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Arrival and Orientation

Prato's historical city center, with its medieval and Renaissance monuments, is especially remarkable for its compact scale and easy-going atmosphere. You’ll quickly discover that almost everything in Prato can be reached on foot through the old streets.

You’ll also find that the people in Prato will be curious and enthusiastic about the presence of US students in their city. People in Prato live closely together in the city center, and they are not especially accustomed to the student lifestyle or to young Americans.

For these reasons, our students serve as “ambassadors” of the University of New Haven, and of the United States of America. As members of the UNH community, we strive to repay the trust showed by our hosts with the highest standards of conduct and consideration for the traditions and civilized atmosphere of this city. 

Flights & Arrival

The Office of Study Abroad coordinates arrival and departure flights for students spending a semester at the Tuscany Campus. All students arrive and depart on the same flight. While the Office will book the flights and send you your reservation numbers, you will be responsible for the cost of your flights.

Upon your arrival in Italy, Prato staff will meet you at the airport and provide transportation for you and your luggage to your housing location if you are on that group flight. The same return service is provided on departure day. Once you’ve arrived, Prato staff can help if you are having any problems with lost luggage.

Orientation

In the two days after their arrival in Prato, students attend a number of mandatory orientation activities run by Prato staff. During these activities, aimed at helping students settle into the city, we discuss the following topics:

  • Program Structure and Facilities
  • Academics
  • Housing Tips and Policies
  • Meal Plan
  • Local, National and International Transport 
  • Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit to Stay) Immigration Processing
  • Culture Shock and Intercultural Competence
  • Health, Safety and  Emergencies Protocol

The Orientation schedule also features a series of social activities so that students can get to know the area and one another:

  • Prato City Walking Tour
  • UNH Prato Group Welcome Dinner
  • Half-Day Walking Tour of Florence
  • UNH Prato Group Dinner in Florence in the Cathedral square