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Two summer sessions Fall or Spring semester
Programs Of Study Architecture, Design, Business, Politics, and Italian Studies
Language of Instruction English/Italian
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The Torino program offers a high-quality educational experience in three diverse academic areas: international business, art/architecture and Italian studies. These programs are not exclusive of one another; you may choose courses from any area. However, all students are required to take an intensive Italian language course during the first six weeks of the semester. The city of Torino provides an ideal setting to gain a working knowledge of the Italian language and to experience its rich cultural heritage away from English-speaking tourist centers.
A U.S. study found Italy to be one of the world's best countries to live in, second only to Denmark. The spell of the "Eternal Seductress," as Italy has been dubbed for centuries, attracts millions of foreign visitors and increasing numbers of students each year. Italy is one of the top destinations for USAC students and study abroad students in general. Torino, the first capital of unified Italy, is strategically located in the northwest corner of the country, within easy access to the major cities of Europe (only 128 miles from the French Riviera city of Nice and 154 miles from the Swiss city of Geneva). Given the close proximity of the Alps, there are more than a dozen ski resorts in the area (great for hiking in warmer months). This prime location explains why the city hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.
As a bustling urban center of one million people and Italy's fourth largest city after Rome, Milan and Naples, Torino is a natural focus for language, culture and international business education. The city blends historic charm with industrial vitality and offers a vast assortment of cultural sites and activities. Among them are the Royal Palace and Armory of the first Kings of Italy, the first national parliament, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud (believed to be the burial cloth of Christ), Royal Opera Theatre, Automobile Museum, Modern Art Gallery, Egyptian Museum (second only to the Cairo Museum) and National Cinema Museum (which celebrates the birth of Italian cinema in Torino). Likewise, numerous well-known companies are centered in and around Torino such as FIAT, Martini & Rossi, San Paolo Bank, Lavazza Coffee, Caffarel Chocolate, and Ferrero (known for Nutella and Tic-tacs). Milano, Italy's fashion capital, is only a short train ride away.
USAC classes are held at one of the most prestigious institutes in Italy ? the Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale (SAA) of the University of Torino. Although the university was founded in 1407, classes are held in a modern, 20th century building along the Po River, with everything from CNN to Internet access. The combination of Italian and American professors provides a valuable dual perspective on Italy, its culture and the European and international business community. You will have the opportunity to interact with students from around the world in the university's unique learning environment. The SAA school was recently honored as one of the top business schools in Italy.
Students are registered through one of the USAC member universities using course titles and numbers appropriate to each institution. Check with your UMass education abroad advisor or the USAC Central Office Enrollment Services for course equivalencies. Courses numbered 100 and 200 are lower-division, 300 and 400 courses are upper-division, and 400/600 courses have a graduate credit option. If you are interested in enrolling in a 400/600-level course for graduate credit, contact the USAC Central Office for more information prior to your departure. Please take note of the language of instruction and if there are course prerequisites.
This program offers three diverse academic areas: art/architecture, international business and Italian studies. All students are required to take the appropriate six-week intensive Italian language course. Once this first course is completed, you may choose to continue with an additional language course for further credit. The academic areas are not exclusive of one another; you may choose courses from any area. However, the list of courses is subject to minor changes, and course availability is subject to student interest and enrollment.
You must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours, although a maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken per semester. While your desire to do it all is understandable, you will want to have time to experience the area's culture and develop friendships with locals; therefore, we recommend you enroll in 12-15 credit hours.
All students will share program apartments unless otherwise requested and available. The apartments are modestly furnished, including kitchen facilities and washing machines, and are located throughout the city. No matter where you live, an extensive bus system makes commuting to school easy. Inexpensive meals are available at the school café or local restaurants.
It is important that students come with reasonable expectations and do not expect to find conveniences in apartments such as a dishwasher, clothes dryer or air conditioning, which are very rare in Italy. Most Italian homes do not have phones or phone/computer lines since it is much more economical to use cell phones. Wireless computer access is beginning to be seen in some parts of the city, but is rare in homes. Most bedrooms are double occupancy and most apartments are shared by 2-5 USAC students. A refundable damage deposit must be paid to the USAC Central Office before departure. More information on housing will be provided after admission to USAC.
Steps to Apply to this Program:
Come into the advising center to meet with a peer counselor and set up an appointment with a program advisor. The advising center is located in 455 Hills South and is open from 10-4 Monday through Friday.
Please note that since this is a partner program, you are required to complete two applications - the program specific application found on their website, and the UMass online application which can be started here. Don't forget to check on the specific deadlines for this program as they will differ from the deadlines for your UMass application.
Remember, only UMass Amherst applicants can apply to this program.