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  • Locations: Trentino, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Language prerequisite: None
Housing options: Dorm Minimum GPA: 2.6
Class eligibility: Any Number of credits: 4
Program Description:
Italy Lake

To say that I enjoyed my adventures in northern Italy would certainly be an understatement … There is so much more I want to say but really this is something you have to experience for yourself. I can’t think of a more unique program that has such rare and educational opportunities.
- James Moore: Trentino, Italy 2017

  • Study in the beautiful Alpine region of Northeast Italy known for its breathtaking views, crystal glacier lakes and convergence of Italian and German culture.
  • Analyze the complex interaction between people and their environment by focusing on sustainability and the food industry or public engagement with the past. Review it all from the Italian Alps’ perspective, a place renowned for its distinctive history, heritage, environment, and commitment to sustainability.
  • Choose a truly immersive academic program that combines interactive classwork, outdoor educational activities, and visits with local organizations.  You can also challenge yourself to get the most of your time in Italy by taking both courses!

Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
  • Bolzano: Tour the capital city of the Alto Adige/Südtirol region bordering Switzerland and Austria. This city is known for its medieval castles, jagged limestone mountain peaks and South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
  • Trento: Visit the state-of-the-art science museum in Trentino’s capital city. Enjoy the museum’s rooftop garden, Glacial Experience and Biodiversity Labyrinth.
  • Adamello Brenta Nature Park: Participate in a multi-day residential mountain lab where you’ll focus on mountain history or agriculture and local food production.

The Trentino program is designed to create intense cultural immersion opportunities for students interested in history or sustainability. You can take an experience-based course in public history focused on Alpine Italy and its thousands of years of history as a frontier area in the very heart of Europe. Or take the course “Sustainability, Food, and Landscapes in the Italian Alps” which considers issues of global concern such as sustainable agriculture practices, climate change and resource management with Trentino as your case study. In both courses, you will begin the program through a structured virtual pre-semester course component before traveling to the Italy where the Alpine region becomes your classroom as you visit villages, meet with local experts and connect to businesses and organizations.
Your BCA Trentino Resident Director, a native of Trentino’s capital Trento, will introduce you to the exceptional natural resources and warm hospitality that characterizes the region. You will also have opportunities to meet local students and young professionals through various community-based groups focused on connecting residents to the natural resources of the area. The region itself is known as an outdoor paradise where you can participate in biking, trekking and other outdoor sports. If you’re interested in the arts, Trentino has a wide variety of galleries, castles and museums, as well as historical and archaeological sites to visit during your summer.

Trentino, a province of Northeast Italy, stands out for its unique natural and cultural features. Its entirely mountainous terrain in the heart of the Alps contains an unexpected variety of environments, ranging from 10,000-feet-high rocky Dolomite peaks to gentle valleys and mild lake shores. A bridge between the Latin and the Germanic world for centuries, its complex modern history led to its current special status within the Italian Republic. Exceptional natural resources and a tradition of responsible self-government made Trentino one of the most livable regions of Italy and Europe, with a diversified economy and a solid social fabric. The BCA Study Abroad program is based in the lakeside municipality of Nago-Torbole, in the vibrant Lake Garda district: a Mediterranean pocket surrounded by imposing mountains, internationally renowned for its natural beauties, cultural attractions, and sport scene. Single- and multiple-day visits and labs allow students to explore a plurality of locations in the region, ranging from historic urban centers to mountain nature reserves.

Quick Facts

Application Deadline: March 15

Program Dates: Mid June - Mid July 

Language of Instruction: English

Language Pre-Requisites: None

Host Institution: Dolomit

GPA Requirement: 2.6

Housing: Self-catered Apartments