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Spend your first semester as a first year student in Prato, Italy, the second largest city in Tuscany and just 25 minutes from Florence. While studying in Prato you will be immersed in the Italian culture while taking your necessary classes.

This experience was life changing. From traveling to major Italy cities, going on mid-semester group vacations, "family" dinners, university-run trips, and the food, the experience cannot become more amazing.

- Brianna Valente 

Highlights of the Program

The Campus Location: Prato is a historically rich city with old city walls, a castle, and art all around you. It is not a touristy city and therefore you will be able to experience the real Italy.

Fun Ways to Meet Locals: The University organizes fun ways to meet local Italians including a conversation exchange program, a family dinner program, and a volunteering experience at a local school.

Day Trips! While in Italy you will travel with the University on five day trips around the Tuscany region including Pisa and Siena. This is no extra charge to students.

Value. It costs the same to study abroad in Tuscany as to study at the main campus as a resident student. All financial aid applies. The only extra costs are the round trip airfare (approx. $1200-1500) and a cell phone.

Course Offerings: Take the coursework you need from international professors who bring a new perspective to your coursework. Your coursework will often include field trips or guest lecturers. 

Why YOU Should Study Abroad in Your First Semester

Make close friends in Italy before starting on the main campus. Hopefully you will make some friends from across the globe too.

Many students enter college wanting to study abroad but less then 10% actually do because they get busy with obligations on campus or it becomes challenging for some upperclassmen to find the courses they need abroad. Study abroad before it becomes too hard to.

Study abroad has been proven to develop such skills as problem-solving, intercultural communication, open mindedness, cultural understanding, flexibility, and independence. These are skills valued by graduate schools and employers.

Learn Italian! It always comes in handy when ordering out at an Italian restaurant or trying to impress someone.

Majors that can study abroad during their first year:

College of Arts & Sciences: Biology, Communication, English, Global Studies, History, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Music Industry, Music & Sound Recording, Political Science, Psychology, Theatre Arts, Undeclared

College of Business:  Business Management, Economics, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Management of Sports Industries, Marketing  

Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences:  Criminal Justice (all concentrations), Fire Science, Fire Protection Engineering

Tagliatela College of Engineering:  Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainability Studies, Systems Engineering

Students must be 18 years old by August 1st in order to study abroad as part of the First-Year Program at the University of New Haven's Tuscany Campus. Exceptions to this date can be made on a case by case basis. The Italian Consulate does not issue student visas to minors.