International Studies


Intensive Italian Language & Literature

Location - Urbino, Italy: Universita` di Urbino

Dates: May 22 to July 2, 2016

* Flyer Summer Study Urbino 2016.pdf
Urbino Summer Program Flier 2016


This program, conducted in Urbino, 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 Urbino, high in the beautiful Apennines yet close to the Adriatic beaches. Be sure to read our guidelines for our study abroad programs here: Study Abroad Guidelines

Students are encouraged to study in Italy through the Urbino Study Abroad Program in either a Summer Program or a Semester Program


For over 20 years, Villanova University has partnered with the University of Urbino (Universitá degli Studi di Urbino, founded in1506) to provide a semester program for 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 and to enroll at courses directly at the University of Urbino, taught in English and in Italian, during the regular school year. The historic university city of Urbino provides the perfect location for any student who is interested in learning more about life in modern Italy.

Nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, the city of Urbino 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 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). For more information, please visit the Office of Education Abroad program site.


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. More than 600 students have been exposed to the invaluable experience of living for six weeks in Italy and earning six transferable Villanova credits.

While attending classes Monday to Friday at the University of Urbino, students will on weekends travel to cities of great beauty and interest, such as Assisi, Perugia, Ravenna, Venice, Sorrento, Capri and Rome. While in Urbino, students will be able to 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. 

All full-time college students are eligible to join the program. For more information, please visit the Office of Education Abroad program site.


Students select 6 credits from the following courses:

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 2223 Contemporary Italy (In Italian) 3 credits 
The people of Italy and their place in Western culture.

ITA 3412 Special Topics


Beginning Italian II (ITA 1112) 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.

Students will reside in university dorms in Urbino, and in hotels in Rome, Sorrento and Venice. Meals will be provided in Urbino and during the weekend excursions.

As part of their regular itinerary, students will visit Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Venice, Ravenna, Sorrento, Capri and other places of interest.

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. Luca Cottini
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
St. Augustine Center 339
Villanova, PA 19085


Student Testimonial

"In a world that seems so small, my experience studying abroad in Italy opened my eyes to a different and amazing culture.The memories of my time thereand everything I learned will stay with me throughout my life."
— Erica Bruno

Student Testimonial

“The Villanova University of Urbino/Florence Program of Summer 2007 not only strengthened my ability to speak a foreign language but opened my eyes to a whole new world of culture and tradition. Trips to the serene sea of Capri and to the historically rich city of Rome are just two of the amazing stops this program has to offer. I will forever be grateful to have participated in such a life changing journey around the most — Maria Tempera