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USAC Viterbo Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Viterbo, Italy




2.5 GPA and an appointment with the Italy study abroad advisor prior to applying

Application Due:

Spring 9/24, Summer 3/4, Fall 2/24

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This semester, academic year or summer program combines academic coursework at Viterbo's historical Tuscia University of Viterbo with practical learning, tours, site visits and an integrated cultural experience. Each summer session is five weeks long. The Viterbo program offers optional tours: fall students travel to the heart of Italy through Tuscany and Florence and spring students travel through Naples and Pompeii. Summer students also have an optional tour for which the destinations may vary.

Viterbo, Italy

Academic Program

In addition to U.S. students, the Viterbo Program attracts students from throughout Europe, making the classroom experience truly an international one. The program offers a high-quality educational experience in Art History and Italian Studies. These programs are not exclusive of one another; you may chose courses from either area. All students are expected to take at least one course of Italian language. The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member. University of Iowa students earn resident credit.

Program Dates

Students can study on this program for a semester, academic year or summer session. Check with Study Abroad for specific dates for your intended session.

Typical dates per session:

Fall: Late August to mid-December

Spring: Mid-January to mid-May

Summer Session I: Late May to late June

Summer Session II: Early July to early August

An optional field study course is offered between the two summer sessions.

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

About Viterbo, Italy

• Population: 65,000
• Distance from Rome: 40 miles
• Distance from Florence: 103 miles

Viterbo is a medieval city with a lively university community and active art scene. It is about one and a half hours from Rome and three hours from Florence, with easy connections to the Mediterranean and mountain regions. Viterbo residents have retained the charm and leisurely quality of life of days gone by. They still retain, for the most part, the tradition of closing from 1 pm to 4 pm in order to enjoy a relaxing lunch at home with the family. Each Saturday, there is an outdoor market in the main piazza where people browse and shop for clothes and houseware items. Fresh produce from local farms is also sold every morning in outdoor markets around town.

Viterbo has kept a fascinating historical record of its past better than almost any place in Italy. Protected by a medieval wall, Viterbo’s fountains, palaces, quarters, and churches all exemplify its glorious and eventful heritage of art and culture. The San Pellegrino quarter is certainly the most characteristic and best preserved medieval quarter in Italy, a jewel of a thirteenth-century contrada with its small squares, houses, narrow lanes, arches, and characteristic profferli—the typical external stairs of the medieval houses of Viterbo. The thirteenth-century papal palace is evidence of Viterbo’s significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet.

Viterbo cuisine is some of the best in Italy thanks to the city's green surroundings, zero pollution, and the "art" of entertaining. Two local dishes not to miss are Lombrichelli alla viterbese and Acquacotta. Be sure to visit the Sagra festivals throughout the summer where one can sample pasta, gnocchi, and more.

Living Arrangements

Most students live together in rented apartments throughout Viterbo or in a residence hall. Occasionally it is possible for students to live with local university students if requested.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Viterbo. The cost of travel is not included in the program 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.

Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.

Program Cost Sheet

Viterbo Spring 2014 Cost Sheet.
Viterbo Summer Session I 2013 Cost SheetPDF
Viterbo Summer Session II 2013 Cost SheetPDF
Viterbo Summer Session I and II 2013 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.

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 Viterbo, 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 Viterbo. Be sure to submit a personal statement as part of your application or email it to

**** 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.

• Return your completed UI USAC study abroad cover sheet with your preferred courses and a copy of your passport to the front desk in Study Abroad as soon as possible.

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.