and take the opportunity to travel around the country. Here are a few of the Italian cities you will not want to miss while studying abroad:

  • Rome: Some of Italy’s best schools aren’t located in Rome, so there is a chance that you will not be living or studying in the capital city. If this is the case, make sure to take the time to travel to Rome to see the Coliseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the historic center of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Venice: Make sure you get to the canal city of Venice. While there, you can travel the canal streets, ogle fashion and architecture, eat Italian seafood, or attend a festival.

  • Naples: Naples is a beautiful and charming city that is close to Pompeii and the Bay of Naples. You can expect excellent shopping down narrow and winding streets. While in Naples, check out the many boats of the harbor.

  • Turin: The site of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin is a great cultural center. The city is laid-back and full of quaint cafes that tempt you to laze away several relaxing hours. Spend some time taking in the mountains and valleys nearby, as well.

Recommendations for Interaction

Another great aspect to studying abroad is meeting new people. While you may at first be tempted to sit in your room and not go out, it is important that you interact with the culture and people around you. Sometimes you need a nudge to get out and explore, so here are some easy ways to accomplish that:

By participating, you are more likely to make connections that will extend outside of the classroom.
  • Join a club: One way to promote interaction with those around you at your school is to join a school-sponsored club. These clubs vary in purpose and activities, so choose one that aligns with your interests.

  • Engage in classroom discussion: Be as active as you can and engage in classroom discussions, although it could be difficult or intimidating at first. By participating, you are more likely to make connections that will extend outside of the classroom.

  • Go to cafés: Italian culture is full of food and cafés. Instead of studying in your room or reading a book in a park, go to a café. It is a great way to start conversations and meet people in a natural way. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone to cultivate interaction and new relationships.

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