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On-Site Staff for Reggio Emilia, Italy

Specialty programs have an on-site Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the program, including securing appropriate student housing, hiring top-level faculty, organizing field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being.

The Reggio Emilia RD is Simona Lai. Simona has degrees in Foreign Languages for Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, a Master’s degree in Foreign Language for International Communication, and advanced graduate certification in Foreign Language Teaching.

Sofia Barbieri standing in front of a map of the U.S. and leaning on a bookcase.

Sofia Barbieri is the Program Assistant and a native of Reggio Emilia. She earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and social sciences and a master's in contemporary French and German philosophy. She studied abroad in Canada in high school and has lived in France, Czech Republic, Portugal, and Germany.

The RD and Program Assistant meets the group flight at the airport, provide on-site oreintation, oversee your academic affairs, organize activities, and provide valuable assistance and resources.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Summer: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: April 1
    • Session II deadline: May 1
  • Fall/Yearlong: Open
    • Deadline: May 1
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: October 1


Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students


English | Italian


AACUPI--Association of American Colleges and Universities in Italy

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