Italy

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: September
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation: 4-day orientation in Milan
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About Italy

Imagine strolling through ancient cobblestone streets, surrounded by architectural wonders that have stood the test of time. Italy’s cultural heritage, celebrated globally, invites you to savor culinary delights that showcase centuries of passion and tradition. Italians are renowned for their warm embraces and vibrant conversations, making it easy to connect and build friendships that span continents. As you delve into the enchanting Italian language, you’ll uncover a doorway to classic literature, opera, and cinema that have left an indelible mark on the world. From sipping espresso at bustling cafes to witnessing the grandeur of historic sites, Italy’s diversity ensures every day brings new discoveries.

  • Size: Italy covers an area of approximately 116,350 square miles. Italy is slightly larger than
    Arizona
  • Population: The population of Italy is approximately 60 million people
  • Language: The main language spoken in Italy is Italian.
  • Religion: The main religion in Italy is Christianity, with the majority of the population being Roman
    Catholic. However, Italy is known for its religious diversity, and there are also smaller communities of
    other Christian denominations and religions.
  • Government: Italy is a parliamentary republic. It has a president as the head of state and a prime
    minister as the head of government. The country follows a democratic system with a separation of powers among
    the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
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Life in Italy

Mornings often begin with a leisurely breakfast, which might include fresh pastries, fruits, and a cup of espresso. School usually starts around 8:00 AM and lasts until early afternoon, with a break for a hearty lunch. Italian schools emphasize academic rigor and creative thinking, with subjects spanning languages, sciences, humanities, and the arts.

After school, many students engage in extracurricular activities, whether it’s playing soccer, participating in clubs, or practicing music. Italy’s deep-rooted passion for sports, arts, and hobbies provides numerous avenues for personal growth and camaraderie.

Evenings are cherished family time, with families often gathering around the dinner table to enjoy delectable Italian dishes and engaging conversations. The culture of togetherness and sharing stories is integral to Italian family life.

As the sun sets, Italian cities come alive. Teenagers might stroll through picturesque piazzas, meet friends at gelaterias, or attend cultural events and concerts. The vibrant social scene reflects Italy’s love for mingling and enjoying each other’s company.

Weekends offer a chance for exploration and enjoyment. Many teenagers take advantage of Italy’s diverse landscapes by spending time at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or exploring historical sites and museums. Whether indulging in traditional festivals or simply savoring a slice of pizza, weekends provide a window into Italy’s rich traditions.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

September 2024

$11,900

10 months (academic year)

September 2024

$12,660

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

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Italy

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.