First semester, first year is your study abroad window of opportunity — in Italy!
Because students in all engineering disciplines take the same courses in their first year, the first semester of freshman year emerged as the ideal time to go. Exactly where will you go? Your destination is our spectacular new campus in Prato — nestled in the cradle of the Italian Renaissance and just a short train ride from Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, and the seaside. In Prato, you will attend classes in all of the engineering courses you need in order to stay on track and in sequence so that you graduate in four years. In addition, you will also attend Italian language classes, which will enable a deeper immersion in the culture and day-to-day life of this region of Italy — Tuscany, in all of its history-steeped, heart stoppingly beautiful glory.
Reap the advantages
There are many benefits to studying abroad for any student, and there are some that are particularly relevant to engineering students — especially with regard to Italy. To name a few:
- You will be accompanied by a devoted, senior UNH engineering faculty member, who will teach the courses. All engineering courses are in English.
- It broadens a prospective engineer’s mind and prepares him or her for greater career success. It is critical in today's inter-dependent global neighborhood that engineering students understand there is more than one way to do, design and think. Nowhere is that more true than Italy, where every city-state has its own standards-even of measurement.
- The cost: It’s the same as for a resident student at UNH, with the only added expense being the flight to Italy.
- It’s a priceless opportunity for engineering students to see the places where engineering was reborn during the Renaissance after the Dark Ages. For example, see how the astounding Duomo in Florence was engineered by the genius Brunelleschi. Learn why the engineers of this time were the artists — the people who understood dimensions and linear perspective.
Going from high school directly to study abroad: why it’s actually better this way
A student leaves the relatively small world of high school and in just a few short months lands on a college campus, confronted by thousands of other students — all of them total strangers. That’s a real culture shock, and adapting can be a bumpy road.
But, as a member of our Freshman Engineering Study Abroad Cohort, you will begin college as part of a small, tightly knit group, with shared interests and soon-to-be-shared, amazing experiences. This is the time you will make lifelong friends, as many of our study abroad engineering students have.
Upon your return to the West Haven campus, if you are anything like those students, you will face campus life more easily and more confidently, with a level of maturity and leadership ability uncommon among other first-year students. The best part: You will still be part of a tightly knit group, whose bonds will continue to strengthen as you move through your college career.