The Department of French and Italian strongly encourages study abroad as a means of cultural and linguistic immersion and typically recommends the junior year. Please see the Office of Study Abroad for information about programs, scholarships, and health and safety abroad, and consult with the departmental study abroad advisor in order to plan coursework.


There are many exciting opportunities and destinations for students to study in Italy. Students of Italian frequently choose to join the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) program in Viterbo and the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Rome. The USAC and IES programs in Viterbo, Rome and other Italian cities offer the opportunity to combine language study with courses in various areas, including anthropology, art, business, fashion, education, film, history, and Italian studies. Other options for semester- or year-long study opportunities in Italy include the Wells College Florence program at the Lorenzo de Medici International Institute. More information about study abroad opportunities in Italy is available at A complete list of study abroad programs in Italy is available at the University of Iowa Study Abroad office, 1111 University Capitol Centre.


Scholarships are available for study abroad programs sponsored by The University of Iowa. For more information on scholarships and funds available to help cover the costs of travel, in addition to application procedures, contact Study Abroad at 319-335-0353, 1111 University Capitol Centre.