Italy Study Abroad

Italy offers everything a study or intern abroad participant could want: a great climate, rich culture, impressive art, tasty cuisine, and so much more! Be more than just one of the millions of tourists in Italy when you go with CISabroad, as you'll have the chance to get off the beaten track with our staff's guidance.
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Semester in Florence


Study and explore in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The Duomo, the Medici Chapel, and the Galleria dell’Academia are all next door with this affordable semester option.

Semester in Perugia


A custom study abroad experience in Italy’s college town! World-class academics, warm weather, incredible cuisine, and a young, vibrant atmosphere in the heart of a cosmopolitan city.

Semester in Rome


Open-air cafés, quaint outdoor markets, and timeless monuments await you! Study art history, business, international relations and more on-site in the historic city of Rome.

Summer in Florence


Be dazzled this summer! Spend 3, 6, 9 or 12 weeks in the cradle of the Renaissance and see why travelers can never get enough of Florence.

Summer in Perugia


Spend a summer studying in a college town in the radiant heart of Italy. Distinctive academic programs that allow you to immerse yourself in Italian culture and learn both in and beyond the classroom.

Summer in Rome


English courses and Italian language at a campus on the highest hill in Rome. Fun social and cultural activities allow you to get to know Rome in a very intimate way.

Summer Art and Photography in Rome


Study art and photography in a place that inspires like no other: Rome, Italy! Spend 4 weeks with the artistic and creative city of Rome as your classroom: paint en plein air and capture great shots of historic buildings and beautiful landscapes.

A Taste of Italy: Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri


Spend the summer on journey through Italy, learning about its rich culture, storied history, exquisite cuisine, elaborate cathedrals, and diverse landscapes. On our traveling, Taste of Italy program, you’ll explore Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, and several other large and small Italian cities.

Our study abroad programs in Italy come in a variety of lengths, locations, and focuses, so finding one that works for you is no problem! Italy is full of history, culture, and of course, cuisine, making it one of the most popular study abroad destinations for U.S. students. CISabroad offers programs at Italian language and culture study centers, American universities with a local Italian focus, and at full-blown Italian universities for those looking for full language and culture immersion.

You can choose from a variety of courses offered in Italian and English with generalized study abroad programs in Rome (semester or summer), Florence (semester or summer), or Perugia (semester or summer).

If you want to squeeze the most art, culture and architecture out of your experience as possible, you can choose to study specific subjects, such as art and photography in Florence. Or, study architecture abroad in Rome for either a semester or a summer.

Shorter one-month study abroad programs are available in January and May, as well, so you’ll be able to fit in studying abroad no matter what your schedule is!

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What Else Should I Know Before Studying Abroad in Rome?

Do you dream of ancient ruins, spaghetti alla carbonara, and panoramic views straight off a postcard? In that case you may be considering studying abroad in Rome, but not ready to submit your application just yet. Rome is quite literally timeless, and you’ll always be surrounded by classic art and architecture in the aptly nicknamed Eternal City. Whether you study in English or Italian, there are plenty of courses to take and a lot to learn outside the classroom with CISabroad. If you’re still a little anxious in the face of this life changing decision, continue reading and put your mind at ease because with a little preparation and research you’ll be ready to go abroad in no time.

The Italian university experience is nothing like the university experience you may be used to. Campus life takes on a whole new meaning in Rome, where the city is your campus, and unlike most universities in the U.S., there isn’t a single centralized campus. The idea of campus life with university affiliated clubs and extracurricular activities isn’t common in Italian universities, though your program will include a wide variety of activities and excursions.

Class sizes will be much bigger in Italy. While you may be used to having a large lecture class here or there with 150+ students, the average American university class size is 30-40 students. In Italy, expect most lecture-based classes to be large with 150+ students as the average class size. There is also more formal classroom etiquette. For American students, it’s not uncommon to be a little more relaxed in class and drink your morning coffee or have a snack, but this would be seen as rude to your Italian professors.

Language – Know Your Dialect!
There is more than one way to speak Italian, and just like the wide variety of accents and dialects in American English, there are different dialects of Italian that will vary by city or region. So when in Rome, do, or speak, as the Romans do. In Rome, the Italian is a Romanesco dialect. It is very closely related to standard Italian, but there are slight differences between the two.

Sentence structure and general grammar will remain similar to standard Italian, but there are just a couple key differences in pronunciation. A few rules of Romanesco dialect you should take with you on your summer or semester in Rome are:

The letter “J” is still used as an “I” which is pronounced as a “Y” in Italian There is no rolled “R” Doubled consonants are emphasized by strengthening the sound of the repeated consonant There are of course, many more rules and differences between standard Italian and Romanesco, but these are three to remember. While in Rome you won’t necessarily need to speak in perfect dialect, but learning a few of the subtle nuances will make you sound more like a local regardless of language proficiency.

Coffee Culture
With all the coffee Italians consume (approximately 14 billion cups a year), you’d think they invented it themselves! With all that coffee consumption, it’s no surprise that there is a huge culture surrounding their morning, mid-afternoon, evening, and after-dinner coffee fix. If you’re not much of a coffee drinker, you might be after a semester in Rome. Order coffee like a true Italian by following these rules: If you ask for a latte in Italy, you will get a glass of cold milk and a quizzical look from the barista After 11 a.m. don’t ask for a cappuccino, it’s a strictly morning drink, and a milky coffee like a cappuccino after a meal is a huge faux pas Un caffè, per favore, is all you need to say to the barista at the bar, don’t ask for an espresso, a coffee in Italy is an espresso Caffè macchiato is what you should order if you absolutely need to cut your coffee with a little bit of milk Caffè lungo is espresso topped with hot water, it’s what you should order if you want an americano, but don’t want to be pegged as a tourist Order and drink standing up at the bar, it will cost more if you sit down for table service The etiquette for ordering or paying for your drink will vary by bar. Sometimes you’ll be expected to pay before you order and show the barista your receipt, sometimes you order first and then pay. Italians are passionate about coffee, as reflected by the unique culture surrounding the drink. Perfecting your order and finding your favorite bar is all part of the experience during a semester in Rome.

Choosing to study abroad is an exciting decision that will change your whole worldview. If you do decide to study in Rome, once you acclimate to Italian university life, learn a little Italian, and perfect your coffee order, you’ll find Rome is an ideal city to call home as you explore art and history, and gain a wider, global perspective. You’ll be able to take experiential learning to a new level with the never ending list of museums, historical sites, concerts, and other cultural events. There’s also no better place to practice and perfect your Italian than Rome where you can immerse yourself in the city and take every opportunity to “do as the Romans do.”