The University of New Haven recently welcomed a record 45 new undergraduate students to its Tuscany campus. UNH-Prato’s six-month program affords the students, ages 18 to 20, many opportunities for cultural immersion and exchange.
There are many American study-abroad programs throughout Tuscany, but the University of New Haven is the only American university to have a campus in Prato. The campus was established in fall 2012. When director Kevin Murphy spoke with TF in April 2013, he explained that Prato’s position as a relatively untapped tourist destination makes it easier for students to break out of their comfort zones and integrate into the local community. Murphy emphasizes UNH-Prato’s focus on positive town-gown relations and opportunities for students to get involved in many facets of Prato community life.