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Welcome to Italy

Italy is a country that is rich in culture and history. From the ancient Roman Empire throughout centuries, Italy has heavily influenced global culture. Because the list of Italy’s historical contributions to the world is incredibly massive, the modern identity of Italy is hard to pin down. It is a mixture of rich history and tradition mixed with elements of modern culture. This gives Italy the advantage of having some of the richest collections of art, cuisine, music and culture than any other country in the world.

Italy has more UNESCO Heritage Sites than any other country. If you’re a student interested in history and culture, Italy is the ideal place to study abroad. Cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice boast architecture more beautiful than a painting and are home to arguably the most treasured collections of works of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. Also, Italy is not short on its natural treasures. The Alps are a great place for a ski trip or an outdoor adventure and the beautiful landscapes of Sicily are worth paying a visit just for the sights. All of the possibilities for activities and entertainment can be a bit overwhelming, but a semester in Italy will allow you to experience one of the most popular study abroad destinations.

Known for cultural and historical landmarks, there is no shortage of sites to see and things to do. From the Colosseum in Rome, to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy offers architectural wonders that need to be seen in person. Also, who wouldn't want to try the most authentic pasta and gelato this world has to offer?

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

For more scholarships, visit http://www.diversityabroad.com/search/scholarships/italy

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Staying Healthy & Safe in Italy

A couple of important links to help you stay healthy and secure while traveling to Italy: 

Health and Safety Information for Travel to Italy

Italy Safety and Security Overview

For Alumni

If you have studied abroad in Italy, consider creating a profile and sharing your experience. What you have to say could help inspire another student considering studying abroad. You can also submit an article to be considered for publication on our website.

Contact us at content@diversitabroad.org for more information!

Create A Diversity Abroad Profile

Also, here are some links to potential opportunities for students who have studied abroad and graduates interested in work opportunities in Italy.

Teach Abroad in Italy
Intern Abroad in Italy
Volunteer Abroad in Italy

Diversity Guide to Italy

Note: These tips are intended to serve as an overview and are not exhaustive. Be sure to research your destination thoroughly as your identity can have a significant impact on your experience abroad.

  • Tips for African American and Latino Students

    Generally speaking, Italy is a place that has seen enough people of various cultures that it is generally more progressive on matters of race than other European countries. You probably will, however, experience some stares, mainly because most of the people in Italy with darker skin are immigrants from the horn of Africa and North Africa which were, briefly, part of Italy's empire in the early 20th century and with Italy’s slow moving economy, immigration has put a strain on peoples’ attitudes towards people of color.

    Latino/Hispanic in Italy

  • Tips for LGBTQ Students

    Italy is waiting on its laws to catch up with how people actually live. Italians in general, are accepting of LGBTQ people and relationships, but have yet to legalize gay marriage. Public displays of affection, and being openly gay are not nearly as taboo as in other countries. Still LGBTQ students should do research when visiting rural areas as you would expect people from these areas to be less progressive.

    Gay Italy
    Gay Rights in Italy

  • Tips for Students with Disabilities

    Italy is modern country that has significant infrastructure in place for students with physical disabilities. Even at historic attractions, student will find ramps and entrances specifically for use by the disabled. Students with disabilities should only take standard precautions such as planning ahead to make sure routes and venues have the necessary accessibility.

    Accessible Italy

  • Tips for Religious Students

    Despite the history and presence of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church, less than a third of Italians are devout Christians, so the Catholic identity is more of a traditional one. Christian student may not find many places of worship outside of the Catholic tradition. Students who practice Islam should be aware of the heightening Islamophobia in the region due to its close proximity to North Africa and the Middle East. Be prepared for stares, disrespectful comments and possible harassment.

    Islamophobia in Italy

  • Tips for Women

    Despite its beauty and rich history, Italy is widely considered the worst country in Western Europe for women’s rights and equality. As a student, you may experience overt sexism and catcalling, as there is still significant hypermasculine attitudes among some men. Women in positions of authority lag significantly behind other Westernized countries.

    Slow Progress for Women in Italy

    Hear from a Diversity Abroad Alumni who studied abroad in Italy!

    Lindsay in Italy

Have Tips about Study or Travel to Italy?

Are you ready for Italy? Here are a few essential resources to help make your trip a success: 

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Diversity Abroad Tips

Have you visited or studied abroad in Italy? Share your most essential tips and most important do’s with other students who may want to travel there!

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