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Study Abroad Italian

For Undergraduate Students 

The Italian program recognizes the importance of international experience and aims to assist its students in taking advantage of the growing opportunities for academic travel to Italy. 

Our primary goal is to aid students of Italian in making decisions about study abroad programs and institutions, the coursework and opportunities they offer, and ultimately, the kind of study abroad experience they would like to have. 

We encourage Italian majors and minors interested in studying in Italy to use all the research tools at their disposal: the Internet, peer information sessions and feedback of all kinds, catalogues and brochures, and most of all, consultation with the Study Abroad Advisors. 

Students are strongly encouraged to add an international dimension to their undergraduate education through studying abroad.

By participating in an approved study abroad program, students can earn credits toward their major as well as CAS credits. Please consult with French program faculty for guidance in choosing a suitable program and for information on study abroad scholarships and financial aid.

Please visit our Study Abroad Guide and our FAQ pages for additional information.

We also recommend that you visit the University of Pittsburgh Global Experiences Office (formerly the Study Abroad Office) for more resources and information. 

Planning and Application 

Students are encouraged to study abroad after having taken at least two semesters of Italian, but students of all levels of Italian will find numerous study abroad programs to suit their needs. We encourage students to investigate different options including summer, semester, and full-year study periods. Typically, programs operate according to the following application timelines: 




Whole year 


November of previous year 

Fall term 


December of previous year 

Spring term 


July of previous year 

Transferring Study Abroad Credits to the Italian Major 

We strongly encourage students to enroll in courses that will count toward the Italian major or minor. Not all programs offer coursework that is appropriate for all students at all levels. Please contact the Italian program study abroad advisor, Prof. Lorraine Denman, for guidance in selecting the right program for your language and curricular needs. 

Panther Programs in Italy 

The Department of French & Italian now offers a range of Panther (or "Pitt-Developed") Programs in Italy. Created by the Pitt Italian faculty and offering courses equivalent to those offered on the Oakland campus, these summer- (Sicily and Florence) and semester-long (Florence) programs allow students the quality, value, and continuity of Pitt coursework and the experience of these vibrant Italian cities. The Italian faculty has designed these programs--as a whole--to accommodate students of all levels, from absolute beginners to fourth-year majors. 

Representative Study Abroad Programs 

The following programs are merely representative of the various geographical options, providers, institutional models, and curricular levels available to students interested in study abroad in Italy. Please consult their websites to get a sense of course availability and rigor at your language level. 


  • Pitt in Florence 2022
  • Pitt in Sicily 2022  


  • Pitt in Florence 2022
  • IES Siena 


  • Pitt in Sicily 2022  
  • IES Milan 
  • Umbra Institute  (Perugia) 

Financial Considerations  

Students planning on studying abroad should make a comprehensive budget that includes tuition, airfare, and travel and living expenses. Students should also contact their financial aid officer to see if current financial aid may apply. A number of Pitt-specific scholarships are available, including the Nationality Rooms Scholarship programs and Italian Program scholarships. Please find the form to apply to departmental scholarships here 

For More Information  

Contact the Study Abroad Advisor for the Italian Program, Professor Lorraine Denman.