This spring semester exchange for mechanical, computer science, and electrical engineering students is located at the Politecnico di Torino (PdT). PdT is one of the most prestigious institutes in the technical and scientific field in the north of Italy, in Torino, the capital of Piedmont. Thanks to its geographical location, PdT is in the middle of the principal industrial European systems; for the last 150 years it has been very important in industrial, technological and social modernization. PdT is international, flexible, open and gives you skills, culture and professional competence in order to develop as an expert.
As with all exchanges, you will be largely independent during your exchange, but you will have the support of PdT students who spend a fall semester at the U of A, along with some of the other universities in the SEC, to guide you and help you settle in. Additionally, there are a number of student associations related to sports, cultural events, cinema, etc.
Torino, the capital of Piedmonte, is an important production centre of northern Italy. It is part of one of the main European industrial systems. In 2006 it hosted the XX Olympic Winter Games, charming tourists from all over the world. I am positive that the town and the region will welcome you with hospitality, will enchant you with its architecture, history and traditions and your stay will be enjoyable thanks to the landscapes, food and the great number of events designed for young people.
Torino is situated at the foot of the Alps. Heir to a tradition which is typically industrial, as in the middle of the nineteenth century, nowadays Torino is a point of reference worldwide for ICT technology - also thanks to the impulse given by the Politecnico, with its establishment of research centers and its high-level training in the communications sector.
The first capital of a united Italy in 1861- is today a metropolis on a human scale, with approximately 1 million inhabitants. It is a city whose hills, parks, gardens and four rivers make it one of the greenest cities in Europe. It is crossed by the river Po - the longest river in Italy.
This exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A mechanical, computer and electrical engineering undergraduates a chance to delve into new cultural and academic material, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A. Students may choose from courses, offered in English, in engineering, with the unique focus at PdT on automobiles (being the home of Fiat).
Please remember that not only the success of your integration into the Italian society, but also the enjoyment of your time in Turin, will be much enhanced by your ability to speak Italian. The CLA (Language Centre) at Politecnico di Torino offers all International students Italian language courses.
Students can find a list of courses available at PdT in English here
and there is a list of courses that the U of A has predetermined for this exchange here: https://waprd.uark.edu/web-apps/regr/courseequiv/Main
(Search for the name of the University under Foreign Colleges).
Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours pe semester for the academic year that they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in Italy.
Students will be allocated in apartments made up of one double and one single room with kitchen and bathroom. The rental agreement is legally binding for the entire period of the contract and it may only be extended.