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Fast Cars and Beautiful Women is how the town has been descibed to me?

Old Jul 10th, 2003, 12:42 PM
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Many American universities now have programs or centers abroad where American students are taught in English (usually subjects with some connection to the locale) and also take classes to learn the local language.

At its best, it's a chance to ease yourself into another culture and learn its language in context. At its worst, it's an excuse for spending a year abroad partying with other Americans and having your parents pay the bills.
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Old Jul 10th, 2003, 07:55 PM
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Thanks for the explanation, Jenviolin. Things have changed dramatically since I was at Dartmouth. I can remember a friend studying French for 2 years prior to going to the University of Reims for her "junior year abroad." I also have a friend who attended University of Rome. He could not be admitted without an examination, which was in Italian. Even if there are classes given in English at the University of Torino, don't you think it would be a good ideas to know some Italian? I know I could never attend a foreign-language university without knowing some of the language. It is just common sense.
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Old Jul 10th, 2003, 08:17 PM
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Dutyfree, I love your attention-getting heading. I ignored it as long as I could, but had to succumb. I just wish we had had the internet when I took off for Paris for a year!

Banking question: could he not just have a bank account in the US and use an ATM card to access money?

My "care packages" from my mother back in the day were clothes, purchased at K-Mart, because clothes were so expensive in Paris. (discount stores were just beginning back then) I can remember some of those items to this day.

I think you are a great mom to use your resources to help your son. Frankly, some sons are kinda oblivious to practicalities (I love my son very much and he is totally rebuilding his house at age 42 so he's not a doofus, but I think I'm basically more practical in some areas). And maybe we worry and fuss more than we should, but it doesn't hurt and I think in the end it is appreciated.
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Old Jul 10th, 2003, 09:08 PM
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Okay guys-heres the deal...
He is spending the year over in Turin under an American consortium of universities which allow him to take his courses in English using American and Italian professors. He is taking a 4 week intensive Italian course from the school before the regular school starts-then he will be taking Italian as a regular course along with various other courses in International Business and Italian themes(i.e.Italian history,politics,literature,etc.)Spring break week will be an Italian cooking course in Tuscany-better and more practical than a week of partying in Cancun?
To the others who questioned why he is not asking these things himself-well,I have a husband who has never planned a vacation for our family,doesn't take pictures on trips but still always loves to go.I am the researcher in the family whether it is buying a new washer or going to a new destination. The reason why I wanted to know is because I will be the one being asked on the phone (from over there)for various things.I do appreciate everyone's imput on Turin and exchange year abroad!!!!(I thought that at least some people would be interested in helping me instead of the usual"what hotel should I stay in Paris" theme?)
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Old Jul 10th, 2003, 09:26 PM
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Dutyfree, I think you are one lucky parent to have a son spending a year abroad in such a great place! What a great excuse to go to bella Italia!

And let's hope your young man gets straight As
Old Jul 11th, 2003, 06:28 AM
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"The reason why I wanted to know is because I will be the one being asked on the phone (from over there)for various things."
Dutyfree: In my opinion, if you required that your son do his own homework, he wouldn't have to call you from Italy about how to buy his own clothes. Just a thought.
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Old Jul 11th, 2003, 07:02 AM
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Incoming packages should be 'duty free' if the declared value is less than 22 euro. If you're sending used clothes, be sure to write 'used clothing' on the customs form and declare a value of less than 22 euro, otherwise he'll have to pay duty and tax not only on the items you send, but also on the postage and any insurance, and believe me, that can be a nasty surprise! It can be financially attractive to split packages if you have several items in one package with a total declared value of over 22 euro. In general, you'll be better off sending him money than new things.
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Old Jul 11th, 2003, 07:08 AM
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Bitter, You sure chose the right screen name!
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Old Jul 11th, 2003, 07:16 AM
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I agree with Belinda. Bitter, let it go already!! You've made your point!

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Old Jul 11th, 2003, 07:25 AM
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Jennie: You are probably right. This is just a peeve of mine. I'll move on.
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Old Jul 11th, 2003, 09:00 AM
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One last thing-studying in Italy appears to be a little different than other countries as it seems that the government over there has their hands out for any and everything. He must register with the Immigration Police within 8 days of arriving there,along with giving them around $50.00 a semester for being there. We are going to get his student visa next week but even that is more complicated forms than a usual student visa.I have read that they have had so many immigrants in recent years that they are really cracking down on everyone.
I am looking forward to the wonderful food and drink when we go visit him.(I have started listening to the Italian CD's in the car so hopefully when I am full of red wine over there I can sound like an Italian?) I will be happy to report at a later date what Turin is like so if anyone is considering going to the Winter Olympics over there they can start gathering information.Any other info or tips I need? Thanks for taking the time to share................
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