Italy will captivate you from the moment you step off the plane. From its picturesque rural scenery to the world's greatest works of art and feats of architecture; from its alluring gastronomy and elegant fashion houses to its community embrace and love of life, this country offers amazing experiences to all visitors, especially students who are eager to experience and learn from another way of life.

Imagine yourself sitting by the Trevi Fountain with a delicious gelato deciding which masterpiece to visit first: Michelangelo's David, the Colosseum, da Vinci's The Last Supper or indeed, The Sistine Chapel. 

As the seat of the Roman Empire and the birthplace of the Renaissance, few countries can boast such an impact on western civilization as Italy. It excites the senses on many levels: look out on the vistas of natural beauty from the icy reaches of the Alps to the sun-kissed beaches of the south and islands; smell the delicious aromas of exquisite pastry making or fresh pasta sauce on the stove; reach out and touch olive trees and vines that have nourished the people for centuries; and listen to evocative sounds of the busy Roman streets or voices of the past as you explore ancient ruins. This is truly an academic and recreational paradise! 

Italy is on everyone's bucket list and it really does have something for everyone: the sporty, active types; the history and art enthusiasts; the budding chefs; curious engineers; style and fashion aficionados; and those interested in community service and meaningful volunteer work. 

Never would I have had this kind of experience on any other study abroad program. ”

University of Virginia Student, Accademia Italiana Florence

  • Arcadia has been bringing students here since 2000, offering semester, summer, STEM and internship programs in Florence and Perugia, and ensuring every student¬†explores their local community life, learning both inside and outside the classroom.

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