High School Abroad in Italy

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Information for term High School Abroad in Italy

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 8, 2022 – Jan 30, 2023 (21 weeks)

Application Deadline

August 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 1, 2022
  • Dates: Jan 20 – Jun 15, 2023 (21 weeks)

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 8, 2022 – Jun 15, 2023 (40 weeks)


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Become fluent in Italian in the birthplace of the Renaissance.

The birthplace of the Renaissance is known for its beautiful language, exquisite architecture, and world-famous art and cuisine. Spend your free time in museums and cathedrals, attending local festivals, and eating to your heart’s content. Six days a week, you’ll spend five hours in classes — taught solely in Italian — at your local public school. For the first eight weeks, you’ll also take a dedicated Italian language course two hours a week, to keep you up to speed.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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Discover a world of unparalleled art, architecture, history, and cuisine in spectacular Italy.

Whether you’re placed in a small town outside of Florence, the “City of Flowers,” to the north, or in the southern hilltop 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.   Meet up with friends after a day of classes to share real pizza margherita and gelato. Explore the Italian countryside during a school field trip. Practicing your Italian while cheering on the local futbol team during an exciting match.   Advance your Italian proficiency each day — through chats with teachers and classmates, and dinnertime conversations with your homestay — and gain important international experience that can help get you into your first-choice college. If you’re ready, Italy awaits.
  CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Italy.  


Orientation generally occurs in your host community with a local representative. Your orientation will strike a nice balance between language learning and exploring. The courses are designed to help prepare you for a fully immersive experience for the duration of your program.   Classes will be run by native Italian teachers who are certified to teach Italian as a foreign language. Small class sizes and plenty of individualized instruction will ensure you receive the most out of your orientation language instruction. While also covering a range of topics including residency permits, support networks, homestays, school, rules, cultural shock, Italian currency, Italian food, festivities, and traditions.   Note: Depending on the final cohort size, a longer group orientation may be offered in a different Italian city.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Just stand with a cup of dark chocolate gelato in one hand and a cup of dark hot chocolate in the other and eat yourself sick. I’ll leave you with that image of happiness..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Housing

    Hostel stay during orientation, then carefully screened homestay, found by Local Coordinator

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in area available for support, CIEE Support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities

Join your peers on group excursions to legendary landmarks in a range of favorite Italian cities, from Verona to Venice, Florence, and Rome. Available at an additional cost, these optional expeditions will feature a variety of guided tours and activities. Possible destinations include:


You’ll spend three days and two nights in the “City of Lilies,” with a visit to the Piazza and Basilica of Santa Croce. You’ll venture on to Florence’s historical center, including sights like the Palazzo Vecchio, the Museo Degli Uffizi (Uffizi Museum Gallery), and the Palazzo Rucellai, a palatial 15th-century townhouse. You’ll be busy, but don’t worry — there will be plenty of time set aside for shopping and meals!


You’ll have three days and two nights to experience the wonders of Italy’s breathtaking capital city. Rome offers you centuries of world-famous architecture and art, including masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The city is also home to Vatican City, as well as ancient ruins like the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. You’ll want to see it all.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

What People are Saying

  • Marta, my host sister, speaks broken English, and she has helped me numerous times when I did not know a word or became confused with other people. We are in the same class at school, which has helped me create numerous friendships. I am a shy person, but she has helped me feel confident among her friends and in the classroom. As a volleyball player, Marta helped me join a team at her club, which has become a source of exercise and new friends. She is hilarious and so kind, partially addicted to her phone, and sometimes a very ‘typical teenager,’ but I am so happy to have her by my side.

    Lucia H., CIEE High School Abroad Participant
  • The pictures truly can’t give Venice justice. To really grasp it, you need to stand in the middle of a busy alleyway and feel the humidity on your face and smell the fresh bread. Just stand with a cup of dark chocolate gelato in one hand and a cup of dark hot chocolate in the other and eat yourself sick. I’ll leave you with that image of happiness.

    Kelton M., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Being ‘on your own’ and going through so many new things teaches you to rely on yourself, more like an adult. Experiencing more than most teenagers would at the same age helps you to become wiser. Most important, I feel like my eyes have been opened to the fact that there are other people across oceans who can live similarly or completely opposite to your lifestyle.

    Kathryn R, CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • About a year and a half ago, I decided to study abroad in Italy for 10 months and was placed in an amazing town called Cittadella. I can’t believe how much my life has changed since I first stepped on that plane to Italy. Because of my study abroad experience, I now know what I want to do with my life and what my priorities are. It’s amazing how much your perspective on life changes when you take such a big leap! Since I’ve been back, I have been focusing on my education at Carroll College, where I’m pursuing a nursing degree in the hope of one day being a pediatric oncology nurse.

    Dana R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Preferably have two years of formal Italian language instruction
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2022 40 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 8, 2022 Jun 15, 2023


Fall 2022 21 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 8, 2022 Jan 30, 2023


Spring 2023 21 weeks Aug 1, 2022 Jan 20, 2023 Jun 15, 2023


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