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University of Trieste, School of Economics and Business

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa |

Trieste 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.

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.

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Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: Mid-September - End January
(students may arrange to take exams early so they can return to UNC for the spring semester)

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: MId-February - End June


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.
*Students can save money by sharing an apartment or room within an apartment

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee


Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and Meals




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$1,000 - $2,000

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Trieste is a city and port in northeastern Italy very close to the Slovenian border. It is the capital of the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. Trieste is located at the head of the Gulf of Trieste on the Adriatic Sea. Throughout its history, it has been influenced by its geographic position at the crossroads of the Germanic, Latin and Slav culture. The population is an ethnic mix from the neighboring regions. An "international" city at the heart of Europe, Trieste is marked by the presence of Slovenians, Greeks, Serbs, Jews, Armenians and, of course, Italians. Trieste hosts many religious communities and within walking distance the city hosts several religious buildings representing each religious community: Catholic, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Swiss Waldensian, Augustan Evangelical, Methodist and Adventist.

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The multi-cultural environment in Trieste creates an atmosphere rich in history. In an area uniting Italy with Austria and Slovenia, there are many opportunities to go sightseeing in interesting places in and around Trieste. There are beautiful places along the Adriatic coast, or in the Alps, Venice (2 hours by train), or Ljubljana (about 1 hour and a half by car), Zagreb (about 3 hours drive) all of which are within manageable distance from Trieste. Do not forget to visit Aquileia, Grado, Udine, Gorizia and many other charming natural places up in the mountains in the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. During wintertime, for those who enjoy skiing, you can easily go to the mountains and spend the day.

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Students can take courses taught in English in the disciplines of political science, business or economics. Students may also take an Italian language course. The Monfort College of Business has an approved list of business courses for transfer credit.

The Italian grading system is expressed in CFU. 1 CFU = .5 (1/2) UNC credit hour. Thus, students should enroll in a minimum of 24 CFU to maintain full-time enrollment while abroad.

View Political Science courses available in English here.

Click here for complete information on the Faculty of Economics, Business, Mathematics and Statistics for information on courses and other important information about the department.

Language of Instruction


Eligibility and Availability

To be eligible for either exchange or study abroad students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and must have completed at least two semesters of courses at UNC.

This program is open to all majors with 5 spots open to UNC students each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.

Housing and Meals

Available housing for international students at Universita Degli Studi Di Trieste is located off campus. The Faculty of Economics has an agreement with a student association to help foreign students obtain housing. The typical rental options are to rent an apartment on your own, renting a room shared with other students, or sharing a room within an apartment with another student. It is quite easy to find a shared room upon arrival. Students should book a hostel or hotel for the first week while they look for accommodation.

Apartments are usually equipped with a kitchen, beds, table and chairs, couch, wardrobes, bookcase, closets, etc. Before signing a contract you should verify the furnishings provided and which utilities are included in the monthly rent. Students should budget 150 € to 350 € for a room.

Click here for information on housing. Additionally, there may be opportunities to rent a flat from an exchange student through HousingAnywhere.

Trieste is the coffee capital of Italy! Upon arrival, students will register for an Erdisu student which they can charge to use at the student cafeteria, with a discounted price. There are two cafeteria locations, one at the central university and the other near the centre of town. The city of Trieste has a historical connection to and love for coffee! In addition, Trieste is home to a wide-variety of international cuisine. Students should budget approximately 200 € per month for food. However, you should adjust your budget based on your personal preference and eating habits. Students can also dine at on-campus dining facilities.

Click here for examples of food pricing


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application. Applications will be evaluated and selections will be made immediately after the application deadline.


To obtain a Study Visa (required for any study more than 90 days in Italy), students are required to to submit the following:

  • Visa application form
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Valid passport and photocopy
  • Original and copy of state ID or student ID
  • Original and copy of official acceptance from the host university
  • Original and copy of letter of enrollment from home university (provided by Registrar's Office)
  • Proof of financial means
  • Affidavit of support
  • Proof of study abroad health insurance
  • Proof of lodging
  • Confirmed flight reservation
  • Return envelope

For complete information for Colorado residents, visit here.

The UNC Study Abroad & Exchange Office has been told that they can "notarize" documents and visa applications can be mailed into the Chicago office. This could change at any moment. In the case that it does, students will be required to show up in person at the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago.



TriesteTrieste (Photo courtesy of Megan Martorano)

Trieste(Photo courtesy of Megan Martorano)

Trieste(Photo courtesy of Megan Martorano)

Grand Canal Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of Megan Martorano)

Piaza Dell'Unita di Italia Piazza dell'Unita di Utalia (Photo courtesy of Megan Martorano)

UniThe University of Trieste(Photo courtesy of Carly Deyle)

CanalA Canal in Trieste (Photo courtesy of Carly Deyle)
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