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College of Idaho teams with Italian university to create dual degree program

2010. 09. 08.

An exciting new academic program at The College of Idaho will allow students to earn a dual degree in environmental architecture while spending two years studying abroad. The program, which launches this semester, gives students the opportunity to study at C of I for three years, followed by two years at St. John International University in Torino, Italy. Students will graduate with two bachelor's degrees, one from each institution.

St. John International University is an Italian school with American accreditation. Students will be taught in English, and classes are taught inside a 13th century castle situated in one of the most historic architectural regions in the world. Mark Smith, vice president for academic affairs at C of I, traveled to Italy to finalize the agreement earlier this year.

“I am pleased to provide this extraordinary opportunity to our students,” Smith said. “The prospect of studying liberal arts and sciences at The College of Idaho, combined with the opportunity to undertake professional training in Italy, is unparalleled. I wish I could participate in this program.”

Applicants to the St. John program must take the necessary prerequisite courses at C of I and achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 with no grades below a C. The agreement also includes the possibility of student, faculty and staff exchange between the schools. Students will study aspects of sustainable living and architecture during their two years in Italy.

“We are delighted to welcome future students and visiting faculty from The College of Idaho,” said Paolo Bernardini, President of Saint John International University. “SJIU is at the forefront of sustainability studies, and well-placed within an Italian and European region where those studies are most practiced and applied.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit