The University of Rochester Program in Italian Studies in Arezzo is an amazing experience. But don't just take our word for it, read what some of our students and parents have to say...
What our students say...
Sam Spinowitz '10, Biology
“I want to thank you, Professor Stocchi, for a mentally and emotionally enriching few weeks here in Arezzo. I enjoy your strategy of the study of St. Francis through different lenses. It's a fantastic style of learning that really encourages us to use creative thinking in linking the different aspects of his life together into our personal interpretations of why and how Francis of Assisi is important. My experiences with you in La Verna and the Casentino Valley are now cherished memories, and I look forward to reminiscing about my encounter with St. Francis years from now when I enter medical school and really start to think about a career and mission.”
"The Arezzo program was a life-changing experience. For anyone who wants to experience Italy for what it really is, this is the program for you. Immersion into the Italian culture is far greater in Arezzo than any program can offer. The Arezzo program was truly an eye-opening experience and one that I’ll never forget!"
"Long story short: I love Arezzo. I love Italy. I don’t want to leave, although I know that soon I’m going to have to. (When that day comes, I will have Kleenex close at hand.) To anyone who might be considering a study-abroad experience, I say: choose Italy. The University of Rochester Arezzo program is unique and valuable for the simple fact that you are able to live amongst Italians instead of dozens or hundreds of American students in other programs. And if you choose Arezzo instead of Rome, or Milan, or maybe Florence, bravo… and bring Kleenex."
- Natalia Lupiani
"Hearts!" - Stefania and Alicia
"I love Monica. Can I take her home with me? Or better yet, her Texas A and M students…but seriously, this was not only the best semester of my life, but the best experience as well. I have made some great new friends, gotten to know the Italian culture, and eaten the best food ever. If you are trying to decide between Arezzo and any other study abroad program, go to Arezzo. You will regret it if you don’t!"
"Life was real tough here at Arezzo. We had to get our rooms cleaned every day by those nasty old ladies; sometimes they would even let me sleep in late on the weekends. Breakfast was always served to us so I never had to make myself, che palle! Lunch was always delicious, much better than a Danforth brunch, and that mean Donna always making me eat with old Fabio at night! It couldn’t have been any worse. A first and second plate for both lunch and dinner, served to me hot and fresh…the most terrible dining experience of my life. Then there was all that sight-seeing. Donna dragged me around half of Italy, and for free! WHY I ASK, WHY?! Did the University of Rochester hire such a woman, she always took care of everything and even cooked for us. Then the worst thing of all…she put me in a building, with all, I repeat all, girls…oh yeah, they were Italian. Comunque, the point of the story is this, if you want to eat well, learn a lot, and see half of Italy, come to Arezzo."
"And dinner…damn….that crazy chef Fabio made amazing food….we even got to try cavallo….come and find out what that is…. but it was truly amazing experience in a beautiful historic Tuscan city… and the Italians are the friendliest people ever…if you get the chance to come, do it!"
"I made some amazing friends from all over the world (but especially Rochester!) and I had some of the best experiences of my life! Anche… Irene, the intern for the program, was absolutely wonderful, and the sweetest girl… whooo hooo"
"I hope Rochester is good…cuz I’m not coming back! Although I do miss our dining plan, eating at small Tuscan restaurants 2 meals a day really wears on you… Does Danforth serve tortellini soup? Seriously though, think twice before doing this program: you will see too much, learn too much, and eat way too much good food."
"Taking part in the Arezzo program gave me a first-hand look inside Italian culture. Having no previous experience with the language or history of Italy, I immersed myself into an entirely new environment. With this, I had the great pleasure of interacting with Italians on a daily basis, studying Renaissance artwork through on-site visits, and even indulging in 'La Dolce Vita' (The Sweet Life). Living in the center of Tuscany, our class took weekly trips to nearby cities to study art and history. Additionally, I had the chance to leave Italy and take weekend trips to nearby European countries. This experience taught me a great deal about life, both inside and outside the classroom. I had a wonderful experience on this educational trip and would not pass it up for the world."
- Zachary Shulruff
Letters from parents...
Dear Dean Feldman,
As a member of the class of '72 (River Campus, pre-med/ sociology) and the proud parent of Livie Cohn (2013), I am writing from Arezzo, Italy, visiting my daughter in the semester abroad program.
My wife Diane and I are delighted with the growth my daughter has experienced since she left home Aug. 31; she has learned a great deal about Italian art, architecture, culture, and language in a brief period of time.
We especially commend Donna Logan, who as director of the program, has worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for learning and reflection.
We appreciate the flexibility that everyone has shown to make Livie feel a welcome part of the academic community and are delighted that she has chosen to spend her next 4 years at UR.
With best wishes,
Kenneth H. Cohn
"Just wanted to let you know I am thrilled with the content of this program. As parents, we are appreciative of the organization and detail that went into getting Stefania and her classmates to wonderful places like Pompeii and the Vesuvius, for the historical and academic benefits, before classes started. Each time we speak with her she is full of news of her classes, the readings, the art and language, side trips, and all the great details of people, places, and food that go along with being in a place like Arezzo. Her success this semester, in part of course, is due to you, the faculty, and the excellent direction this program is under. Thank you."
- Maria Ianno
"The U of R Arezzo Program was a very positive experience for Emily and I was so glad to be able to spend time in Arezzo, meet the other students, and some of the instructors.
I really liked the city and the location. The city was very manageable, it allowed the students easy access to school, shopping, and a social life. While offering many of the modern conveniences Americans are used to, the historical and cultural aspects were still predominant. Being within walking distance of the train and bus stations allowed easy access to other towns and cities.
The housing accommodations were good. Santa Caterina offered a beautiful building and grounds. The rooms were quite typical of student housing (though cleaner, thanks to housekeeping). The food was wonderful and plentiful. Besides enjoying the food the students made friends with local people who helped them to become a part of the community. Fabio and Enzo should be commended on an outstanding job, introducing the students to many new foods. On Emily's birthday, Fabio made and decorated a cake for her. At the last lunch at Café Centrale each student was given a "goodie" bag of chocolates and cookies.
Irene, whom my daughter describes as the program's social ambassador, did an outstanding job. She helped the students become acclimated to the community, and became a good friend. Emily talked about her all of the time. She especially enjoyed spending a day with Irene's family picking olives. The Orientation and first weeks of the program gave the students time to experience many different parts of Italy. The weekends, too, had many offerings of festivals and fairs. Another highlight was the joust! Emily's phone calls were always full of new and fun adventures and talk of "the best meal ever."
I was pleased with the academic program as well. The instructors and courses were interesting and meaningful.
Donna, congratulations on a wonderful program. As a parent, my concerns were minimal. I would highly recommend this program to any student and am so very pleased that Emily had this opportunity. I'm quite sure you will be seeing her in Italy again. Many thanks."
- Sarah Discenza
"My daughter had the privilege to go to Italy on the Italian Studies in Tuscany program for the fall 2007 semester. I was able to attend a meeting at the university before my daughter went to Italy. The information given at that time was very helpful. We learned what to bring and what not to bring. They were able to tour before classes started and saw much of Italy. While my daughter was there, not once did I get an unhappy phone call. My daughter felt safe and comfortable. Housing was provided for and the meals were delicious.
As a parent I would highly recommend this program to any student that has the desire to go abroad."
- Mrs. B. Myers