Students are encouraged to study in Italy through the Urbino/Florence Study Programs in either a Summer Program or a Semester Program.
If you are interested in authentic Italian language and cultural immersion, and if you’re considering spending the summer in Italy, we would like to present you with an affordable, accredited and quality Italian Language and Culture Program in Urbino and Florence. This program has been operating since 1992 under the directorship of the faculty of Italian of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. In the sixteen years of its existence, more than 600 students have been exposed to the invaluable experience of living for six weeks in Italy and earning six transferable Villanova credits, practically all for the price of tuition alone at any American University.
While attending classes Monday to Friday both at the University of Urbino and at the Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence, students will on weekends travel to cities of great beauty and interest, such as Assisi, Perugia, Ravenna, Venice, Padova, Pesaro, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Sorrento, Capri and Rome, a distance covering about 2/3 of the Italian booth. Trips also include overnight stays in Venice (2 nights), Florence (2 weeks), Sorrento (1 night) and Rome(3 nights). While in Urbino, students enjoy the clean mountain air (over 450 meters above sea level) and yet they can afford the luxury to patronize thebeautiful Adriatic beaches of Pesaro, Cattolica, and even Rimini, less that one hour from Urbino by bus. The places visited in Italy as part of the itinerary all offer a great wealth of the arts and a fantastic testimony of the evolution of history and culture since the time of the Etruscans.
Classes are held Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00PM in Urbino and from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Florence. All full-time college students are eligible to join the program. Since Introductory Italian is being taught, no previous knowledge of the language is required. Most students select six language credits, while some opt for 3 language credits in Urbino and 3 credits of Renaissance Culture (in English) in Florence. Advanced students can take "Contemporary Italy" in Urbino and "Renaissance Culture" in Florence. “Contemporary Italy”, explores several major aspects of Italian society and is taught in Italian; “Renaissance culture” is a course taught inEnglish which observes one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods of Italian history: the Renaissance, which so profoundly shaped western culture. This course satisfies core requirements for Advanced English Literature, Fine Arts, Advanced History and Free Elective. In Florence students can take a non-credit cooking class for a nominal fee. For more information, please visit the International Studies program site.
Villanova Semester Program in Italy, Urbino and Florence
For over 20 years, Villanova University has partnered with the University of Urbino (Universitá degli Studi di Urbino, founded in1506) and Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence to provide a summer programfor students wishing to improve their language skills. From these long standing partnerships has come an exciting opportunity for Villanova students to study the Italian language in Florence for three weeks and to enroll at courses directly at the University of Urbino, taught in English and in Italian, during the regular school year. There knowned city of Florence and the historic university city of Urbino provide the perfect mix of locations for any student who is interested in learning more about life in modern Italy.
Florence, the heart of Renaissance Italy, offers a taste of life in acity that is full of museums, shops, and restaurants. Nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, the city of Urbino also played a significant role in the Italian Renaissance and offers a unique climate for Villanova students to participate in the Italian language, culture, and lifestyle for a year or a semester.
The student going to Florence/Urbino will be able to take both Italian language courses and English-taught courses on art, culture, cinema, history as well as choose among a great variety of business courses (Marketing Management and Economics of Globalization are just examples among the many). Fro more information, please visit the International Studies program site.
Urbino & Florence, Italy.
Universita` di Urbino and Scuola Lorenzo de’Medici
July 2 to August 11, 2011
This program, conducted in both Urbino and Florence, is designed to give students the opportunity to learn and/or improve their Italian language skills and expose them to Italian culture and civilization both in and out of the classroom. Students will profit from the ideal location of the two cities: Urbino, high in the beautiful Apennines yet close to the Adriatic beaches; Florence, centrally located and only a few hours by rail from important centers to the north and south.
Students select 6 credits from the following courses:
ITA 1111/1112 Beginning Intensive Italian 6 credits
Written and spoken Italian with emphasis on pronunciation and comprehension.
ITA 1121/1122 Intermediate Intensive Italian 6 credits
Grammar review and developments of colloquial style.
ITA 1131/1132 Advanced Intensive Italian 6 credits
Intensive grammar review and amplification; development of writing and conversational skills.
ITA 3412 Contemporary Italy (In Italian) 3 credits
The people of Italy and their place in Western culture.
ITA 4130 Renaissance Culture (in English) 3 credits
Historical, literary and cultural developments of the Renaissance
**Non-credit cooking courses are available in Florence for an additional cost.
Faculty Program Coordinator
Dr. Gaetano Pastore
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
St. Augustine Center 333
Villanova, PA 19085
Additional Academic Requirements
No language proficiency required.
Housing and Meals
Students will reside in university dorms while in Urbino, in private, air-conditioned apartments while in Florence, and in hotels in Rome, Sorrento and Venice. Meals will be provided in Urbino, Rome, and during the weekend excursions. In Florence, cooking facilities are provided so students may prepare simple meals in their apartments.
As part of their regular itinerary, students will visit Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Venice, Ravenna, Sorrento, Capri and other places of interest. During their stay in Florence, students will be able to visit Siena, San Gimignano, Fiesole, Pisa, Montecatini, and other towns in Tuscany and throughout Italy.
The group will fly either from Philadelphia to Rome or from Newark to Rome and be transferred to Urbino by bus. All surface transfers in Italy will occur by private, air-conditioned busses from the point of arrival in Italy to the point of departure for the United States. Flight Arrangements are made directly by the students through a travel agent designated by Villanova University. Personal flight arrangements can be made, provided that students arrive in Urbino by the first day of classes.
July 2 Depart USA
July 3 Arrive to Rome; travel to Urbino
July 3-23 Program in Urbino
July 9 Excursion to Perugia & Assisi
July 15-17 Excursion to Venice & Ravenna
July 24 Transfer to Florence
July 24 - August 5 Program in Florence
August 5 Departure from Florence. Arrival in Sorrento
August 5-6 Visit to Sorrento and Capri
August 7-9 Rome stay
August 10 Depart Rome to USA
NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.