Gap, intern, study abroad in
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.
Students in Rome, Italy
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:
International student community
Uffizi Museum, Pitti Palace, the Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s “David”)
45 minute train ride to the beach
Birthplace of the Renaissance
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
Breathtaking seaside views
Ancient Greek history abound
Rich archaeological tradition
Warm Sicilian hospitality
Delicious Mediterranean cuisine
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
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.
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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.”