USAC encourages every student to participate on the tours; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
Northern Lake Garda
Enjoy a two-day tour to one of the most beautiful areas in Italy. Lake Garda is the largest alpine lake in Italy and the northern part is considered the most charming. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and the amazing view of the mountains surrounding the lake. The intense colors, transparent water, and temperate climate—including olive and lemon groves, palm and orange trees—will take your breath away. Bring your swimsuit for this amazing tour!
Trieste and Adriatic Seaside
Venture into a part of Italy off the tourist path. This multicultural city hangs on Italy's eastern edge and is known for its literary cafes, art scene, and enchanting seascapes. Learn about this port where coffee has been imported for centuries, visit the Miramare Castle, and experience the mysterious city about which writers like James Joyce and Italo Svevo wrote.
Trieste (Italy) and Ljubljana (Slovenia)
In an interesting combination of cities, architecture, and nature, we’ll first venture into Trieste, a part of Italy off the tourist path. The multicultural city of Trieste has a rich historic past and has reached fame through the writings of authors such as James Joyce and Italo Svevo. Our next stop is the Adriatic Sea coast where we’ll visit the gorgeous Miramare Castle, commissioned by the Habsburg family in the 19th century. We will then cross the border to Slovenia and enjoy the historic and lively charms of the capital city Ljubjana. Finally, we’ll explore the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest known caverns in the world.
Food and Wine Business Field Study
Included are at least three visits to points of interest focusing on the vast culinary and enological resources of the Verona/Veneto region. Samples may include businesses related to wine, olive oil, cheese, rice, or sweets. Business topics will be the focus and written assignments and readings will be required. Tastings included, of course
Merano, Bolzno (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria)
Visit the charming mountain town Merano - known for thermal spas - and day-trip over the border into Austria for an exciting visit to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps. Spend a day in Bolzano, where you can experience Italian and Germanic cultures, and visit the Museum of Archeology to see the Oetzi Iceman exhibit - Europe's oldest known mummy - believe to have lived around 3300 BC. You can take hte gondola up the mountain for a stunning view. Time permitting, a brief stop by Lake Garda on the way home to Verona may by included.