USAC Italy: Torino

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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.

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

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2018-19 App. Cycle Summer I (5 weeks): Open Summer II (5 weeks): Open Summer I & II (10 wks.): Open Fall/Yearlong: Open Spring: Open
When choosing between a home stay and an apartment with other students, you should think about your personal habits, likes, and goals. A home stay is a fabulous option for students wanting to practice and better their language skills. It is also an amazing opportunity to build a connection with a family across the world. I have never heard of a student having a bad experience! The advantages of...

Reviews

93%
based on 23 reviews
  • Academics 7.3
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 8.7
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Rebecca
10/10

Best 6 months of my life

The time from the moment I boarded the plane at SFO to the moment I stepped off 6 months later included the most rewarding and unique experiences I never thought I would get the chance to experience. There is just absolutely too much to express adequately in words, but I can say it was priceless. Every aspect of normal life was new during my time abroad. Day to day activities were altered, weekend plans became a must, and dietary changes were obvious as well. I lived in an apartment with two other American students for the 4 month duration of the program and then moved in with a host family for 2 more months after the program ended. Of all the experiences I had, I have to say that traveling with my roommates, staying with the host family, and exploring my home city were my favorite things. Although being in a foreign country that you don't know the language of is challenging, working through it is unbelievably rewarding and makes the experience that much better. Running into problems during travels become great stories to look back at and laugh about. Being exposed to a different world and culture, or many different worlds and cultures, really makes you aware of what's out there and makes you more curious about what else could be out there. I regret nothing about my experience and have realized from it that once you are able to take the first step into the world, to explore what is out there, you'll become addicted and won't want to stop!

How can this program be improved?
I would have enjoyed even more group trips, whether they were just day trips, like to Ivrea, or overnight trips, like to Venice and Verona. I loved going out with our entire program on those trips and being able to share the experience.
Yes, I recommend
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Erin
10/10

Don't Think - Just Go!

Going to Torino was the best decision ever. The staff is amazing, the city is full of things to do and beautiful places to see. Torino became my second home and I would go back in an instant! I made some amazing friends while I was there and cannot wait to meet up with them all again, hopefully in Torino! Meet the locals, find your favorite Gelateria and try everything at least once!

Day to day: I went to class, went grocery shopping, running/hiking in the local park, volunteering at a local elementary school or just hanging out with my amazing roommates!

Weekends: We traveled a lot throughout Italy but I also went to several other EU countries. I rode buses, trains, planes and subways every week and loved every minute! If we remained in Torino for the weekend (HIGHLY suggested - don't travel every single weekend) we would visit local museums, hang out in the park and then go to the discotecas! Always a blast.

How can this program be improved?
The only way this program could be improved would be to have more school-hosted events for students to meet other local Italian students. Sometimes it can be intimidating at first, but definitely recommended! I made an especially great friend while there and got to travel to his hometown with friends and enjoy a home cooked authentic meal made by his mom!
Yes, I recommend
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Brynn
10/10

My time in Italy!

My daily activities consisted of going to school, going grocery shopping, and coming home to amazing roommates! My first semester in Torino I lived with a girl from South Korea and we instantly became friends! During the week we would have dinners, do homework, and socialize with other people from USAC.
On the weekends, I would go to the Murazzi and discoteca's! I also traveled around Italy and other European countries! I loved my time in Italy, and I would not trade it for anything!

How can this program be improved?
If I was to change one thing about my time in Italy, it would most likely be the very harsh policy on absences. Visiting a doctor or hospital in Italy can be a very stressful process. Thus, it is not always possible to get a doctor's note, in order to excuse the 2 percentage point deduction.
Yes, I recommend
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Angela
10/10

Best Time of My Life!

My day to day activities during the week involved grocery shopping at the open markets, attending classes at the business university, and shopping downtown. During the weekends, my friends and I enjoyed traveling to various places in Italy, as well other surrounding European countries. We took trains, planes, and subways on the daily. It was more than just an awesome experience! Words can not even begin to describe everything I learned from studying abroad.

I found it a bit difficult in trying to find my way around without knowing Italian. It was very overwhelming at first, but once I started taking Italian language courses in the classroom, I began to gain some confidence.
For example: Attempting to read the menus and order at restaurants was at times very frustrating!

How can this program be improved?
I wished that some of the professors I took classes from did a better job at teaching. With English being their second language, it was at times difficult to learn.
Yes, I recommend
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Italia
10/10

Go Torino!

This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. My time abroad was enlightening. I learned about culture, language, travel, and life. I was happier in Torino than I've ever been. It's more difficult to go home than it was to leave the US in the first place.

How can this program be improved?
More exposure to Italian students
Yes, I recommend
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allyoopstar
10/10

Caring staff, exciting city, good teachers and best time of my life!!!!

Go -- just go and do it. Stop with the excuses. It will be the time of your life. Take it all in, take advantage of it all -- city,traveling, new friends from all over the world, good classes in language, culture, architecture, business, friendly people and staff, impressive housing, real Italian people and lifestyle,you'll get to know your neighbors and locals quickly ... I highly recommend this program - do it with USAC. Other programs are not as good and don't prepare you as well or care as much as about their students. USAC TORINO is the best! Thanks to everybody there!!!!

Yes, I recommend
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emac
10/10

Go to Torino!!!

My experience in Torino was fantastic. I met a lot of great people and had a great time. Torino is a wonderful city with a lot of local attractions. Everything you want to visit is within a 15 minute metro ride. The apartment we stayed in was gorgeous. We were in the midtown. It took a little getting used to, but I wish I could go back! If you are considering studying in Torino with USAC I would recommend that you go!

Yes, I recommend
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Amie.Mickle
10/10

My Study Abroad Experience in Torino

My time with USAC in Torino, Italy was one of the best experiences of my life thus far! I was offered help from USAC during the paperwork process prior to my arrival, I was thoroughly impressed with the living arrangements provided for me upon arrival, and their great staff was always available to help during my stay. They were wise in offering classes in Italian culture and language, for these proved invaluable when I attempted to live in Torino among native Italians. While in class, I found their curriculum unique and interesting and their teachers were wonderful. Outside of class, I spent hours wandering the city, traveling throughout Italy, meeting local Italians, drinking lots of espresso, eating pizza, and practicing my Italian language skills along the way. I HIGHLY recommend the city of Torino, Italy and the staff at USAC!

Yes, I recommend

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