Universita degli Studi del Orientale Piemonte Amedeo Avogadro
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.
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/default.aspx?
Housing & Meals
Off-campus apartments may be arranged through Sportello Casa, a local housing service or through USOPAA by contacting email@example.com.
Housing fills quickly, so it is best to apply early. Students use a lunch card to buy meals at restaurants on campus.
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 €/150-180 month for food. Financial aid may be applied to tuition, living & travel expenses while on this program.
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.
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
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.
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
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