Get a Bible minor in Italy! *
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- Read a letter from a former Italy Abroad student!
Bryan’s Italy Abroad program is an innovative semester-long experience designed to bring together exciting academics, cultural experiences, and personal encounters with a missions lifestyle. Close contact with the Italian people, their values, and beliefs gives students a unique perspective on Christ’s impact on every culture.
Bryan College partners with Saints Bible Institute of San Lorenzo, Italy, to offer students a chance to experience Italy while studying in a small Christian school with other American students. Bryan professors travel to Italy to teach many of the courses. Evangelism takes new shape as students minister with missionaries in open-air plazas and converse through interpreters.
Experience Italy in a way you’ll never forget!
*when combined with your Bryan core Christian Studies courses
Why Italy Abroad?
Time at Saints Bible Institute revolves around spiritual growth, evangelism, and discipleship. The day-to-day lifestyle of a missionary becomes real as students develop relationships with families church-planting in the nearby city of Udine.
Italy has sometimes been called the forgotten mission field—less than 1 percent of its 60 million people profess an evangelical understanding of the Gospel. Though rich with church history and brimming with religious activity, many Italians have never considered the Christian faith outside of its historical and cultural expressions in Italy.
Ministry week is set aside for hands-on missions experiences such as tract distribution, mimes, children’s ministries like puppets and clowns, chalk-talks, and one-on-one evangelism. Students are introduced to the Italian-speaking branch of the body of Christ as they worship and fellowship with Italian believers.
Saints Bible Institute is located in northern Italy between the Italian Alps and the shimmering city of Venice. “The Center” is a 200-year-old converted farmhouse compound that houses two student dorms, a small cafeteria, classroom, lounge, and student kitchen.
Its hometown of San Lorenzo boasts a population of 400 people surrounded by vineyards. Only a few kilometers away, the town of Casarsa offers a train station, gelato and coffee shops, and the local market.
Throughout the semester students have opportunities to visit famous destinations such as Verona, Trieste, and Venice on RA-led weekend trips. Class trips traverse farther afield. Tour the Coliseum, visit the ruins of Pompeii, or climb the winding stairs of the Duomo in Florence, courtesy of a Bryan professor.
Spring Break allows students to plan a week-long visit to a European country like France, Austria, Spain, Great Britain, or Greece.
Many Italy Abroad alumni describe life in Italy as having a slower, richer rhythm than their typical college and home life. Classes are structured to allow a more focused lifestyle as are community activities.
Chores are assigned around the Center as part of daily life. Laundry, recycling, and “quiet hour” take on new significance in an energy-conscious country. Meals are enjoyed Italian-style: lingering fellowship over fresh, delicious dishes. Water bottles are filled daily at the fresh, mountain-fed town fountain. Bicycles and tennis shoes are the most typical modes of transportation (besides nearby bus and train routes). Irresistible espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate, pizza, and gelato are available at the cafe around the corner.
Simple pleasures take on new meaning in Italian culture. Even more valuable is the sometimes-challenging opportunity that all students have to share grace and love to their classmates throughout long days in close quarters.
See Saints Bible Institute’s Campus Life page.
While the Italy Abroad Semester spans the entirety of the Bryan semester, the on-field portion spans 12 intensive weeks. Students purchase their own tickets and travel from the airport of their choice to and from Venice based on the schedule of the semester in which
they are enrolled.
Spring 2015 Pre-Field Deadlines
- November 1, 2014: Early Bird Application deadline to qualify for $200 program discount
- December 15, 2014: Regular Application deadline
- $200 non-refundable deposit due two weeks after application is received.
Spring 2015 On-Field Schedule
- January 29 – Depart for Italy
- April 27 – Return to the U.S