High School Programs in Italy

Back to Programs

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Italy

From the reign of the Roman Empire through the birth of the Renaissance until its current place as a global center for art and culture, Italy has long been a land of beauty, power, and intrigue. By traveling to Italy as a high school student, you will have the opportunity to explore a historically rich and diverse country with your peers amidst a breathtaking Mediterranean backdrop. Are you ready for a taste of la dolce vita (the sweet life)?


Italy is a large sprawling country with one of the largest populations in Europe. There are a wide array of locations, big cities and small towns alike, that offer international programs for high school students in Italy.

Rome is the country’s capital and largest city, and as such is a popular destination for high school programs in Italy. Rome has steadily been building upon itself for thousands of years and today you will be amazed by the diversity of magnificent architecture on display throughout the city. From the Colosseum to the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, some of Europe’s oldest and most impressive monuments line the grand cobblestone streets of Rome.

Florence is another common place for high school programs in Italy. Famed for its tremendous influence in arts and sciences throughout the Renaissance, today Florence remains one of the premier cultural hubs of Europe. Boasting a wealth of world class museums, high end fashion boutiques, and mouth-watering eateries, high school programs in Florence are highly enriching experiences for students with a particular passion for the arts.

While Rome and Florence are the country’s most popular destinations, options in Italy far exceed these two great cities. Milan, Venice, Bologna, Palermo, Naples, the list of potential locations for high school programs in Italy goes on and on, each more fascinating and unique than the next. Spend time exploring all your options and consider carefully the pros and cons of each place.

High School Programs in Italy

Many high school programs in Italy are centered around exploring the language, culture, and history of the country. A typical structure of a high school study abroad program in Italy combines the chance to take classes for academic credit with further opportunity to explore your surroundings through interactive field trips and cultural outings. Some high school programs in Italy will take a general approach to Italian cultural studies, while others might hone in on specific subjects of interest such as art, architecture, or culinary studies.

You will also have the opportunity to choose a cultural exploration program that typically takes students to several destinations across the country, instead of being grounded in one location. While the latter is more likely to grant academic credit for enrollment, the former can be a great way to experience many different aspects of this multifaceted country. In either case high school programs in Italy tend to last between two and eight weeks, and are primarily offered during the summer.

While Italian language study is a common feature of many high school programs in Italy, it is typically not required of students to have any knowledge of the language prior to departure. While a beautiful language, Italian is not offered as a subject at many high school across the world, so learning the language will be purely for practical purposes.

Costs & Affordability

Italy is an economically advanced country and a very popular tourist destination, and as such it is a fairly expensive country for high school programs abroad. Costs of living vary significantly across the country however, the big cities generally being more expensive than rural areas.

Accommodation & Visas

Homestays are the most popular form of accommodation provided in high school programs in Italy. By living in a homestay you will enjoy the very rich sense of family life that is a fundamental part of the Italian people, and benefit from total cultural immersion as well. For exploration programs that move around frequently, you will likely be staying in a variety of housing situations, such as hotels and dormitories. In any case safety is a primary concern of high school programs abroad in Italy, so you can rest assured that students will be supervised and accounted for.

You might have to obtain a visa to travel to Italy for an international program, depending on what country you come from and how long you plan on staying. Italy requires citizens of some nations to apply for a visa prior to entry, while others will only have to apply if they plan on staying for longer than 90 days.

Benefits & Challenges

A high school program in Italy will prove to be one of the most adventurous and enriching experiences of your young academic life. Beyond the classroom, the challenges which come with adapting to life in a new country will help you grow as a person and expand your worldview. At once a picturesque, culturally wealthy, and downright fun country to travel to, Italy should be at the top of every high school student’s list of places for international programs.

Read More

A Guide To
High School Programs Abroad in Italy


 Explore Teen Travel Programs in Italy


This listing has been saved 22 times

SPI High School Study Abroad in Italy

Gain academic credit while enjoying the sceneries and cuisine of Siena, Italy. High school students can spend two to four weeks during the summer with SPI Study Abroad enhancing their Italian language skills through intensive language courses and living with a homestay family. Visit neighboring Italian cities, watch the Palio delle Contrade, and indulge in the fusion of Etruscan, Roman, Medieva...

Church in Italy

This listing has been saved 2 times

AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in Italy

Italians know how to enjoy life, whether through exquisite art, music, and architecture; the company of friends and family; the beautiful game of soccer; or an after-dinner passeggiata (slow walk). Family members always eat together so they can catch up on each others lives, and Italians love to stay in-the-know with current events. The country is full of art at nearly every turn, including Rom...


This listing has been saved 6 times

High School Cultural Experience in Italy

Studying abroad adventure in a local Italian high school on a cultural exchange while living with family. Meet new long life friends, see all the famous sights of Italy, museums, libraries, castles and palaces all in the centre of Town. Campus Education Australia (CEA) works with partner organizations in securing high quality placements for international students in a language school or a lo...


This listing has been saved 35 times

Custom Group Service-Learning Trips

Projects Abroad arranges customized group service-learning trips for schools, universities, companies, and other organizations. With hundreds of projects to choose from in over 30 countries, we will tailor your trip to the individual needs of your group and guide you every step of the way. You chose the dates, location, project focus, and goals. With over 600 staff working for Projects A...


This listing has been saved 7 times

Study Abroad in Italy with Youth For Understanding (YFU)

Study in Italy through high school programs offered by Youth For Understanding USA (YFU). In Italy YFC hosts an adventurous learning program that fully immerses students in the local culture. Participants learn Italian History, Religion, Fashion, and many other interesting subject areas throughout the program.


Having Fun is Essential to a Meaningful Summer!

Experience Italy through an adventure with Westcoast Connections Active Tours. High school age students, together with their peers, are guided by professional team leaders and directors throughout the program to encourage individual growth. Students will develop maturity, self-confidence, and cultural awareness.


This listing has been saved 3 times

Language, Food, and Culture in Italy

Embark on a culinary journey through picturesque cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice on The Experiment in International Living’s high school summer abroad program in Italy. Participants are immersed in Italian culture, receive cooking instruction from professional chefs, and study the Italian language.


This listing has been saved 8 times

Nacel International

Students will improve their knowledge of the Italian culture and language through active participation in family, school and community life in Italy. The high school program in Italy gives students an opportunity to spend a certain period of time studying at an Italian high school and living with an Italian volunteer family.


This listing has been saved 3 times

Greenheart Travel

The historic city of Rome is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Italian culture and language. During this program created by Greenheart Travel, students explore Italy while staying with a host family and attending classes with Italian students. By the end of the program, high school participants will develop their Italian communication skills, enhance their sense of independence, and expe...


Love nursing? Shadow in Italy. 20+ AAMC-compliant hrs/week.

The Atlantis Fellowship gives pre-medical and pre-health students AAMC-compliant, ethical shadowing hours in international hospitals. The Atlantis mission is to help pre-medical and pre-health students pursue their callings in medicine passionately through their interactions with international healthcare. Atlantis is committed to partnering with students on their way to becoming a nurse, whi...


This listing has been saved 12 times

Spoleto Study Abroad

Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Session is a hands-on immersion program in the arts and humanities for high school students, ages 15-19, who are interested in vocal music, instrumental music,visual arts, drama, photography, and creative writing. This is an experience that will appeal to the high school student serious art, humanities and gaining a worldly perspective.


This listing has been saved 264 times

9 months. 10 countries. 100 skills. The best gap year ever.

How much time do you have? What are your interests? Whether you spend a year or a week on a Winterline program, you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures, learn new skills and find out something important yourself. And you’ll have an awesome time doing it. Winterline offers both 9 month gap year programs and 1-2 week programs focusing on life and business skills. ...