Summer art: You will arrive in Rome and immediately transfer to Tuscany where you will participate in a 5-day orientation camp including a language course and lessons on Italian traditions. Italians love to eat. Be prepared for generous portions, strong coffee and tasty treats. Mealtime is usually a family affair; this is a great opportunity get to know your host family. Lunch is often the biggest meal of the day, and frequently consists of a big plate of pasta followed by meat, fish, cheese, vegetables and a salad. Italians are happy and easygoing, always ready to have fun or to laugh at a good joke. They place great importance on friendship and loyalty and are usually very willing to help others, even if this means going out of their way. Selfishness and strong individualism are frowned upon.
Summer language: One of our most popular programs, this five-week program gives you the full Italy experience through the window of a welcoming Italian host family. Spend the first week of the program at a language camp in picturesque Tuscany, taking lessons in the morning and cultural classes in the afternoon. It is possible that you would live in a multi-lingual community in northern Italy: your host family could speak multiple languages due to their proximity to France, Switzerland or Austria. Family ties are close, so you can be prepared to spend a lot of time relaxing over long meals on the evenings and weekends.
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships
The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.