• Italy
    • Viterbo
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Cultural Studies History Journalism Political Science Sociology

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family
Nov 09, 2022
May 21, 2023
18 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

USAC and Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy have partnered up, offering an exciting study abroad program for students interested in History, Art, Music, Environmental and Italian Studies. Classes vary slightly depending on the specific term, with all of the specifics easily found on the USAC website.

Viterbo is an ideal destination to study and practice the Italian language and to experience the rich Italian culture away from English-speaking tourist areas. Check out all of the details today by viewing the video below or visiting the USAC website!

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Program Highlights

  • Study history, environmental sciences, art, and journalism while living an authentic Italian experience in a stunning historic, medieval location
  • Enjoy this affordable university town and its picturesque fountains, palaces, narrow streets, and medieval churches living and learning in direct contact with the local community, their traditions, food, and folklore
  • Join the many unique field trips to lakes, waterfalls, medieval hill towns as well as the optional field study in Southern Italy and take advantage of the access to beaches, mountains, sailing, horseback
  • Take advantage of Viterbo’s location: centrally situated between Rome and Florence-with the Mediterranean Sea only an hour away—with access to the international airports in Rome where many low cost airlines make it easy to travel!

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Affordable Study Abroad in Viterbo Italy

Earn 12-13 credits in just 90 days! We created this program to help students who were unable to get their student visa's due to the nationwide delay of passport grants/renewals. Students will have the opportunity to study in beautiful Viterbo, Italy between the months of January-April. Visit our website for more information on this exciting oppurtunity!


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USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

$500 - $1,000

Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
based on 37 reviews
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  • Academics 4.3
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 5
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No, I don't recommend this program

finishing college abroad

I completed my BA in Art History in Viterbo last fall and I can safely say it was the best experience of my life. Viterbo is a small town, but it’s really centrally located so you can go north or south on weekend trips easily, it’s also about an hour train ride outside of Rome, so that makes for easy day trips! I would say Viterbo is really quaint but there are fun bars and local events to hang out at! (77 is the bar notorious for study abroad students to go to, Ghost Pizza and L’antica Latteria for gelato are favorites as well).
personally I loved my roommates, we are all still best friends and we made so many memories living in an apartment together, but if you’re more culture/language focused, you would love the host family there I met them a few times and they are super lovely.
Looking back to what was most memorable for me, the weekend travel and time with the friends I made within my study abroad group is at the top of the list. the culture shock is real, and can sometimes leave you feeling frustrated and lonely as you miss trains, struggle to communicate with people, or when things don’t work the way you’re used to. overall the experience is worth it, and one I’ve only grown to appreciate in hindsight.

  • centrally located for easy travel
  • affordable
  • walkable
  • smaller town
  • not super diverse
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A true hidden gem in Italy!

This was such an amazing program and I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you go into the program looking for a super populated city like Rome…you will be disappointed. However, if you want to treasure an authentic experience in an amazing walled city – Viterbo is your place.
The program had wonderful language immersion. I recommend either knowing Italian prior to starting the program or taking one of the program’s Italian classes. It will make your life so much easier!
Viterbo has a train station so you can reach other Italian cities relatively easily but travel can still be tricky.
However, Viterbo itself has lots to offer and I personally recommend the Etruscan museum.
I loved my program and I wish everyone could have the same wonderful experience.

  • Language Immersion
  • Experience the Local Lifestyle
  • Rich History
  • Complex Local Travel
  • Smaller City
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Living in Viterbo as a University Student

Overall, Viterbo was an amazing town to live in. While I lived with other American students, we were in an apartment building with Italians and so we were forced to use the language as much as possible. Additionally, Viterbo is not as touristy compared to other cities such as Florence or Rome, which forced us to utilize our knowledge of the Italian language which I think was wonderful and helped us get the full study abroad experience! The people of Viterbo are polite, the program's staff are delightful, and the food is amazing! The program itself was a great learning experience. The workload was to be expected while abroad. Professors expected us to attend class and put forth effort but classes were not overly challenging. They were enjoyable and allowed us to take the knowledge we gathered to immerse ourselves in the Italian culture.

  • The staff is very supportive and do a great job at making students feel comfortable
  • The class sizes are small, allowing students to become close with each other
  • Fun field trips
  • English is not widely spoken in Viterbo
12 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my study abroad but not neccessarily because of the program

I'm not sure how accurate my review will be since my program was still largely affected by covid. If you want to study abroad, do it and do it with whatever program fits your degree best. For me, this program was the best way to get the Italian and gened credits that I needed, but I didn't particularly like who ran the program. They did their best they could with the situation they were given. Classes are at most 4 days a week, but you can always arrange them to be less. There's barely any homework, and a lot of the classes go outside the classroom. The teachers are really nice too. This program is probably best for people looking more into the travel side of study abroad than the cultural or language. I had a great time using all my travel time, but I do wish I would've learned more Italian.

  • Lots of travel time
  • Chance to live in a small Italian city
  • Close to Rome
  • Poor Italian language instruction
  • Not much interaction with Italian university students
  • Program directors can be overbearing and not understanding
18 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Viterbo

My time studying abroad in Viterbo was one of the best times of my life! Highly highly recommend if you get a chance to study abroad you take it! It was very beneficial to take the language classes if you are studying in a smaller/less touristy town but it was the most rewarding part. Viterbo was a quiet town, but the USAC program made sure we got to experience all that Italy had to offer through field trips and tours around town. Great program, great staff and a wonderful time abroad. Thank you Chico for the great memories!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t be afraid to go somewhere where you don’t speak the language, that was the most rewarding part for me!
38 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best choice you will make in college

Studying abroad was always something that I had dreamed of and I am so happy that I chose to go. Viterbo, Italy is very much one of a kind; from the people to the architecture to the food (read, AMAZING). The experiences that I had while in living in Italy is something that I think about almost every day, the experience is just that powerful. It takes guts to travel to a foreign country let alone to decide to live and study there. Meeting people in the program who also had that mindset, that zest for life, was incredible. The program staff and teachers were so kind and welcoming to a loud bunch of Americans. Take the chance, seriously, you will not regret it.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this experience all over again, I would go for a full year. One semester is just not enough.
68 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Italian Language and Cultural Immersion Experience

As a Political Science and International Affairs double major, I knew that I wanted to study abroad in a place that has a rich culture, has the ability to enhance my current understanding of politics and society, and could give me a hands-on learning experience. On top of that, as a requirement for my International Affairs major, I had to learn a language for my planned country of study. Italy’s preserved history, roots in the foundations of government and politics, and intricate cultural facets made it the obvious choice for me.
Six semesters of Italian language, countless hours planning my academic schedule ahead, and many visits to the Global Education Center shifted my focus away from the traditional Rome or Florence experience to a program that could give me the language practice and intimate cultural experience that I wanted. The affordability, proximity to Rome, and program size ultimately made me choose Viterbo, Italy. As a first-generation student with little travel experience, I was intimidated of the study abroad process. However, after visiting an info session, being in contact with the GEC advisors through appointments and emails, and going through the step-by-step UNH Approved Program checklist, I can say that the process was so much easier than I had anticipated. Additionally, the accessibility to education abroad scholarships through UNH and USAC made that semester the most inexpensive one during my time in college.
I loved my time abroad because Viterbo gave me the most authentic Italian experience that I could have asked for. Viterbo is a medieval city, lined with cobblestone, with history in every single nook and cranny. One of the classes I took for a Humanities Discovery, Medieval Italian History, entailed walking around the city and taking field trips to nearby places and then having a discussion about the stories behind what we observed. The contemporary Italian lifestyle combined with an ancient landscape was so unique to itself. Additionally, the central location of Viterbo allowed me to travel to cities and towns throughout three different regions in Italy, as well as six other countries outside of Italy. Before this semester, I had never been to Europe and had only been on a plane a handful of times. After this semester, I have become more confident, independent, and am now finding ways to incorporate more travel into my personal life and career path.
My advice to any student considering an international study is: do not be afraid to travel off the beaten path! Try and identify what you would like to achieve from your study abroad experience and be open to options that are different compared to what you’ve heard people do. For me, it was mastering a language and having an authentic cultural experience. If you have your heart set on something, great- pursue it! But if you are on the fence and are open to something different, there are countless, unexpected possibilities waiting to be sought.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing that I would improve about the program is having more group/program events. Also, I wish there was a bit more immersion with other Italian students that attended the university. We were very separated from them.
66 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

USAC Viterbo

USAC Viterbo was a wonderful program that gave me the opportunity to study not just in Italy, but in the loveliest little Italian city. My host family was absolutely fantastic as was my Italian professor—my experience in Viterbo wouldn’t have been the same without them. The city itself is an unforgettable place full of cobblestone streets, medieval history, and delicious cappuccinos. It’s also ideally located close to Rome for any European travel adventures you plan. Any student lucky enough to study in Viterbo will be able to appreciate the genuine Italian culture it maintains and the beauty of a true Italian lifestyle. My only regret is that I was only able to study in Viterbo for a semester rather than a full year! Grazie mille, Viterbo—ti adoro!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Request a home stay! Living with Italians will change your view on life and of the world :)
67 people found this review helpful.

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