The Italian studies program strongly encourages study in Italy, since residence abroad is the best way to be fully immersed in another culture and gain proficiency in the language. Students may participate in programs in Bologna, Florence, Milan, Padua or Rome. Through such programs, they are able to study and research their favorite subjects, travel and enjoy the beauty of various Italian sites — cultural cities, evocative countryside, gorgeous beaches — and talk with lively and energetic people who will introduce them not only to standard Italian language, but also to the interesting variety of Italian dialects.
Dylan Yuska '16
"Padua gave me an incredible life experience. I came back with an appreciation for living in the moment, a redefined sense of value, and the unique experience of living completely integrated in a different world. Padua offers a true Italian experience. Forget the clubs of Florence, nothing beats Aperitivi in Padua."
Kayt Senatore '12
"During my junior year I studied abroad in Italy and everything changed! With only 2 years of Italian courses under my belt I decided to do the full immersion program in Padova, near Venice. I studied, stayed with an Italian family, made friends and lived in another language for four months. Sure, it was a little scary at times, but it was also the most exciting thing I had ever done!"
"The study abroad program not only helped me and the other students with the language through intensive courses, but they also guided us in experiencing the real culture of Italy, whether it was through Renaissance art and Italian cuisine, or through Italian pop culture and the social life of young adults."
"Little by little I began to uncover all the beautiful and incredibly complex ins and outs of the Italian culture, as well as its charming idiosyncrasies that can be discovered only by experiencing them day by day. I gained an incredible sense of independence living on the other side of the world. It opened my mind and my world! It gave me a newfound sense of freedom and confidence. I remember thinking to myself that 'I literally could do ANYTHING!' How invigorating!"
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