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Host University for Reggio Emilia, Italy

Students in class at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Reggio Emilia, Italy.Exterior of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia building on campus in Reggio Emilia, 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 already had an ancient and noble tradition of university studies: a school of Law, proposed by the city, is mentioned as early as 1188.The university was attended by some famous students like Ludovico Antonio Muratori, a noted Italian historian and scholar, the playwright Carlo Goldoni in the seventeenth century and, in the last century, Sandro Pertini, who became President of the Italian Republic. The well-known university of UNIMORE is specialized on different fields of study among which education and humanities, communication and economics, engineering, foreign languages and cultures. Nowadays classes are held in the completely renovated and modernized building, the former Caserma Zucchi now called Palazzo Dossetti; its modern style combined with the ancient traditions of Italian history makes the university a perfect location to savor the Italian history and culture.

The experienced faculty, made up of Italian and international professors, provides valuable diverse perspectives on Italy, its culture and the international community. You will enjoy the school's comfortable, welcoming atmosphere and facilities including a friendly café where you can meet local students and enjoy inexpensive small meals and snacks, a well-organized modern library, a student-led radio broadcasting station, and much more. Moreover you’ll have the chance to discover the lively student life by taking part in the activities organized by the Italian student life association (Uni-life) on campus and in the community. You will find an exciting, challenging academic environment with students from around the world in many of your classes. Sign up for a language partner to practice your Italian while helping local students learn English. After classes are over, you can enjoy a walk in the large park just in front of the school or a stroll through the marvelous narrow streets of the city center, just a 5-minute walk from the school.