Intensive Italian Language & Literature

Location - Urbino & Florence, Italy: Universita` di Urbino and Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici


July 2 to August 13, 2014

Come learn more about the program!
Monday, February 10, 4:30 - 5:30 PM at SAC 300


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.

Course Offerings

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
*Counts towards Italian major/minor and/or core Fine Arts requirements.

**Non-credit cooking courses are available in Florence for an additional cost.

Additional Academic Requirements

No language proficiency required. 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.

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.

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

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Inna Rayevsky
Dept. of Romance Languages &Literatures
St. Augustine Center, Room 337
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085


Florence, Italy

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program. Program is based on rolling admissions and may fill prior to the program deadline.

2013 Total: $4,900
Includes tuition, room & board, transfers, excursions, and fees.

2014 Itinerary

July 2, 2014: Depart USA

July 3: Arrive to Rome; travel to Urbino

July 3 - 26: Program in Urbino

July 12: Excursion to Perugia & Assisi

July 18 - 19: Excursion to Venice -Festa del Redentore

July 27: Transfer to Florence

July 27 - August 7: Program in Florence

August 8: Departure from Florence. Arrival in Sorrento

August 8 - 9: Visit to Sorrento and Capri

August 10 - 12: Rome stay

August 13: Depart Rome to USA