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USAC Turin Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Torino, Italy




2.5 GPA and in good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

Spring 9/24, Summer 3/4, Fall 3/4

Program Cost:

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Academic Program

Turin, Italy

The program offers a high-quality educational experience in three diverse academic areas: business, architecture and Italian studies. These programs are not exclusive of one another; you may chose courses from any area. All students are expected to take some Italian language coursework, although no prior language study is required to participate. A 3 sh internship may also be available. The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member.

The list of current courses can be found here: USAC Course Offerings

University of Iowa resident credit is granted for this program.

Program Dates


Students can study on this program for a semester, academic year, or summer session. Two month-long sessions are offered each summer and students can attend one or both. Check the USAC webpage for exact program dates USAC Torino Calendars.

Sessions run approximately:

Fall: Early September to mid-December

Spring: Mid-January to mid-May

Session I: Late May to late June

Session II: Early July to early August

Cultural Activities and Excursions

Field Trips

You are encouraged to participate in the included program field trips, in addition to the field trips built into some of your courses. Dates and exact locations are at the discretion of the Resident Director and they vary from session and session and semester to semester. Common destinations include the following: Bicerin Cafe, Christmas Lights Walking Tour, Ivrea Carnival Festival, Lake Maggiore, Mountaintop St. Michael's Abbey, National Automobile Museum, National Cinema Museum, Piedmont Countryside/Alba Wine and Truffle Fair, Rivoli Castle and Contemporary Art Museum, Venaria Reale.

More information about Field Trips can be found here: Turin Field Trips.

Embedded, Credit-Bearing Internships

Qualified students may apply for internships. Internships are designed to complement the academic program. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Italian language. Italian language ability is not necessary to complete an internship, but helpful. Interns receive up to three credits but no financial compensation.

If interested, you will apply after you have been accepted into the program; consult the Internship Opportunities and Application document on Student Gateway for more information. Requirements are: enrollment in the Torino program; minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and junior standing at time of program attendance. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

More information about internships and potential placements can be found here: Torino Internships.

For More Information

Cory Petesen, Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353


Student in Torino by fountain

• Population: apx 900,000
• Distance from Rome: 325 miles
• Distance from Paris: 346 miles

As a bustling urban center and Italy’s fourth largest city after Rome, Milan and Naples, Torino is a natural destination for language, culture, and international business education. The city blends historic charm with big-city vitality. It has one foot in its regal Roman and Baroque past, and the other in its new role in global business and innovative design. Imagine the wide, tree-lined avenues and commercial pace of Chicago or Paris coupled with the classic Italian "dolce vita"—complete with prize-winning cappuccino and locally produced chocolate and wine. Torino’s historic cafés were recently named the best in Italy!

In Torino you will never be at a loss for things to do: the city offers a wide assortment of historical sites of interest and cultural activities. In addition to the miles-long Valentino Park along the River Po and the many beautiful piazzas throughout the city, you can explore the Roman ruins, the Royal Palace and gardens of the first kings of Italy, the first national parliament, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud (believed to be the burial cloth of Christ), the Royal Opera House, Modern Art Gallery, Egyptian Museum (ranked second in the world after Cairo’s museum), National Cinema Museum (honoring Torino as the birthplace of Italian film), the original home of RAI national TV, and Superga Cathedral, among many other spectacular sites.

Many well-known companies are centered in and around Torino including FIAT, Ferrero (maker of Nutella and TicTacs), Cinzano, Campari, Martini and Rossi, Lavazza Coffee, and Caffarel Chocolate. Torino also has an active aerospace industry, including sites where sections of the International Space Station were constructed. Milano, one of the world’s fashion capitals, is a short train ride away, as well as the rest of Europe and north Africa which are easily connected with Torino by low-cost airlines.

Many well-known companies are centered in and around Torino including FIAT, Ferrero (maker of Nutella and TicTacs), Cinzano, Campari, Martini and Rossi, Lavazza Coffee, and Caffarel Chocolate. Torino also has an active aerospace industry, including sites where sections of the International Space Station were constructed. Milano, one of the world’s fashion capitals, is a short train ride away, as well as the rest of Europe and north Africa which are easily connected with Torino by low-cost airlines.

Torino has an excellent public transportation system, which is easily accessible to students. Torino’s buses, trams, and metro are an efficient, inexpensive way to get around the city or you can enjoy the many cobblestone pedestrian walking areas.


Aside from the unending, tangible history in Italy, the nation has beyond remarkable landscapes which bring any visit to an entirely new level. You can go skiing in the Alps, visit Roman ruins and Greek temples, or explore the Grand Canal in Venice.

As one of the world's best-loved destinations, Italy is also the land of la dolce vita meaning "the sweet life". After an adventure tourists can unwind, relax, and be pampered by staying at one Italy’s high end spas or simply enjoy Italy's sophisticated dining pleasures, such as family-owned places where you can experience real Italian cooking.

People and Culture

Despite its rich and magnificent art and architecture, there's no reason to be intimidated. Italian people are very hospitable and are rarely indifferent. Hundreds of local festivals take place across the country in any given day to celebrate a saint or a local harvest, including the daily domestic ritual of passeggiata, a collective evening stroll celebrated by the young and old alike in towns and villages across the country. If there is one special national characteristic Italians are known for, it's that they know how to live life to the fullest.

Living Arrangements

Torino night scene


Most students share private apartments with other USAC students. The apartments are modestly furnished, including kitchen facilities and washing machines. No matter where you live, an extensive bus/metro system makes commuting to school easy. Conveniences such as dishwasher, clothes dryer, internet, or air conditioning are very rare in Italy and should not be expected. Most bedrooms are double occupancy (in very rare cases, triple occupancy) and most apartments are shared by two to five USAC students. Single rooms may be available.


Occasionally there may be the opportunity to live with local Italian singles or students. However, this is a very limited option in a densely populated city like Torino.

Most Italian homes do not have phones or computer lines since it is much more economical to use cell phones. Wireless computer access can be found in many parts of the city, and is increasing in homes and in local cafes. Inexpensive meals are available at the school café and in various types of restaurants around the city.

More information about housing can be found on USAC's webpage:Torino Living Arrangements

Housing Fees

During the semester, students pay monthly rent and the housing fee is not included in the course fee. You will need to have a plan and budget in place to withdraw the amount needed for rent monthly. For summer programs, housing is included in the course fee.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university until departure. If you are not in good standing at the end of the semester your acceptance will be revoked and you will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

Program Cost Sheet

Turin Summer I 2017 Cost SheetPDF
Turin Summer II 2017 Cost SheetPDF
Turin Spring 2017 Cost Sheet
Turin Fall 2016 Cost SheetPDF

These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Upfront, out of pocket expenses

Some costs are incurred prior to departure and will be due before financial aid/scholarships disperse. Here are the expected upfront costs for USAC:

  • USAC Application Fee $100
  • Iowa Application Fee $50
  • Italian Visa (semester only) approximately $53
  • Refundable Housing Deposit $300
  • Airline Ticket $1,000-$1,400

Optional additional fees paid to USAC

These fees are all optional and not included in the course fee for the program. The cost should be paid directly to USAC through the Gateway account, failure to pay will result in USAC withholding transcripts.

  • Single Room Upgrade
  • Optional Tours
  • Course Fees

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.


Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.


Federal Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to your USAC Program Advisor and the University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the early admission period, after confirming, or before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay.

Program Deposit: The USAC application deposit is waived for UI students. If you withdraw from the program after the early application period closes, the University of Iowa will charge your U-Bill for these fees ($300 minimum).

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. The USAC policy regarding withdrawals and refunds can be found here: USAC Money Matters. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

Steps to Completing Your Application

• Before you fill out any applications, please schedule an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad advisor for Turin, Italy by calling 319-335-0353. Your application WILL NOT be approved until you've completed this step.

• Fill out the USAC Online Application for Turin. Be sure to submit a personal statement as part of your application or email it to

• Submit the $100 non-refundable application fee to USAC

• Do not submit a transcript, this will be done on your behalf

• Fill out the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad, you will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee.

• As part of the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad you will need to upload a copy of your passport and a list of courses your are proposing to take while abroad.

NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. In the UI online application under “Offering” you will be asked to choose between “Codes” A, B, or AB.

Code A=Summer I

Code B=Summer II

Code AB=Summer I & II

Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the dates you wish to be abroad. If you need help with this, please consult your study abroad advisor.

Post Acceptance

Acceptance into your chosen study abroad program is made by USAC directly via an email to you, which will refer you to additional documents posted to a USAC Gateway account that will be created for you.

Pre-departure Resources

USAC and Iowa have a variety of resources available to you to prepare for departure. It is recommended that you review these materials, share them with your parents, and refer back to them when you have questions.

Carl Alberts Square in Torino

  1. USAC ToolkitPDF
  2. Italy Pre-departure ManualPDF
  3. USAC Italy Packing ListPDF
  4. Parent Guide to Study AbroadPDF
  5. Health Preparation Guide for International TravelPDF
  6. USAC Italy Pre-Departure Orientation


US passport holders should follow the batch process instructions provided by USAC (semester only). Your consulate is the Chicago consulate (it's based on where your university is, not where you're from). Non-US and non-EU passport holders should refer to this guide: Non-US and Non-EU Passport Holder Italian Visa InstructionsPDF.

Group Flight

You can either book the group flight through USAC (see Gateway for more details) or you can book a flight on your own. I recommend having a strong grasp of Italian in case you get lost and familiarity with the train system in Italy if you decide to go it alone. You're responsible for being at the orientation site on time, USAC fines individuals who are late.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

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