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Why should Italian majors study abroad? There are many good reasons.

  • It is the fastest way to move toward professional level proficiency in the language
  • Italy has a rich patrimony in all the arts—music, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, theater, dance, and cuisine—that continues to influence contemporary culture in many ways
  • Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Italy has one of the longest life expectancies in the world due in part to the health benefits of its traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle
  • Study abroad programs in Italy offer internships in many sectors such as business, tourism, fashion, food sustainability, health and wellness, design, and immigrant/refugee integration
  • If you speak or have studied another Romance language (French, Portuguese, Spanish), it is very easy to make rapid progress toward an advanced proficiency level in Italian while you are in Italy
  • Studying in Italy gives you access to many interesting Mediterranean cultures with complex histories. Check out the work of our Italian program alumnus and Rome-based journalist, Christopher Livesay:  http://www.christopherlivesay.com/

A Message from the School of International Letters and Cultures

“Languages are gateways into the world, and they function in particular cultural and historical contexts. In order to be able to use language skills in meaningful ways, we also need to acquire cultural literacy. Our Study Abroad programs provide you with both an opportunity to enhance your language skills and an experience of the cultural context in which languages live. In addition to a wide range of enhanced career opportunities, studying abroad affords you a unique experience that you will remember for life.”

- Professor Nina Berman, Director School of International Letters and Cultures

 

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning and working closely with Italian faculty members and your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a School of International Letters and Cultures Italian major or minor, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad.

The optimal time for a language and culture major or minor to study abroad is when language proficiency is at the intermediate level or above (202 or higher). If you wish to study abroad before you reach this level, we recommend that you consult the Italian faculty first. Review our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall - Spring Begin researching study abroad programs; speak with Italian faculty or with a SILC advisor for program recommendations.
Summer Option 1:Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 2


Fall- Spring Option 2: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 3:Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3


Fall - Spring Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 5: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4


Fall - Spring Option 6: Complete a fall semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program

General Advice

General Advice

 

Advice from the School of International Letters and Cultures

The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) recommends that you speak with Italian faculty members and meet with your SILC major/minor academic advisor to help guide you in deciding which program will best help you to achieve your academic and personal goals. SILC has provided a list of study abroad programs that have been reviewed and recommended for students majoring or minoring in Italian. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (480) 965-6281 to schedule an appointment with a SILC academic advisor.

  • Visit a SILC advisor during walk-in hours on the 4th floor of the LL building.

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?

  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?

  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?

  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?

  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?

  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?

  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?

  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?

  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask.

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although Italian majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of International Letters and Cultures recommends the following programs:



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Students will study for four weeks in San Severino, a beautiful, small town nestled in the rolling hills of the region of Le Marche in Italy. San Severino has a rich history and yet does not attract great numbers of English-speaking students and tourists. As a result, this program allows full immersion into Italian language and culture. Over ten excursions to various locations throughout Italy are also included.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Spend four weeks this summer in the rich historical and cultural surroundings of Sicily while studying Geology and Italian food and culture! Visit the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Stromboli and Lipari and take a day trip to Catania where we will visit the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). Excursions to the Alcantara gorges and Circumetnea towns will round out this epic program in Sicily!
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Post-Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Analyze the Mediterranean lifestyle (food and eating practices) in southern Italy, specifically Sicily, from a historical/cultural, scientific, and sociological perspective. In Siracusa, you will experience a regional subculture of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle through visits to farms, food processing sites, local markets, and traditional restaurants in the city and in the countryside. You’ll also participate in a cooking class, a meal hosted by a local family, and lively discussions with farmers, fishermen, chefs, and food activists.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Live and study in a charming city known for having one of the highest qualities of life in Italy. Take courses taught in English and Italian in a variety of subjects, and enjoy cultural immersion activities, such as participating in a language exchange with Italian and international students. Spend the beginning of the semester taking an intensive six-week Italian language course, which focuses on speaking, reading, writing and listening. Practice your Italian language skills by completing an internship.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Live in the heart of Florence, within easy walking distance of most practical amenities, such as grocers, convenience stores, laundromats, internet cafes, restaurants and more. Students studying at ISI can choose from a wide variety of courses, including Italian language & cultural studies. Enjoy community engagement opportunities and cultural activities outside the classroom to experience the Italian and Florentine lifestyle. Explore Tuscany through the International Studies Institute (ISI)-sponsored course-related site visits and take advantage of other independent travel opportunities.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Immerse yourself in Italian culture by learning to speak the language and interacting with Italian and international students. Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in Italian, including hands-on community-based courses, service learning projects, volunteering, independent research, extra-curricular activities and language exchanges. With the Direct Enrollment option, students of all levels of language proficiency focus exclusively on Italian language and culture and study alongside people from all over the world whose goal is to become fluent in Italian.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Live and study in Torino — a bustling urban center known for its historic charm and role in global business. Students take an intensive six-week Italian language course at the beginning of the semester, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Focusing on speaking, reading, writing and listening in Italian will provide a strong foundation for the rest of the semester. Take courses taught in Italian in a variety of subjects, enjoy cultural immersion activities and consider completing an internship.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Live and study in Verona — a modern, vibrant city known for being the setting of three of Shakespeare's plays. Begin by taking an intensive six-week Italian language course for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Then, take courses taught in English and Italian. While in Verona, visit the opera and theatre in its famous Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans in the 1st century or attend a soccer game in the 40,000-seat stadium for games and cultural events.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Live in the stunning, medieval, walled town of Viterbo — centrally located between Rome and Florence. This program is ideal for students interested in studying Italian in a bustling university town in central Italy as students can gain first-hand experience in Italian food, culture, history and the environment. Because it is not a very touristy area, Viterbo provides a great location to study and practice the Italian language and to experience the local culture.