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  • Locations: Viterbo, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Program Costs: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Emily Ostenson Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Communication, Comparative Literature, Environmental Sciences, History, Italian Studies, Journalism, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: Budget Friendly, Language Intensive, Program Scholarships Available
Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: Universita Degli Studi della Tuscia Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: USAC
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly US Students
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Application Includes: USAC application
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment, Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
Program Description:
Study in Viterbo, Italy
  • Study history, environmental sciences, and art in an affordable university town atmosphere while living an authentic Italian experience in a stunning medieval walled city.
  • Join unique field trips to lakes, waterfalls, medieval hill towns, and the optional field studies to Southern Italy (fall semester) and to the Heart of Italy (spring semester).
  • Enjoy Viterbo’s picturesque fountains, palaces, narrow streets, and medieval churches, and live and learn in direct contact with the local community and their traditions, food, and folklore.
  • Take advantage of Viterbo’s location: centrally situated between Rome and Florence—with the Mediterranean Sea only an hour away—and access to Rome’s international airports, home of many low-cost airlines.

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Quick Details
Available Terms
Two summer sessions
Fall or Spring semester

Programs Of Study
Art, History, Journalism, Environmental Science, and Italian Studies

Language of Instruction

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Program Overview

Viterbo provides students with an exciting setting from which to gain a working knowledge of the Italian language and to experience its rich culture away from English-speaking tourist areas. The semester Viterbo program combines academic coursework with an integrated cultural experience. The program offers two distinct optional tours: fall students travel to the heart of Italy through Tuscany and Florence and spring students travel through Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Participation in various local field trips, festivals and activities supplement these exciting tour options. Previous students have reported that the yearlong program was especially helpful in terms of language study and integration in the culture. However, you may choose to attend fall or spring semester only. (Please request a summer catalog if you are also interested in the USAC Italy summer programs.)


Palazzo Catalani, ViterboA U.S. study found Italy to be one of the world's best countries in which to live, 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.

Bordered just to the north by Tuscany and the south by the metropolitan area of Rome, Viterbo is a medieval city of 80,000, rich in historical, artistic and monumental legacies, while offering plenty of social and recreational opportunities. With a lively university community and active art scene, Viterbo is a bustling modern town located approximately an hour and a half from Rome and 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 preserve, for the most part, the tradition of closing for lunch from 1-4 in order to enjoy a leisurely lunch at home with family. Each Saturday, there are outdoor markets in the piazzas where people browse and shop for clothes and fresh produce from the farms. It is also the economic hub of one of the wealthiest areas of Italy.

Viterbo has kept a fascinating historical record of its past better than almost any place in Italy, beginning with the ancient Etruscans, and continuing through the medieval and renaissance eras. This history is symbolized by the palm tree and the lion, figures found throughout the city. 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 13th century contrada: the small squares, the houses, the narrow lanes, the arches and the characteristic profferli, the typical external stairs of the medieval houses of Viterbo.  Viterbo's cuisine is one of the best in Italy, thanks to the green territory, no 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. Prince Charles buys his olive oil from here!

USAC classes are held at the Università Degli Studi della Tuscia and are situated on a campus with two sports centers and many student associations. With over 10,000 local and international students, the university enjoys a close association with Viterbo, giving it a vibrant atmosphere often associated with university towns. The combination of American and Italian professors provides a valuable dual perspective on Italy and its culture. You will have the opportunity to interact with students from around the world in the university's unique learning environment.


Students are registered through one of the USAC member universities, using course titles and numbers appropriate to each institution. Check with UMass education abroad advisor or 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

This program offers four diverse academic areas: History, Art/Architecture, Environmental, and Italian studies. These 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.

Living Arrangements

All students will be housed in program apartments unless otherwise requested and available. The apartments are modestly furnished, include kitchen facilities and are located throughout the city. It is important that students come with reasonable expectations and do not expect to find American conveniences, such as a TV, dishwasher or clothes dryer. Most bedrooms are double occupancy and apartments are generally shared by 2-5 USAC students. More information on housing will be provided after admission to USAC.

An extensive bus system makes commuting to school easy, from wherever you live. Inexpensive ($2.50) lunch and dinner meals are available at two dining commons located in the city center.

Students now have the option of living in a residence hall or a homestay in addition to the apartments.

Steps to Apply to this Program:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Remember, only UMass Amherst applicants can apply to this program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/15/2019 ** Varies 01/08/2020 05/15/2020

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.