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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Partner Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall, Shared Apartment
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Areas of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Communications, English, History, Italian, Journalism, Music, Politics, Sociology
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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

Study in Viterbo, Italy

  • Study history, environmental sciences, and art in an affordable university town atmosphere while living an authentic Italian experience in a stunning medieval walled city.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of Viterbo’s location: centrally situated between Rome and Florence—with the Mediterranean Sea only an hour away—and access to Rome’s international airports, home of many low-cost airlines.


You 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 your 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 you 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.

This program is only for Italian majors/minors!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 08/27/2020 12/19/2020
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 10/15/2020 01/11/2021 05/15/2021
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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