Why study Italian at Roanoke College?

A country with a rich and compelling history, Italy is a global leader in design, historical preservation, and culinary arts. Roanoke's program provides a strong foundation in Italian for students who wish to study, travel, or live in Italy.   

Go to the source. The language of Dante, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli, Italian offers insight into the roots of Western culture.

Get access. Roanoke has developed relationships with universities in regions throughout Italy to give students access to distinct study abroad experiences.

Compliment yourself. Learning Italian complements disciplines that range from art history to music to political science. 


Study abroad

Student perspectives

... on Studying Abroad in Perugia, Italy: 

My study abroad experience was one of the best things that has happened to me. I had never really left my home state of Virginia let alone the country. I learned some very valuable things that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I was able to explore the Italian countryside and stay in a small town where I was able to make friends with the locals and learn about their day-to-day routines, what they eat, and what they liked to do. There were many things that were different about being abroad yet so many things that were similar. I hope one day to return to the town of Perugia, Italy where I know my local friends will be waiting to greet me once again.” -Christina Martin

...on Studying Abroad in Florence, Italy:
Heather Woody, '12 in Florence, Italy"I studied Brunelleschi's Dome sophomore year of high school and even read a book on the Duomo's engineering, but nothing prepared me for the real thing. As cliche as it sounds, my jaw literally dropped and my heart skipped a beat when I saw it in Florence. Books and slides just didn't do the Duomo justice." -Heather Woody

...on Studying Abroad in Perugia, Italy:

Jenin Perugia eating at an Italian restaurant"What I loved most about studying in Italy was - surprise, surprise - the food. Although I suspected how good it would be when I got there, nothing prepared me. More than that, though, was the culture of food in Italy. Gatherings of friends and families, celebrations and simple quality time are all centered on food. Learning about how important food and quality ingredients are to the people of Italy was a wonderful experience. Obviously there were many other important cultural and historical experiences I had while in Italy, but experiencing the difference of something as simple and routine as eating was what made my time there extra-special. I honestly believe it was the little things that I learned while studying abroad that made the trip worth it. Immersing yourself in such a different culture is exactly what studying abroad is all about." -Jen Giannini

...on Studying Abroad in Milan, Italy:

Student in a plaza in Rome, Italy"What I loved most about Milan was its mix of history and modernity. Just like other Italian cities, Milan has beautiful, old churches, castles dating back centuries, and Renaissance masterpieces. But it is also a very modern city, a hub for business and the women's fashion capital of the world. It always amazed me that Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" was just blocks away from the Armani and Versace flagship stores. Living in Milan gave me a real sense of where Italy has been, and where it is headed. Studying abroad was simultaneously the most terrifying and exciting time of my life. Moving to a country where I knew no one and was not fluent in the native language took a lot of guts, but I'm glad I took the leap. I gained a fresh perspective on everything from politics to food to time management. Studying in Milan pushed me out of my comfort zone, but that initial discomfort was replaced with a love for my new 'home.' The hardest part of going to Italy was having to come back to the United States after two semesters." -Anne Whitesell

Courses in Italian

Italian courses offered at Roanoke


Guiliana Chapman head shot

Prof. Giuliana Chapman
Lucas Hall 223