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Italy is one of the world's richest nations in terms of its history, art, cuisine, and cultural influences. The cities of Florence, Venice and Rome overflow with architectural and artistic masterpieces. Milan is a world center for design and fashion. The climate in Italy varies dramatically, from the snowy Alps in the North, to the Mediterranean climate of Sicily and the Southern provinces. High-speed rail links most major cities, making travel a breeze.

The Italian family is very close knit, with children living at home far longer than in the U.S., often into their thirties! The Italian birth rate is one of the lowest in the world, and the general population is actually shrinking. Tourism is the main industry, and families are eager to share the wealth of their culture with the outside world.

Academic Programs Include

Semester, year-long, and short-term (1-3 month) programs are available. Both Licei (college prep) and Iznstituto (technical and professional schools) are available to U.S. students. For instance, an AHA student could specialize in cooking, art, or music. U.S. required academic courses are available at both types of schools. Sports and other activities occur outside of school. Two years of previous Italian language study is recommended. Our Italian host families live mainly in Northern Italy and the greater Roman area. Italian schools meet five and a half days a week. Tutoring is also available.

Program Costs Includes homestay, school, flight, and health and accident insurance

Length Cost (in USDs)
1-3 month $3,000-3,700
Semester $5,500-6,250
Academic Year $7,300-8,000

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