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  • Locations: Torino, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 2.5
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:


USAC Torino, Italy

Program Overview

The Torino program is ideal for students who are interested in studying International Business, Art/Architecture and Italian Studies in an exciting, cosmopolitan setting. Torino is an excellent location to study and practice the Italian language and to experience Italy's rich culture away from the crowded tourist areas. Torino is home to many prominent international companies and this program provides an excellent opportunity to meet European students and business people in a leading center for European business and business education.  This program offers three diverse academic areas: Art/Architecture, International Business and Italian Studies. All students are required to take an intensive Italian language course during the first six weeks of the semester to help them integrate into their surroundings. The Torino program combines academic coursework with practical learning, tours and field trips to create an integrated cultural experience.

USAC classes are held at one of the most prestigious institutes in Italy-the Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale (SAA), or School of Business Administration, of the University of Torino. Although the university was founded in 1407, classes are held in a modern, twentieth-century building along the Po River, with everything from satellite TV to wireless internet. The combination of Italian and American professors provides a valuable dual perspective on Italy, its culture, and the European and international business community. The SAA school was recently honored as one of the top business schools in Italy. You will enjoy the school's comfortable, welcoming atmosphere and facilities including a full-service café where you can meet local students and professors and enjoy inexpensive meals. You will find an exciting, challenging academic environment with students from around the world in most of your classes. After classes are over, you can enjoy a walk along the river and park which run behind the school or stroll to the Lingotto shopping center just two blocks away.


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program.  A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for this program.

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to USAC by their published deadline. You must pay the USAC $100 application fee which will be refunded to you by Goucher in the following billing cycle.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.  


General Program Dates

Program Dates

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.


The USAC Torino Program is a specialty program of approximately 75 study abroad students.  All courses (except Italian Language) are taught in English in a small classroom setting.  Students are required to spend the beginning of the semester taking an intensive six-week Italian Language course which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. You may take additional courses in Italian or round out the rest of your semester from approximately 12 courses offered in the areas of International Business and Politics, Architecture/Design/Art and Italian Studies.  Please see the Academic Section for the USAC Torino Program for full descriptions. Students with a 3.0 GPA may enroll in an Internship and receive academic credit.  Goucher students are encouraged to enroll in the Italian Cuisine course, however no academic credit can be transferred.

USAC courses are taught at the Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale (SAA), or School of Business Administration, of the University of Torino, which is a modern 20th century building along the Po River, and where students will have easy access to the school’s amenities (computer lab, snack bar, etc.). Keep in mind Italian universities do not typically have a large campus atmosphere like in the US. Instead, all courses are held in one building. School supplies, etc. can be purchased in neighborhood shops nearby.

USAC Specialty Programs follow a similar style to what you are used to at your home university. Professors will provide a syllabus for the students and the coursework will generally follow a typical US structure with a combination of exams, projects, essays, and/or homework. It is also possible that you may take a course from a visiting professor from the United States in which case the structure will be much more comparable to your home university. How is the learning and class experience different from the US system? Even though the USAC Specialty programs are based on the US system, you will be in an international learning environment. Because of this, some things will be different from your usual expectations. For instance, some professors do not hold office hours and independent meetings may need to be arranged with your professor if anything needs to be discussed. Also, local faculty will probably have an accent when teaching in English and this may take some adjustment. Keep in mind, some courses are taught entirely in the language of your host country and the course description will inform you if this is the case.

What are some things to know about the academic style of Italy? The Italian higher education system expects students to plan and carry out their own work. Course structure and expectations may not be as clearly stated as they are in the US, so more responsibility falls on you, the student, to keep up with assignments and due dates and to adapt to a flexible learning environment. Following the European tradition, university courses in Italy are often lecture-intensive, so they may or may not be as interactive as you might be accustomed to. For this reason, the relationship between students and professors might be more distant at times. Workload and homework frequency can vary, but it is possible that the final grade may be based solely on a few assessments rather than on continual assessments like in the US. That being said, many of the USAC classes will be taught by professors who are adopting a style that is more familiar to US students. There are also many resources available for students to ease the academic transition, and you can contact the Resident Director if you have any questions or concerns once you arrive on site.

Credit and Grade Translations

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the USAC transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.

Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad

Language Skills and Language of Instruction

English with the exception of Italian Language courses

Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program  through the following application:

OIS Scholarships


A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Students live in shared apartments with other USAC students.  The apartments are modestly furnished, including kitchen facilities and washing machines and are located throughout the city. Most bedrooms are shared occupancy. An extensive bus/metro system makes commuting to school easy.

Students will apply and pay for housing directly to USAC or the host university abroad.

Will I have a meal plan?

No, however your living accommodations will have a kitchen with cooking facilities to prepare your meals.


Torino, Italy


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

US Embassy and Consulates in Italy

Visa -

US students must obtain a visa to study abroad at USAC Torino.  Students must go in person to apply for their visa after receiving documentation from USAC.  In addition to a variety of documents, students are required to show proof of financial means by way of a bank statement by you or parents (minimum $1,000 for each month of stay in Italy) or proof of financial aid.  Please see the links above for more specific information.

 Non US citizens need to check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study regarding visa requirements.  

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300.The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.