Study Abroad in Verona, Italy

Quick Facts | Why Verona? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs:

  • Idea Verona
Eligibility Rules: For Eligibility rules, such as GPA, click here.
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. (Click here for Course Offerings)
  • 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.
  • For further details about housing in Verona, please click here!
Sample Overnight Excursions: Asiago
Sample Day Excursions: Venice, Lake Garda

Why Verona?

  • Setting of Shakespeare’s plays Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Two Gentlemen in Verona
  • Beautiful medieval architecture
  • Center for the arts – the famous Arena di Verona hosts opera performances and concerts
  • Small city feel, but easy access to other Italian and European Destinations

City Description – Small city of 260,000

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.

Host Institution: Idea Verona

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.


ASA students can live in a shared apartment or with an Italian host family. Shared apartments typically have 2-6 students per apartment, each with a shared kitchen and Internet access. Meals are not included with apartment housing. Host family accommodation is typically 1-3 students per family; breakfast and dinner are provided Mon-Fri.

All housing is located in Verona city center in safe areas and within walking distance of the school.

Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


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 trip) – 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 trip) – A short ride from Verona, spend the day exploring the vast canal system, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking scenery of Venice.
  • Lake Garda (day trip) – 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.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Verona Program

  • HOUSING in a shared apartment or with an Italian host family. Rooms are double or triple occupancy.  Meals are not included with apartment housing. Homestay accommodation includes breakfast and dinner Mon-Fri.  For further details about housing in Verona, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits indicated on the program course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by Jacksonville University.  Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS, semester programs: 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion, locations to be decided.
  • EXCURSIONS, summer programs: 3-week Summer programs include 1 day excursion. The 6-week Summer program includes 1 day excursion and 1 overnight excursion. Locations to be decided.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at Idea Verona and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Verona (VRN) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING:  While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit ($350), paid to ASA 30 days before departure; refundable upon return. (Required only for students who choose shared apartment housing)
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • All meals if living in a shared apartment
  • Lunch Mon-Fri and all meals on weekends, if living with a host family
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student Visa and Permit of Stay (if required for your program)
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info