Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Exchanges Students with the University of Perugia in Italy

As one group of Mylan School of Pharmacy students embarked on a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to observe different pharmacy practice settings in Italy, a trio of Italian pharmacy students continues to adjust to life on campus at Duquesne University.

In late August, Giorgia Maracchini, Giacomo Del Buono and Jessica Colonnelli arrived from the University of Perugia in Italy eager to experience a new culture. Falling in love with the beautiful Duquesne campus, especially as summer starts to turn into fall, took only a few trips up and down Academic Walk.

"It's like a small city," Maracchini said. "It's all in the same place-more comfortable and maybe better to meet people."

Until November, the trio of aspiring pharmacists plan on auditing American Healthcare Systems and Pharmacy Practice classes with students Mylan School of Pharmacy while taking a demanding English as a Second Language course. Still, the majority of the learning comes outside the classroom as they observe pharmacy practice in the Center for Pharmacy Care and the Duquesne University pharmacy in the Hill District. "It's a new culture," Maracchini said. "It's an amazing exchange, and we're very lucky to be here."

Meanwhile, Anthony Elia, Nicole Pavlik and Brianna Antonucci, all PYIV students preparing to graduate in May, left for the University of Perugia on Sept. 5, eager to experience a new culture and pharmacy experience as well.

"I'm excited to learn about herbals and over-the-counters and compare differences in the role of the pharmacist in Italy," Antonucci said.

"It's going to be a whole different health system," Elia added.

One thread tied the respective groups together–the desire to travel. While the Italians students dropped names like New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., the Mylan School of Pharmacy students dreamed of visiting Rome, Florence and Venice.

The Mylan School of Pharmacy wishes safe travels and enjoyable learning experiences to all the students involved in the exchange.

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