• Italy
    • Viterbo
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Cultural Studies History Journalism Political Science Sociology
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family
Apr 08, 2024
Nov 14, 2023
26 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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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.



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

  • 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!

Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
based on 39 reviews
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  • 4 rating 5.13%
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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program

I had an amazing summer in Viterbo. Viterbo is a great location. Transportation was nearby so travel was very easy to do. The classes were nice and small. I felt like the learning environment was perfect. The professors were friendly and helpful. The USAC staff quickly addressed and issues or worries students had. I met some amazing people and made life long friends. I was able to see things I’ve only read about, history came to life. Spending the summer in Viterbo was an incredible experience I’ll never forget.

  • Great food
  • Easy travel
  • Amazing art
26 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An immersive summer experience

I studied abroad in Viterbo as part of a six week program. My program had about 20 students from all across the US, most of whom did not know anyone else in the program. I think this allowed us all to get to know each other better and be more open to trying new things. Viterbo is a pretty small town in a rural part of the Lazio region and its downtown core is one of the most well-preserved medieval sections in all of Europe. Our apartment was inside the city walls and walkable to many restaurants, a small grocery store, a produce vendor, and the Corso Italia, which is the main drag for shopping in Viterbo. Overall, the apartment was nice and furnished well enough, but it did not have AC. This is standard for many residences in Italy, but it was rather hot while we were there and leaving the windows open did result in a lot of bug bites. The class schedule was a little unusual in that it was not the same every week, so one week you might have a class on Monday and Wednesday, and the next on Tuesday and Thursday. I took the photography class, the cuisine class, and intro to Italian. I would highly recommend taking the intro to Italian class if you are not familiar with the language as many of the shopkeepers and restauranteurs in Viterbo do not speak English, and knowing some Italian will make your interactions smoother. The cuisine class is a great way to learn more about Italian culture, and you do get copies of the recipes to make at home if you so choose. I really enjoyed the photography class, which is the one I needed for credit at my home university. Aside from the very good instruction in the mechanics of photography, I enjoyed how this class got us out into the city and seeing different parts. It was not listed in the class description and is not necessarily required, but it will be easier if you bring your own camera. In addition to the great experience in Viterbo, the town is accessible to both Rome and Florence by rail, and from there you can go onwards to Milan, Naples, etc. In the six weeks we were there, we had time on weekends to go to both Rome and Florence, as well as Positano on the Amalfi coast, and a beach in the nearby town of Tarquinia. I would also highly recommend going to Lago di Bolsena! The program also offered multiple field trips that students could go on to different lesser known places near Viterbo - the two I remember were Civita di Bagnoregio and Marmore Falls. Overall it was a really great experience during which I felt like I got a window into a realistic lifestyle in Italy while also getting to see many of the places I wanted to visit.

  • Walkable, authentic, small town feel
  • Accessible to major cities (Rome, Florence)
  • Good field trips provided by program
  • No AC in most housing - lots of bugs from open windows
  • Downside of a small town, not a great night life
37 people found this review helpful.
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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
55 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
62 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
64 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
70 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!
91 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.
129 people found this review helpful.

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