School Year Abroad Italy

A year abroad in Italy, a new home from home

Matt in Piazza San CarloFirst of all let me introduce myself. My name is Matt, my home city is Nottingham and I’m 20 years old.

“La dolce vita” are the first words which come to mind when thinking about my year abroad. It means “the sweet life” in Italian and the last 6 months of my life have certainly been that! I can certainly say that this been one whirlwind adventure.

I’ve had this year in Italy in the back of my mind since I first set foot in the Business School. One reason I chose this course was for that exact opportunity and 6 months on I can say that it has been the best decision I’ve made of my life!

August 29th was the start date of this adventure. I was bound for Turin! Keen eyed and raring to go I was ready to see what this north western city had in store for me. I left not knowing much about the city, only that it was the host city for the 2006 Winter Olympics, it was where the 1969 Italian Job was filmed (one of my all-time favourite films) and that it is the home of Fiat and Juventus. Furthermore, I was starting a new life in a country where I spoke very little of the language; ordering a cappuccino was just about as much as I could cope.

However, I wasn’t alone. Two of my classmates, Arthur and Scarlett, were also bound for Turin. So we had strength in numbers!

The Mole Antonelliana – The symbol of Turin

After arriving we had about a week to explore the city before we started university, at La Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale. Being a private section of UNITO (Universitá degli Studi di Torino) it’s not as big as the Business School at the University of Brighton, but still good all the same. We got to meet all the other Erasmus students as well; about 40 of us in total. I was really excited to meet everyone and there was an amazing group of people spreading the globe: from Columbia, Chile and Canada to Germany, France, Spain and Poland! I knew it was going to be an interesting few months, with all these cultures coming together to socialise and party (and obviously do some learning along the way). Along with the Erasmus student there were also 70 American students taking part in their equivalent of the Erasmus programme, USAC. So in the end there was a great bunch of international students, and many of them have become very good friends! Later that day we started our intensive Italian course. This involved a 3 hour Italian lesson every day for the first couple of weeks. It most certainly was intense, but it was incredibly helpful and set me on my way to passing the beginners’ level.

My first trip was the weekend after the first few days of uni. A few of the Italian students organised a trip to a local wine festival in a city called Asti, about 40 minutes outside of Turin. It was my first proper cultural experience in Italy and it was like something I’ve never experienced before. All the local wine producers come together each year and sell their wine with some of their homemade food for around €4. But first thing you must do upon arrival is buy a cup for €0.50 which comes in a lanyard. So from there you walk around with a cup, hanging from your neck, trying as much wine and food as possible. It was a great experience. I had high hopes for the rest of my year abroad if it was this good in the first weekend!

Bantam Books for Young Readers Rome: Antonio & Carrie: Year Abroad Trilogy 3 (Love Stories)
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I did SYA

by annevdv

SYA (School Year Abroad) is a program where kids go during their sophmore, junior or senior years to live with a family in either France, Spain, Italy or China. I did China as a post-graduate (although I'm not sure they offer this option anymore). It was an amazing, amazing experience, BUT, if I remember correctly, you have to have good grades, recommendations, and facility in a language to go (although I didn't speak any Chinese when I arrived, I spoke Spanish and a little French and Italian, so they were comfortable that I could learn the language).
Try to offer something like this to your son as an incentive for doing well and staying in school.

Windows to the Shore's soul  — New Zealand Herald
A mature western hedge of bay trees near the garden's front entrance is a reminder of a favourite Italian cooking school Julie attended. Changing the large stairwell's windows from orangey-brown to clear glass flooded it with light.

Upcoming classes, lectures in Erie region  — GoErie.com
Italian cooking school: Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.; with Scott Schillinger; topic is sauce with meatballs and antipasto. Cost: $55; $45 members. Sally Carlow Kohler lecture series: Last Wednesday of every month; Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 W. Sixth St.

FAQ

beanabug1
Culinary schools in Italy?

I would be interested in going to college in Italy. However, I'm looking for a serious culinary school that offers Baking & Pastry. It couldn't be anything geared toward tourists. Is there anything similar to say Culinary Institute of America (CIA) or Johnson & Wales (JWU) in Italy where I can earn a degree or the Italian equivalent? Thank you! I need the help.

In Italy you have to attend a five-year vocational school named "Istituto Professionale Alberghiero" in order to become a professional chef, sous-chef or maitre'd. There are 361 of them in the whole country, for some of which there is a long "waiting list" for would-be pupils.

Other than that, there are lots of culinary schools but they are all private and costly, and their qualifications are not recognized internationally.

Simar
Culinary school in Italy?

Has anbody heard of Italian institute of advanced culinary and pastry arts? I am planning to join their 3 month all inclusive course in January 2012. Could anybody tell me if it's any good and if it has any job prospects after that?

From what I see it's a trap for gullible foreign wannabe chefs. The website doesn't give you any explanation about the owners and the teachers, and it's definitedly NOT a school accredited by the Italian government.

Save your hard-earned cash for something more serious. In Italy real schools for chefs and catering professionals are called IPSSAR (Istituto Professionale di Stato per i Servizi Alberghieri e della Ristorazione) and definitely won't cost you an arm and a leg for tuition, though some of them have a lengthy waiting list...

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