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.
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.
At the University of Urbino, mornings are dedicated to the study of the Italian language. Three levels are available: beginner, intermediate and advance. Placement is determined by the placement exam. The elementary course is for absolute beginners; all other courses assume that students know the contents of the preceding level.
Intermediate and Advanced level students will devote their afternoons to Italian culture and civilization. This consists of lectures, seminars, conferences and discussions on such topics as: the Renaissance in Urbino, and 20th Century Italy. Other activities include poetry recitals, Italian films, literary readings etc. (Elementary students will be in working groups at that time, to improve their language skills, or viewing easily understood Italian films.
Courses in Urbino are taught in Italian.
Students will earn 6 undergraduate credits.
Any student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is eligible to apply. One semester of college-level Italian language study is recommended.
Students enrolled in the program will stay in University of Urbino residence halls. The halls are about a 20 minute walk from the university and the town center. There is a bus service to town. The halls are organized in blocks of 6-8 bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchenette (unequipped). Both single and double rooms are available. Linens are provided, towels are not. There are coin-operated laundry facilities in the residence halls.
Visas and Immigration
Visa requirements frequently change and you are ultimately responsible for correctly completing UK immigration requirements. Please do not apply for a visa or purchase airplane tickets until you have received information and support documentation from the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs office.
US citizens: No visa required for summer study Non US citizens: check with the Italtian consulate for visa requirements