Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Verona, Italy
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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The University of Verona, located in the historic heart of the city of Verona, was established in the 1950's as the Ludovico Antonio Muratori Free High School of Historical Science, which became the University of Verona in 1982. The university is home to 21,000 students. It is well known for its Schools of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Humanities and Philosophy, Sciences, Economics, Law, and Medicine, and for hosting a large number of Erasmus students (European exchange program) as well as international students from around the world. For more information about what it is like to study as an exchange student at Verona, click here to see a flyer by Maria Ribas.pdf. Maria was UR's first student to study in Verona.
The city of Verona is located in the northeastern part of Italy, in the Veneto region. It is located 90 minutes from both Venice and Milan, 15 minutes from the beautiful Lake Garda, and one hour's drive from the Alps.
Verona, known as the hometown of Romeo and Juliet, was originally founded by the Romans, and it was an important center of commerce and trade throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is known for its well-preserved Roman architecture, including the Ponte Pietra (the "Stone Bridge"), the Roman Theater, and the famous Arena in which concerts and operas are performed that attract an international audience. Verona is also famous for its medieval buildings, among which are many important Romanesque and Gothic churches, palaces, castles, and charming houses influenced by the Venetian style. Its cultural and historical importance caused Verona to be officially named as part of the World's cultural patrimony by the Unesco World Heritage Center.
Today Verona continues to be one of the most important commercial and agricultural centers in Italy producing, among other things, fine marbles, famous wines, and elegant furniture. Indeed the Veneto region is considered one of the wealthiest and most prosperous areas in all of Europe. With its artistic treasures, fashionable shops, and colorful markets, Verona is one of the most beautiful northern Italian cities, attracting thousands of tourists every year.
Interested students can get a better sense of what it is like to be an international student at the University of Verona by reading the online Guide for International Exchange Students. Click here to read it.
Verona calculates course credit using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Beginning with students abroad in the spring 2008 semester, all credit will be transferred back to UR using the newly adopted Unit System.
To determine the unit value of an individual ECTS course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of ECTS credits divided by 7 and rounded up to the nearest tenth of a unit. EXAMPLE: a 6 ECTS credit class would be worth .9
A minimum unit load at
is 3.5 units and the maximum is 5 units. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status you should register for 24 - 35 ECTS per semester. Richmond
Below is a sample table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the
transcript. For more information on unit conversion, click Conversion to Units. UR
3 .5 4 .6 5 .8 6 .9 7 1 8 1.2 10 1.5
An Italian language course is offered during the semester and is worth 3 ECTS. These credits can count towards the minimum load of 24 ECTS. The language course is offered at several different levels and students are grouped by ability. For students starting at Verona in the fall, there is also a summer language institute offered in August prior to the beginning of the semester, for an extra fee. See Verona website for current details.
Students may take a credit-bearing Italian language course during the semester, worth 3 ECTS. See above section.
At the University of Verona, courses are offered in the following subject areas: economics, law, literature, biochemistry, mathematics, Italian language and culture, philosophy, history, art history, education, German, French, Spanish, psychology, journalism, communication, computer science, sociology.
Students may view the entire Verona course catalog by clicking here. All courses are open to UR students as long as they have completed any prerequisites. Courses are taught in Italian unless otherwise specified.
Some courses are offered in English each semester. Click here to view the most recent list. When the site opens, choose "Inglese" in the "Lingua di erogazione" section to limit your course search to only those taught in English.
Registration will take place upon arrival to Verona. There is a "shopping period" where students can try out classes they may be interested in. After approximately the first week, students should make a final decision about which classes they intend to continue with for credit. This will be discussed in more detail at pre-departure orientation.
For students planning to go to Verona in the fall semester: It is very important that students understand that taking exams in time to come back to the USA before Christmas is not a guarantee, since the Verona fall semester does not actually end until February. However, the staff of the Verona international office have agreed to help make necessary exam arrangements. Students will submit a Learning Agreement approximately 2 months before the start of the semester indicating which courses, including alternate courses, they are interested in taking. Verona international office staff will then check with the relevant professors of these courses to find out if the professor is willing to give an exam before Christmas, or allow the student to write a paper or take an exam from the US in January/February. If the professor will not allow this, then students should select another class. The Verona international office staff are dedicated to encouraging their faculty to be cooperative in this regard, but it is not a guarantee. Students need to understand this when they apply for the Verona program. Questions about this? See Abby Ward in the Office of International Education at UR.
*Students will not earn UR credit for a grade of 21 or below.
Residence halls in Verona are run by the ARDSU housing service. Placement in an ARDSU residence hall is guaranteed for non-EU exchange students who meet stated deadlines for the housing application.
Rooms in ARDSU residence halls are equiped with a bed, desk, bathroom and kitchen/dining room. Linens, towels and kitchen equipment are usually not provided. All rooms are double-occupancy. Internet access is not available in the rooms, however students have free internet access in the ARDSU computer labs. To view the available residence halls, click here and then click on "servizio abitativo".
Students living in ARDSU halls pay a deposit, which is returned at the end of the semester if there are no damages to the room. Rent is charged per month. For the spring semester, a 5 month contract is required. For the full year, a 10 or 11 month contract may be chosen.
Students who elect not to live in ARDSU residence halls are responsible for finding their own housing. Apartment leases on the open market for less than 12 months can be costly and difficult to find. If you are interested in finding your own apartment, let Abby Ward know as soon as possible.
Two University Canteens are available in Verona, both run by ARDSU. International Exchange students may be granted access to the University canteens with a card, which provides two meals a day (lunch and dinner) at the cost of 3,50 Euros per meal (you pay when you eat).
A standard meal includes: first course, second course with vegetables, bread, fruit and drinks; a reduced meal (2,80 Euros) includes only first or second course with vegetables, bread, fruit and drinks. A wide variety of food is available. Vegetarian and most dietary needs are catered for. Students will be provided with the canteen card by the International Students Union (ISU) once in Verona. Alternatively, students can cook for themselves in their residences.
Click here for Verona Dates & Costs.
Click here for Italian Visa Info
For more information see Dr. Lidia Radi in the Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures or Dr. Anthony Russell in the English Department for academic matters or Michele Cox in the Office of International Education for general information.
updated June 2015
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|My language skills have improved dramatically which helped me learn a lot about the Italian culture. One of the things I miss about the American culture is organization. On the other hand I really like the fact that in Italy enjoying life and spending time with other people comes before work. Even though most people dont like this type of lifestyle because everything runs slower I think its a lot healthier. One thing that I will always remember is that even though something might not be convenient for you it might be better for society as a whole. For example, a lot of international students complained about the fact that office closed at one in the afternoon and everything else closed from noon to three in the afternoon. I understand that this is not very convenient but as I said before I do think its better for the society in a way I would like the American society to change a little towards that direction.|
|— Fall, 2010 Participant|