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USAC Turin Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year

Location:

Torino, Italy

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

2.5 GPA and in good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

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

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

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

Italy

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

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

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax:319-335-0343
Email: amy-bowes@uiowa.edu

Torino

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.

Italy

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

The housing placements for the Torino program are located throughout the city in three general neighborhoods: very close to school, midtown, and downtown. Most USAC students choose to live in private apartments, which are fully furnished, on the main city bus/subway lines, and near other student apartments. Occasionally students may live with Italian locals/students. You will enjoy the “walking culture” in Italy and enjoy the many cobblestone, pedestrian-only areas of the city, including Parco Valentino along the river Po and the many stunning piazzas throughout the city! Regardless of where you live in the city, your neighborhood will become your world, complete with open markets within walking distance where you can buy fresh food each morning, cafes on every corner to choose from, banks, pharmacies, pizza and gelato shops, convenience stores, etc to meet your daily needs!

Apartments

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.

Homestays

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

Transportation

It is your responsibility to book and pay for a flight to your program site, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control.

USAC organizes optional group flights from central departure points in the US, often with an east or west coast departure option. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but a USAC representative will greet group flight students when they arrive at the program site. For your convenience, connecting flights can typically be added. Specific information will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you have been accepted into the program.

It is ultimately your responsibility to sign up and pay the travel agency directly for the group flight. The group flight is designed to accommodate those students who also are planning to participate in a pre-session tour, if available. If you take the group flight but are not participating on an offered pre-session tour, you will need to travel to the USAC program site on your own.

If you choose not to book the optional group flight or if a group flight is not offered for your program site, you must book an independent flight and you will be responsible for your own transportation to travel to the program site. When making your flight reservations, be sure to arrive in time for your program orientation and to depart after the final examinations; it is required that you be at the program site for both.

More information about Flight Arrangements can be found here: USAC Flight Arrangements.

Within Torino, students will utilize public transportation such as buses, metro, and trains. Italians are also very used to walking, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes!

Orientation

Prior to departure there were be a mandatory large group orientation for all Iowa students attending USAC Italy Programs. The orientation will discuss the Credit Approval Form, visa information, and registration. In addition, several returned students from USAC Italy will be on hand to address questions students have about life in Torino, what to pack, classroom structure, etc.

USAC Italy students are also required to complete the mandatory online Study Abroad orientation distributed through ICON prior to departure. Optional pre-departure sessions are available as well. Past topics have included: First-Time Solo Flyers, Packing, and Traveling in Europe. Information will be emailed directly to students and past information can be accessed here: Prepare for Departure.

Eligibility

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 Spring 2015 Cost Sheet
Turin Summer 2014 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.

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 http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program

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 confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay.

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 enrollment@usac.unr.edu

**** Reminder: Do not submit the $300 application fee or transcripts to USAC

• 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.

Program Deposit: The USAC application fee and deposit is waived for UI students. However, if you choose to withdraw from the program after you've been accepted by USAC the University of Iowa will charge your U-Bill for these fees ($300 minimum).

Pre-Departure Preparations

Flight Information

Carl Alberts Square in Torino

It is your responsibility to book and pay for a flight to your program site, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control.

USAC organizes optional group flights from central departure points in the US, often with an east or west coast departure option. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but a USAC representative will greet group flight students when they arrive at the program site. For your convenience, connecting flights can typically be added. Specific information will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you have been accepted into the program.

It is ultimately your responsibility to sign up and pay the travel agency directly for the group flight. The group flight is designed to accommodate those students who also are planning to participate in a pre-session tour, if available. If you take the group flight but are not participating on an offered pre-session tour, you will need to travel to the USAC program site on your own.

If you choose not to book the optional group flight or if a group flight is not offered for your program site, you must book an independent flight and you will be responsible for your own transportation to travel to the program site. When making your flight reservations, be sure to arrive in time for your program orientation and to depart after the final examinations; it is required that you be at the program site for both.

More information about Flight Arrangements can be found here: USAC Flight Arrangements.

Visa and Passport Information

Passport

To study abroad, you must have a signed, valid passport from your country of citizenship that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months after your planned return date. If you do not have a passport, or it's about to expire, make sure you apply or renew as soon as possible! US Citizens can refer to the US Department of State’s website for more information regarding passports.

Visa

A student visa is permission by a foreign government to live and study in that country. It typically comes in the form of a stamp that is inserted directly into your passport. All US passport holders staying in Italy longer than 90 days must obtain a student visa prior to departure. You cannot apply for the visa more than 90 days prior to arrival in Italy. Upon arrival in Italy, you will also be required to register with the local police station. The on-site staff will assist you with this process.

Free group submissions: USAC offers free group visa application submissions for students living or attending school in the jurisdictions of the Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston Italian consulates. Please be advised that coordinating group submissions with these consulates is a complex process; our ability to submit group batches of visa applications in a given jurisdiction may change with little notice and is outside of USAC’s control. If the status of a group submission changes, you will be notified as soon as possible via Student Gateway and/or by your Program Advisor. While students outside these jurisdictions are responsible for submitting their own applications, they still have access to the same information and assistance as students within the group visa jurisdictions.

Further information will be posted to your Student Gateway account in the USAC Visa Update, which you will receive after you have been accepted into your USAC program (typically 3 months prior to departure). Program Advisors in the Central Office are also available to answer any visa questions you may have.

More information about the USAC Visa process can be found here: USAC Visas.

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