Location
  • Italy
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Anthropology Architecture Business Communications Economics Food Science and Nutrition International Business International Relations Law Political Science
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English
Apr 08, 2024
Jun 30, 2024
23 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

USAC is working in collaboration with the highly regarded School of Business Administration at the University of Torino to provide an exciting and unique opportunity to study abroad in the Italian town of Torino. Torino is not a tourist town, and English is not spoken very often, making this an ideal program for those looking for a true Italian experience. Students will find that studies in International Business, Art/Architecture, and Italian language will be top notch.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country. USAC has compiled a lot of resources to help you through that learning process.

Accessibility Support

USAC is dedicated to working closely with students with disabilities to ensure the best study abroad experience possible. You may request reasonable accommodations after your initial application is complete. We routinely receive requests for scheduling, material, and environmental accommodations for the classroom setting, which may include assistive technology, scribes and readers, printed material, and interpretation.

Impact

Sustainability

Environmentally-conscious students choose USAC because many of our programs are held in some of the most sustainable countries in the world. There are options to take coursework in sustainability and the environment, as well as field trips and studies where students can leave a lasting impact on their host country.

Program Highlights

  • Live in a large cosmopolitan center that celebrates its ancient history as well as its modern lifestyle, rated one of the top ten most beautiful cities in Italy by the Michelin Guide
  • Take part in interactive classes with students from around the world and learn real-life skills for international careers in internships in business, marketing, architecture, communications, and many other areas
  • Join unique business visits, guest lectures, and overnight trips to enhance class work and cultural knowledge such as to Brussels EU Headquarters
  • Take advantage of the perfect location in the center of Europe and between the mountains and sea—with fast trains and low cost airlines making travel easy and convenient
  • Practice Italian with natives, away from tourist areas, in one of Italy’s greenest cities

Program Reviews

4.79 Rating
based on 29 reviews
  • 5 rating 93.1%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 3.45%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 3.45%
  • Academics 3.9
  • Support 4.65
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.6
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Callie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Goals and Hopes Met

I chose Torino, Italy for a variety of reasons. I wanted to experience living in Europe and in a larger city, be culturally immersive, have academics that align with my interests, and practice a new language. If you're looking for something similar, Torino is the place for you! I loved living in a larger city, complete with a metro system, urbanized layout, and opportunities to experience city life. I was so happy with my immersion, too. I lived in a neighborhood alongside Italians and was exposed to every walk of life, from young children to older individuals. The academics were fantastic, too, as they catered to my international governance interests and smaller class sizes for a more personal experience. Overall, all of my goals and hopes were met in Torino, and more! I also got to travel frequently thanks to Torino's prime location and made endless memories that I will cherish forever!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I decided I wanted to try solo traveling before I went back to America. I was so terrified, but I went to Switzerland my last weekend before going home. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my time and I learned so much about myself! Not only this, but I also got to see new areas of culture and language since I was in a completely different country. I was so happy to have studied in Torino because it honed my traveling skills and is in a prime location for traveling, which properly prepared me for my solo adventure!
Pros
  • Easy to get around
  • Great food
  • Lots of cultural and language immersion!
Cons
  • Lots of partying within the program
  • Sometimes hard to connect with peers
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1 person found this review helpful.
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Ashley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing growth from living abroad

Going abroad for the first time, surrounded by a new culture, language, and form of transportation is daunting but I couldn't recommend it enough. USAC's home base of Torino, Italy allowed for me to immerse myself within the Italian Culture, learning about the people, societal differences, cuisine, and history. Being 5 months post-abroad, I can reflect full circle how this city shaped me so much as a person. If you have the opportunity, go abroad, it will change your life in the best way with such enriching and unique experiences!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace every second abroad and give yourself grace. Make every moment a memory if you can! Say yes to everything, go on that walk, go to that museum or market, go on that program trip. You are only there for a short amount of time, and each memory I reflect on with so much joy and love. Try your best to push yourself out of you comfort zone, say yes to everything you can and grow! There will be times that the experience is overwhelming, you miss home, you've been so busy from traveling and school. It is valuable to give yourself grace in these moments and let yourself breathe. Sometimes having a night in, or just talking a walk by yourself along the Po River is fueling to your body when life is so busy and new!
Pros
  • Program offers trips for you to learn more about the Italian Culture
  • Group of American students to befriend and share experiences with. Everyone is in the same boat!
  • Beautiful city that does not have extreme tourism. Such a rich culture, history, cuisine, to experience!
Cons
  • Overwhelming at first adjustment to new city
  • Mainly alone in figuring out transportation when first arriving in the city
  • Some unsafe parts in city, just keep your head on a swivel!
7 people found this review helpful.
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Meghan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Experience

When first starting this program, I had no idea what to expect. By the end of it, I took away more than I could’ve asked for! I had a small group but made some really great friendships, we still keep in touch today. I traveled to so many places like Milan, Florence, Arona, Stresa, Portifino, and others not in Italy like France and Amsterdam. For anyone wanting to study abroad, I would encourage them to take every opportunity to see as much as they can. Travel, go out, explore your city, and make the most of this once in a lifetime experience. In the end, you’ll never regret it, you’ll always have a good story to tell.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing that I did was take two solo trips away from my base city of Torino. One weekend, I traveled to Arona after a group trip around the area, and met up with a local that I had connections with there! He showed me around his hometown and it was so much fun and one of my favorite weekends spent! I also made a day trip to Milan by myself which was such a great experience. Being able to be confident in your travel ability is a great skill, and something I didn’t expect to accomplish.
Pros
  • Meeting new people
  • Travel experience
  • Cultural experience
Cons
  • Language barriers
  • Public transportation issues
  • Travel expenses
25 people found this review helpful.
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megan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Torino

Studying abroad in Torino changed my life for the better! It opened my eyes to the importance of understanding new cultures and experiencing foreign parts of the world. Navigating a hard language barrier taught me a lot about being an outsider in a new culture and was a learning experience that I will never forget! I lived in a beautiful apartment and could see the whole city from my balconies. Every Italian person I met was so kind and welcoming and I felt so accepted into their culture. Getting to experience and learn something new every day taught me more than I ever could have imagined! I wish I could go back and do it again.

Pros
  • location
  • culture
  • food
30 people found this review helpful.
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Jared
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Traveling Europe from Torino

Torino is a very beautiful city with a great culture and heritage. The food, people, access to the airport, and the ability to travel just about anywhere in Europe on a strict budget is incredible. It is an incredible place and the USAC staff in particular are very helpful and try to do as many things with you as possible. The people and culture in Torino is still a very local experience as there are not many tourists and you will get the full living experience in Italy without too many tourists.

Pros
  • Ability to Travel to Anywhere in Europe
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Great food
53 people found this review helpful.
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Garrett
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience in Torino

I studied abroad in Torino for a summer session, and overall I had a great experience. First, the community you build while you are there is amazing. For most of the students there, myself included, it was our first time going abroad, and because of this we were experiencing all these new things together. Eventually, we started to trust each other and rely on each other, and this community was something that I appreciated greatly. Second, the resident director, as well as my professors, were very helpful. The resident director was always available and willing to help with anything, and my professors encouraged me to learn as much as possible. Lastly, Torino is in a great location, as it is close to Milan, Lake Como, and the French Riviera. Overall, I had a great experience in Torino and would highly recommend it!

74 people found this review helpful.
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Aiyana
3/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Travel as Much as You Can

Torino was fine, but it did not keep my interest for the full-year that I was living there fore. Therefore, I did not stay in my host country that often. I traveled to other countries as much as I possibly could and would recommend the same to anyone who is placed in a good travel hub within continental Europe. Italy is wonderful, but there are so many other lively cultures just around the corner that are waiting to be explored! And if you do it right, traveling throughout Europe can be very inexpensive. If you plan ahead and are organized, traveling to and around other counties will become second nature.

What would you improve about this program?
More activities on site for the students would have made the situation much better. Also, I had a class of over 80 students and that was TOO much. Smaller acceptance rate to each location in order for better bonds, and not cliques, to be established.
109 people found this review helpful.
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Jacqueline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC Torino Experience

I studied abroad in Torino, Italy and the experience was unforgettable. I had the chance to travel around Europe when I was not in class and participate in traveling with the program to explore other parts of Italy. When I had issues with anything, I was able to talk to the program coordinators to get the issues resolved from not having the correct wifi password to finding a pharmacy. Although the wifi at school didn't always work, I never needed it for my class. I took the culinary course and the modern architecture course. The culinary course was not difficult, but you are expected to put in effort just like any other college course. The modern architecture course was insightful and was a great chance to learn about Torino's history and culture.

What would you improve about this program?
N/A
115 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

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