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Program Highlights for Viterbo, Italy

The city

Language spoken:

Euro (EUR, €)


City type:
Small City (Population 100,000-50,001)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
Università degli Studi della Tuscia

Language of instruction:
English, Italian

Terms offered:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Yearlong

Program capacity:
60 students

Credit type:
U.S. semester credit

Deadline to apply

Summer 2024:
Session 1 or 1&2: March 15
Session 2: April 15

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
May 1

Spring 2025:
October 1

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Deadlines vary

  • Study history, Italian language, Italian studies, and the arts while living in a stunning historic, medieval location.
  • Enjoy this affordable university town and its picturesque fountains, palaces, narrow streets, and medieval churches living and learning in direct contact with the local community, their traditions, food, and folklore.
  • Begin your term with a 3 day/2 night tour to Rome, included in your program fee.
  • Join the many unique field trips to lakes, waterfalls, and medieval hill towns as well as the optional field studies to the Heart of Italy (fall semester) and Southern Italy (spring) and take advantage of the easy access to beaches, mountains, sailing, horseback riding, biking and hiking.
  • Take advantage of Viterbo’s location: centrally situated between Rome and Florence—with the Mediterranean Sea only an hour away—with access to the international airports in Rome where many low cost airlines make it easy to travel as a group or on your own!
  • The USAC Resident Director and staff are present on-site full-time to welcome and support you during your term abroad.

Why Study In Viterbo?

Students exploring in Viterbo, Italy.Student picking out local produce at the Saturday Market in Viterbo, Italy.Café area in Viterbo, Italy.Live and study in Viterbo, a small university town in central Italy rich in historical, artistic, and monumental legacies. Viterbo is a medieval city with an energetic university community and active art scene. It is about two and a half hours from Rome and three hours from Florence (by train), with easy connections to the coast and mountain regions. Viterbo residents have retained the charm and leisurely quality of life of days gone by. They still retain the tradition of closing from 1 pm to 4 pm in order to enjoy a relaxing lunch at home with the family. Each Saturday, there is an outdoor market in the main piazza where people browse and shop for clothes and houseware items. Fresh produce from local farms is also sold every morning in outdoor markets around town.

The Viterbo program is ideal for students interested in studying Italian, history, art, or Italian studies in a great location to experience Italy’s rich culture away from English-speaking tourist areas. There is no better setting for studying the humanities than Italy. It's glorious past and fascinating present are well chronicled in a rich legacy of literature from Lord Byron and D.H. Lawrence to Umberto Eco and Jan Morris. Through a variety of course field trips, you will gain firsthand experience in Italian food, culture, history, and the environment, providing a rich variety of subjects and experiences for writing and reflection. Participation in various local field trips, optional field studies, festivals and activities also forms an integral part of the experience.

Viterbo has kept a fascinating historical record of its past better than almost any place in Italy. Protected by a medieval wall, Viterbo’s fountains, palaces, and churches all exemplify its glorious and eventful heritage of art and culture. The San Pellegrino quarter is certainly the most characteristic and best-preserved medieval quarter in Italy, a jewel of a thirteenth-century contrada with its small squares, narrow streets, arches, and characteristic profferli—the typical external stairs of the medieval houses of Viterbo. The thirteenth-century papal palace is evidence of Viterbo’s significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Cartch-22, Medici: Masters of Florence, and Young Pope. Viterbese cuisine is some of the best in Italy thanks to the city's green surroundings, low and the "art" of entertaining. Two local dishes not to miss are Lombrichelli alla Viterbese and Acquacotta. Be sure to visit the Sagra festivals throughout the summer where one can sample pasta, gnocchi, and more.