Dolomit

Dolomit

About

Dolomit is your study abroad provider and Italian school in Trentino, the butterfly-shaped province of Northeast Italy. Trentino, as an alpine borderland region, is blessed by a unique identity, a top-tier quality of life, an outstanding landscape, and a strategic position to travel to other parts of Italy and Europe. Dolomit and its local partners provide international students with innovative learning experiences grounded on careful planning, individualized attention, and reasoned educational use of the innumerable resources of the territory. Dolomit’s mission is to make students discover Trentino as an ideal location to delve into global issues, learn Italian language and culture, and explore Europe’s diversity.

Founded
2014

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Garrett
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Yes, I recommend this program

Dolomit Summer School

Traveling to Italy this past summer was an amazing experience. The coordinators of Dolomit helped my friends and I plan several excursions that were separate from the summer school program which allowed us to see parts of the country we were really interested in. Rome, Florence, Venice and Verona were all places we were able to travel to thanks to the flexibility provided at Dolomit. The classes are held in the scenic city of Torbole and several trips to the nearby city of Trento are also included in the program. My personal favorite part of the trip was hiking in the Dolomites and staying overnight in a refugio. Great people and fantastic opportunities are what make Dolomit so incredible. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in studying in Italy!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Juri Bottura

Job Title
Co-Founder and Coordinator of Academic Affairs
Juri Bottura

Juri was born and raised in the Italian Alps, but set out to explore the world when he was 16. Studying, volunteering and working in a dozen different countries led him to envision the opportunity to make his home region - Trentino - a welcoming place for international students.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the students who participated in our very first program, in 2015, had the opportunity to try out rock climbing for the first time during his stay with us. Our area is indeed world famous for that sport, and actually for a number of outdoor activities. A few months after he returned home, we learnt that he bought a pair of climbing shoes made by the top brand of our region, after he heard us talking about its qualities. We are still in touch with him, and we know that he became an avid climber. To have such an impact on students’ lives, also outside the classroom, makes us proud of what we do.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose our semester program "Sustainability, Heritage & Creativity in the Italian Alps." We designed it as a unique learning experience for students who want to combine the advantages of an independent program with solid academics. Our courses are accredited in the US and are taught by local instructors with international experience and graduate degrees. In our classes we explore the uniqueness of Alpine Italy delving into topics of burning importance in today's world, ranging from environmental issues to the shaping of communities' identities.

Applied knowledge is a pillar of our approach, and we facilitate the learning of practical skills through laboratories, meetings and group works, in collaboration with local institutions and organizations. In addition, the opportunity to live in the capital city of the region, Trento, allows students to access all the services of a mid-size Italian college town, internationally renowned for its safety and quality of life.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

My wife Manola and I started Dolomit in 2014 as the result of a long personal and professional journey. We are both natives of Alpine Italy and we met when we were college students in Trento. For about a decade we mostly lived abroad, as graduate students in the US who were also doing research in Latin America and Europe.

Our love for our homeland and the conviction that our international background could help make it a great destination for international students are at the bottom of the Dolomit project. Our intuition proved correct when we were able to kick-start our adventure successfully hosting our first group of students just after a few months.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

As a family enterprise rooted in a specific area, we can combine easy-going relations among us and with our collaborators with total dedication to our programs and, above all, the students who choose us. A small, dedicated team that takes decisions swiftly and runs operations resolutely is able not only to make the specific aspects of the Italian Alps interesting and relevant for an international audience of students, but also to take constant care of the well-being of our guests.

Since we all have first-hand experience of what it means to study abroad, we are aware that a meaningful international learning experience requires a combination of successful elements, ranging from providing quality teaching to facilitating the adjustment to every-day life in a foreign setting.