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University of Calabria (Exchange) - IEP Students Only
Calabria, Italy (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Fields of Studies: Engineering Language of Instruction: English
Experiential Learning: Internships Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Non Traditional
Program Description:
Program Description:
Calabria"For some, Italy is synonymous with exquisite food, wine, and shoes, but at URI, Italy’s engineering accomplishments are what come to mind. From the Roman aqueducts to the Venice canals and an array of high-performance cars, Italian engineered items are among the best in the world." That’s why URI’s world-renowned International Engineering Program has just added an Italian option in partnership with the University of Calabria.

“Italy is one of the most highly industrialized countries in the world, where engineers work to design some of the world’s best cars, motorcycles, bicycles, small appliances, and electronics. And the University of Calabria has one of the oldest and most prestigious engineering programs in Italy, with especially strong civil and mechanical engineering programs and a new program in architectural engineering. It is the ideal partner for URI in Italy,” said Michelangelo La Luna, associate professor of Italian and director of the Italian International Engineering Program.

URI’s 26-year-old International Engineering Program, the first of its kind in the United States and a national model, is a five-year program in which students earn a B.A. in a language and a B.S. in engineering, and spend one full year abroad, studying at a partner institution in Germany, France, Spain, China, and now, Italy, and working at leading engineering firms overseas. It’s also a program with close to a 100 percent job placement rate within six months after graduation.

“The program [in Italy] will provide our students with even greater opportunities to prepare for global engineering careers in Italian-owned companies with global operations, such as Ferrari, Fiat/Chrysler, GTECH, and Barilla,” said International Engineering Program Director Sigrid Berka. The first URI students to participate in the new program will likely travel to Calabria in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Italian IEP students spend a semester at University of Calabria in southern Italy followed by a six-month internship in a global engineering firm. Internship host companies  encompass various engineering disciplines and include the following: IBM, Altila, DLVsystem (Computer Engineering); Bitron (Mechanical, Industrial Engineering); BSP Pharmaceuticals, Sterling (Chemical, Biomedical Engineering, and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Erica (Chemical Engineering); Hi Tech Sol (Electrical Engineering); Manini Prefabbricati, Marcantonini, Sicoma (Mechanical, Civil, Industrial Engineering)."


*For information and guidance pertaining to program course offerings, housing accommodations, and host program application requirements please consult with Dr. Michelangelo La Luna ( or visit the IEP web page:


Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Semester: $10,631
Note: Please view the budget sheet for itemized cost details.


 URI Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be in good social standing 
  • Subject to the URI Student Policies & IEP Year Abroad Program Policies 
  • All URI students participating on one of the University's direct exchange programs must be formally enrolled within the equivalent of a minimum of 12 US credits (24 ECTS credits) per semester to maintain their full-time student matriculation status.

Program Admission Timeline:
Semester  'Pre-Decision' Deadline  'Post-Decision' Deadline
Fall Semester April 1st May 1st


Useful Links
UNICAL International Office 
Italian-IEP Year Abroad Webpage
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  • URI e-Mail: Although participants are not physically on the URI campus, they should monitor their URI e-mail and e-Campus account on a regular basis and address billing, FAFSA, holds, etc. in a timely manner. 
  • Change of Status: In the event of program cancellation, changes to the intended plan of study, reduction in course load, program relocation, or any other status change, students must notify their respective academic departments as well as the Office of International Education.

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