The Università G. D'Annunzio in Pescara, together with the Conservatorio of Music Luisa D'Annunzio, offers a special opportunity for Nazareth University students. 

Pescara, known as Aternum during the Roman Empire, is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. Relish in the pleasures of this coastal university, a welcoming and familial environment that prides itself on its rapport between students and professors. Campus is located in the center of Pescara, close to all aspects the city has to offer including restaurants, museums, shops, nightlife, and the beach. The historic center is a hub for university students enjoying an authentic city full of life. Experience the best of this modern Italian city while improving your Italian fluency. Located right on the Adriatic Coast, and only two hours away from Rome, Pescara offers an ideal "home base" to explore the rest of this beautiful country.

Program Highlights:

  • Study abroad for one semester at the Università degli Studi G. D'Annunzio or Conservatorio Luisa D'Annunzio
  • Live in apartments with Italian college students and other program participants and be completely immersed in the life of an Italian university student.
  • Take a three-credit internship, tailored to your interests and language proficiency
  • Participate in organized excursions to Florence, Venice and Rome
  • Discover the beauty of the Abruzzo region during affordable weekend trips 
  • Build connection with Italian and fellow International students through the ERASMUS center

Program Details

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: October 11th 
  • Spring Semester: March 15th

**No documents should be sent to Pescara. Registration happens through the Center for International Education.

Cost & Financial Aid

Semester: The cost of one semester in Italy is equivalent to the on-campus Nazareth University cost. The price includes:

  1. Room and board in Pescara from the time of departure until the day of return. 
  2. Three excursions are included in the cost of the program (Venice, Florence, and Rome).
  3. Tuition 
  4. Not Included: Airfare, textbooks/materials, additional independent excursions.

Financial Aid:

Students participating in the study abroad program in Pescara are eligible for all financial resources as if they were studying on the Nazareth University campus.


Casa Italiana and the Italian program offer a wide range of scholarships available to all applicants. For more information, visit the study abroad scholarships page.

SPARK Grant (Freshman, Sophomores and Transfers)

Course Information

Classes will be held at Università di G. d 'Annunzio. Students are required to take at least one Italian language course while in Pescara. In addition, students may choose three or four additional courses available in a wide range of disciplines related to their majors and minors, including anthropology, literature, history, and mathematics. Students may also enroll in a semester-long internship that is related to their academic studies. A meeting will be held with Dr. Joelle Carota to review the selection of these courses.

Students will also be able to take classes in the Pescara Music Conservatory "Luisa D'Annunzio," a renowned cultural center in the field of music which is now part of the University G. D'Annunzio.This center welcomes students and faculty from around the world who are experts in music composition as well as music therapy.

PEQ courses are offered in the following fields: anthropology, communications, economics, English, history, mathematics, and sociology. Please note, course offerings may vary depending on the semester of study.


Internships at the Pescara Residential Program are semester-long, credit-bearing courses that follow academic criteria applicable at Nazareth University.

Students interested in an internship may be placed with one of several Italian or international companies located in Pescara. Internship positions are available in the business sector and in non-profit organizations. Students pursuing an education degree can intern with local high schools and on campus as English tutors.

Internship placements usually require a functional command of Italian, but companies often want to have students with good English speaking and writing skills. Any formal business courses or job experience will be a plus for students.

Students studying for the academic year (2 semesters) can be placed into an internship that more accurately reflects their professional interests. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of the Pescara Program to discuss their specific interests.

Internships placements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abruzzo International Airport
  • Music Conservatory of Pescara
  • “Isabella Gonzaga” Linguistic High School
  • Italian Visionnaire
  • Voglia d’Abruzzo
  • Fondo Fai Ambiente
  • Grand Hotel Adriatico
  • Region of Abruzzo

Read more about the three excursions to Venice, Florence and Rome that are included in the program fee!


Students will reside in fully furnished apartments located within walking distance of the university during their time abroad. University dining facilities are available for all Nazareth students.

Travel Documents

A valid passport and visa are required for this program since it is longer than 90 days.

Students can apply for their visa through the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Rochester. Please contact Dr. Joelle Carota for assistance in preparing your application materials. The consulate can be reached at 585-491-4244 or via email at

Student Reflection

Student Reflection

"Studying abroad in Pescara has been the highlight of my undergraduate coursework at Naz. While the city itself is more modern than the typical Italian city, Pescara offers the perks of a bustling city with the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. Because Pescara is a smaller city, less people spoke English which presented me the opportunity to truly try out my Italian language skills. As a music therapy major, I was thrilled to complete a clinical placement during my semester abroad. This experience was the perfect culmination of using my skills as both a music therapy and Italian student. Completing this long term, cross-cultural experience reaffirmed these passions that I have been pursuing since I was a freshman. - Juliana Joyce '19, Music Therapy major, Italian Minor

Views from Abroad

    At A Glance

    Term: Fall or Spring

    Program Level: Undergraduate

    Program Type: Academic, Internships available

    Major(s): Open to all majors and of particular interest to the following majors/minors:

    • Art History
    • Business & Leadership
    • Communications & Media
    • English
    • History, Politics, & Law
    • International & Global Studies
    • Italian
    • Museums, Archives, & Public History
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology

    Language Requirements: Elementary Italian (ITL.101) unless enrolling in courses fully taught in English

    Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5