|HOST INSTITUTION||Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs: Idea Verona|
|ELIGIBILITY||Minimum GPA requirement is 2.75. Must be at least 18 years of age and be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying.|
|LANGUAGE & ACADEMIC FOCUS||Open to all Italian levels. Classes are available in English and Italian. Subject areas include Business, Education, Art History, Food and Wine, History, Italian Language, Photography, and more.|
|HOUSING||Shared Apartment: Double or triple rooms in shared apartments. Meals are not included. Internet is included.|
Italian Host Family: Double room with an Italian host family; breakfast and dinner M-F are provided. Internet is included.
|SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSION||Asiago|
|SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONS||Venice, Lake Garda|
|PROGRAM CALENDARS||Click here!|
Verona is a picturesque, medieval city in northern Italy’s Veneto region. The city rose to fame as the setting for three of Shakespeare’s plays: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the shrew, and Romeo and Juliet. The city celebrates its connection with the famous playwright. You can even visit “Juliet’s balcony” – a courtyard and small museum dedicated to the famed play. The balcony draws tourists each day.
You aren’t likely to find locals at Juliet’s Balcony, but you will find them at Verona’s Arena! The Arena di Verona is a grand 1st century Roman amphitheater, seating up to 25,000 people. Resembling the Colosseum in design, the amphitheater hosts dozens of concerts and large-scale opera productions every year. Throughout the summer, there’s a show almost every night. The Arena was constructed in Verona’s main square, Piazza Bra. For its stunning architecture and historical significance, Verona was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.
Travel to other Italian and European destinations is easy from Verona, as students have both the Porta Nuova Train Station with domestic and international train service, as well as Verona airport, with direct flights to Rome, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, London, and more. There are frequent buses to both the train station and the airport, as well as taxi service.
Idea Verona is an Italian language and culture school for foreigners located in the historic center of Verona. It is not only a learning environment dedicated to the study of Italian language, art, and culture, but it is also a meeting place for students from all over the world. The atmosphere is exciting and positive, allowing students to enjoy learning within the welcoming climate of Italian hospitality. Verona and the school are an ideal location for cultural exchange and mutual enrichment among students.
The school’s location is very central, just a short walk from the Arena di Verona, which hosts a multitude of concerts, operas, and other events. The school features plentiful space for socializing, studying, and relaxing, and features a concierge, courtyards, and a garden. The school’s on-site coffee bar is open between classes, and the on-site cafeteria is open for lunch.
Minimum GPA 2.50 (Applicants between 2.30-2.49 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
At least 18 years of age
Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Italian.
Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying
Official Transcript from your college or university
Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.
Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.
Choose between an Italian host family (includes breakfast & dinner M-F) or a Shared Apartment (meals not included). Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Bathrooms are shared.
The majority of host families host 1-2 students at a time, or in rare cases perhaps 1-2 more, depending on how large their flat is. Shared apartments may be coed or single sex; typically 2-6 students per apartment and each with a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare meals. Both housing options include Internet and are located in safe neighborhoods, within walking distance from school.
+ Can I room with a friend?
Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate you if you request to live with a same-sex friend. Coed roommate requests can sometimes be accommodated, but you will not be sharing a room. Apartments may be coed or single sex, but rooms are always single sex. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can give us the name(s) of those you want to live with.
+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?
ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.
+ What if I don’t like my host family?
If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.
+ Will my host family speak English?
No, but there’s no need to worry! Living with a family is the best way for you to learn Italian, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.
+ Will I have a roommate?
Yes, rooms may be double occupancy.
+ What should I bring with me?
A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Students living with a host family should consider bringing a small gift for their host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.
+ What is the food like?
The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.
+ Is a Damage Deposit required?
Semester programs include 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion. 3-week Summer programs include 1 day excursion. The 6-week Summer program includes 1 day excursion and 1 overnight excursion. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:
Asiago (overnight excursion) – The town of Asiago is the main center of the largest Plateau in Italy. The city center is located at 1,001 meters above sea level. Completely rebuilt after WWI, Asiago is famous for its architectural beauty, bright streets, and large squares.
Venice (day excursion) – A short ride from Verona, spend the day exploring the vast canal system, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking scenery of Venice.
Lake Garda (day excursion) – Travel to the largest lake in Italy and you’ll see why it is one of the most popular holiday destinations. The lake’s influence on the climate makes for successful cultivation of olive and lemon trees.
COST & DATES
Dates are subject to change without notice.
Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)
Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid. A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.
|DATES||PRICE||APPLICATION DEADLINE||PAYMENT DEADLINE||PROGRAM CODE|
|Fall 2019 Arrive Aug. 25 – Depart Dec. 14||$15,495||March 15, ’19||April 15, ’19||VIF|
|Spring 2020 Arrive Jan. 1 – Depart April 25||$15,495||Oct. 1, ’19||Oct. 30, ’19||VIS|
|Summer I 2020 (3 credits) Mid. May 2020 – Mid. June 2020 (TBA) ||$5,195||March 15, ’20||April 1, ’20||VISU1|
|Summer II 2020 (3 credits) Mid. June 2020 – Late June 2020 (TBA) ||$5,195||March 15, ’20||April 1, ’20||VISU2|
|Summer A 2020 (6 credits) Mid. May 2020 – Late June 2020 (TBA) ||$8,895||March 15, ’20||April 1, ’20||VISUA|
|Fall 2020 Late Aug. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)||$15,495||March 15, ’20||April 15, ’20||VIF|