Semester Spotlight

Campus Semester in Milan

Fall 2020

Welcome to Italy

Modern Italy is one of the most vibrant and diverse European countries. Students on the Italy semester with Verto Education will be based on a local campus, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with Italian students. They’ll take courses with local faculty trained in the Verto method, and explore Milan through immersive educational activities.

When Verto students aren’t studying, they’ll be occupied by Italy’s diverse landscape and magnetic culture. From the towering Dolomites to the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, students can explore medieval villages, wander through art museums, and discover the best gelato in the world.

The Semester At-a-Glance

Duration

15 Weeks

College Credits

16 Credits

Program Cost

Starting at $18,000 USD

Accommodation

Student Residence

Travel

Student responsible for airfare to/from

Academic Partner

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Available Classes

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • World Literature
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • International Development
  • Roman Art (UC Course)
  • Fashion Images and the City of Milan: A Sociological Perspective on Modern Italian Fashion (UC Course)

Upcoming Program Dates

September – December, Fall 2020 Semester

February – May, Spring 2021 Semester

ITALY

Location Focus

YOUR SEMESTER IN MILAN

Fashion Capital of the World

Italy’s artistic treasures, culinary traditions, centuries-old history, and economic development come together in Milan. You’ll live and study in an urban environment on a college campus amongst other Italian and international students.

Milan, Italy is known for commerce and international business throughout Europe – it is efficient, international, and fast-paced. Università Cattolica has one of the largest international student populations in Italy, and has robust student support services to ensure a positive experience for students on campus. Food, art, fashion, history, and sports-enthusiasts will find a place in bustling Milan.

*Please note students must be 18 years old to participate in the Verto Italy Semester.*

ARRIVE IN ITALY

ORIENTATION: Get to know Milan & Your Verto Classes

When you arrive, you’ll have 5 days of on-site Orientation with Program Leaders and Academic Partner staff and faculty. You’ll be led on a neighborhood walking tour, learn how to use the Metro, practice your commute to class, meet your instructors, get to know your classmates, and so much more!
Our Program Team will make sure your basic needs are met: in addition to getting to know how to get around Milan, you’ll also participate in “Survival Italian” lessons. You’ll be participating in Italian coffee culture in no time!

Navigating Classes + Life Abroad

The first few weeks of your Verto semester will challenge and excite you in new and different ways. You’ll be presented with your syllabi for the semester, map out your assignments, and incorporate study time into your weekly schedule – all while exploring the vibrant city of Milan! Program Staff will make sure you know about all the opportunities available to get involved with Verto students as well as locals at Cattolica.

You can look forward to things like family dinners Italian-style, tours of Roman ruins, and a trip to the local market.

Establishing Your Routine

Soon, you’ll get into a groove and your Verto semester will be off and running! Between studying, going to class, and hanging with your roommates and new friends, faculty will take you all around the city on study tours to museums, exhibits, and workshops.

Soon, you’ll feel like you’re a part of the fabric of the city as much as any local. You’ll start to gain confidence to explore new and different parts of the city independently. With your Metro card, the city is yours to discover.

Academically, your faculty and Program Team will be there to support you as you prepare for your mid-term assignments and examinations – your first collegiate assessments!

Pondering Life After Verto

Toward the end of your program, you’ll want to decide what your next steps are after Verto. What have you learned about yourself and the world around you? What have you gained? What do you want to explore further? What impact do you want to make on the world?
Verto Program Teams and Central Academic Advisors will be sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision about attending a Verto Partner Institution or doing another Verto semester.

WRAP UP: Review & Reflect

Spend the last few days of the program completing your final assignments, having one last risotto, and putting your experience in Italy into perspective.

Academic Focus

CORE SEMESTER COMPONENTS

College Readiness Curriculum Seminar

In collaboration with Verto faculty, Program Leaders will facilitate workshops to help students develop study habits to help them be a successful college student. They’ll learn how to manage their time, study efficiently and effectively, read academic text, prepare for exams, and build confidence in their academic capabilities. Activities in the College Readiness Curriculum are hands-on and directly related to creating strong academic habits that will serve students well beyond their Verto semesters.

Purpose-Finding Workshop

Throughout the semester, Program Leaders will facilitate small group workshops to help students discover their purpose and create an action plan for how to follow through on their goals. Each student is assigned an individual Program Leader mentor who helps students set goals for the program and meets with the student regularly to provide feedback and support around the challenges associated with being abroad. This workshop will help students understand culture shock, cross-cultural communication, mindfulness, and help put their semester abroad into the context of their life and the future.

Community Building

Verto Program Teams will create purposeful activities to build a strong community amongst Verto students. The connections you make during your Verto semester will last a lifetime! In addition to the College Readiness and Purpose-Finding workshops, Program Teams will cultivate a community of acceptance, connection, openness, and support amongst Verto students. There are built-in opportunities for students to learn and grow together as a group with an emphasis on peer relationships and teamwork.

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Important Information

Details about Verto Milan Semester:

Accommodation

Students will live in student residences. Student accommodations are within a 20-30 minute metro ride from campus, a common part of the European University experience.

  • Shared room (double, triple, or quad)
  • Shared bathroom 
  • Shared kitchen 
  • Living only with other Verto students in each flat. Other students (Italian & international) may live in the building
  • Fully furnished 
  • Includes: 
    • Wireless internet 
    • All utilities 
    • Biweekly cleaning service 
    • Kitchenware
    • Linens — students should bring or buy a towel upon arrival

Meals

There is no meal plan in Italy. They will have the option to cook in their student residence in shared kitchens.

During Orientation, staff will ensure students know how to operate all cooking equipment in the flat. Staff will also develop programs to help students cook simple, nutritious meals.

Transportation

Metro card included in semester fee; staff will help students obtain a student metro card during orientation.

Excursions

Examples (not all of these will be sponsored, but students can always do them on their own!):

  • Day trip to Florence
  • Day trip to Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
  • Half day in Parma – origin of parmesan cheese!
  • AC Milan Football Game
  • Evening at the opera 
  • Italian family dinners!

Budget

Recommend between 500-800 Euros/month

Food, travel, laundry, & other personal expenses. This could be more or less depending on personal habits and independent travel plans.

Academics

Class Choices:

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • World Literature
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • International Development
  • Roman Art (UC Course)
  • Fashion Images and the City of Milan. A Sociological Perspective on Modern Italian Fashion (UC Course)

Visa

Students in Italy will need a visa to study, and it is preferable that the student is 18 years old at the time of visa application.

Students will be responsible to obtain their own visa for study through their local consulate, and if for any reason the visa is not obtained in advance of the semester, the students admission into Verto: Italy will be revoked.

Instructions on exactly how to obtain this Visa will be sent to students approximately 6 months prior to departure.

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