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The program offers a high-quality educational experience in five diverse academic areas: art, anthropology, environmental studies, history, and Italian studies. These programs are not exclusive of one another; you may chose courses from any area. During the semester terms, ll 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.
Students receive University of Iowa resident credit for the courses taken on this program.
Qualified students may apply for internships designed to complement the academic program. Interns receive up to three credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Depending on the level of Italian language at the beginning of the internship, the student will be working in an English or Italian speaking environment, with high exposure to Italian culture and language.
If interested, you will apply after you have been accepted into the program; consult the Internship Opportunities and Application document on the USAC Student Gateway for more information.
A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
More information can be found here: Viterbo Internships.
Students have the opportunity to volunteer while they are in Viterbo. Some students decide to do volunteer work in an effort to meet people in the community, hone their Italian language skills, and learn more about Italian culture. Students can volunteer teaching English to children in elementary schools or tutoring college students at the university.
Other volunteer opportunities include translating materials into English at museums, art shops, and tourism companies. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and make new Italian friends.
More information can be found here: Viterbo Volunteer Opportunities.
You are encouraged to participate in the included program field trips, in addition to the field trips built into some of your courses. In addition to the including program field trips, you'll also have field trips as part of many of your courses and have numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well.
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: Rome, Capalbio and the Tuscan Coastline, Umbria, Siena, Assisi and Perugia.
More information about Field Trips can be found here: Viterbo Field Trips
USAC encourages every student to enroll in these 1-credit, 5-day field study courses; however, this segment of the program is optional for an additional fee, which includes lodging, transportation, entrance fees and guided tours. Enrollment in the field study course is necessary to participate on the trip itself; the course may not be taken for audit. You will enroll in the field study on your Course and Tour Registration Form.
Heart of Italy:We will travel by bus through the cypresses and marble quarries of Tuscany on our way to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, where we will visit the Uffizi Museum, the famous Duomo, bell tower, Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce Church. Then we’ll head to Pisa to admire the famous Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. On our way south we will stop in San Gimignano, known for the many medieval towers. Our final stop will be in Siena, a charming hillside town.
Southern Italy:The first stop on the tour will be Sorrento, built on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and the volcano Vesuvius. We will then head to Naples to visit the famous castles, the vast Royal Palace, the Piazza del Plebiscito and the National Archaeological Museum. We will also explore Pompeii, buried in 79 AD by one of Vesuvius’ most destructive eruptions. Frozen in time, Pompeii offers a fascinating view of ancient Roman life. You will also have the opportunity to walk up the active volcano or you may take a ferry to the island of Capri. We will travel along the famed Amalfi Coast, its winding cliff-top roads, and tiny, luxurious towns and stop in the town of Caserta to visit the royal palace built in 1752 for Charles of Bourbon.
More information about Tours can be found here:Viterbo Tours
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 Viterbo Calendars.
Cory Petersen, Senior Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802
• 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.
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.
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.
Typically, most student apartments are shared by two to four USAC or Italian students, with single or double occupancy bedrooms. They have basic kitchen amenities and modest furnishings. It is important that students come with reasonable expectations and do not expect to find conveniences such as TV, dishwasher, or clothes dryer. All apartments are located within walking distance from the university and the USAC offices. Whether it is in the historical section or in the more modern area of Viterbo, each neighborhood where student apartments are located is like a microtown in itself, offering a whole range of stores, cafeterias, pharmacies, as well as picturesque views and landscapes. Students can enjoy shopping in small family-run stores, try different breads at the bakery, or buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the open air market.
Situated just outside the city walls and within walking distance from the university and the USAC offices, the university dormitory offers single rooms with private bathroom and internet access. The hall has a modest cooking area and most students eat out rather than cook. This is a limited option and USAC cannot guarantee availability.
There is the opportunity to live with a single, older Italian adult, a university student, or more than one Italian student. Most likely you would also share this housing with at least one other USAC participant. This is a limited option, is only available during the fall and spring semesters, and USAC cannot guarantee availability.
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 University of Iowa students who meet the following requirements:
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa Ubill, while other costs will be out of pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Please refer to the following cost sheet for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheet outlines 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 sheets below apply to the Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 sessions. The final cost sheet for upcoming sessions will be posted here prior to departure.
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 following fees
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.
Contact USAC for more information about these optional additional costs.
In additional, personal travel expenses are not included in the cost sheet.
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.
Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
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
The USAC policy regarding withdrawals and refunds can be found here: USAC Money Matters.
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.
Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
Applications for the Spring 2018 session are due on September 27, 2017.
Applications for the Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2017-2018 sessions will be available by February 2018.
For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. When completing your UI online application, under the Offering section, you will be asked to choose between Codes A, B, or AB.
Ensure that you choose the session that corresponds to the dates you wish to study abroad. Please contact your UI study abroad advisor with any questions.
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. You will receive log in credentials for Gateway at this point.
You will be working with both UI and USAC directly. Please follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.
You will need to provide scans of the picture page of your passport to both UI and USAC. If you do not have a valid passport at this time you apply to study abroad, please provide the scans as soon as you receive your passport.
You will be billed on your U-Bill for your course fee, administrative fee, and Iowa Regents health insurance. Housing deposits and additional course fees will be paid directly to USAC. Depending on your housing situation, you may pay housing fees directly on-site.
You may be able to use financial aid and scholarships, to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the UI Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.
Before you apply for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of the Study Abroad website for valuable tips on making a successful application!
If you need help writing scholarship essays, please contact the UI Writing Center.
Please explore the following links for study abroad scholarship opportunities offered through the University of Iowa, and partner organizations:
If you have any questions about funding for study abroad, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
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.
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 Instructions.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.