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Enrich the time between high school and college in a gap program, differentiate your resume with an internship, or get class credit while you study abroad. Along the way, you’ll attend prestigious universities, enjoy career-accelerating experiences, and immerse yourself in Italy’s language, lifestyle and culture.

Florence Italy

Students in Rome, Italy

Destination Overview

API offers wonderful opportunities to take a gap semester or year, study or intern abroad in Italy or take a virtual course and learn about and absorb the Italian culture and way of life. Italy is one of Europe’s most complex and alluring destinations. A modern, industrialized nation, with an artistic and architectural legacy that few other countries can rival, it’s also a Mediterranean country with a southern European sensibility, where traditional attitudes still prevail. Thriving small businesses contribute to strong regional identities, helping Italy avoid some of the bland effects of globalization.

If there is a single national characteristic, it’s to embrace life to the fullest in…

  • The hundreds of local festivals taking place across the country on any given day to celebrate a saint or the local harvest
  • The importance placed on good food and beautiful clothing
  • The daily domestic ritual of the collective evening stroll or passeggiata – a sociable affair celebrated by young and old alike in every town and village across the country.

Hear from an API Alum Who Studied in Italy

Cities in Italy with API Programs:

Florence Italy
Why Florence
  • International student community

  • Breathtaking beauty

  • Uffizi Museum, Pitti Palace, the Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s “David”)

  • 45 minute train ride to the beach

  • Birthplace of the Renaissance

Rome Italy Colosseum
Why Rome
  • Capital city of Italy

  • Friendly, warm, and inviting people

  • Variety of academic subjects available (including STEM options)

  • Layer upon layer of history and culture

  • 20 minutes to the beach

  • Italian center of filmmaking

Rome Italy Colosseum
Syracuse Italy
Why Syracuse
  • Breathtaking seaside views

  • Ancient Greek history abound

  • Rich archaeological tradition

  • Warm Sicilian hospitality

  • Delicious Mediterranean cuisine

Tuscania Italy
Why Tuscania
  • Experience authentic, small-town Italy at its best

  • Exceptional opportunities for cultural immersion

  • Study within medieval town walls (literally!)

  • Be one of only a handful of foreigners in the town

  • Only 20 minutes from the ocean

Tuscania Italy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

API is committed to providing enriching international experiences to its participants. We believe in the importance of promoting acceptance, dignity, and respect among people of all backgrounds. API demonstrates its commitment to inclusiveness by providing affordable and accessible programs, offering individualized support, and conducting ongoing diversity education and training for all API staff. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you during your journey abroad.

Read more about Europe on our blog:

April #TravelTuesdays Recap
April #TravelTuesdays Recap

We are still daydreaming of traveling to beautiful faraway cities and experiencing new sights, sounds and tastes. This April we lived vicariously through our wonderful API alumni who shared their...

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Finding my Future in Florence
Finding my Future in Florence

By Morgan Pimentel I never truly knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I spent my high school years troubleshooting my future, trying to figure out what I could possibly be happy doing for the...

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March #TravelTuesdays
March #TravelTuesdays

API continues to highlight our fantastic alumni through our weekly feature, #TravelTuesdays, where our former students share personal photos and experiences from their international experiences on...

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“My time in Rome with API was, undoubtedly, the most amazing and fulfilling experience of my life. API went above and beyond the call of duty to make every minute of my time over there an absolute pleasure. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience on every level, and this was largely due to API.”

~Michael D.
API Rome student
Students at Colosseum in Rome Italy
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