University of Trento


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Spend a semester or academic year studying in Italian at University of Trento. Must have advanced Italian language fluency for semester or academic year study. Summer classes are taught in English.
Location: Trento, Italy
Language of Instruction: EnglishItalian
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • For a full semester or academic year, take classes in Italian across a variety of subjects.  Ideal for students with advanced Italian proficiency and a desire to be independent.
  • Summer programs are two weeks in duration and courses are taught in English. Subjects for summer include global challenges, Italian culture, cyber security and digital privacy, innovation and entrepreneurship, 
  • Live in the beautiful city of Trento, located just south of the Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.
  • Students are housed in apartments or flats located around Trento.

Trento, Italy is an Italian city located in the Adige River Valley, which is a glacial valley just south of the Dolomite Mountains in the Alps. Trento acts as a educational, financial and political hub in northern Italy, partially due to the University of Trento being located here. The city is surrounded by mountains, allowing for beautiful sights at all times of the day. The city center has a picturesque Medieval feel due to its historic buildings--such as Castello del Buonconsiglio and Trento Cathedral--that line the streets. Even though Trento maintains a Renaissance atmosphere, it is very much a cosmopolitan city in this day and age. Trento is actually located in one of the wealthiest provinces in Italy, and it is continuously ranked as one of the best cities in Italy to reside in. 

Located in the northeast of Italy, the University of Trento boasts a prominent position in the rankings of Italian universities as well as a vibrant international community with over 800 students of 60 different nationalities living in the two halls of residence "San Bartolameo," situated just a few hundred meters from the town center. It is a medium-sized university where it is easy for students and teachers to meet one another and there is a continuous exchange of ideas among students.

Semester & Academic Year

Undergraduate and graduate students studying for the semester at the University of Trento may earn up to 15 hours of KU credit. Courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on a student's academic transcript and grades earned abroad will figure into the KU GPA. Students should discuss their plans with their major advisor to ensure that courses completed in Trento will be applicable toward their KU degree.

The full semester programs at The University of Trento offer a limited number of courses in English, thus students applying to this program should be prepared to take courses in their major in Italian.  A minimum of four semesters of college-level coursework in Italian is required. 

Summer School at Trento: Undergraduate and graduate students studying for the summer at the University of Trento may earn up to 4 hours of KU credit over a two-week period. Courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on a student's academic transcript and grades earned abroad will figure into the KU GPA. Students should discuss their plans with their major advisor to ensure that courses completed in Trento will be applicable toward their KU degree.

The International Summer School program at the University of Trento offers courses in English. The following summer school programs are currently offered:

Students participating in a bilateral exchanges with the University of Trento are eligible to apply for student accommodations through the Opera Universitaria website, a provincial institution that supports students in finding accommodations in residences or shared flats at highly affordable rates. Visit the Opera Universitaria website for additional information on each of the housing options.

The University of Trento welcomes international students, and will make you feel right at home. The Welcome Office organizes activities throughout the term that are open to all international guests including: guided tours of Trento in February and September for newcomers; bus tours of the surrounding regions, Italian conversation sessions, and a buddy system for new students. 

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.