Imagine yourself in Italy with CIEE:
Exploring the Italian countryside during a school field trip. Meeting up with friends after a day of classes to share real pizza Margherita and gelato. Practicing your Italian while cheering on the local futbol team during an exciting match.
Whether you’re placed in the “City of Flowers” to the north, or the southern hill-top community of Calitri, with CIEE high school study abroad in Italy, you’ll explore more than 3,000 years of rich history both in class at the local high school and through your own personal explorations.
Advance your Italian proficiency each day—through chats with teachers and classmates to dinnertime conversations with your host family—and gain important international experience that can help get you into your first-choice college. If you’re ready, Italy awaits.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Get ready to study alongside native Italian students!
Six days a week from 8:00am to 1:00pm you’ll take classes—taught solely in Italian—at the local public school (hours may vary by school). For the first eight weeks you’ll also take a dedicated Italian language course two hours a week. You’ll be proficient before you know it!
Subjects typically include: Italian literature, math, history, science, and physical education.
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by living with a local family. Not only will your Italian host family provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, they’ll introduce you to local customs, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.
Our host families are as diverse as our high school students. Whomever you’re placed with, all host families are carefully screened and matched with you based on personality profiles and common interests. Through your host family, you’ll build a home away from home and develop relationships that endure long after you’ve finished your high school study abroad program.
In addition to living and studying in your host community, all students will have the opportunity to explore other Italian cities through optional trips* offered during the school year. Past locations have included Rome and Florence and are typically for 3 days and 2 nights.
*Optional trips are offered at an additional expense.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- International airfare between U.S. departure city and Italy
- Transportation to and from a local Italian airport
- Placement in an Italian high school
- Eight-week Italian language class
- Careful selection and screening of a compatible Italian family
- Room and board with selected host family
- Supervision and support of a Local Coordinator
- Periodic progress reports
- Orientation prior to leaving the U.S. and upon arrival in Italy
- International medical insurance through iNext and 24-hour worldwide travel assistance and support
Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview – Computer (OPIC) will be delivered twice to evaluate each student’s language proficiency both before and after completing the program. Each student will receive his or her official ACTFL OPIC score and certificate.
Semester (US Fall)
April 1, 2015*
Academic Year (US Fall)
April 1, 2015*
Semester (US Spring)
Aug 15, 2015**
*Early applications are due February 15, 2015. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
**Early applications are due July 1, 2015. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
Prices are subject to change and will be locked in for the participant on the day CIEE receives the completed application and program deposit.
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Two years of formal Italian language instruction are required
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Our receiving organization in Italy is responsible for your placement and support during your time in country.
This organization is responsible for recruiting, screening, and placing you with your host family and in your local high school. Upon arrival, you’ll be assigned a local coordinator who will provide support and complete supervision throughout your stay in Italy.
All high school students take part in an online pre-departure orientation that introduces them to aspects of living abroad in their host country and to other high school students studying on the program. The orientation helps students and parents set realistic expectations and goals and understand the support system. CIEE staff will offer advice on adjusting to a new culture and will facilitate a Q&A forum.
When possible, CIEE will make every effort to allow students to travel to their host country on the same flight as each other. For larger groups, a CIEE staff member will most likely travel with the group.
An in-country orientation offers the perfect start to your high school study abroad adventure. Receive an introduction to local customs and culture, get a jump on your mastery of the Italian language, and even do a little sightseeing—all before heading to your host family and starting classes.
Choose the orientation that aligns with your goals:
- Milan – for two nights and three days, you’ll learn about life in Italy, prepare for school, and explore the beauty and extravagance that characterizes this fashion and economic capital. Offered at no additional expense and available only for students beginning the program in the fall.
- Bozano or Udine* – dive in depth into Italian language study, discover what classes in Italy are like, and take in the sights of nearby Verona and Merano during this comprehensive six-night, five-day orientation.
*at additional expense