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Universita degli Studi del Orientale Piemonte Amedeo Avogadro
Alessandra, Italy; Novara, Italy; Vercelli, Italy (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Italian Language Requirement: 2 years Italian or equivalent
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Universita degli Studi del Orientale Piemonte Amedeo Avogadro



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The Universita degli Studi del Orientale Piemonte Amedeo Avogadro (USOPAA) has three locations in the northwestern region of Italy, Alessandria, Novara, & Vercelli.  There are about 13,000 students enrolled at USOPAA.

Academics
Courses at USOPAA are in Italian, though some pre-arranged courses may be taken in English.  USOPAA has seven Faculties including, Political Science, Math and Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Economics.  Arts and Humanities courses are held at the Vercelli campus; Economics, Pharmacy, & Medicine courses are located in Novara; and Political Science, Law, and Mathematics courses are held in Alessandria.  Course information can be found through each degree program at:  http://www.unipmn.it/Informazioni%20su/Didattica/Nuova%20offerta%20format/Offerta%20formativa%20pe/default.aspx

Housing & Meals
Off-campus apartments may be arranged through Sportello Casa, a local housing service or through USOPAA by contacting residenze@rettorato.unipmn.it.
Housing fills quickly, so it is best to apply early. Students use a lunch card to buy meals at restaurants on campus.
  
Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room & board in Italy.  Rent for a shared flat in any city  costs about €150-450€ per month.  It is suggested to budget €/150-180month for food.  Financial aid may be applied to tuition, living & travel expenses while on this program. 

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival in Italy.  A minimum full-load is 24 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits. 
   
Program Dates
Political Science, Math, Sciences, & Art & Humanities run on trimesters, while Business & Law run on semesters.
Trimester 1:  October to  November
Trimester 2: mid-January to mid- March
Trimester 3: April to mid June  
Semester 1: September to  December  
Semester 2: February to March

Piemonte, Italy
The Region
Italy’s most northwestern region, Piemonte, literally translates as “foot of the mountain”.  The region shares mountain peaks with neighboring France and Switzerland.  Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in the Alps, like rock climbing, hiking, and skiing.
UNIPMN’s campus has three locations in Piemonte within 60 km of each other; Vercelli Novara, and Alessandria.  Vercelli is one of oldest urban sites in Italy.
The area is well-known for its ancient Catholic monasteries, quaint villages, folk festivals, world-renown vineyards, and the elusive white truffle, all excellent glimpses into the traditional culture of Italy.   
If you are up for national travel, Italian trains can escort you to the sea-side city of Venice or a longer trip to Florence.
Piemonte is located near the Mediterranean Coast and a short trip south will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre National Park,  where you can walk a spectacular path between five villages built on terraced rocky cliffs overlooking the sea.    



Fast Facts
Exchange levels:  undergraduate, graduate
Language of      instruction: Italian
Language Requirement:  2  years college-level Italian prior to exchange
University website:  www.unipmn.it
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Piemonte at a Glance
Population
Novara: 103,300
Alessandria: 93,000
Vercelli:  47,000

Climate
Piemonte has a continental climate, with cold, but dry, winters and hot summers

Proximity from Vercelli to
Alessandria: 58 km
Novara: 24 km
Turin: 80 km
Milan: 84 km
Cinque Terre:236 km

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 01/15/2015 06/01/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.