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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Partner
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Communications, English, History, Italian, Journalism, Music, Politics, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall, Shared Apartment COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:

Castle in Viterbo
USAC Italian Language, History, Mediterranean Studies, and the Arts in Viterbo


In this program, students will have the opportunity to study history, environmental sciences, and art in an affordable university town atmosphere while living an authentic Italian experience in a stunning medieval walled city. They will be able to join unique field trips to lakes, waterfalls, medieval hill towns, and the optional field studies to Southern Italy (fall semester) and to the Heart of Italy (spring semester). Students will Enjoy Viterbo’s picturesque fountains, palaces, narrow streets, and medieval churches, and live and learn in direct contact with the local community and their traditions, food, and folklore.

Viterbo is a small medieval city with a college town atmosphere. It is located in central Italy and is known for its historic, artistic, and monumental legacies. By train, Viterbo is located just two hours away from Rome and three hours from Florence. The Residents of Viterbo have retained the charm and leisurely quality of life of days gone by. The still keep the tradition of closing from 1 pm and 4 pm in order to enjoy a relaxing lunch at home with the family, something notably different from a work day in America! 


Students will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of language study plus electives in Italian language, art, culture, and Mediterranean studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. See the course listings here.


Cultural activities and excursions are included in the program. Destinations and activities may vary, but past years have included
  • Interning in a local art gallery, music festival office, school, or tourist office
  • Volunteering as a teacher’s aid
  • Playing sports with Italian and international students
  • Practicing Italian with a language partner from the local university
  • Joining the olive harvest and other local festivities throughout the year
  • Hiking in the mountains, in the lake region, or along the coastline



Typically, most student apartments are shared by two to four USAC and/or Italian students, with single or double occupancy bedrooms. They have basic kitchen amenities and modest furnishings.


Live with a single, older Italian adult, a university student, or more than one Italian student. Most likely, students would also share this housing with at least one other USAC participant. This is a limited option and USAC cannot guarantee availability.

A refundable damage deposit is required. Rent is paid monthly and not pro-rated (with the exception of May, when students pay for only half the month) and does not include utilities. Fall students may choose to stay in the apartment after the program end date until the end of December.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021
Rolling Admission 01/12/2022 05/14/2022
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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