Gap Year in Italy

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More than half of all the artistic masterpieces of the westernized world can be found in Italy. Italy is an extremely varied country. It’s culture is an expression of various historical eras, covering nearly 2,800 years. The Italian culture has its foundations not only in a very important and fruitful religion, but also in a great secular humanistic culture. Italy has been, and still is, an intellectual hub for the western world. It is a must see for anyone interested in art or history and is the perfect location for spending a gap year abroad.

Volunteering

While Italy is considered a first world country, they are still in need of volunteers in conservation, healthcare, childcare, and education. If you choose to volunteer during your gap year, remember to be open-minded and ready to embrace Italian culture! Volunteering is a mutually beneficial opportunity, where you can learn about Italian culture and language while helping to improve the quality of life for the Italian people. Participating in meaningful community service abroad may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so don’t miss out!

Adventure Travel

Italy is one of those striking countries where you can spend an entire year learning and traveling and still feel like you've barely scratched the surface. With mind-blowing art and some of the world’s most significant cities, it truly takes a lifetime to experience all that Italy has to offer. Imagine ducking into a random church to escape the heat, only to spend two hours staring at an impossibly pure blue in a fresco. Where else in the world is that possible?

Italy has world-renowned cuisine, gorgeous beaches and great skiing up in the Alps. Experience its stunning architecture, mysterious passageways, the gentle canals of Venice and take a moonlit gondola ride smiling as the white light ripples in the water. For the nature explorers out there, Italy offers incredible winter sports programs with perfect powder for skiers and snowboarders to plow through.

Internships

While learning the ins and out of the business world, interning in Italy will give you the opportunity to develop your language skills and take part in the day-to-day activities of an Italian professional. Many internships are geared towards individuals with intermediate to advanced language skills who want to practice their Italian on a regular basis. Interning in Italy is a great addition to your college career and a huge boost to your resume.

Many companies that offer internships are looking for enrolled college students and those that have recently graduated. Internships are usually customizable, meaning that you can add what you like and take away what you don't! Many companies are flexible, allowing you arrange your schedule in order to take classes or perform volunteer work simultaneously.

Cost of Living in Italy

Housing costs in Italy are relatively affordable. For a single unit apartment which includes utilities and water, prepare to pay around 450 Euros a month. Housing isn’t what makes living in Italy so expensive. Living in the cities can be very difficult, even for the middle class. This is because Italian taxes rank among the highest in the world. Taxes are present in almost all forms from small purchases to housing and employment. Food costs more than in the United States, as does transportation and most leisure activities.

Culture and Etiquette in Italy

The family is the center of the social structure in Italy, providing a stabilizing influence for its members. Italians move out of the house at a later age than in America. Remember, appearances matter in Italy. The way you dress can indicate your social status, your family's background, and your education level. Italy is primarily a Roman Catholic country. Always be respectful of Catholic traditions. Greetings are enthusiastic but formal. 
Italians usually greet a traveler with a handshake and with direct eye contact. Status and hierarchy are important in Italian business settings so be formal until told otherwise.

Italy’s major cities have no more crime than other large cities in Europe. In fact, they are safer than many other European cities, but travelers still need to be cautious about petty crimes. Pickpocketing is the most frequent crime perpetrated against tourists, so be careful in tourist locations, in trains stations, and in any crowded place. Violence against tourists is extremely rare in Rome. In fact, violent crime is very rare around the entire country. Fortunately, the biggest safety risk in cities like Rome is the traffic so be careful crossing streets! Keep your eyes peeled for reckless scooters.

Programs

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Italy
International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Volunteer in Italy with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects. Here...
Italy
AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 16 credits studying in beautiful, historic Florence. Students choose from a wide array of courses in humanities,...
Spain
GapForce
Do you want to experience the best of Europe this summer? Join our group of like-minded travellers and our expert leader as...
Italy
Art History Abroad
This course travels through Italy four times a year, exploring all aspects of culture, such as history, music, politics, food...
Italy
John Cabot University
John Cabot University is an American-accredited university in Rome, Italy that offers both degree and study abroad programs...
Switzerland
AIFS Study Abroad
If you can’t decide on one location to study in this summer, maybe you’d like to go to seven! Spend 4 weeks studying European...
Italy
Art History Abroad
If you are between 17 and 22, AHA's 2-4 weeks courses are a brilliant way to pass some of the summer while doing something...
Italy
Winterline Global Education
How much time do you have? What are your interests? Whether you spend a year or a week on a Winterline program, you will...
Italy
CET Academic Programs
Dive into Italian culture. Collaborate on a creative project. Experience magical Florence. Immerse yourself in Florence, the...
Italy
Eurocentres
What are you waiting for? Don't let another day pass without perfecting your Italiano! Study Italian in Florence with...
Italy
AIFS Study Abroad
Spend 3, 4 or 7 weeks studying in the beautiful city of Florence. Earn up to 10 credits studying art history, history,...
England
Art History Abroad
Starting college in the spring or taking a Gap Year? Why not kick start your time doing something worthwhile with this...
England
EF Gap Year
EF Gap Year is a 26-week program that enables students to explore several countries, learn a language, volunteer for a good...
Italy
Italian College Roma
We offer intensive Italian language courses. Courses can be individual or in a group to study the Italian Language. Our...
Switzerland
Putney Student Travel
From the mountain trails and summer snowfields of the Swiss Alps and Italian Dolomites to the rich cultures of Florence,...