So, what about credits?
The host school abroad provides high school credit. All credit must be granted through your home school in the U.S. or Canada. All U.S./Canadian schools have different policies.
In Italy, we cannot guarantee your host school will provide you an official transcript. If your school will not, some host schools will provide documentation, letters, and any other materials you require upon request. You must have good behavior, attendance, and performance in order for the school to fulfill this request.
Then, you should take this documentation back to your home school as proof of your participation in the program. Your home school is responsible for awarding you credit for this program or not.
Before You Go Abroad
You should meet with your U.S./Canadian high school before you leave and share the general curriculum guidelines for Italy with your guidance counselor and/or teachers.
Because the curriculum will vary by school and we cannot guarantee you’ll take any specific classes, it is important that you arrange the required classes required for your graduation, such as U.S. History, before or after your time abroad.
Once You’re Abroad
Please keep in mind that the grading system in other countries is different than the US. Most host schools in Italy will not grant grades or transcripts as it is too difficult to evaluate your work due to the language barrier. If your host school is able to award you grades, they won’t be an exact match to what you would get in the US.
Your Quick Guide to Italian High Schools
- Most schools begin around 8am and finish around 1pm, 6 days per week. (School on Saturdays is more fun if you’re in Italy, right?)
- You won’t eat lunch at school, but you will bring a snack for break around 11am
- Your school sets your course schedule for you. Most students take the following: Italian Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Math, Science, and P.E.
- You’ll be enrolled in one specific “class.” You won’t move from one classroom to another, that’s what the teachers will do!
- Most learning is lecture style, where teachers will give information and students will take notes. There is less group/experiential work in the Italian classroom.
- Most students are enrolled in schools called “Liceos” – these are for students who will later attend university. Some Lyceums have specific focuses such as science, arts, linguistics, classical, musical, or human sciences.
- There’s no uniform, but you should dress nicely (not formal, just not sloppy!)
- Each student has a “dedicated teacher” – this is your school coordinator who will be your resource for any academic questions or concerns
- Many (not all) schools offer extra language tutoring for international students. If your school does not, your local coordinator will be able to help identify where to find tutoring.