Pasta, pizza, and the canals of Venice!

Italy

Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in either January or September
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 17
  • No prior Italian language required
  • School year starts in September
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/1 for January,
    4/1 for September

Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,500
  • Semester – $8,000
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Arrival orientation in Milan
  • Domestic transportation to host family
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Italy
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation within Italy
  • School textbooks and lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

Italy is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and includes the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea – Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland.  The capital city is Rome.

Geographically, Italy is mostly mountainous, with narrow coastal plains. In general, Italy has a Mediterranean climate. It is mainly mild on the coast, becoming colder inland in the mountains. It can be extremely hot everywhere in the summer, and extremely cold in the north during the winter.

High School System:

Upper secondary school (scuola superiore) lasts between three and five years beginning at age fourteen. The first two years are mandatory (biennio) with coursework in general studies followed by an optional three years (triennio) of specialized education. After the first two years of general study, students must decide if they want to go on to university or focus on more technical training.

For those planning to go to university, there is the liceo, which is more academic in nature.  Those pursuing technical training attend an istituto, which is essentially a vocational school.

Every school district has a classics (liberal arts) school, a science school and a technical or a vocational school for upper secondary students. In larger towns, there is also a teacher training school and an art school. There may be several vocational schools which often reflect local industries.  The school day is generally from 8 am to 2 pm.

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