Choosing where to study abroad for a semester can be a daunting task.  After all, every place has its charms and pitfalls, so how do you know the country you pick is right for you?  For anyone looking to study in Europe, Italy will offer you an educational experience like none other.  Here are the top five reasons you should make Italy your choice for a semester abroad.

1. Location.  Italy is conveniently placed right in the middle of the Mediterranean region, making it a quick flight or less quick train-ride away from anywhere in Europe.  With budget airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet, you can take advantage of deals to European cities and visit places like Paris and Madrid for as little as €40 per roundtrip.

cuisine2. Food and Wine.  Naples is the food capital of the country, but essentially anywhere you go in Italy you will be assailed by diverse, imaginative, and delicious cuisine.  Even old favorites, like pasta and pizza, will blow you away with how fresh and flavorsome they are when cooked in their home territory.  Wine is abundant, cheap, and of good quality, and 18 is the legal drinking age in Europe.  And, astonishingly, thanks to their liberal use of olive oil, Italian food is much healthier than standard college fare most undergrads live off of, so you don’t have to worry about gaining weight.

3. Fashion.  All fashionistas, whether students or fanatics of fashion, will agree that Milan is one of the world’s great style capitals, the heartland of such beloved brands as Prada, Gucci, and Dolce and Gabbana.  Throughout all of Italy, dressing well is a necessity as primal as basic hygiene, and simply walking down the street is sure to expose you to daring new getups.  While this can be intimidating to some, it can also be a great way to get out of your comfort zone and inject some new life into your own sense of style.

architecture4. Art and Architecture.  It’s no secret that Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, boasting the residency of famous maestros such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonnarotti, and Filippo Brunelleschi.  As such, anyone with a passion for the visual arts or the aesthetics of design owes it to themselves to visit the birthplace of Europe’s first great enlightenment.  See world famous paintings, such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” at the stunning Uffizi Gallery Museum.  Stand in the grandeur of such legendary works as the gothic cathedral Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiori, the Laurentine Library, or the Florentine Pieta.

5. Language.  Simply listening to the Italian language spoken is a musical and transcendent experience, and it remains one of the most popular languages to learn because of this.  If you head to Italy with the foundations of the language under your belt, you will be amazed at how much you learn simply by being immersed in the language constantly.  Get started today by checking out our different levels of Italian courses, or send us an enquiry for more information.