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Università degli Studi di Trieste


Program Snapshot

The Università degli Studi di Trieste is an ideal location for students interested in improving their Italian language skills. Courses are taught in Italian, with some instruction in English, at a university that consists of 12 faculties, boasting a wide range of university courses. Students will quickly adjust to Italian culture in Trieste as they will be surrounded by the beautiful cityscape and historic sites throughout the city.

Trieste, for centuries the "gateway to the sea" of the Austrian Empire, lies at the northernmost tip of the Adriatic Sea. The capital of Italy's Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, Trieste is nestled between a beautiful gulf, which annually hosts the largest sailing regatta in Europe, and the highlands of Karst. Almost everything in Trieste is within walking distance and the city has reliable public transportation including a turn-of-the-century streetcar for the hills. Due to its past as a seaport and emporium, Trieste has a rich history of cultural and religious diversity. Austria, Slovenia and Croatia are within easy reach.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June
Semester 1: September to February
Semester 2: February to June

Fast Facts
Trieste, Italy (pop. 210,000)
Student Enrollment: 27,000
Language of instruction: Italian, some English
University Home Page
International Office

Architecture; Chemistry; Economics (accounting, business, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, tourism & recreation); Education; Engineering (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronic, industrial & mechanical); Humanities (anthropology, archaeology, classical languages, communications, film, history, journalism, languages [Bulgarian, Dutch, French, English, German, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish], literature, philosophy); Law; Medicine; Natural Sciences (astronomy, biology, earth sciences, environmental science, geography, marine biology); Mathematics and Physics; Pharmacy; Political Science; Psychology; Translation and Interpreting.

Courses taught in English
The Bachelors degree in Economics of Financial Markets and Innovation offers courses in English.

Some courses in English Literature and American Literature are taught in English in the Degree of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the Department of Humanities.

It may also be possible to arrange for independent study with a professor in English. However, this option may only be used to round out a schedule and achieve full-time status.

Academic Notes
Students typically enroll in 5-6 classes per term which averages to 15-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 14 weeks.


Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Transcripts will be sent to ISEP in April for SM1 and September for SM2.

Language Notes

Language Requirement:
  • Courses in English: ISEP recommends that students who take courses in English have 1 to 2 semesters of university-level Italian in order to facillitate better communication in Trieste.
  • Courses in Italian: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Italian or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students must submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report as part of their application.

Language Courses: Semi-Intensive Italian language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for beginner and intermediate levels (50 contact hours per course). Please note that this Italian language course usually begins a couple of weeks before the beginning of regular classes and continue for the whole duration of the semester. This is why they cannot be described as pre-session course. These courses appear on the transcript as pass or fail, and are included in ISEP benefits.

Additional Comments: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course level eligibility upon arrival.

Special Academic Conditions
With the possible exception of English and Russian literature, courses at the Faculty for Interpreters and Translators are not open to ISEP students.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students may be required to purchase additional health insurance upon arrival, approximately 150 euros per semester. The local police office in Trieste has additional requirements for visas.

Hints for Researching Courses
A course search engine can be found by clicking on the "courses" link above. Students have the option to switch the langauge to English. Students should make sure to choose the Trieste campus.

Click on the degree program that appears from the search results
Click on the link next to "degree class"
Click on the links under the column "subject field" for a list of individual courses.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls with bath, and receive a meal plan at student cafeterias.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 300 Euros.

The staff of the Office for International Relations and the ISEP coordinator will provide students with all the necessary information to live and study in Trieste upon arrival.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
ISEP students may be able to volunteer at the Italian American Association/American Corner of Trieste which organizes English language film series, language classes, readings for children, and a host of other activities. The association's website is found here. Other potential voluteer opportunities include cultural associations or special events.

Students with advanced knowledge of Italian may be able to intern as a part of their coursework, earning 3 ECTS.

The origins of the University of Trieste begin with the establishment of the Pasquale Revoltella Foundation for Economic and Business Studies in 1877. University facilities are located on two sites: the science and law faculties are located on a hill overlooking the city, and the arts faculties are located in the historical district close to the waterfront. The university has three centers of excellence: the Centre for Bio-Crystallography, the Centre of Telegeomatics, and the Centre of Nanotechnology. The university also coordinates the Central European Initiative (CEI) Network. Total enrollment: 27,000.

What Past Students have to Say
Layra N (New Mexico State University)- I learned a lot about myself and I grew from the experience. I was able to meet new people and go to places I had never been before. I highly recommend the experience, it is really life-changing!