SIS Intercultural Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in Italian culture.

SIS Intercultural Study Abroad is a study abroad program based at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange. SIS programs are a ‘gentle full-immersion’ in Italian life for highly motivated beginner, intermediate and advanced Italian language students. SIS offers some of the most innovative programs in Italy that work to fully integrate the education of language, culture and service learning, in and out of the classroom.

U.S. School of Record
St. Norbert College (WI)
— starting Fall 2023: St. Martin’s University (WA)

Language of Instruction
Italian, with some English for beginners.

Up to 50 study abroad students from around the world.


  • Go from Italian beginner to advanced in one semester!
  • Many community volunteering opportunities.
  • Study in a beautiful medieval city.
  • Full board family homestays offer cultural immersion.

The overall objective of full-immersion at SIS is for each student to develop a reflective intercultural competence, allowing him or her to function as a global citizen, capable of facing and interacting with different cultures throughout life. SIS programs are intended for students with a wide range of motivations for studying abroad, and courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, all with an emphasis on the Italian perspective. All students are housed in family board accommodations, encouraging the use of language skills and deepening students’ interaction with Italian families and culture. In many courses, learning is not limited to the classroom. Whenever possible, SIS integrates field excursions and visits to enhance comprehension and provide students with a multifaceted experience.

Areas of Study

Art History & Architecture
Business & Economics
Digital & Studio Arts
Health Science
Literature & Creative Writing
Modern Languages & Cultures
Natural Science
Social Science
Performing Arts
Graduate Level