AGE minimum 14 - maximum 18 years old upon arrival
academic year, semester,  term (12 weeks), short term-8 weeks
ARRIVAL Year/Semester - beginning of September or end of January; short terms -beginning of September or beginning of February
ACCOMMODATION volunteer host family

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The Country

La Bella Italia! Italy, home of much of the world’s greatest art, best food and happiest people, will host you with pleasure! Your Italian family and school might be anywhere in Italy, from the northern Swiss border to the sunny tip of its “boot." Share everyday life with a warm, loving family. Visit cities and little villages with rich history, museums, churches… Learn to speak Italian both with words and with your hands! Fabulous pasta, crusty bread, snowy peaks for skiing, sunny beaches for swimming, Roman ruins and the best of 21st century design – Italy offers a sensational student exchange opportunity!

School Life

Italian school is quite difficult and the expectations are high. Participants will be enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the five years of the scuola superiore program. They will follow classes in a local liceo from Monday to Saturday morning. Classes include Italian, Mathematics, Sciences, Physics, Foreign Language (German or French), Geography, History, Physical Education. The school year runs from September to June.

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Participants will live with an Italian family. Like full family members, they will share the family's everyday life, participate in activities and adapt to the family rules.

Terms of participation

  • Participants should be minimum 14 yeard old and maximum 18 years old upon arrival
  • Have good academics
  • Have a minimum of one year of Italian
  • Have travel insurance to cover sickness, accidents, repatriation, and third party liability

Financial Terms

Included: host family search, screening and placement process; accommodation as described; school registration; transfer on arrival; 24-hour emergency support; coordinator assistance & progress reports; mandatory orientation; WEP support to obtain the permit of stay; administrative costs, culture week upon arrival.

Not included: round trip transportation; local transportation if needed; school fees, lunch if taken at school; personal expenses; travel insurance; passport and visa fees.


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Program Costs

Academic year (Sep-June)   $8,300

Academic year (Jan-Dec)     $8,800

Academic semester             $7,700

Term (12 weeks)                $6,300

Short term (8 weeks)         $5,900


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