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Study Abroad at University of Urbino
Urbino, Italy
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Italian Click here for a definition of this term GPA Required: 2.50
Click here for a definition of this term Accommodations: University Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Language Proficiency: Advanced, Intermediate
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Instruction: Undergraduate
Program Description:






Study Abroad Advisor: Caitlin Paul

Program Dates

Fall (Late september to February**)
Spring (Februaury to Late June)

*Airport pickup may be available to students who arrive on the confirmed arrival date and arrive to the Bologna airport.
 **Early exams/departure can be arranged for students who have to return to their home campus in January.

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Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:

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Location Description

Urbino in Italy map Protected by its walls, the ancient city of Urbino is perched high on a ridge between the Metauro and Foglia valleys. It is surrounded by green hills that bear the landscape features left by inhabitants of centuries past. Even from afar the city appears compact and self-contained. It got its original shape, similar to a ship's bow, from the Romans who founded the Municipium Urvinum Mataurense.

Today, while Urbino strives to preserve its ancient buildings, many new areas have sprung up outside the city walls. Urbino has a population of 15,000 and must accommodate the 20,000 students enrolled at the University. The University Colleges, which house many of the students who attend the University, were built on a hill not far from the old city.

Urbino is the ideal place for a summer course in Italian Language and Culture. It is still a small city where you can get from place to place on foot, and it offers many opportunities for foreign students to meet people from Urbino as well as university students and professors.  Urbino is a lively and stimulating campus-town perfectly suited for student life. You can read more about the city's attractions and century-old charm in this recent New York Time's article.

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Host University

The University of Urbino "Carlo Bo" is located in the hill-top region of Le Marche, in the north-eastern part of central Italy. Founded in 1506, the university currently has approximately  20,000 students.  There is no central campus but the university occupies many buildings throughout the town and the surrounding countryside.  Traditionally, the University of Urbino has given precedence to studies in the humanities, and is renowned for its courses in Italian language.

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Academic Program


*Select desired faculty, ie Lettere e Filosofia. Review faculty offerings and select desired classes  for appropriate semester)

Urbino Town Photo 1
All participants enroll in special intensive Italian language courses for foreign students, taught by experienced, native born faculty from the University of Urbino. In addition, all participants are required to take regular University of Urbino courses to be selected under advisement. In some courses tutoring will be available. Courses are generally taken in the Facolta di Lettere e Filosofia and the Facolta di Lingue e Letterature Straniere. Under certain circumstances, students may also be able to take courses offered by other faculties. Enrollment in regular university courses provide students with a total immersion experience.

There are two types of courses offered at Urbino: 

1. Regular University Courses

Offered on a semester basis (11 weeks of instruction) or modular basis (5 weeks of instruction).  Language of Instruction: Italian.  In addition to Italian Language courses, students usually take 2 or 3 regular university courses each Fall and 3 or 4 regular university courses each Spring.  Courses are offered in the Faculties of:

  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Letters and Philosophy
  • Formative Sciences (Psychology and Education)
  • Foreign Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Pharmacology
  • Math, Physics, and Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Science


2. Mandatory Italian Language Courses for Foreigners

  • Fall Semester Only
    • Intensive Italian Course for Foreigners (4 credits) - course runs two weeks prior to beginning of academic year (Monday - Friday, 6 hours a day, late Sept - early Oct) - credits awarded in Fall
  • Fall or Spring Semester
    • Italian Course for Foreigners (3 credits) - course runs concurrently with regular university courses
  • Course Level Conversion
    • Regular university courses = 3rd or 4th year course
    • Italian Language courses = 3rd - 4th year course depending on course and prior language study.
  • Exams
    • Students usually take both a written and oral exam for each course. These are comprehensive exams and are usually the only exams for the course.  Exams are mandatory for all students.

An additional tool to help you in the course review and selection process is our Course Equivalency Database.  Click the link to view and use the database in order to find courses taken at this university by previous participants in this program and see the SUNY New Paltz course equivalent.

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Urbino Town Photo 2

Language of Instruction

Courses will be taught in Italian.

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Upon successful completion of the program participants will earn 12 or more undergraduate level credits per semester.

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Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a minimum of 4 semesters of college Italian (equivalent of Intermediate II or higher)

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Students reside in dormitories of the university in single or double rooms, depending on hall, most with private bath.   Residence halls are NOT open during the two-week Christmas break and one week Easter break.   Students should plan to travel at that time or find alternate housing. The residence halls are outside the city but regular bus service is available.

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Urbino offers UrbinoWireless Campus (UWiC), an open wireless access network promoted and implemented by the University of Urbino, in Italy, to virtually extend the University campus over the Montefeltro region, while providing also a significant contribution to bridge the digital divide and promote the widespread diffusion of online services and applications.

UWiC offers an extensive wireless network allowing students living in Urbino and surrounding areas to gain direct access to all university services, effectively extending the campus over the entire area covered by the network. It offers free communication services in the wireless campus network: voice over IP, chat and text messages, visit:

Internet access is also available in the residence halls.

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Recreational facilities and cultural activities are available through the university.  Many student clubs and organizations are also available.

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Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

There is a Teaching Assistantship position available in certain semesters. Selected students will receive complimentary housing for the duration of their semester and a stipend in the local currency. Students who are interested in this opportunity should make their interest known to their study abroad advisor. The position involves supporting full time faculty in the English department at the University of Urbino to teach Italian students English. Students must be nominated for this position and preference is given to SUNY New Paltz students. The TA's responsibilities will not conflict with his or her regularly scheduled courses.

The Resident Director in Urbino can provide assistance to students who wish to volunteer while in Urbino. Students should meet with the Resident Director to discuss possible options upon arrival.

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Urbino stairs

On-Site Support 

The Resident Director will provide student support during the program.

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US citizens will need a student visa for this program.  An acceptance letter from the University of Urbino is required to apply for the visa.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/01/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.