Italian Language and Literature

Location - Urbino, Italy: Universita degli Studi di Urbino 

This program, conducted in Urbino is designed to give students the opportunity to improve their Italian language skills and expose them to Italian culture and civilization both in and out of the classroom. Students will benefit from the ideal location of Urbino, high in the beautiful Apennines yet close to the Adriatic beaches. Five weeks will be spent in Urbino, and one week will be spent visiting important sites throughout Italy. 

Course Offerings

All students interested in Italian study are eligible to enroll.  Students may enroll in different levels of Italian, and will choose 2 courses. This is a great way to advance your major/minor in Italian!  

Students select 2 courses from the following courses:

ITA 1111 Introductory Italian I, 4 credits

Groundwork in Italian, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension and reading for students with no prior knowledge of Italian.

ITA 1112 Introductory Italian II, 4 credits
Groundwork in Italian, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension and reading for students with no prior knowledge of Italian.

ITA 1121 Intermediate Italian I, 3 credits
Grammar review and developments of colloquial style.

ITA 1122 Intermediate Italian II, 3 credits
Grammar review and developments of colloquial style, continuation of ITA 1121.

ITA 1131 Italian Conversation and Composition I, 3 credits
Intensive grammar review and amplification; development of writing and conversational skills.

ITA 1132 Italian Conversation and Composition II, 3 credits
Intensive grammar review and amplification; development of writing and conversational skills, continuation of ITA1131.

SAR 3031: Creation, Development and Exhibition of Contemporary Italian Art, 3 credits
Students will learn about the theory and practice behind the production of contemporary art from the point of view of the working expressive artist. This course is designed to introduce the theories and intellectual questions with a focus on those developed in the Italian context that inform artists choice for the purpose of communicating a message. Great focus will be given to the Italian contextualization of artistic movements from the Renaissance to contemporary social movements as related to the development of the artistic concept. In this course students will be asked to produce their own work, with production choices contextualized within the development of artistic movements and markets in Italy since the Renaissance.
*Satisfies CLAS Fine Arts core requirement

**Only Introductory level students are eligible to take SAR 3031. Students who complete Introductory Italian in Urbino will be eligible, at the completion of the program, to take a language assesment that will determine if they can move immediately to Intermediate Italian.

***All students on the program can particiapte in this SAR 3031's excursions.

Additional Academic Requirements

Students are not allowed to repeat courses which they have already taken at Villanova University. Special care should be taken when selecting courses for the program.

Students will reside in hotels during while in Urbino and during program related travels. Lunch and dinner will be provided while in Urbino, and some meals will be included during the weekend excursions. 


As part of their regular itinerary, students will visit places of interest throughout Italy including Rome, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Bologna, and Abruzzo.


The group will have an optional, highly encouraged group flight which will depart from either Philadelphia or 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 Rome by the first day of the program.


May 21 - June 30, 2018

*Depart USA on May 20, 2018

*(Itinerary is still TBD and these details are estimates.)

May 21, 2017: Arrival in Rome, Cultural Tour begins
May 22: Transfer to Ceraso
May 24: Travel to Tortoreto
May 26: Travel to Urbino
May 28 - June 22: Intensive Italian Language Coursework
June 30: Departure from Rome to USA


2017 Program Fee: $5,500-$5,800
*The 2018 Fee will be announced soon!

For a breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes tuition, room & board, transfers, excursions, and fees. International flight is not included, but a group flight will be recommended after program acceptance.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Italian Studies at VU

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Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 6-weeks long
  • Credits: 6 credits
  • Price: $5,500-$6,000 (Program Fee Estimate for 2018)

Scholarship for Summer Urbino

Patriarch Family Scholarship

Two $5000 scholarships are available for students with financial need and academic merit. Application is available through the Urbino application on Passport Villanova.



Faculty Coordinator

Florence, Italy

Dr. Luca Cottini
Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
Coordinator of the Italian Studies Program
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Villanova University
800 E Lancaster Ave.
SAC 339, Villanova PA 19085
(610) 519-3763

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