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  • Locations: Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartments, Home-stay, Student housing
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Communication, Education, Public Health College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Reich College of Education
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Study in Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Live and study in a charming city known for having one of the highest qualities of life in Italy. 
  • Take courses in Italian language, education, health, economics, and communications at an award-winning university.
  • Enjoy field trips, optional tours, and other opportunities to explore Emilia-Romagna—this culturally and naturally rich and varied region of Italy.
  • Truly savor the cuisine of the region—some say the country’s best food! The region is known for parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and more.
  • The USAC Resident Director and staff are present on-site full-time to welcome and support you during your term abroad.

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Available Terms
Two summer sessions
Fall or Spring semester  

Programs Of Study
Italian Language Studies, Education, Communications, and Health/Nutrition

Language of Instruction
English and Italian

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Study in Italy!


USAC classes are held at the Reggio Emilia campus of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), rated the second best public university in Italy. The University of Modena (based in the neighboring city of Modena only 10 minutes away from Reggio Emilia by train), dates back to 1175, a few decades after the birth of the University of Bologna, making it one of the oldest universities in Italy and the world. 


Reggio Emilia is a charming mid-sized city in north-central Italy, the perfect location to immerse yourself in Italian culture away from crowded tourist destinations. This city of Roman origin, birthplace of the Italian tricolor flag, is rich in history, culture, and tradition. It is a clean, pedestrian-friendly city with cobblestone streets and piazzas, which come alive with markets and nightlife. The city is known worldwide for its unique teaching philosophy and spectacular cuisine. Close to both the Reggiano Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Riviera, Reggio Emilia offers both hiking and beach-going. In addition, with two train stations, Reggio is conveniently located between Milan and Florence – the perfect location for getting around easily and on a budget!

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late August to Late December
  • Spring Semester: Early January to Mid May
  • Summer Semester I: Late May to Late June
  • Summer Semester II: Early July to Early August
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Reggio webpage.


Students will stay in double occupancy apartments with 2-5 other USAC students. It may be possible to stay in a homestay or university residence however these options are limited during the summer.  


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Summer
1USAC Tuition See USAC See USAC
2USAC Housing See Below Included in Program Cost
3OIED Program Development Fee $200 $200
Intl Health Dev Fee $60 $60
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
2Housing is charged at the USAC rate.
3The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Summer 
USAC Application Fee $100 $100
1USAC Confirmation Deposit $500 $500
USAC Housing $1100 - $1900 Included in Program Cost
Refundable Housing Deposit $300 $300
Airfare $1000 - $1800  $1200 - $1800
Meals $1200 - $1800 $400 - $600
2Personal Expenses $1000 - $1900 $400 - $600
Books and Materials $50 - $100 $30 - $70
Local Transportation $100 - $300 $100
Visa (for US Citizens) $200 0
Passport $150 $150
3US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
4Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $200 - $800
1Students are responsible for submitting a $500 non-refundable confirmation deposit to USAC after acceptance.  
2Personal living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Students will enroll in 12-18 credits per semester comprised of electives in Italian Language (required), and electives in Education, Health Studies, Communication and assorted other courses. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. 

Three to six credits in Session I and three to five credits in Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course offerings normally focus on Italian Language, Education, Communication, and Health Studies.  

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Khon Kaen program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits during the semester and 3 credits per summer session.. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.